Seven Hobart lacrosse players earned a spot on the 2004 Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade point average in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter.
Senior defensive midfielder Matt Kanellis (Cortland/Cortland, N.Y.), junior goalie Dan Valente (Mt. Hebron/Ellicott City, Md.), sophomore defenseman Matt Murphy (Haverford/Havertown, Pa.), and first-years midfielder Chris David (Georgetown Prep/Silver Springs, Md.), midfielder Ben MacDonald (Brunswick School/Bedford, N.Y.), defenseman Wesley McDonald (Upper Canada College/Toronto, Ontario), and midfielder John Soden (Delbarton/Chester, N.J.) represented the Statesmen among the 58 student-athletes on this year’s Honor Roll.
Both Kanellis and Murphy are making their second appearance on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
A biology major, Kanellis played in 12 games this season, scoring a goal in Hobart’s 10-9 win over Bucknell in the Patriot League semifinals. He was a key member of the Statesmen’s man-down defense that ranked 14th in the nation.
An anthropology major, Valente started all 16 games this season posting a .583 save percentage and an 8.84 goals against average. A second-team All-Patriot League selection, he ranked 18th in the nation in save percentage.
Murphy started in 14 of the 16 games he played in this season and ranked third on the team in ground balls with 52.
David led Hobart first-years in scoring this season with 12 goals and two assists. He posted a season-high four points (3-1) in the Statesmen’s regular season win over Bucknell.
MacDonald played in three games this season and picked up his first ground ball against Holy Cross, while McDonald saw action in two games this year.
Soden was one of the top faceoff specialists in the nation in 2004. He won 55.2 percent of the restarts he took, while picking up a team-high 73 ground balls.
Hobart finished the season, its 10th in Division I, with a 9-7 overall record. The Statesmen played their final season in the Patriot League with a 6-1 mark and a runner-up finish in the league’s postseason tournament, falling to the eventual national runner-up Navy in the title tilt, 9-8. Hobart joins the ECAC Lacrosse league for 2005 season.
The Statesmen made their 25th NCAA Tournament appearance this season, and fourth at the Division I level, falling at ninth-ranked Cornell, 11-5, in the first round. Only Johns Hopkins (33), Maryland (27), and Virginia (27) have earned more NCAA Tournament bids.