HAMDEN, Conn. -- The Bates men's lacrosse team placed two players on the NEILA Division III All-New England teams, announced today by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. First-year faceoff specialist Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) was named the First Team Faceoff Specialist, while senior defender Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) earned Second Team accolades.
Jackson led the Bobcats and was tied for eighth in the NESCAC in ground balls per game, with 4.23. The vast majority of those ground balls coincided with winning the faceoff for Bates. While taking 78 percent of Bates’ faceoffs on the season, Jackson ranked fifth in the conference in faceoff winning percentage, at a lofty .551, with the four players ahead of him comprising one junior and three seniors. In Bates’ March 24 game against Trinity, Jackson won 18 of 19 faceoffs and collected 13 ground balls. Jackson also emerged as a dangerous scoring threat after winning faceoffs, netting four goals on the season, eighth-most on the team.
Helm, a Second Team All-NESCAC selection in 2011, led a Bates defense that ranked seventh in the NESCAC in goals-against average, at 8.12 per game. A physical and disruptive force in the back, Helm led the Bobcats with 19 caused turnovers and collected 30 ground balls. He also surprised opponents this year by scoring his second career goal and adding the first two assists of his career. Helm was also a First Team Defense selection at linebacker this past fall on the 2011 All-NESCAC Football Team, after leading the league in solo tackles for the second straight year.
Earlier this month, both Jackson and Helm were named to the NESCAC All-Conference Team as well, with Helm getting a First Team nod and Jackson a Second Team award.