WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Two juniors on George McCormack's 2019 record setting Williams College men's lacrosse team (18-4) have earned All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
Midfielder Brendan Hoffman and long stick midfielder Rock Stewart, both hailing from Darien, Connecticut, have been recognized with Hoffman earning First Team honors and Stewart being named to the Third Team.
Hoffman and Stewart were instrumental in Williams setting a program record for wins in a season with 18 (program began in 1928) and also for winning three NCAA Tournament games and advancing to the national semifinals.
The Ephs reached the national semifinals after going on the road to win in double overtime 12-11 at #1 ranked Rochester Institute of Technology.
Previously this spring both Hoffman and Stewart were accorded All-NESCAC First Team honors in a vote by the conference's coaches.
Playing in all 22 games this year Hoffman was fourth on the Eph squad in points with 74, notching 55 goals and registering 19 assists. His 55 goals were third best on the team and his 19 assists ranked fourth on the team.
In his first three years in the Purple Valley Hoffman has appeared in 55 games tallying 101 goals and he has 28 assists for 129 points He has also collected 48 ground balls.
"Brendan Hoffman had a huge impact on our offensive success this past year," stated Eph head coach George McCormack. "Brendan is very athletic for a 6' 6" guy and his ability to dodge and shoot with both hands makes him extremely hard to defend. He has also stepped up his game in regards to distributing the ball and it has paid off when teams try to double him. Brendan's other strength is his versatility. He not only plays offense, but also runs back and plays solid defense. He is a true 2-way midfielder. Brendan is also a tremendous leader by example and will be one of our captains for next year's team."
Rock Stewart also played in all 22 games this spring and he scored nine goals and assisted on one for 10 points from his long stick midfielder position. His 95 ground balls this season was second on the team and he led the Ephs in caused turnovers with 37.
Stewart has played in 55 games for the Ephs in his first three seasons and he totals 13 goals and four assists. He has collected a career total of 201 ground balls and has caused 69 turnovers.
"Rock Stewart did an outstanding job this past year at the long-stick midfielder position," noted McCormack. "Rock has a knack of doing all the little things really well and all those little things added up to help us get some very big wins. He was at the top of our conference in ground balls at his position and helped secure one of the wings on our face-off crew. Defensively he created numerous turnovers and he also played a big role in our clearing/transition game. He too is a tremendous leader by example and will be one of our captains for next year's team."