SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (June 19, 2019) – Five Western New England University student-athletes received All-Northeast Region accolades from the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA), the organization announced last week.
Senior faceoff specialist Hunter Cocks (Walden, N.Y.), junior long-stick midfielder Oskar Djusberg (Abington, Mass.), sophomore defenseman Mitch Weiss (Westfield, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Matt Greer (South Windsor, Conn.) all earned second team recognition, while senior attackman Jared Ward (Littleton, Mass.) was an honorable mention selection.
Cocks, Djusberg, Weiss, Greer and Ward pick up IMLCA All-Region honors after being named USILA All-America honorable mention selections in late May.
Cocks won 293 faceoffs this season in 447 opportunities for a .655 percentage, which ranked 1st in the CCC and 24th in NCAA Division III. He also compiled 184 ground balls and tallied a career-best 12 points with seven goals and five assists.
Weiss, the CCC Defensive Player of the Year and All-NEILA honoree, ranked second on the team in both ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (14) as Western New England's defensive anchor. Djusberg started all 20 contests and totaled 49 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and eight goals.
Greer played a key offensive role for the Golden Bears as one of the top facilitators in the CCC with a league-high 38 assists this season. He also scored 17 goals and finished third on the team with 55 points.
Ward, the CCC Offensive Player of the Year and an All-NEILA selection, produced a career-high 84 points (47 goals, 37 assists) during his senior campaign, the fifth highest single-season point total in program history. Ward finished his career with 225 points, good for second all-time.
The Golden Bears posted a 14-6 record this season, including a perfect 8-0 mark in CCC play, and captured the program's eighth CCC title with a 9-8 victory over Endicott in the championship contest.