Cortland Places Four on Men's Lacrosse All-America Team

Four SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse players have been selected to the 2016 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Div. III All-America team. Senior midfielder/faceoff specialist Pat Baldwin (Alpharetta, GA) was chosen to the All-America second team, while senior attack Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena), freshman midfielder Joey Panariello (Islip) and junior defenseman David Foster (Farmingville/Sachem East) were honorable mention recipients.

Hopps is an All-American for the third time; he was second team last spring and third team as a sophomore. Baldwin and Foster are both All-Americans for the second consecutive year. Baldwin is on the second team again this season, while Foster is honorable mention for the second straight year.

Baldwin played in 20 games, 19 as a starter, and recorded two goals and four assists for six points. He won 258-of-393 faceoffs (65.6 percent), which ranked him in the top 20 nationally in Division III in faceoff percentage, and he ranked 10th nationally with 8.7 ground balls per game (174 total). In his four seasons at Cortland, Baldwin won 64.4 percent of his faceoffs (872-of-1,354).

Hopps, also a starter in 19 of 20 games this spring, led Cortland with 44 goals and 29 assists for 73 points. He also registered 35 ground balls, nine caused turnovers and three game-winning goals. Hopps closed his four years at Cortland as Cortland's career leader in total points (286) and assists (132) and tied for third in goals (154).

Panariello played in all 20 games, two as a starter, in his first collegiate season. He finished the year with 21 goals and 12 goals for 33 points in addition to grabbing 20 ground balls. Panariello ranked fourth on the team in assists and total points and fifth in goals scored.

Foster appeared in 19 games, 13 as a starter. He scored three goals and assisted on another, scooped up 26 ground balls, and tied for first on the team with 12 caused turnovers. He helped Cortland's defense allow 9.3 goals per game, including seven goals or less 10 times.

Cortland finished the season 14-6, won its ninth consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title and made its 16th straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Red Dragons won their NCAA first-round game at Western New England University before falling at eventual national runner-up Tufts in the second round.