Todd Nichols Named USILA All-America Honorable Mention

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY), a junior midfielder for the Amherst College men's lacrosse team, was named an All-America Honorable Mention selection by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). The top 35 Division III collegiate men's lacrosse players earned recogntion on the First, Second or Third teams, while 35 additional student-athletes claimed Honorable Mention distinction. Nichols is one of nine All-Americans from the Snively League, which gained representatives from Middlebury (4), Connecticut College (2), Amherst (1), Bowdoin (1) and Williams (1). A total of 22 colleges and universities boasted All-Americans

Nichols concluded his junior season as one of the best face-off men in New England. Picked as a Premier Midfielder by Face-Off magazine, the quad-captain tallied 21 goals and four assists as the Jeffs finished the 1998 campaign with a 9-7 record as the No. 23 team in the nation. Nichols sparked a pair of late-game comebacks as the midfielder tallied his only two goals against Springfield College in the final 41 seconds of the match, tying the game at 10-10 before notching the game-winner with just 25 ticks left on the clock. The midfielder also kept the Jeffs alive against Connecticut College as his goal with 50 seconds to play forced overtime between the Snively League rivals.

Nichols has also been named a Snively League All-Star and has been selected to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District I team for both lacrosse and football (Fall 1997). The Political Science major is now eligible for Academic All-America honors as Nichols boasts a 3.69 cumulative GPA. Nichols will return for his senior season as a quad-captain of the football team, for which he is a two-time All-NESCAC defensive back.

Nichols is Amherst's second All-American in as many years. The junior follows attackman Stephen Carr '97 (Concord, MA), who also earned Academic All-America Third Team honors last spring.

United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association 1998 All-America Teams

First Team

Attack: Joe Hope, Ithaca; Dave Maguire, Ohio Wesleyan; Darren McGurn, Ohio Wesleyan.

Midfield: Mike Faith, Salisbury State; Steve Hettrich, Denison; Ryan McDermott, Nazareth; Dan Stroka, Ohio Wesleyan.

Defense: Peter Lawrence, Roanoke; Jed Raymond, Middlebury; James Worthen, Hampden Sydney.

Goal: Jake Coon, Nazareth.

Second Team

Attack: Andy Lopatin, Washington; Peter Troup, Salisbury State; Scott Walstrum, Salisbury State.

Midfield: Jason Davenport, Roanoke; Ian Gardiner, Middlebury; Justin McCarthy, Washington; Billy Serino, Nazareth; Chris Turner, Salisbury State.

Defense: Brian Abbott, Gettysburg; Scott McGilvray, Washington; Carmine Peluso, Nazareth.

Goal: Kevin McGurn, Ohio Wesleyan.

Third Team

Attack: Chamie Burroughs, Hampden-Sydney; Dennis Foley, Nazareth; John Fuller, Washington; Scott Lowery, Gettysburg.

Midfield: Ed Dougherty, Washington & Lee; Steve Fiorelli, Ithaca; Robb Greenfield, Washington & Lee; Doug Palmer, Hampden-Sydney.

Defense: Scott Comstock, Cortland; Chris McGlone, Washington; Ward Smith, Hampden Sydney.

Goal: Andy Taibl, Washington.

Honorable Mention

Attack: Chris Abplanalp, Connecticut College; Jamie Bateman, Gettysburg; Andrew Denatale, Colorado College; Colin Dougherty, Washington & Lee; John Gormley, Springfield; Marc Heagney, RIT; Ben Hunt, RIT; E.J. MacCaull, Ithaca; Adam Pascal, Middlebury; Dennis Pupke, Cortland; Shawn Rosa, Lycoming.

Midfield: Ryan Cavanaugh, Hartwick; Adam Civalier, Nazareth; Tim Fleming, Roanoke; Kevin Langdale, RIT; Tom Lewis, Virginia Wesleyan; David Livingston, Salisbury State; T.J. Ludwig, Ohio Wesleyan; Matt McCreedy, Connecticut College; Todd Nichols, Amherst; Jeremy Stoehr, Washington; Josh Whichard, Ohio Wesleyan.

Defense: David Auch, Ohio Wesleyan; David Beaver, Denison; Vin DeGregorio, Hartwick; Leif Olson, Bowdoin; Andrew Parkhill, Hartwick; Joe Tuschong, RIT; Michael VanLokeren, Middlebury.

Goal: Andrew Barter, Gettysburg; Scott Ketcham, Hampden-Sydney; John Servidea, Williams; Jason Tarnow, Salisbury State; Matt Troy, Ithaca.

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