Johnson and McNulty Earn Major Awards, Seven Others Earn All-Conference Honors

Johnson and McNulty Earn Major Awards, Seven Others Earn All-Conference Honors

NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Coast Guard men's lacrosse had a program-record nine players earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors. Senior goalkeeper Trey Johnson has been named the Co-Defensive Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and junior Riley McNulty has been named the Athlete of the Year.

Both Johnson and McNulty are placed on the first team along with senior defender Tom Bleifuss, junior defender Justin Edwards, and senior long-stick midfielder Connor Ellis. On the second team are seniors Benner Geurtsen, Anthony Wyler, Mike McCaslin, and junior Ryan Gochar.

Johnson finished the season with a 12-4 record and a league-leading 8.72 goals against average. His goals against average is 29th in the country and he has allowed a conference-low 127 goals. Johnson had a 51.3 save percentage and has been named to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team for the second straight season. He leaves as the Bears' all-time leader with 43 wins and 496 saves.

Following his best season yet, McNulty earns a spot on the All-Conference first team for the third straight year. He led the NEWMAC in both points (95) and goals (57) and is also ranked ninth in Division III with 5.59 points per game. He also leads the Bears and is second in the conference with 38 assists. This season, McNulty was the first player in program history to reach 100 goals and 200 points. He also broke the single season records for goals, points, and assists.

Bleifuss and Edwards both join the NEWMAC All-Conference first team. The duo led a Bears defense that was second in caused turnovers (143) and third in ground balls (589). Bleifuss was fourth on the team with 15 caused turnovers and picked up 27 ground balls. Edwards was first on the team and fourth in the NEWMAC with 23 caused turnovers, he was also fourth on the team with 36 ground balls. Bleifuss has been on the All-Conference second team for the last three seasons and Edwards was on the second team last season.

Ellis joins the first team as one of the top long-stick midfielders. He was fourth on the team and ninth in the conference with 19 caused turnovers and was third on the team with 38 ground balls. As a long-stick midfielder he also tallied six points coming from two goals and four assists. Ellis has been named to the All-Conference second team twice in his career.

Geurtsen earns a spot on the second team for the first time in his career. He was second on the team and fourth in the conference with 44 goals and was second on the team and eighth in the NEWMAC will 58 points. Geurtsen added 14 assists this season which was third on the team and was second on the team with 41 ground balls. He finishes his career as second all-time with 169 points and third in program history with 99 career goals.

Wyler joins the second team for the third straight season. He was fourth on the team with 34 points and was third on the team with 23 goals. Wyler became the second player in program history to reach 100 goals. He finished second in school history with 107 career goals and third with 153 points.

McCaslin earns second team for the first time in his career. As part of the Bears defense, McCaslin was third on the team and 10th in the NEWMAC with 18 caused turnovers and he also grabbed 29 ground balls. He also tallied four points, coming from two goals and two assists.

Gochar completes the Bears all-conference selection as he has been named to the second team. He has been one of the top midfielders for the Bears, tallying 10 points from six goals and four assists. He has grabbed 24 ground balls and has caused four turnovers.

The Bears clinched the NEWMAC regular season title with a 6-1 conference record and tied the school record with their 14 wins this the season.

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