COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse junior defender Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) was one of ten players and the only defender across Division II to be named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Team of the Week for the cycle ending on Sunday, March 31. He was also named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll. This was the first time Moriarty has been named to the USILA Team of the Week and the second NE10 Weekly Honor Roll nod he has garnered in his career, with this being his first of the season.
Moriarty notched 11 caused turnovers and six ground balls during an 0-2 week despite helping hold opponents to 61.0 percent clearance success while they committed 23.5 turnovers per game. In an 11-10 loss to regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday, he totaled four caused turnovers and three ground balls before turning in seven caused turnovers and three ground balls in a 14-2 loss to No. 1 Adelphi University on Saturday. Moriarty aided a defense that held the top-ranked Panthers to just 14-of-24 on clears while helping force Adelphi into 27 turnovers, its most since 2017 and its highest figure during an NE10 game in five seasons.
Moriarty has a career-high 25 caused turnovers in eight games this season, which ties the total of his previous two seasons combined, and leads Division II in caused turnovers per game (3.13). His 25 caused turnovers this season tie him with Neil Kelly '13 for fifth in program history, while his seven caused turnovers against Adelphi were the most by a Purple Knight since complete records became available in 2006. Moriarty now has 50 career caused turnovers, which is tied with Evan White '13 for sixth in Purple Knight annals.
The Purple Knights, who are 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the NE10, play The College of Saint Rose at home this afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m.