OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Seven members of the Stevenson University men's lacrosse team were recently named to the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) South All-Region team announced earlier this week.
Seniors JT Thelen and Dominic DeFazio were First Team selections, while junior Ethan Christensen, seniors Gray McKee and Dylan Harris, junior Jimmie Case and freshman Seth Thornton were all picked to the Second Team.
Thelen led the Mustangs with 59 goals and added 14 assists for 73 points, ranking second on the team. Thelen recorded 13 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.
DeFazio led the Mustangs with 40 caused turnovers while starting all 21 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 also picked up 69 ground balls and finished as the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers with 142.
Christensen, the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year, led the Mustangs in point production, totaling 43 goals and a team-high 39 assists for 82 points. Christensen finished with 13 multi-goal games this season, scoring a season-best six goals at Alvernia. Christensen posted a pair of nine point performances, at Alvernia and registering three goals and six assists against Albright.
McKee finished 2019 with 37 goals and 18 assists for 55 points while appearing in all 21 games. He recorded multiple goals in 11 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.
Harris also missed the majority of last season after injury, and recorded 37 caused turnovers, second to DeFazio, while picking up 65 ground balls. He had multiple caused turnovers in nine games, including five in wins against Lycoming and Widener.
Case appeared in all 21 games in his first season in a Stevenson uniform and was in the starting lineup 10 times. His 14 caused turnovers were fifth on the team, while he also picked up 37 ground balls.
Thornton, the MAC Commonwealth Specialist of the Year, appeared in 13 games for the Mustangs and won 63.3% of faceoffs this season (152-240) while picking up a team-best 92 ground balls. Thornton also notched five goals and three assists, and he won all 19 faceoffs he took against Alvernia on April 9. He ranked third in the conference in faceoff percentage.