WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – A trio of underclassmen on George McCormack's Williams College lacrosse team that set a program record for most wins in a season (18) and became the first Eph team to win three NCAA Tournament games and advance to the NCAA semifinals has earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
To advance to the NCAA semifinals the Ephs had to travel to #1-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology and down the hosts. The Ephs prevailed in a double over time contest, 12-11.
Lund, a sophomore attack from El Segundo, Calif. broke the all-time Eph single season goals mark netting 64 this spring. Lund broke the previous Eph high season goals mark set by John Moorhead in 2000 by six as Moorhead scored 58 goals. In 38 games in his first two campaigns for the Ephs Lund has tallied 91 goals and has assisted on 39 for a points total of 130.
"Cory Lund was our most improved player this past year and he contributed to the team in many ways," McCormack said. "Cory lead our team in goals and was very consistent with his production throughout the season. He was also able to distribute the ball and organize our offense when necessary. Cory's biggest strength though was his willingness to scrap for groundballs, ride hard, and absorb hits on the crease."
Chris Burdick a first year defender from Riverside, Conn. was most impressive in the back for the Ephs.
Burdick started and played in all 22 games and his one-on-one defending was stellar all season long. Burdick scored one goal and assisted on three more for four points. He scooped up 48 ground balls and he caused 18 turnovers.
"Chris Burdick did an outstanding job as a freshmen defender all year long," noted McCormack. "He was tasked with covering our opponents' top attackman every game and he handled it very well. Chris is very athletic with excellent stick skills that allowed him to not only defend well but to also pick up groundballs and clear the ball consistently."
Jake Haase, a first year midfielder from Wayland, Mass., who previously was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year was a remarkable playmaker for the Ephs in his debut season.
Haase started and played in all 22 contests this season. Haase scored 32 goals, but it was his assists that really stood out. He averaged just over three assists a game and ended the season with 67. His 67 assists this year eclipsed the program's previous best mark of 47 set by Todd Erickson '78 in 1977.
Haase also broke the all-time Eph record for most points in a season with 99. The previous high point total was in the possession of John Moorhead who registered 79 points on 56 goals and 23 assists in 1999.
"Jake Haase had a fantastic freshmen year and was rewarded with NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors," stated McCormack. "Jake has great vision and anticipation and really enhanced our offense with his feeding and dodging abilities."