With Wesleyan taking the Division 3 national championship, there was plenty to highlight from New England this season. The NESCAC remains one of the toughest conferences in the nation, which allowed plenty of choices for our first annual Division 3 First Team.
Attack: Matt Richard, New England College
With 133 points, Richard blew away the rest of the field leading the nation in points, goals, and assists. Averaging more than six goals per game, the Weare, New Hampshire native will graduate as one of the program’s top all-time players.
Attack: Danny Murphy, Tufts
The Jumbos fell short in their postseason run, falling in the national quarterfinals at home to the eventual champion Wesleyan Cardinals, but Murphy was as strong as ever. His 91 points was 13th in the nation and 48 assists ranked eighth.
Attack: Matt Chlastawa, Bates
Even without Charlie Fay, the Westfield, Massachusetts native had a strong season, leading the team in points despite Bates having a down year from its near-undefeated run a season ago. With 86 points, Chlastawa ranked 17th un the nation.
Midfield: Iv Stucker, Roanoke (Falmouth, Maine)
The senior from Maine was the second leading scorer for the Maroons out of the midfield, posting 68 points. Stucker had 37 goals and 31 assists as Roanoke pushed into the Division 3 quarterfinals.
Midfield: Eric Russo, Johnson and Wales
With 90 points, Russo ranked 15th in the nation while coming out of the midfield as he led Johnston and Wales to a postseason berth. He had an even 45 goals and 45 assists prior to graduating.
Midfield: Austin Tomasetti, Lasell
With 39 assists, the New Yorker led the Lasers in helpers and ranked 21st in the nation. Tomasetti, who finished up his senior season, led the team with 66 points.
Defense: Stewart Stockdale, Tufts
The Jumbos, much like Wesleyan, got plenty of press for their offense, but the defense also brought them a long way. The Darien, Connecticut native was one of the Jumbos top wingers on the faceoff and stepped up in big defensive situations all season as a junior.
Defense: Andres Rodriguez, Wesleyan
The Cardinals defender was a backbone for a national championship Cardinals squad. The team’s offense was highlighted all season, but the Cards defense also stepped up when it was needed, and that unit was led by Rodriguez.
Goalie: Otto Bohan, Wesleyan
With 147 saves, the sophomore goalie backstopped the Cardinals to a national title. He posted a 53 percent save percentage for a team that was known for its offense.