GRANVILLE, Ohio- After an 18-2 season that ended in the NCAA Division III Tournament Semifinals, Denison University landed five players on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American teams.
Earning second-team honors was senior attackman Liam Rooney and junior defenseman Ben Duhoski. Honorable mention All-American accolades went to senior defenseman Teddy Sawyer, senior attackman Will Donohue and sophomore midfielder Jake Waxter.
This is the second-straight All-American honor for Rooney and Duhoski. Both were honorable mention selections in 2016. This year, Rooney led the nation in assists (88) and broke program records for assists in a season, points in a season (126), career assists (162) and career points (282). Rooney also leaves DU with North Coast Athletic Conference records for assists in a season, career assists and points in a season. Rooney's 88 assists are the third-most in a season in Division III history. He was named in the NCAC Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-conference pick for the third time.
Duhoski led the Denison defense that allowed only 7.07 goals per game in 2017. He ranked fourth on the team in ground balls (51) and was second in caused turnovers (34). He also scored five goals and had one assist on seven shot attempts. The 2017 NCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Duhoski is a two-time first-team All-NCAC pick.
Donohue enjoyed one of the most prolific goal scoring seasons in Big Red history. He broke the Denison single-season record for goals in a season, scoring 65 while shooting at a 51 percent clip. In 20 starts, Donohue totaled 77 points and had 10 games with four goals or more. He scored six goals in wins over Wittenberg and Kenyon and posted five in the NCAA semifinal at Salisbury. Donohue leaves Denison tied for fourth in career goals with 121. He also ranks 14th in career points (172).
Sawyer earned his first All-American award by leading the defense in caused turnovers (40) and was third in ground balls (52). He scored two goals and had four assists while starting all 20 games. He leaves Denison as a three-time first-team All-NCAC selection who totaled 168 ground balls and 89 caused turnovers in 63 career games.
This also marks the first All-American honor for Waxter who led Denison's midfielders in scoring with 28 goals and 14 assists. He scored three goals and had one assist in Denison's 11-3 win over 11th ranked Dickinson on March 17. He also posted 11 multi-goal games this season. Waxter was a first-team all-conference pick.
Denison's five All-American selections ties for the second-most in program history, joining 1994, 1999 and 2014. In 2001, Denison landed six players on the USILA All-American team. That remains the program's high-water mark.