Three Jeffs Earn USILA All-America Honors
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. – Several members of the Amherst men’s lacrosse team added to their growing list of postseason accolades with Quinn Moroney ’16, Devin Acton ’14 and Aaron Mathias ’14 each earning a spot on the USILA All-America squads.
An All-NESCAC and All-NEILA selection, Moroney garnered third-team All-America laurels, while Acton and Mathias received honorable mention recognition. Also excelling in the classroom, Acton and Mathias each picked up USILA Scholar All-America honors.
Piecing together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in program history, Moroney led the league with 80 assists. Amassing 112 points, he nearly doubled Derek Cherney’s 2005 total of 68 for the highest scoring campaign in the Jeffs’ modern era. Leading the nation in assists per game (4.00), Moroney is also fourth in Division III in points per contest (5.60).
Recording at least five points in 15 of the team’s 20 contests, he had 10 points (3G, 7A) against Bowdoin in the NESCAC quarterfinals, setting single-game conference tournament marks in points and helpers. The sophomore also ranked third in the squad with 49 ground balls.
Putting the wraps on a stellar senior season, Acton posted a career-high 57 goals, good for fourth in the league. Finishing his career with 222 points, he surpassed Cherney (204) for the most points in the school’s modern era. Finding the back of the net in each of the squad’s 20 games, Acton had 16 multi-goal efforts, tallying a season-high six scores in the Purple & White’s first round NCAA showdown against Colorado College.
One of Amherst’s tri-captains, Mathias enjoyed a stellar 2014 campaign, racking up 36 goals. With 10 multi-goal games to his credit, he helped Amherst tie a program record with 15 wins. Also a first-team All-NESCAC and All-NEILA awardee, Mathias factored into the scoring in all but two contests, registering a goal in each of his last 10 outings, including a season-best five markers against Trinity College on Apr. 23.