Acton Named ECAC New England Rookie of the Year

Contact: Justin Long

Devin Acton '14 was named Rookie of the Year
by the NEILA, NESCAC and ECAC.

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Amherst College’s Devin Acton ’14 (Sudbury, Mass.) has been named the 2011 Division III Men’s Lacrosse New England Rookie of the Year, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced today.

Acton is the first Amherst player since Derek Cherney ’07 to be named the region’s top rookie by the ECAC. This is Acton's third Rookie of the Year award, as he was also honored by the NEILA and the NESCAC.

Acton’s team-leading 57 points helped carry the Lord Jeffs to a school-record 15 wins and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament selection. He was among the conference leaders in goals (39), assists (18) and points, ranking fourth in the NESCAC in points per game (3.17). Acton made the conference’s race for Rookie of the Year quite lopsided, as his 57 points were 21 more than the next highest first-year total (36).

Acton scored at least one goal in each of Amherst’s 18 games, notably recording four consecutive hat tricks in March. On Mar. 28 he was named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week, marking the first time since 2006 a first-year had earned the honor, and the first time since 2004 the award had gone to a Lord Jeff.

Notable performances for Acton included a season-high six points on five goals and one assist during a win over Bowdoin. He scored the game winner in the team’s regular-season meeting with Middlebury, helping the Jeffs get the best of the Panthers for the first time since 1989.

Acton didn’t slow down in the national tournament, recording five points against Keene State before scoring three times in a rematch with Middlebury. He capped off his remarkable season with a goal and an assist during a loss to RIT in the national quarterfinals.

Head coaches within the ECAC membership voted on the All-Star teams and individual awards. A complete list of this year’s honorees can be found on the ECAC website.