Men’s Lacrosse Places Seven on NEILA All-Academic Team

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

AMHERST, Mass. – Succeeding in the classroom as well as on the field, seven Harvard men's lacrosse players were named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Academic All-New England team: Morgan Cheek, Sean Coleman, Joe Kearney, Joe Lang, Carney Mahon, Robert Mencke and Rob Shaw.

The seven student-athletes were part of a 92-player group to earn the All-Academic honor. The award goes to senior athletes that played a significant role while maintaining a cumulative GPA above 3.0. Harvard had the second-most players receive the honor this year.

Cheek was named to the All-Ivy League second team and the All-New England first team in addition to the all-academic honor. The attackman totaled 59 points on 25 goals and 34 assists in 2018, and became the fifth player in program history to reach 200 career points.

Coleman, a team captain, totaled 18 ground balls in the midfield, while also contributing two goals and two assists. He concluded his Harvard career with 22 points and 21 assists for 43 points.

Kearney earned All-Ivy honorable mention accolades, anchoring a defensive unit with 17 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. He helped hold five opponents to 10 goals or fewer in 2018.

Lang became a four-time All-Ivy selection earlier this month, as the midfielder posted 31 points on 15 goals and 16 assists in 2018. He caps his career with 127 points and 77 goals.

Mahon was an All-New England second team honoree after scoring 16 goals with 22 points this season. He opened the campaign with a 12-game point streak, and ends his Harvard tenure with 31 goals and 43 points.

Mencke was one of the top long-stick midfielders in the Ivy League, as he notched career-bests with five goals and 19 ground balls. He concludes his Harvard career with six goals, 44 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers.

Strong in goal, Shaw was an All-Ivy second team and All-New England first team selection this season. He became the sixth goalie in Harvard history to record 500 career saves, posting a .522 save percentage as a senior.