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.
|A||Michael||Sowers (Upper Dublin)||Duke|
|FO||Mike||Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh)||Lehigh|
|LSM||Ryan||McNulty (Bishop Shanahan)||Loyola|
|FO||Zach||Cole (Lenape)||Saint Joseph’s|
|A||Matt||Moore (Garnet Valley)||Virginia|
|M||Dox||Aitken (Haverford School)||Virginia|
|SSDM||Ryan||Terefenko (Wilson)||Ohio State|