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Five Saints earn All-Atlantic East honors

Five Saints earn All-Atlantic East honors

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Atlantic East Conference announced its first-ever men's lacrosse All-Atlantic East teams on Tuesday, and the Marymount University men's lacrosse team had five named to the second team.

Sophomore attackman Clark Akers headlines the Saints named to the team, after producing the best offensive season in program history. He led the team with 79 points, 49 goals, and 30 assists; his goal and point totals marked new program records for a single season. Akers' assists were good for third all-time in the program for a single season.

In the conference, Akers ranked second in goals and points, while tying for second in assists.

He also tied for a team high with five man-up scores and finished fifth on the team with 38 ground balls.

A quartet of seniors joined Akers on the second team, with Grey Clarkson, Steve Ferrigno, Christian Lutz, and Dalton Smolens.

Lutz had a career year at the faceoff "X," winning a career-high 254 faceoffs, which was second in the Atlantic East. He went 254-433 at the "X" for a 58.7 percent winning percentage. Lutz also set a single-season record with 153 ground balls, leading the team, which was almost 100 more than his previous season high.

Smolens led the Saints' defensive unit with a team-high 29 caused turnovers, while finishing sixth on the team with 34 ground balls. He was one-of-three Saints to start all 18 of the team's games, as well. Smolens ranked sixth in the Atlantic East in caused turnovers and seventh with 1.61 caused turnovers per game.

Clarkson started all 18 games in the cage for the Saints, finishing with a career-high 209 saves and a career-best 11.20 goals-against average. He moved into the number eight spot for a single-season in saves with his season. His 54 percent save percentage was also a career best.

He finished with the most minutes in goal in the Atlantic East (963:28), while leading the conference in saves.

Ferrigno manned the defensive midfield, ranking fourth on the team with 15 caused turnovers on the year, which was good for 22nd in the Atlantic East. He was fourth on the team with 45 ground balls, also ranking 22nd in the conference.