WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – The Williams College Men's lacrosse team (14-2/8-2 NESCAC) winners of their last seven games in a row captured NESCAC Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year honors and placed two players on the All-NESCAC First Team.
Eph head coach George McCormack was voted the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for leading this year's Eph team to a school record 14 wins in a season. Men's lacrosse debuted as a Varsity sport in 1928.
This marks the second consecutive year that Stewart has been recognized by the coaches in NESCAC, as he was a Second Team Honoree in 2018. Both Stewart and Hoffman were named Third Team All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Stars last spring.
Stewart, a long-stick midfielder, has played in all 16 games for an Eph team that is 14-2 heading into a NESCAC Semifinal contest versus arch rival Amherst this coming Saturday at 3:00 PM on the campus of Tufts university in Medford, Mass. The 14 wins by the Ephs this season is an all-time Williams best for a program that began in 1928.
Stewart has tallied eight goals this spring and assisted on one. One of his goals this season came from over 48 yards out in a win at RPI. He has collected 65 ground balls and caused 29 turnovers.
In his three years in the Purple Valley Stewart has netted 12 goals in 49 games and he has assisted on four goals. He has 171 career ground balls and he has caused 61 turnovers.
Brendan Hoffman, a midfielder, is third on the 2019 Ephs in goals scored (36) and a career high 17 assists, playing in all 16 games to date. Hoffman has picked up 16 ground balls ad he has caused four turnovers this season.
Hoffman's 36 goals this season is also a career best as is his 53 points to date. In 82 games for the Ephs Hoffman has tallied 82 goals and assisted on 26 goals for 108 career points.
"Rock Stewart and Brendan Hoffman are both very deserving of being named First Team All-NESCAC," stated George McCormack. "Rock had a terrific regular season at the long stick midfielder position and Brendan was a force at the midfield position. Both Rock and Brendan played their best in the biggest games and both made excellent contributions to our team in numerous statistical categories."
First year midfielder Jake Haase from Wayland, Mass. has posted an impressive debut season starting all 16 games to date and leading the Ephs in points with 73.
Haase leads the Ephs in assists with 46 and he has also scored 27 goals. Haase's 46 assists are third best in NESCAC.
"Jake Haase has had an outstanding freshmen year at the attack position and led all NESCAC freshmen in overall points and assists" McCormack said.