OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A total of seven members of the Stevenson University men's lacrosse team were honored as the USILA released its All-America team Friday morning. Stevenson has now had a total of 80 All-America selections, with all 80 coming since 2008.
Junior JT Thelen and sophomore Ethan Christensen were each Honorable Mention at attack, while seniors Harrison Faecher and Kyle Karsian were midfield Honorable Mention. Senior Austin Howard was an Honorable Mention selection on defense, while sophomores Justin Burnette (faceoff) and Sam Ross (goalie) were also named to the Honorable Mention list.
Thelen, the ECAC and MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year, totaled 70 goals and 29 assists this season. He currently ranks 10th nationally in goals per game and 13th in points per game, while his 16 man-up goals are No. 2 in Division III. His 99 points are the second-highest single season total ever by a Mustang.
Christensen, a MAC Commonwealth First Team selection, shifted from midfield to attack early in the season and finished with 46 goals and a team-high 35 assists for 81 points. He finished second behind Thelen in the MAC Commonwealth in points per game and ranks third in the league in assists per game and sixth in goals per game.
Faecher, an ECAC and MAC Commonwealth First Team choice who will play in Friday's North-South All-Star Game, finished the season with 30 goals and 20 assists for 50 points. He also picked up 33 ground balls and finished with multiple goals in 10 games on the season.
Karsian, a MAC Commonwealth Second Team choice, appeared in all 19 games and finished with 29 goals and 12 assists for 41 points. He ranked third on the team with seven man-up goals and his 41 ground balls were second on the team behind Burnette.
Howard was one of the anchors of a Mustang defense that suffered several key losses due to injury early in the season. Starting all but one game, he had a team-high 18 caused turnovers and picked up 38 ground balls, good for third on the team, as Stevenson's defense allowed 9.5 goals per game on the season.
Burnette, a MAC Commonwealth First Team and ECAC Second Team choice, established himself as one of the top faceoff specialists in the country. He won 71% of faceoffs (320-451) to rank fourth nationally, while he picked up 180 ground balls and sits No. 8 nationally in ground balls per game.
Ross started all 19 games for the Mustangs in goal this season and posted a 9.38 goals-against average and .543 save percentage. He stopped at least 10 shots in 13 of 19 contests, including a career-best 17 in a 13-12 win over No. 13 Stevens on April 3. He ranked third in MAC Commonwealth play in goals-against average (6.96).
Stevenson made its 10th straight NCAA appearance after winning its sixth consecutive MAC Commonwealth championship in 2018.