McKnight One of Two Players in All of Division III Named First-Team All-American and Scholar All-American
PERRY, N.Y. -- Five members of the Washington College men's lacrosse team have received All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), two have been named USILA Scholar All-Americans, and three have been selected to play in Sunday's USILA/LaxWorld Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game.
Senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) and senior defenseman Casey McKnight (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) were named first-team All-Americans, senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado)and junior face-off specialist Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) were named second-team All-Americans, and senior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) was tabbed as an All-America honorable mention. McKnight and senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) were selected as Scholar All-Americans. Nowicki, McKnight, and Englehart will play in Sunday's North-South All-Star Game which will take place at 10:00 a.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
McKnight joins Cabrini's Corey Elmer as the only two Division III players in the nation to be named first-team All-Americans and Scholar All-Americans. He led a defense that held 16 of 20 opponents to fewer than 10 goals in a game this season. He finished the season with 44 ground balls, third-most among Shoremen, and 12 caused turnovers, fifth-most on the team. He was named the Centennial Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was named first-team All-Centennial.
Nowicki led the Shoremen in total points (77) and assists (41) this season and was second on the team in goals (36). He finished off his collegiate career by scoring seven goals and assisting on 11 others in four NCAA Division III Tournament games. A 2013 All-America honorable mention, he was named the Centennial Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and was named first-team All-Centennial.
Englehart made the All-America second-team as a short-stick defensive midfielder, but was a two-way threat for the Shoremen. In addition to his 14 caused turnovers (fourth-most on the team) and 35 ground balls, Englehart finished second on the team in assists with 20 and scored 11 goals. He was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team.
Trapp moves up one spot from his third-team All-America selection a year ago. His 171 ground balls established new Centennial Conference and school single-season records, while his 257 face-off wins (for a 67.3% winning percentage) also set a school single-season record. He also scored 12 goals and handed out six assists, all on possessions directly following face-offs. He was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team.
Cusick's 46 goals led the Shoremen this season and his 56 total points were second only to Nowicki. Fourteen of his goals came during extra-man situations. He also scooped up 34 ground balls on the season. He was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team.
DiSalvo joined McKnight as the Shoremen's other Scholar All-American. An All-Centennial Conference second-team selection and Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier, DiSalvo posted a 60.5% save percentage and a 7.50 goals-against average on the year. His save percentage in six postseason games (two Centennial Conference Tournament games, four NCAA Division III Tournament games) was 65.0%.
Nowicki and McKnight are the Shoremen's first first-team All-Americans since Gordon Cohen in 2009 and the first pair of Shoremen teammates to receive the honor in the same year since Stephen Berger and Kyle Mitten in 2004. The last time the Shoremen had five total All-America selections was in 2006.
The Shoremen finished the 2004 season with an 18-2 record, tying their school record for wins in a season, winning their first Centennial Conference Championship since 2003, and advancing to the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the first time since 2004. The Shoremen were a perfect 8-0 in regular-season conference play and went 11-0 at home. Washington's .900 winning percentage was its second-best mark in the storied history of the program, trailing only the .917 mark turned in by the 1967 squad, which finished 11-1.