Eight From Men’s Lax Are All-League

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TROY, N.Y. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s lacrosse team placed eight student-athletes on the All-Liberty League teams, the conference has announced. Three – Keaton Ackermann, Lucas Bastarache and Zach Lukas – were picked for the First Team. JT Kelly and Matthew Gilman earned Second Team and Tom Feenstra, Quinn Fettig and Parker Smith garnered Honorable Mention.

A junior defenseman, Ackermann (Erieville, NY / Cazenovia) started all 10 games he played. He scored twice with an assist, had eight shots (6 on goal), 17 ground balls and a team-high 21 caused turnovers – despite missing five early season games due to injuries. He had at least one caused turnover in nine games and multiple CTOs in five contests, including six in one and four in another. Ackermann, who is also an All-League wide receiver, was the Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week and named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Team of the Week once each. This is the second time in his career he garnered All-League in lacrosse, having been selected to the Second Team as a sophomore.

Bastarache (Wayland, MA / Wayland), a junior midfielder, played 15 games, including 12 as a starter. He had 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points with 42 shots (23 on goal). He led the team with three game-winning goals and tied for second with 42 ground balls. Bastarache, who also caused nine turnovers, had multiple points in 10 games, including four with four points apiece. He had multiple ground balls in six contests with a personal-best six, along with a goal and three assists, in a win at MIT.

A unanimous choice at attack, Lukas (Longmeadow, MA / Longmeadow) was second on the team in goals (31), assists (22) and points (53) while playing 13 games. The senior captain scored seven man-up goals and two game-winners. He also had 70 shots with 51 on goal, 18 ground balls and three caused turnovers. An All-League Second Team honoree as a junior, he notched four-or-more points in 10 games and three-or-more goals in seven, including five at Keene State in the season opener.

Kelly (Acton, MA / Acton-Boxborough) was also on the Second Team last season. The junior attack finished 2017 with 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 15 games, all starts, with 15 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Gilman (St. Louis, MO / John Burroughs), a senior captain who plays midfield, had 21 goals, including four on man-up, with six assists and 17 ground balls. The conference’s co-Rookie of the Year as a freshman, he was named to the Second Team as a sophomore.

Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, ME / Cape Elizabeth), a senior, and Fettig (Bend, OR / Bend), a junior, are both defensemen who helped the Engineers hold the opposition to 8.88 goals per game. Feenstra, now a two-time All-Liberty League honoree, also scored five goals with 36 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Fettig had a goal and an assist with 42 ground balls and 16 CTOs. Smith (Cordova, TN / IMG Academy) went 10-4 in 15 games in the goal. He had an 8.36 goals against average and a .555 save percentage in 780:40.

Rensselaer, which is coached by Jim Townsend, went 12-4 overall and 6-2 in the Liberty League. The Engineers were nationally-ranked for the latter half of the season, climbing as high as 17th in the USILA Poll.

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