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10 Hobart lacrosse players voted to NEC postseason teams

Ten members of the Hobart College lacrosse team earned postseason recognition from the Northeast Conference today. The Statesmen had three players named to the All-NEC first team, five to the All-NEC second team and two to the NEC All-Rookie Team.

Senior attackman Ryan Archer, senior defenseman Sam Mueller and junior defenseman Michael Christiansen earned first team honors. Senior faceoff specialist Drew Blanchard, junior attackman Derrek Madonna, junior midfielder Bradley Simas, sophomore midfielder Bobby Baltzer and sophomore goalie Kevin Holtby garnered second team accolades. First-year midfielders Chad Bach and Anthony Dattellas were named to the All-Rookie Team.

A starter in all nine games, Archer led Hobart with 16 assists and was second on the team with 16 goals and 32 points. He has recorded at least one point in 20 consecutive games, the longest active streak by a Statesman. Archer matched his career high with seven points in a game twice this season, producing four goals and three assists in the season-opener against Mount St. Mary’s and repeating that output in the regular season finale against Sacred Heart. He was named the NEC Player of the Week for his performance against the Mountaineers. Archer is fifth in the NEC in assists per game, sixth in points per game and 11th in goals per game.

Archer has appeared in 44 career games, logging 61 goals, 64 assists, and 47 ground balls. In Hobart’s Division I era, he ranks fifth in career assists, 10th in career points (125) and 19th in career goals. Archer was a 2018 All-NEC second team pick and earned a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team.

Mueller and Christiansen started every game for Hobart on close defense, helping the Statesmen limit opponents to 11.0 goals per game. Hobart ranks second in the NEC in scoring defense.

Mueller led the Statesmen with 11 caused turnovers and added 25 ground balls. He matched his career high with seven ground balls against Sacred Heart and twice matched his career-high with three caused turnovers (vs. Saint Joseph’s and Bryant). Mueller was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending May 2, after leading Hobart to wins over Wagner and Sacred Heart. Mueller is fifth in the NEC in caused turnovers per game (1.22).