COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse May graduate Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) landed a New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Academic All-New England accolade this week. Seven Purple Knights have now been recognized in the past five years.
A senior captain, Cotter posted career highs with 59 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers, five assists and a goal from his position as a long-stick midfielder. He also took 15 faceoffs. Cotter finished his career fifth in program history in ground balls (163) and ninth in caused turnovers (42).
Cotter collected four ground balls and three caused turnovers against No. 1 Adelphi University on March 30 prior to notching six ground balls and four caused turnovers at Southern New Hampshire University on April 10. He opened the season with five ground balls and three caused turnovers versus Dominican (N.Y.) College on March 3 before corralling six ground balls and handing off two assists at Post University six days later. Cotter found the back of the net for the first time in his career against The College of Saint Rose on April 2.
In order to be selected for NEILA Academic All-New England, student-athletes must be in their final year of eligibility, have posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and be a significant enough contributor on the field that they were nominated for conference or regional recognition.