Three Men's Lacrosse Student-Athletes Earn NEILA Honors

Devin Acton '14
Alex Fox '12
Arne Andersen '13

Contact: Ben Badua

FAIRFIELD, CT – Three members of the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team earned 2011 NEILA All-New England accolades after helping the Lord Jeffs to a program-record 13 wins and the squad’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

First-year Devin Acton (Sudbury, MA) took home NEILA Division III Rookie of the Year laurels, while junior midfielder Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) earned first-team All-New England honors. Sophomore defenseman Arne Andersen (Phoenixville, PA) received second-team All-NEILA recognition for his efforts.

Acton has made an immediate impact in his first full season in Purple and White, ranking first on the team in points (52) and goals (35), while ranking fifth in the NESCAC in goals (2.27) and points (3.13) per game. With 10 multiple-goal games to his credit, Acton erupted for four scores against Eastern Connecticut State University on Mar. 22, before scoring a season-high five goals en route to a season-best six points in a 13-10 win over Bowdoin College on Mar. 26.

The Sudbury, MA native also tallied four goals in a 7-6 triumph over Springfield College on Apr. 13, while recording hat-tricks against Connecticut College (Mar. 19) and Wheaton College (Mar. 29) and dishing out a season-high three assists against Bates College (Apr. 2). Acton also tallied a game-high five points on a goal and four assists in Amherst's 12-8 victory over Keene State in the opening round of the NCAA men's lacrosse championship - the program's first-ever tournament win.

Fox makes his second-consecutive appearance on the NEILA All-Star team, capturing first-team honors as a junior after earning second-team recognition in 2010. The Garden City, NY native continued to impress in his third-year, tallying 42 points on 17 goals and 25 assists, while appearing in all 16 of the squad’s games this season. His 25 helpers on the year currently rank fifth in the NESCAC, while his 2.60 points per game average sits 12th.

The junior midfielder recorded a season-high five points on three occasions this year, handing out a season-best four assists in a win against then-No. 20 Connecticut College on Mar. 19. Fox also registered a pair of hat-tricks in victories over then-No. 7 Middlebury College and then-No. 13 Trinity College on Apr. 6 and Apr. 29, respectively. He had a goal and two assists in the Lord Jeffs' recent NCAA Tournament first-round triumph over the Owls.

Making his first appearance on the NEILA All-New England second-team, Andersen appeared in all but one of the Lord Jeffs’ games, quickly becoming a staple on an Amherst defensive unit that helped post the NESCAC’s third-lowest goals-against average (7.96). The Phoenixville, PA native scooped up 29 ground balls in 2011, tracking down a season-high six against Trinity. Andersen also picked up four ground balls in a hard-fought 4-2 win over then-No. 19 Wesleyan University, while collecting three ground balls in triumphs over Connecticut, Bowdoin and Middlebury.