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Inside Lacrosse Media All-America: Lehigh gets 3 on squads; Sisselberger, Duke’s Sowers on 1st Team

Sunday, 16th May 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/16/21 – From Press Release

Three Lehigh men’s lacrosse student-athletes were among Inside Lacrosse’s Media All-Americans announced Sunday night, as junior faceoff specialist Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh) was named to the first team while senior James Spence and junior Anthony Tangredi garnered second-team honors. Sisselberger becomes the first Lehigh men’s lacrosse player in nearly 100 years (1923) to be named a first team All-American.

Sisselberger won 15-of-19 faceoffs in Saturday’s NCAA Tournament game vs. Rutgers to finish the season at 79.5 percent (225-of-283), setting a new NCAA Division I record for faceoff percentage in a season. He broke the previous record of 79.1 held by Albany’s TD Ierlan in 2018. Sisselberger also finished the season with 160 groundballs, a new program and Patriot League mark, especially impressive after a shorter season than usual (12 games played in 2021). Sisselberger collected double-figure groundballs in 11 of those contests while offensively, he also had four goals and two assists. He was named the Patriot League’s Faceoff Specialist of the Year and is the only men’s lacrosse student-athlete from the league named a first team All-American.

Spence wrapped up his season on Saturday with an impressive 17-save effort against Rutgers to tie a season high. He made 10 of those saves in the second quarter alone to keep the Mountain Hawks within 5-2 at the half. His 56.0 save percentage in 2021 is good for 13th nationally while his 9.83 goals against average is 16th. Spence was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week following a 17-save performance against Loyola and 14 stops vs. Navy. He also made 15 saves at Bucknell, another one of his nine double-figure save performances in 2021.

While the All-America recognition was the first of Sisselberger and Spence’s career, Tangredi was named an honorable mention Media All-American for a second straight season. Also a first team All-Patriot League honoree, Tangredi served as an anchor of Lehigh’s defense, which currently ranks 20th nationally (allowing 10.17 goals per game). Second on the team with 15 caused turnovers, Tangredi had seven caused turnovers in the Mountain Hawks’ 18-6 win at Bucknell, which was one shy of tying the program and NCAA records. He also had three groundballs and three caused turnovers in the 10-6 win vs. No. 10 Loyola, and caused turnovers against Army, Navy and Villanova.

The Mountain Hawks end the season with a 10-2 record, including a perfect 9-0 mark against Patriot League opponents. Lehigh earned the No. 1 seed in the league tournament and the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance since 2013.

First Team
AJared BernhardtMaryland
AChrisGrayNorth Carolina
AMichaelSowers (Upper Dublin)Duke
MGrahamBundy, Jr.Georgetown
MNakeieMontgomeryDuke
MJackHannahDenver
FOMikeSisselberger (Southern Lehigh)Lehigh
SSDMDannyLoganDenver
LSMJaredConnersVirginia
DWillBowenNorth Carolina
DJackKieltyNotre Dame
DJTGiles-HarrisDuke
GOwenMcElroyGeorgetown
Second Team
APatKavanaghNotre Dame
AJakeCarrawayGeorgetown
ABrendanNichternArmy
MTannerCookNorth Carolina
MConnorShellenbergerVirginia
MWilliamPerryNorth Carolina
FOPeteyLaSallaVirginia
SSDMConnorMaherNorth Carolina
LSMRyanMcNulty (Bishop Shanahan)Loyola
DBrettMakarMaryland
DNickGrillMaryland
DKyleThorntonNotre Dame
GMikeAdlerDuke
Third Team
ARyanTierneyHofstra
ALoganWisnauskasMaryland
AStephenRehfussSyracuse
MKyleLong (Springfield-Delco)Maryland
MTuckerDordevicSyracuse
MKevinRogersHigh Point
FOZach Cole (Lenape)Saint Joseph’s
SSDMRomanPugliseMaryland
LSMTylerCarpenterDuke
DMarcus HudginsArmy
DOwenGrantDelaware
DArden CohenNotre Dame
GLiamEntenmannNotre Dame
Honorable Mention
AAdamCharalambidesRutgers
AKeeganKhanVillanova
ARyanLanchburyRichmond
AMatt Moore (Garnet Valley)Virginia
AJackson MorrillDenver
AAsherNoltingHigh Point
ARyan SmithRobert Morris
MDoxAitken (Haverford School)Virginia
MJustinAndersonNorth Carolina
MMattCampbellVillanova
MBrendanCurrySyracuse
MThomasMcConveyVermont
MJeffTrainorUMass
FOTommyBurkeVermont
FOKyleGallagherNotre Dame
FOTDIerlanDenver
FOJakeNasoDuke
SSDMPeterDearthSyracuse
SSDMZachGeddesGeorgetown
SSDMRyanTerefenko (Wilson)Ohio State
LSMBrettKennedySyracuse
LSMSeanMengesRichmond
LSMMattWrightNorth Carolina
DKyleKologyVirginia
DOwenPrybylskiVillanova
DKobySmithTowson
DGibsonSmithGeorgetown
DColinSquiresDenver
DAnthonyTangrediLehigh
DCamWyersLoyola
GColinKirstRutgers
GCollin KriegNorth Carolina
GWillMarkLIU
GLoganMcNaneyMaryland
GSpencerReesNavy
GJamesSpence (Springfield-Delco)Lehigh

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