WHITINGHAM, Vt. --- Thomas College senior defender Sheldon Jones (Lewiston, Maine / Lewiston) and sophomore midfielder Colby Blondin (Colchester, Vt. / Colchester) have been named to the All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Second Team for the 2016 season, the conference office announced Monday morning.
Jones started all 12 games for the Terriers, scoring one goal and assisting on another. His goal came with the long stick in a 9-6 loss to Husson in the NAC Championship quarterfinals. He scooped up 70 ground balls and caused 39 turnovers. This is the second time Jones has earned all-league honors. He was also a second-team pick in 2014.
Blondin started 11 of 12 games, registering team-highs with 28 points, 16 goals and 12 assists. He also led the team with 78 ground balls, while causing 11 turnovers and winning 72 of 214 opportunities in the face-off circle.
New to the conference this season is the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the men's lacrosse culture and game environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. Senior long-stick midfielder Gershom Renee (Hartford, Conn. / Classical Magnet School) was Thomas' honoree on this year's team.
Renee also started every game, scoring a goal at UMaine-Farmington on April 25 and assisting on another in the NAC quarterfinal against Husson. He also contributed 27 ground balls and ranked second on the team with 30 caused turnovers.
Conference champion New England College secured the bulk of the major honors as sophomore Matt Richard was selected as NAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year, while freshman teammate Connor Fries was named both NAC Defensive Player of the Year and NAC Rookie of the Year. Castleton senior Zach Devoid was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and Lyndon head coach Kevin Pezanowski was chosen as the Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Thomas finished the season 3-9 overall and 2-6 in the NAC under first-year head coach Marsh Gray. The Terriers qualified for the NAC Championship Tournament, falling to Husson, 9-6, in the quarterfinal round.
2016 NAC Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
To view a PDF list of the All-Conference team click HERE.
A - Sean Largay, Junior, New England College
A - Matt Richard, Sophomore, New England College
A - Skyler Saunders, Senior, New England College
M - Louis Alhage, Junior, Castleton
M - Brendan Broderick, Freshman, Maine Maritime
M - Jason Sedell, Freshman, Castleton
LSM - Connor Fries, Freshman, New England College
D - James Carlson, Senior, New England College
D - Malik Hines, Freshman, Castleton
D - Derek Johnson, Senior, Husson
GK - Peter Latulippe, Senior, Castleton
FO - Joshua Gosselin, Sophomore, Castleton
A - Spencer Aubin, Freshman, Lyndon
A - Brandon Corbo, Senior, Husson
A - Kevin McCarthy, Sophomore, Lyndon
M - Colby Blondin, Sophomore, Thomas
M - Shea Jones, Freshman, Lyndon
M - Brett Martin, Senior, Husson
LSM - Peyton Faasse, Freshman, Castleton
D - Marshall Blackman, Freshman, Lyndon
D - Sheldon Jones, Senior, Thomas
D - Phillip Perkins, Junior, Johnson State
GK - Jay Palmisano, Junior, Johnson State
GK - William Platt, Freshman, New England College
FO - Austin Frankel, Freshman, New England College
Player of the Year
Matt Richard, Sophomore, New England College
Defensive Player of the Year & Rookie of the Year
Connor Fries, Freshman, New England College
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Zach Devoid, Senior, Castleton
Coach of the Year
Kevin Pezanowski, Second Season, Lyndon
Michael Dedian, Senior, Maine Maritime
Connor Joy, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Nate Laymon, Senior, Green Mountain
Isaiah Leraeu, Freshman, Johnson State
Matt Martin, Freshman, Husson
Graeme Pike, Senior, Castleton
Gershom Renee, Senior, Thomas
Skyler Saunders, Senior, New England College
Tim Scanlon, Sophomore, Lyndon