Chad Merrill Named NAC Defensive Player of Year; Five Other Eagles Earn All-NAC Honors

Chad Merrill Named NAC Defensive Player of Year; Five Other Eagles Earn All-NAC Honors

WATERVILLE, Maine - The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's lacrosse postseason accolades have been announced and six Husson University players have been honored, tying the school record for the most honorees in program history and the most since the 2012 season.

Senior long stick midfielder Chad Merrill has been named the 2019 NAC Defensive Player of the Year and garnered First Team All-NAC honors while senior attacker Zach Glazier, sophomore midfielder Gunner McAllister, senior midfielder Blane Miller and senior goalkeeper Matt Martin have all been listed on the Second Team. Sophomore midfielder Brendan McNally lands a spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Merrill earns the program's second NAC Defensive Player of the Year honor and the first since the 2015 season. The Husson senior and long stick midfielder was a defensive force all season, collecting 55 ground balls in five NAC games, and 78 overall. A steady hand with the stick, Merrill forced nine turnovers in conference games, and ten caused turnovers overall. He anchored a defense that allowed fewer than three goals, while collecting double-digit ground balls, in two conference wins. He also helped the Eagles offensively with four assists, and two goals on five shots-on-goal in NAC play, while tallying three goals, five assists for eights points overall.  

Merrill will leave the program as the all-time leading scorer among defenders with 16 goals, ten assists for 26 points in 51 career games played. He ranks among the program's career leaders in games played (22nd), games started (9th, 46), ground balls (3rd, 269), ground balls per game (3rd, 5.27), caused turnovers (5th, 82), and caused turnovers per game (4th, 1.61).

Glazier collects his fourth career All-Conference honor after netting 29 goals and dishing out 15 helpers for 44 points in his senior season, becoming just the second Eagle and the first offensive player in program history to be named to the All-Conference squads all four years as a member of the HU Lax program. The senior attacker also recorded two man-up goals, scooped up 54 ground balls, caused 11 turnovers, and took 82 shots with 46 of them on frame, in 11 games played in his final campaign.

The 2015 NAC Rookie of the Year capped his career as the best two-way offensive player in program history and will leave the program ranked in the top-ten in points (4th, 183), points per game (3rd, 3.33), goals (4th, 115), goals per game (4th, 2.09), assists (3rd, 68), assists per game (3rd, 1.24), shots attempted (4th, 399), shots attempted per game (3rd, 7.25), shots on goal (4th, 237), shots on goal per game (5th, 4.31), ground balls (6th, 232), ground balls per game (7th, 4.22), caused turnovers (8th, 56), caused turnovers per game (8th, 1.02), and man-up goals (t-4th, 15).

McAllister collects his first career All-Conference acclaim after enjoying a breakout sophomore season, where he posted career highs in goals (16), assists (8), points (24), man-up goals (2), man-down goals (2), ground balls (30), shots attempted (77), and shots on goal (48).

Miller also claims the first All-Conference honor of his career after tallying three goals, 22 assists - tied for the fifth most in a single-season, 29 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers in his final stanza for the Eagles. The three-year playmaker finished his career with 14 goals, 50 assists, 64 points, five man-up goals, 83 ground balls, 25 caused turnovers in 38 games played. Miller will finished his career ranked among the career leaders in points (13th), points per game (13th, 1.68), assists (5th), assists per game (2nd, 1.32), caused turnovers (16th), caused turnovers per game (21st, 0.66), and man-up goals (t-13th).

Martin earns his second-straight All-Conference honor after posting a 14.33 goals-against average with a .525 save percentage during his senior season. He ranks fourth in the NAC in games played (10), minutes (485:43), and saves (128) while finishing fifth in goals-against average this spring. He completed his NCAA career first in team history in saves (514), second in goalkeeper games (42), goalkeeper games started (41), minutes (2191:09), wins (14), shots faced (1535), saves per game (12.24) and sixth in save percentage (.552).

McNally was selected to the NAC All-Sportsmanship team because he positively affected the lacrosse culture and environment and his behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.

Under the watch of the program's all-time winningest head coach Mike Craig, Husson wrapped up the 2019 campaign with a 4-7 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play.

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