Senior defenseman is scheduled to compete in East-West Game Friday
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior defenseman Nick Stoop (Crofton, MD) will represent the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse program at the 2013 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Senior All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at Merrimack College's Martone-Mejail Field.
The two-year Eastern letterwinner will become the 29th Eastern player to gain the all-star nod in the 18-year history of the program. The program has been represented with at least one selection 16 times. Last year, midfielder Salieu Bolivar, attack Michael Sullinger and defenseman Tommy Flynn led the West to a 14-11 victory over the East at Harvard Stadium.
Stoop will play for the West against the East. A total of 24 players were named to each team. Two additional players were named to the game from the Little East Conference: East selections attack Taylor Jette and defenseman Tommy Todd.
After missing the entire 2011 season with a back injury Stoop returning to start all 18 matches this year for 10-8 Eastern, collecting 24 ground balls and causing 13 turnovers. He helped the Warriors successfully defend their Little East Conference playoff championship and qualify for their eighth NCAA tournament in the last 13 years.
This year, Stoop served as a team captain and earned second-team All-LEC honors - the only Eastern defenseman to gain that honor. He also earned a spot on the LEC Academic Honor Roll, received an Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award, and was selected as recipient of the prestigious Francis E. Geissler Senior Male SportsPerson-of-the-Year. Recipients of that award are cited for sportsmanship, fair play, integrity, and teamwork.
Said six-year Eastern head coach Justin Axel, "Despite missing his junior season due to injury, Nick was named a senior captain for our team this year because of his passion and work ethic. The intensity that Nick brought to every game and practice was second to none."
Stoop lettered at Eastern for the first time in 2011, appearing in all 18 matches with 17 starts and helping the Warriors to a 12-6 record. He spent his freshman season in 2010 at Division I Robert Morris University, appearing in six matches.