UMass' Schneider, Connolly, Godoi Named USILA Lacrosse All-Americans
May 21, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass lacrosse senior goalie Doc Schneider has been named a USILA Second-Team All-American after a stellar season. He is joined by senior attacker Jim Connolly and junior defenseman Diogo Godoi as Honorable Mention All-Americans. Schneider has earned the highest honor for a UMass goalie since Hall of Famer Sal LoCascio was named a second-teammer in 1989.
Schneider continues to garner accolades as he was named the ECAC Goalie of the Year and ECAC First-Team goalie along with being named to the All-New England team for the fourth year in a row. He was named the UMass Male Athlete of the Year for 2009 and will play in the North-South All-Star Game on Friday. Schneider was outstanding all season, posting a dazzling 7.43 GAA and a .653 save percentage. Some of his many standout games came against Rutgers (19 saves), Syracuse (17), Georgetown (18), and #12 Loyola (17). He also made a career-high 21 stops in a thrilling overtime win at Hobart, and made 14 saves while only allowing three goals at then 11th ranked Harvard.
Connolly, joins his father Steve (1969) as Honorable Mention All-Americans at UMass. Connolly was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and an ECAC First-Team selection. He was also honored as All-New England and will play in the North-South game on Friday. Connolly impressed on the offensive end with a career-high 39 goals to up his final career total to 90, 15th best in UMass program history. He rounded out his career with a four-goal effort, his 13th career hat trick and second in the NCAA Tournament at Princeton. He finished his career with 13 NCAA Tournament goals in only five postseason contests. His point total increased every year from 26 as a freshman to 37 then 44 as a senior.
Godoi will return for his senior year with numerous honors as has been also named an All-ECAC First Team defender and an All-New England pick. He anchored a UMass defense that finished the season 11th nationally in fewest goals allowed (7.93). He shut down the opponent's top scorer on numerous occasions, including in the NCAA Tournament contest at Princeton when he held the Tigers' top scorer Jack McBride (a Second-Team All-American) pointless. He started all 15 games while recording 28 groundballs and 21 caused turnovers, tied for most on team. He was twice named to Inside Lacrosse Team of the Week on March 23 and April 6.
The USILA is proud to announce its selections for the Division I All America teams, selected by the coaches. The final four participants are well represented, with seven combined first-team selections. Virginia led the way with three first-teamers, with Syracuse netting two and Cornell and Duke earning one nod apiece.
USILA Division I All-America Team
Billy Bitter, University of North Carolina
Matt Abbott, Syracuse University
Ken Clausen, University of Virginia
Jordan Burke, Brown University
Zack Greer, Bryant University
John Glynn, Cornell University
Parker McKee, Duke University
Doc Schneider, University of Massachusetts
Garrett Billings, University of Virginia
Brian Carroll, University of Virginia
Ryan Flanagan, University of North Carolina
Scott Rodgers, University of Notre Dame
Stephen Boyle, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Colleluori Hofstra University
Sam Barnes, University of Notre Dame
Andrew Adams, Penn State University
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