MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Five members of the Wesleyan men's lacrosse team were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) as they were named to the 2019 NEILA All-New England Teams this week. Highlighting the list was goalie Otto Bohan who earned First Team laurels, while Christian Barker, Ronan Jacoby, Colin Malarchuk, and Sean Penney were each named to the Second Team.
The NEILA selects three teams with 13 players each; Attack (3), Midfield (3), Goalie (1), Defense (3), Short-Stick Defense (1), Face-off Specialist (1), and Long-Stick Midfielder (1). Of the 39 players selected, 32 came from the NESCAC.
Bohan was named to the First Team for the second year in a row after another excellent season between the posts. The Ohio native concluded the year ranked first in the NESCAC in goals-against average (8.96) and save percentage (59.0). He logged 964:14 minutes in net and started all 17 games, owning a 13-4 overall record.
Barker earned his third NEILA All-New England honor, earning Second Team laurels as a sophomore and senior, while being named to the First Team as a junior. Barker concluded the season by scoring his 100th career assist and is just the fifth player in program history to do so. He ends his career ranked eighth all-time in scoring with 187 points on 87 goals and 100 assists. This spring, he scored 18 goals and dished out 18 assists for 36 points, while leading the team in man-up goals with six. He also caused nine turnovers and recorded 23 groundballs.
Jacoby picks up his first All-New England selection of his career after a stellar sophomore campaign. The Connecticut native led the team in points with 61 on a team-high 52 goals. He concluded the season ranked sixth in the NESCAC in goals, and earlier this spring, he scored the 100th of his career. Through two seasons, he has 118 career goals and 141 points to rank 14th all-time in the Wesleyan record books.
Malarchuk had an excellent junior season in which he led the NESCAC in caused turnovers (41) en route to this first All-New England honor of his career. He also ranked second on the team in groundballs with 56, and started all 17 games for the Cardinals.
Penney is another first-time All-New England honoree. A two-sport athlete who is also a running back on the football team, Penney caused 15 turnovers and picked up 36 groundballs, while also scoring 10 points on five goals and five assists.