This marks the second senior all-star game that Smith and Macchi have played in as they were both chosen to play in the Lax World/USILA North/South Game last weekend.
The game, which will consist of the top seniors in New England in Division I, II, and III, will be played at 4:00 pm at Endicott College on Sunday June 6. Merrimack College and Saint Anselm, both from the Division II Northeast-10, each have three players on the East roster. On the West, Sacred Heart leads all Division I schools with three selection on the team, while Springfield and Western Connecticut State, both of Division III, also have three players on the West roster.
A native of South Hadley, Mass., Smith had a standout collegiate career on defense for the Pride. A relentless defender, Smith was named to the Pilgrim League All-Conference team all four years at Springfield, and was recently honored as an ECAC Division III New England All-Star. This season, Smith battled through a leg injury and led the team with 27 caused turnovers to go along with 29 ground balls. For his career, he scooped up 148 ground balls and caused 58 caused turnovers, 27 of which came in his final season in Maroon and White.
The postseason awards have poured in for Macchi after a great year on the Pride's first midfield line. The Mahopac, N.Y. product scored a team-best 31 goals this season and finished the season with 40 points, which ranked second on the team. A USILA Honorable Mention All-American, NEILA Division III All-New England Second Team honoree, ECAC Third Team All-Star, and Pilgrim League All-Conference First Team selection, Macchi had a knack for the clutch as he scored five game-winning goals for SC this season. For his career, he Macchi finished with 68 goals and 87 total points.
Earning his second-consecutive Pilgrim Lacrosse League First Team honor, Sessa had a solid senior campaign for the Pride. A preseason honorable mention All-American, the Newton, Mass. native picked up 42 ground balls and was responsible for causing 16 turnovers. In his career, Sessa totaled 121 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers. A catalyst for the Pride's transition game, the longstick midfielder totaled seven goals and five assists in his four years at SC. One of the team's captains, his leadership on and off the field was a major factor in Springfield reaching its' third-straight NCAA Tournament.
In his first season on the sideline for Beebe, the former All-American guided Springfield's balanced offense this season. Under his direction, nine players had at least 17 points, including seven that had over 30 points. He will coach the West All-Star team alongside Castleton State's Brian Kingsbury.