OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Dominic DeFazio was named the Division III South Defensive Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) on Tuesday, while a total of four Mustangs earned IMLCA All-Region honors. DeFazio, senior Kyle D'Onofrio and freshman Justin Burnette were First Team selections, while sophomore JT Thelen was selected to the second team.
DeFazio, also the ECAC South and MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Year, started all 20 games for the Mustangs in 2017 and recorded a team-high 44 caused turnovers, while picking up 69 ground balls, the second highest total on the Mustangs. A two-time MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week, DeFazio had multiple caused turnovers in 13 contests and led a Stevenson defensive unit that allowed just 8.5 goals per game and allowed single-digit opponent goals in 12 of its final 14 contests.
D'Onofrio, was a USILA Second Team All-America selection this season and also played in the North/South Game. A First Team ECAC All-Star and a MAC Commonwealth First Team All-Conference selection for the Mustangs, D'Onofrio totaled 50 goals and 24 assists in 20 games in 2017 out of the midfield, while also recording 51 ground balls. He had at least one goal in every game this season and also recorded multiple goals on 13 occasions. D'Onofrio wraps up his four-year career with the Mustangs with 107 goals and 51 assists for 158 points.
Burnette ,a MAC Commonwealth First Team choice at faceoff and an ECAC Second Team All-Star, won 62.6% of faceoffs (219-350) on the season while picking up a team-best 88 ground balls in 2017. He won over 50% of his faceoffs in 16 of 20 games and won 22-of-24 draws while picking up nine ground balls in a win against eventual conference finalist Albright on April 18.
Thelen, a MAC Commonwealth First Team choice, led Stevenson with 54 goals and 27 assists for 81 points in 2017. He had at least one goal in every game this season and had multiple goals on 17 occasions, including a season-best five goals four times. Thelen also picked up 27 ground balls on the season.
The Stevenson men's lacrosse team finished 14-6 overall and ranked No. 13 USILA Division III poll. The Mustangs won their fifth consecutive MAC Commonwealth championship and made their ninth straight NCAA tournament appearance.