Johnson, LaForte Earn Major Awards, Six Others Earn All-Conference Honors

Johnson, LaForte Earn Major Awards, Six Others Earn All-Conference Honors

WESTWOOD, Mass. – The Coast Guard men's lacrosse team had seven players earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference selections including junior Trey Johnson being named Co-Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Ray LaForte being named Coach of the Year Tuesday morning.

Johnson was joined on the NEWMAC first team by sophomores Ryan Gochar and Riley McNulty. Earning second team honors were juniors Anthony Wyler, Tom Bleifuss and Connor Ellis and sophomore Justin Edwards. It is the third time Bleifuss has been selected while McNulty, Ellis and Wyler both earn the honors for the second time in their career.

LaForte finishes his fourth season leading the Bears to their first national ranking in team history. Coast Guard went 6-1 in conference play, earning their first trip to the NEWMAC Tournament as the one seed. He has a career record of 38-26 including a program record 14 wins this season.

Johnson wrapped up another stellar year in goal winning a program record 13 games this season. He is first in the conference in GAA (6.87), tied for first in wins, and third in save percentage (56.4). Johnson is 18th in Division III in goals against average, has been named to the USILA Division III Team of the Week once and was a three time NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week. He has allowed double digit goal totals in one game this season.

McNulty finishes the year as one of the top midfielders in the NEWMAC. He leads the conference in points (71), second in goals (44) and third in assists (27). He became the first player in program history with 100 career points and was named NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week three times this season.

Gochar has been one of the top short stick defenders this season as he is tied for 15th in the conference in caused turnovers (15). He is fifth on the team in caused turnovers and tied for sixth in ground balls (27). Gochar is a key part of the Bears defense that is ninth in Division III in scoring defense (6.24).

Wyler continued to produce this season in the midfield as he is second on the team in goals (30) and fourth in points (40). He became the second player in program history to record 100 career points and scored the game winning goal in the Bears 10-9 OT upset of No. 2 Wesleyan earlier this season.

Bleifuss leads one of top defenses in Division III that has caused a NEWMAC high 178 turnovers. Bleifuss is tied for sixth in the conference with 19 caused turnovers this season and spearheads the number nine scoring defense in Division III. 

Ellis has been one of the top LSM's in the conference this season helping lead the Bears face-off and defensive units. He is tied for eighth in the conference in ground balls (54) and tied for eighth in caused turnovers (18).

Edwards has teamed with Bleifuss to lead a Bears defense that has caused a NEWMAC leading 178 turnovers this season. He is second in the conference with 24 caused turnovers and contributes to a Coast Guard defense that is ninth in Division III in scoring defense. He is fourth on the team with 36 groundballs.

Coast Guard wrapped up the season with their best record in program history. The Bears return 15 seniors next year and will look to make a return to the NEWMAC finals.


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