Denison junior Austin Campbell was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III All-America team as an honorable mention selection. It's been quite a postseason for Campbell who recently became the ninth Denison men's lacrosse player to earn Player of the Year honors from the North Coast Athletic Conference.
While this is the first year the NCAC has presented separate Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards, this marks the first time in the 29-year history of the conference that a long stick midfielder has received a POY award. Campbell joined former standouts Cory Couture (2012), Dan Maude (2009), Alex Baruch (2008), Peter Royer (2000), Frank Pennimpede (1999), Ethan Ewing (1994), Tom Bryan (1990), and Bill Hall (1986) as Big Red lacrosse players who have earned Player of the Year recognition from the conference.
Meanwhile, Campbell becomes the 109th Denison lacrosse player to receive All-American honors from the USILA. A two-time first-team all-conference selection, Campbell led the NCAC in caused turnovers this season with 30. He also paced the team with 59 ground balls while scoring four goals and chipping in two assists. Denison boasted the nation's No. 1 scoring defense this season, as they limited the opposition to just 5.25 goals per game.
One of the winningest programs in the history of NCAA Division III lacrosse, Denison has made 20 NCAA Tournament appearances while winning 14 NCAC Championships. Since 1953 the program has logged 575 victories while posting a sparkling .701 winning percentage. In 20 seasons under the direction of head coach Mike Caravana, Denison has gone 208-81 (.719) with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances.