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Four Men's Lacrosse Players Chosen For NEILA Senior All-Star Game

Springfield College Men's Lacrosse Senior All-Stars Newton, Mass. - May 27, 2014 - Four Springfield College men's lacrosse players were chosen to play in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game to be held on Friday, May 30th at 5:00 p.m. at Springfield College's Stagg Field. Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.), Matt Giannelli (Norwich, Conn.), Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.) and Colby Verge (Derry, N.H.) will represent the Pride in the all-star game.

This spring, the Pride won its seventh-straight conference championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. Springfield finished the season with a 15-4 record, marking the second most wins for a season in program history.

Lynch, who previously was named a 2014 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III Honorable Mention All-American and garnered NEWMAC Player of the Year and NEILA All-New England Second Team honors capped off his illustrious career with another season for the record books. Pacing an offense that averaged 14 goals per game, the Physical Education major posted 84 points, including 32 goals and 52 assists. His 84 points were the seventh most in the program's single-season history, while in his career, Lynch totaled 227 points, the sixth-most all time in program history. Quarterbacking the Pride's offense for the past three years, Lynch's 133 careers assists is the third-highest total in Springfield history.

Giannelli, a senior close defenseman and captain for the Pride had a strong senior campaign, anchoring a defensive unit that only allowed 8.21 goals per game, including just 4.00 per game to conference opponents during the regular season. A USILA Division III Honorable Mention All-America, NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and NEILA All-New England First Team honoree, the Sports Biology major picked up 36 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.

Fernandez was instrumental for the Pride at the face-off “x” for the Pride in 2014, going 227-for-362 over the course of the season, winning 62.7 percent of his draws. The senior Psychology major also led the team with 132 ground balls and was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and NEILA All-New England Second Team.

Verge saw action in 18 games in the defensive midfield for the Pride this season. The Rehabilitation and Disability Studies major scored four goals on eight attempts and dished out two assists. Verge also collected 17 ground balls and was ranked second on the team with eight caused turnovers.

Springfield's second-year assistant coach Tyler O’Keefe will be on the coaching staff for the West Senior All-Stars. O'Keefe was a 2012 graduate of Springfield College and played four years as a long stick midfielder for the Pride.

The East-West game is an annual tradition that gives exceptional graduating seniors a chance to represent their institutions on the lacrosse field one final time. The teams are made up of 25-man rosters across all divisions of New England lacrosse.

The NEILA All East-West All-Star game will be held at 5:00 p.m. on May 30th at Springfield College's Stagg Field, with a 6:45 p.m. barbecue to follow for players and their families.

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