Elkins, Luongo, Peet to represent Panthers; Wilus on coaching staff
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) announced the rosters for its annual East-West Senior All-Star Game on Wednesday morning, and three members of the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team, as well as an assistant coach, will all be participating.
Seniors Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.), Paul Luongo (Northborough, Mass.) and Sean Peet (Glen Cove, N.Y.) will suit up for the West All-Stars, while assistant coach Mike Wilus will serve as part of the four-man coaching staff. The game will take place at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., on Friday (May 31), with opening faceoff set for 6:00 p.m.
All players and coaches were nominated by the head coaches within the NEILA. Players were then ranked and selected by a committee, awarding seniors from all three NCAA Divisions who played their collegiate careers in the New England region. All told, 54 athletes from Divisions I, II and III will compete in the game.
Plymouth State was one of six schools with three representatives, joined by Clark University, Curry College, Johnson & Wales University, Lasell College and Assumption College.
"This is a great opportunity to highlight the college careers of these young men," said Tim Murphy, head coach of Curry College and coordinator of the East-West All-Star team selection. "For many, it is one last time for them to play an organized game against such high competition. It is also a chance to compete with players you may have battled against throughout your college career."
The NEILA East-West game also gives assistant coaches from some of the top programs in the region the opportunity to take the reins as the coaching staffs of each team. The coaches are also nominated by the head coaches who are members of the NEILA. Joining Wilus on the West team staff are Devin Callahan (Eastern Connecticut State University), Connor Eschmann (Western New England University) and Will Roberts (Clark University).
Under 11th-year head coach Gordon Webb, Plymouth State ended the year with an 8-8 mark while going 6-2 in LEC play. The six conference wins established a new program high and were good enough to finish second in the regular season standings, matching a program best. PSU entered the LEC Tournament as the second seed and topped UMass Boston in the semifinal round to advance to the title game for the second time in program history, but fell to Keene State in the championship game.
The complete 2019 NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game rosters can be found here.
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