Four Minutemen Named All-New England Senior Scholar-Athletes
May 15, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass men's lacrosse seniors Colin Fleming, Ryan Hollenbaugh, Jake Smith and Brett Tobin were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) on its annual scholar-athlete listing on Wednesday. The quartet ties the Minutemen senior class with Brown, Providence and Yale for the most recognitions given to a single institution.
Fleming, a finance major, produced 61 points on 46 goals and 15 assists in 53 career appearances. The 6-foot-6 midfielder battled through an ankle injury during 2013 to see time in 10 games on the year. Fleming provided his most important goal of the season at Hofstra, giving the Minutemen a 9-8 lead with six seconds to play in the contest.
Hollenbaugh led UMass in groundballs (27) and caused turnovers (18) while making 15 starts in as many appearances during his final campaign. The sociology major maintained a consistent presence at close defense throughout the year, providing nine multi-groundball performances to go with six games with at least a pair of caused turnovers.
Smith closely followed Hollenbaugh with 26 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers at close defense as the Minutemen held opponents to 9.07 goals per game. Teaming with Hollenbaugh, Smith helped UMass keep opponents to just a .239 conversion percentage on man-up opportunities with 11 goals allowed in 46 chances, the best mark in the CAA. A sports management major with a 3.889 cumulative GPA, Smith was previously named the UMass Senior Scholar-Athlete while also taking home the department's spring semester laurel as well.
Tobin provided senior leadership on one of the top faceoff units in the nation, teaming with Joe Calvello and Ryan Izzo for 186 victories in 323 chances (.576 win percentage). The management major from Wilbraham, Mass., scooped up 45 groundballs and assisted on defense with seven caused turnovers.
The scholar-athlete team acknowledges graduating seniors who have earned over a 3.0 GPA while simultaneously excelling on the field. The award is in its 13th year of existence.
NEILA is comprised of 13 schools spread throughout New England, including Bryant, Brown, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Hartford, Harvard, Holy Cross, Providence, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UMass, Vermont and Yale.