After helping their team reach the national championship game this past Sunday, senior attack Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) and graduate student defender Tom McLaughlin (Billerica, Mass.) will have the opportunity to represent the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team at this weekend’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game.
The 2017 NEILA All-Star Game will take place at Stagg Field on the campus of Springfield College at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (June 2) and will feature the top graduating student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III.
All players and coaches were nominated by the head coaches within the NEILA. Players were then ranked and selected by a committee awarding seniors from all three NCAA Divisions who played their college career in the New England region.
The NEILA East-West game also gives assistant coaches from some of the top programs each year the opportunity to take the reins as the coaching staffs of each team. This year, the West will be coached by Brad Bishop of Keene State, Liam Murphy of Eastern Connecticut State, and Ben Lanman of Southern New Hampshire. The East will be head manned by Kevin Gould from UMass Lowell, Anthony Nardella of Saint Anselm and Derek Marshall of Wheaton College.
Allen, a two-time All-American and NEILA All-New England First Team selection, was once again among the Warriors’ leading scorers this spring and will leave the program ranking among the elite all-time scorers to ever don the Navy and Gold. In 65 career starts, Allen racked up 133 goals and 181 total points while dishing 48 assists; he scored 17 man-up markers and gathered 102 ground balls in that span. As a senior, the New Jersey native found the back of the net 19 times and registered 36 points overall.
McLaughlin concluded his three-year Merrimack career as one of the team’s back bones on defense, and the two-time All-American was also a three-time all-region first team selection thanks to another solid season on the back line. The Billerica, Massachusetts, native and tri-captain of the team contributed 26 ground balls and five caused turnovers to help Merrimack limit the opposition to just a tick more than seven goals per game. He finishes his playing days in North Andover with 53 games played on his ledger, as well as 80 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.