ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Stevenson University men's lacrosse team captured a pair of major awards and had a total of 11 players recognized as the 2019 MAC Commonwealth All-Conference Team was released on Tuesday.
Joining Christensen and Thornton on the first team were senior JT Thelen on attack, senior Gray McKee at midfield, seniors Dominic DeFazio and Dylan Harris on defense and junior Jimmy Case at long pole midfield.
Christensen, a member of the First Team for the second time, leads the Mustangs in point production, having totaled 32 goals and a team-high 32 assists for 64 points. He has recorded 10 multi-goal games this season, scoring a season-best six goals at Alvernia. Christensen has a pair of nine point performances, at Alvernia and registering three goals and six assists against Albright.
Thornton has appeared in 13 games for the Mustangs and has won 63.3% of faceoffs this season (152-240) while picking up a team-best 92 ground balls. Thornton also has five goals and three assists, and he won all 19 faceoffs he took against Alvernia on April 9. He ranks third in the conference in faceoff percentage.
Thelen, named to the First Team for the third straight year, leads the Mustangs with 47 goals and has eight assists for 55 points, ranking second on the team. He has posted 10 multi-goal games, including matching his career high and the program record with nine goals in a win against Albright. He finished with five goals and an assist in a win at nationally-ranked Denison early in the season.
McKee has registered 32 goals and 16 assists for 48 points while appearing in all 17 games. McKee has recorded multiple goals in 10 contests, including a season-best five goals in a victory over Hood in late March. He also finished with six points in wins over Lycoming and Arcadia.
DeFazio, named All-Conference for the third time, leads the Mustangs with 32 caused turnovers while starting all 17 games a season after he was injured and out after the first game of the year. A two-time MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week, DeFazio has also picked up 53 ground balls, good for third on the Mustangs.
Harris, a two-time All-Conference choice, also missed the majority of last season after injury, and has recorded 31 caused turnovers, second to DeFazio, while picking up 55 ground balls. He has multiple caused turnovers in eight games, including five in wins against Lycoming and Widener, while he had a season-best seven ground balls Saturday at Arcadia.
Case has appeared in all 17 games in his first season in a Stevenson uniform and been in the starting lineup 10 times. His 13 caused turnovers are fourth on the team, while he has also picked up 30 ground balls. Case also scored in Saturday's win at Arcadia.
Tatum sits second on the Mustangs in goals with 33 and has 48 points to go along with 29 ground balls. He was recently named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week after totaling 10 goals and three assists in wins against Messiah and Widener. Over the last five games of the season, Tatum has recorded 19 goals and eight assists for 27 points.
Leydig has played in all 17 games as a freshman and been in the starting lineup six times. He has totaled 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points and also has 15 ground balls. He had a season-high five points on a goal and four assists against Albright and also had a season-best four goals in a win against Widener.
Falco has played in all 17 contests and has registered 14 caused turnovers and 26 ground balls. He had a season-best four caused turnovers against Lycoming in a victory and picked up six ground balls at Cabrini. Falco also scored in a win at Messiah.
Poust has appeared in 13 games in goal and started between the pipes 10 times, compiling a 8.99 goals-against average and .494 save percentage and 8-2 record. Poust had a season-high 17 saves against Cabrini and also made 11 stops in the season opener against Ursinus.
Stevenson (10-7, 8-0 MAC Commonwealth) hosts Widener in a 7 pm MAC Commonwealth semifinal Wednesday night.