Hartford, Conn.- Trinity College men's lacrosse senior captain Alex Notman (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) and seniors Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) and Scott Morgan (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) were each named to the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Academic Team, while Notman, fellow seniors Ben MacShane (Concord, Mass.) and Jack McInnis (North Andover, Mass.), and sophomores Stephen Decker (Morristown, N.J.), Liam Fitzgerald (Skillman, N.J.), and Drew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) each graced the 2019 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Morgan was additionally chosen to represent Trinity men's lacrosse on the 2019 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The Bantams, coached by Jason Tarnow (2nd Season), finished the 2019 campaign season with an 8-8 overall record and finished eighth in the NESCAC with a 3-7 mark in conference play. The Bantams qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament fo the eighth time, falling at Tufts, 17-8, in the quarterfinal round.
Members of the NEILA All-Academic Team are nominated by head coaches in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, and are comprised of student-athletes who have excelled both in the classroom and on the field over the course of their men's lacrosse career. Nominees are required to have senior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be a significant enough player that he was nominated for his all-conference squad. To earn NESCAC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. They display sportsmanship, not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
Notman, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, led the Bantams in caused turnovers with 22 and added 53 ground balls (2nd on team) and an assist while starting every game at long-stick midfielder this spring. He finished his fine career with five goals and three assists for eight points, 103 ground balls, and 38 caused turnovers in 56 games. An alum of Noble and Greenough School, Notman graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology. He is the son of Pamela and Donald Notman.
Knaus, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, led the Bantams in assists with 23 and scoring with 48 points despite missing six games as a Bantam attackman in 2019. Knaus also totaled 75 25 goals (3rd on team), 75 shots, and 10 ground balls while starting all 10 games in which he played. He finished his fine career with 105 goals (T7th all-time at Trinity) and 53 assists (8th all-time at Trinity) for 158 points (5th all-time at Trinity)(, with 310 shots, and 77 ground balls in 47 games. An alum of St. Ignatius High School, Knaus graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in economics. He is the son of Amy and Jeff Knaus.
Morgan enjoyed a banner senior season, earning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Warrior and New Balance All-American Second Team, NEILA All-New England First Team, and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference First Team honors as a face-off specialist. Morgan, who was also chosen to play in the USILA Senior North/South All-Star Game, led the NESCAC in ground balls with 144 (7th in nation, new Trinity record) and face-off percentage at .670 (19th in nation) in 2019. He added seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 games (all starts), and was selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week once this spring. Morgan closed his outstanding career with 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points on 34 shots, 403 ground balls (2nd all-time at Trinity), and 692 face-off wins in 1,247 attempts for a face-off percentage of .555 (3rd all-time at Trinity). He represented Trinity men's lacrosse on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team in 2018. An alum of the Kent School in Connecticut, Morgan graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in economics. He is the son of Scott and Judi Morgan.
MacShane, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, played in five games and scooped three ground balls as a Bantam midfielder this spring. He finished his career with 11 goals and six assists for 17 points, 44 shots, 23 ground balls, and five caused turnovers in 32 games. An alum of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, MacShane graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology. He is the son of Heather and Nick MacShane.
McInnis played in six games and scooped one ground ball as a Bantam long-stick midfielder this spring. He finished his career with one assist, 22 ground balls, and five caused turnovers in 33 games. McInnis is also a two-time All-New England hurdler for the Trinity men's indoor track and field squad, and has collected five NESCAC All-Academic honors in lacrosse and track in his athletic career. An alum of the Central Catholic High School, McInnis graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Karen and Mike McInnis.
Decker played in 13 games and totaled seven ground balls and three caused turnovers as a Bantam midfielder this spring. A graduate of the Delbarton School, he is the son of Karen and Robert Decker. Fitzgerald notched an assist and 27 ground balls while winning 65 of his 108 face-off opportunities for a .602 percentage in 15 games and three starts as a Bantam face-off man this spring. A graduate of the Hun School, Fitzgerald is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Beth and Doug Fitzgerald. Kozub led the Bantams in goals with 34 and shots with 132 while adding seven assists for 41 points (2nd on team), 15 ground balls, and three caused turnovers in 16 games (all starts) in the attack. A graduate of St. John's High School, Kozub is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Trish and Mike Kozub.