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M-Lacrosse: Two named All-America

Junior middies Devine and Fresen named honorable mention

devine_72_8102.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University junior midfielders Mike Devine (Cheshire) and Tyler Fresen (Newington) have been selected to the 2013 USILA Division III All-America honorable mention men's lacrosse team.

At left: Mike Devine

The honor is the second in as many years for Devine, the team's second-leading goal-scorer and third-leading point-producer in 2013. Devine, a three-time All-Little East Conference selection and 2013 LEC playoff MVP, had 36 goals, 17 assists and 53 points in leading the Warriors to their second straight conference playoff title and NCAA tournament berth this spring and final overall record of 10-8 and final No. 8 ranking in the New England Division III poll.

Fresen, a two-time All-LEC selection used a second-half surge to finish first on the team in assists (26), second in points (57) and fourth in goals (31). The goal and point totals this year were the highest in his three-year career.

The pair were the only All-America selections out of the Little East Conference.

Below: Tyler Fresen

fresen_72_8097.jpg"I'm extremely proud of the efforts of Mike and Tyler," praised sixth-year Eastern head coach Justin Axel (71-36 record).  "They both worked extremely hard last off-season, and have already set even loftier goals for the 2014 season.  They are both great leaders, athletes, and incredible people who help continue to mold the "family" culture of Eastern lacrosse. Provided that we continue to stay focused and work hard as a team," noted Axel, "it will be a very exciting next year as we return two senior All-Americas."

In addition to repeating All-America honors, Devine repeated as a first-team ECAC New England All-Star (only one team was selected in 2013), released today. Devine was one of three midfielders named to the 13-person team, sharing midfield honors with seniors Andrew Fiamengo of No. 6 nationally-ranked Tufts University and Andrew Metros of No. 10-ranked Middlebury College.

This year, Devine ended the season with five multiple-goal matches to give him 13 in 18 matches. He totaled five goals in LEC playoff victories over Western Connecticut State University and Keene State College en route to LEC playoff MVP accolades. Against Keene, the 6-foot-3 inch, 220-pound Devine scored the tying and go-ahead goals a minute apart in the final six minutes.

Devine holds the Eastern record by scoring in 23 consecutive matches dating from early in his sophomore season to mid-March of this year. After three seasons, he ranks eighth all-time in goals (111) and 12th in points (147).

Fresen totaled eight goals and ten points in the first two matches of the season but managed only nine goals and nine assists in the next nine matches before striking for 14 goals and dishing out 15 assists in the last seven matches of the season which produced a 6-1 record.

Fresen heads into his senior season ranked sixth all-time with 75 assists and tied for 14th with 131 points.

 A total of 146 players nationwide were voted to either the first, second, third or honorable mention All-America teams. Sixteen players were named to each of the first, second and third teams, and 98 were named honorable mention. Devine and Fresen were among six players from New England institutions selected among 28 honorable mention midfielders.

Eastern has had 14 All-America players since 1999.Prior to Devine this year, four Eastern players had gained the All-America award in back-to-back seasons: defenseman Shanon Sligo (1999-00), long-stick midfielder Pat Ammendolia (2002-03), attack  Marc DiGiovanni (2002-03), and faceoff midfielder Eric Vasil (2010-11).


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