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Led by Black, Men’s Lacrosse Garners Quartet of NEC All-Conference Awards

SOMERSET, N.J. – Four Merrimack College men’s lacrosse players earned 2021 NEC All-Conference honors, led by Sean Black’s First Team selection, as announced by the league office Friday.

Black, who was named a First Team All-Conference midfielder, was joined by Nicholas Perez-Blanco, Henry Vogt and Joseph Jorgenson as honorees.

Entering 2021, Black was already the program’s all-time leader in assists and he added even more of a cushion at the top. He paced the Warriors in the category with 19 helpers to make it 164 in his career and ended the campaign with five goals to total 24 points. The Cheshire, Conn. native had his best performance of the season as a distributor Feb. 20 against Boston University when he notched five assists, then tied his season-high in points Apr. 10 with a goal and four helpers against Mount St. Mary’s.

Perez-Blanco, who just completed his junior season, was named a Second Team All-Conference defender after he was one of the top shutdown men in the league. The Miami, Fla. native easily topped the Warriors in caused turnovers with 18 and also picked up 14 ground balls on the year. His 1.80 caused turnovers per game was the second-best rate in the NEC and 17th-best in the nation and he also added his first collegiate goal Feb. 20 against Boston University.

Jorgenson (defender) and Vogt (goalie) were both selected to the league’s All-Rookie team. The former, who hails from Vienna, Va., was one of the steadiest options on the backend for Merrimack all spring. He played and started all 10 games and caused eight turnovers to go along with 11 ground balls. Vogt, a Stratham, N.H. native, quickly won the starting job in the cage and never looked back in his freshman season. He started the final nine games of the year and ended with a .531 save percentage, 10.75 goals against average and 5-4 record. His save percentage was also the third-best in the nation among rookies.

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