April 30, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill School) is the first University of Michigan men's lacrosse athlete to earn All-ECAC first-team honors, while fellow sophomore faceoff specialist Brad Lott (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) was named to the second team, the conference announced on Wednesday (April 30).
In addition to Jackson and Lott, four freshmen: attackman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), midfielder Mikie Schlosser (Davis, Calif./Davis), close defender Andrew Hatton (Westport, Conn./Fairfield Prep) and goalie Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) were named to the All-ECAC Rookie Team, giving U-M the most rookie selections of any squad in the conference.
Jackson headlines the group with 24 goals and five assists on the season, and is coming off ECAC Player of the Week honors for his school-record five-goal performance against Robert Morris on April 26. He has collected four hat tricks this season, which includes a four-goal effort against Cornell on March 1.
Lott is No. 1 in the conference in faceoffs, winning 54 percent of his chances at the dot. He is also tops in the ECAC in ground balls with 83. Lott's best game of the season came against conference foe Bellarmine (March 5), where he went 21-of-24 at the dot to go along with a school-record 15 ground balls.
King earns All-Rookie Team honors with a team-leading 30 goals. He has scored at least one goal in 11 straight contests and has a goal in 14-of-15 games this season. King, like Jackson, tallied four three-goal efforts on the year, and had his best contest of the season in a win over Detroit on Feb. 19, where he notched four goals. King also leads the team in man-up scores with eight.
Schlosser, who has run with the second midfield unit the majority of the season, is tied for fifth on the team with 11 goals. He has scored multiple goals in four games this season.
Hatton has started 12 contests at close defense and has 12 ground balls on the season to go along with 13 caused turnovers. His best performance of the season came against Yale (April 19), as he forced four turnovers while collecting three ground balls. He ranks No. 7 in the conference in caused turnovers per contest with one per game.
Zonino has been the starting goalie all season for the Wolverines. He's has stopped 45 percent of shots faced to go along with 146 saves. Zonino has eclipsed the ten-save plateau on eighth occasions, highlighted by a 15-stop effort against Ohio State (April 12). Overall, he ranks No. 2 in the conference in saves per game with 9.73.
U-M now turns its focus to postseason play for the first time in school history, taking on No. 15 Fairfield (11-3) in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament on Thursday (May 1) at 5 p.m. from Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. All three games of the tournament will be broadcast live via FOX Sports 2, with game times slated for 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday. The ECAC Tournament Championship game will be contested at 5 p.m. on Saturday (May 3).
Contact: Scott Kemps