2018-19 YEAR IN REVIEW: Men’s Lacrosse

2018-19 YEAR IN REVIEW: Men’s Lacrosse

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's lacrosse team concluded the 2019 season with its eighth straight season of 10 wins or more. Additionally, seven were selected as All-Conference selections.

Season Recap
Sewanee finished with a 10-7 season in 2019, finishing as a semifinalist in the SAA Tournament.

The team earned non-conference wins over Augustana (Ill.), Piedmont (Ga.), Scranton (Pa.), Colorado College and Springfield (Mass.). In conference play, the Tigers captured victories over Centre, Birmingham-Southern, Hendrix and Oglethorpe.

The 2019 campaign was a historic one for head coach Marty Watters, who earned his 100th career victory on Feb. 27 against Augustana (Ill.), 16-5.

The Tigers enjoyed the dramatics, as Sewanee played six contests last season that were decided by one goal. The team went 5-1 in those games, with three going into overtime.

Sewanee had seven student-athletes named All-Conference, while senior Ryan Stubits became the third student-athlete in program history to earn an All-American selection. Additionally, he also participated in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Senior All-Star Game. 

Memorable Game | Sewanee vs. Birmingham-Southern, April 20 | SAA Tournament First Round
After a 15-14 victory in overtime at home on March 31 in the regular season, Sewanee would have to tangle with Birmingham-Southern once again in the opening round of the SAA Tournament.

Sewanee carried a 9-6 halftime lead, but the Panthers evened the score at 10 goals apiece at the end of the third quarter.

After four straight goals by BSC, Sewanee was held to just eight shots in the period.

The contest would be squared at 12 goals with 32 seconds left in regulation thanks to a Peyton Taylor goal. That goal forced the contest into overtime for the second straight game in the series and for the third time in 2019 for Sewanee.

BSC took the opening face off, one of just four wins out of 29 attempts, and the Panthers took three straight goals, with two saves from Bryce Womack.

With a little over 90 seconds left in the first overtime period, Sewanee had its first possession in the extra period, but it was short-lived thanks to a turnover on a failed clear attempt.

After a blocked shot with 29 seconds left, the Tigers sprinted down the field, looking to end the contest. Thomas Lynde did just that with a game-winning shot from Henry Burns to advance Sewanee into the semifinals for the seventh straight season.

SAA Statistical Leaders
Goals Scored
5th | Hayden Hunt - 36

Assists
4th | Thomas Lynde - 27

Ground balls
1st | Ryan Stubits - 169

Face off wins
1st | Ryan Stubits - 282

NCAA Statistical Leaders
Team Statistics
11th | Face Off Winning Percentage - 67.8%

Individual Statistics
Ground Balls Per Game
8th | Ryan Stubits - 10.56

Face Off Winning Percentage
14th | Ryan Stubits - 68.6%

Man-Up Goals
36th | Will Pratt - 9

Awards

Southern Athletic Association
SAA Player of the Week
March 11 - Ryan Stubits (Defensive)
March 25 - Hayden Hunt (Offensive)
April 1 - Thomas Lynde (Offensive)

All-SAA Team
Grant Gilmore - First Team
Hayden Hunt - First Team
Thomas Lynde - First Team
Ryan Stubits - First Team
Ian Marr - Honorable Mention
Cal Pearce - Honorable Mention
Will Pratt - Honorable Mention

SAA All-Sportsmanship Team
Grant Gilmore

SAA Academic Honor Roll
Daniel Burnum
George Greer
Ian Marr
Kip McGuire
Drew Mullen
Ryan Stubits
Phillip Yonge

U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)
Division III All-American
Ryan Stubits - Honorable Mention

USILA Senior All-Star Game
Ryan Stubits

Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA)
All-South Region
Ryan Stubits - Honorable Mention

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