Mooney Earns USILA Scholar All-America
May 20, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced recent UMass graduate Connor Mooney as one of its 105 Scholar All-Americans across NCAA Division I, II and III on Tuesday morning. Mooney finished second among Minutemen with 38 points on 18 goals and 20 assists and graduated with a degree in sports management upon the completion of the spring 2014 semester.
Mooney's award, one of only 38 given to NCAA Division I men's lacrosse student-athletes in 2014, marks the third consecutive season at least one Minuteman was named a USILA Scholar All-American. Jake Smith took home the laurel in 2013 after Anthony Biscardi and Tom Celentani earned placement on the 2012 list. Mooney is the 10th Minuteman to be honored in program history, with each award coming during 20th-year head coach Greg Cannella's tenure as the program leader.
The award is given to a senior year men's lacrosse student-athlete nominated by his coach who possesses a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and he must be a USILA All-American, a member of one of the North-South All-Star Game rosters or an outstanding league or conference player. According to the USILA, it is also important that the student-athlete have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution and to college lacrosse on and off the field.
Mooney was one of five CAA men's lacrosse student-athletes to earn USILA Scholar All-America along with Towson's Thomas DeNapoli, Penn State's Austin Kaut and Drexel's Ben McIntosh and Nick Trizano. In 2014, Mooney has also received NEILA All-New England Second Team, All-CAA Second Team and NEILA Senior Scholar-Athlete honors in recognition of his success on the field and in the classroom.