Two days after being named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England First Team at midfield, senior John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) of the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team has seen his in-the-classroom accolades recognized in the form of a spot on the 2017 NEILA All-Academic Team, as announced on Thursday.
The Clifton Park, New York, native, who earned his second straight first team all-region accolade thanks to his on-the-turf performances, has has been highly effective in Merrimack’s two-way play this year and clearly was equally impressive in the classroom. The senior has had a knack for some timely scoring and ranks fifth on the team in total goals (21) while contributing four assists for 25 total points, ranking fifth on the team in goals scored and sixth in overall scoring.
Bassett is one of 75 senior men’s lacrosse players who were named to the NEILA Academic All-New England teams across all three Divisions. Members of the team are nominated by head coaches and are comprised of student-athletes who have excelled both in the classroom and on the field over the course of their men’s lacrosse career.
Forty-two student-athletes from 22 different Division 3 institutions met the criteria, which required that nominees must have senior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be a significant enough player that he was nominated for at least All-Conference selection. Bassett was one of nine Division II student-athletes to earn the honor.
Merrimack, one of the last four teams standing in the country, now readies for the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday (May 20) at Adelphi University. Game time is set for 1 p.m. with a trip to the national championship game on the line.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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