Cohen Named NEILA Rookie of the Year; Seven Crimson Earn All-New England Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seven Harvard men’s lacrosse players have been selected to the Turfer/NEILA All-New England Lacrosse Team, according to an announcement made Tuesday. Freshman Jeff Cohen was named the Rookie of the Year, while junior Jason Duboe and senior Sam Slaughter were each honored on the first team.

In addition, the foursome of sophomore Dean Gibbons, senior Max Motschwiller, junior Travis Burr and senior Eric Posner garnered second team status.

Cohen, a native of Syosset, N.Y., was a two-time NEILA Player of the Week in his first spring at Harvard. He led the team with 34 goals, 41 points and five man-up scores. Cohen’s 34 tallies rank ninth on the Crimson’s all-time single-season list and placed him third in the conference and eighth in the nation in goals per game (2.62). He also stood tied for the team lead with three game-winning tallies and recorded six hat tricks, including three in a row to close the season. Cohen netted had a career-high six goals in the Crimson’s victory over Holy Cross April 18, the most for a Harvard player in a game since 2007.

Duboe, a midfielder from Long Grove, Ill., makes his second straight appearance on the NEILA first team after scoring 11 goals and handing out eight assists for 19 points. Duboe played in all 13 contests and recorded a season-high five points in a win over Yale April 25, as he scored two goals and assisted on three other tallies against the Bulldogs. A preseason NEILA choice, Duboe tallied three man-up goals during the spring, coming against Stony Brook Feb. 28, Penn March 21 and Princeton April 11. Duboe was also an All-Ivy League second-team pick this year.

Slaughter, an NEILA second-team selection in 2008, started all 13 games at defense for the Crimson, which ranked third in the nation in scoring defense (6.69 goals allowed per game). A native of Wilton., Conn., Slaughter, a Harvard co-captain and second-team All-Ivy choice, grabbed 27 ground balls, including a season-best four against Duke Feb. 22 and at Princeton.

After finishing second on the Crimson with 21 goals and six assists for 27 points in only 10 games, Gibbons, who received All-Ivy honorable mention, earned a nod to the NEILA second team. A product of Garden City, N.Y., he tied Cohen for the team lead with three game-winning tallies, coming against Stony Brook, Presbyterian March 27 and Dartmouth May 2. He established a new career high with five goals against Presbyterian and scored multiple goals on seven occasions this spring.

Motschwiller, a team co-captain from Glen Head, N.Y., appeared in all 13 contests at midfield and tallied 11 goals and dished out five assists. He was among 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and scored at least one goal in nine of Harvard’s 13 games this season.

Burr, an attacker, ranked third on Harvard with 16 goals and tied for third with 19 points. A product of Northport, N.Y., Burr had a career-best four goals in the Crimson’s win over Hartford March 13 and posted four multiple-goal efforts in his junior campaign.

Posner, a native of Huntington, N.Y., played in all 13 games, starting nine, at defense for the Crimson. He was second on the team with 36 ground balls and tied for second with eight caused turnovers. He grabbed a team-high six ground balls in Harvard’s win at Duke and also scored two goals and handed out four assists on the season.

The Crimson went 8-5 overall to finish with a winning record for the first time since the 2004 campaign. Harvard, which appeared No. 18 in the final United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll this season, went 3-3 in the Ivy League, good for fourth in the Ancient Eight standings.