McNulty, Bleifuss, LaForte Honored by NEILA

L-R: Riley McNulty, Tom Bleifuss, Ray LaForte
L-R: Riley McNulty, Tom Bleifuss, Ray LaForte

AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Riley McNulty, junior Tom Bleifuss and head coach Ray LaForte were all recognized by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) after a record year for the Coast Guard men's lacrosse program.

McNulty earned NEILA second team honors after finishing  the year as one of the top midfielders in the NEWMAC. He leads the conference in points (71), second in goals (44) and third in assists (27). He became the first player in program history with 100 career points and was named NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week three times this season.

Bleifuss took home third team honors after leading one of top defenses in Division III that has caused a NEWMAC high 178 turnovers. Bleifuss is tied for sixth in the conference with 19 caused turnovers this season and spearheads the number nine scoring defense in Division III. 

LaForte earns his second Coach of the Year honors after taking home the NEWMAC accolade earlier this month. LaForte finishes his fourth season leading the Bears to their first national ranking in team history. Coast Guard went 6-1 in conference play, earning their first trip to the NEWMAC Tournament as the one seed. He has a career record of 38-26 including a program record 14 wins this season.

Coast Guard wrapped up the season with their best record in program history. The Bears return 15 seniors next year and will look to make a return to the NEWMAC finals.

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