LEWISTON, Maine — Bates senior midfielder Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine) earned Honorable Mention honors as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its Division III All-America Teams on Wednesday.
Highland joins 144 other All-Americans at the Division III level this year, and becomes the fifth All-American in Bates men's lacrosse history, the most recent honoree being his former teammate, Kevin Helm '12, a year ago.
In 12 games this season, Highland scored 21 goals to go with five assists, joining sophomore Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.) and first-year Jack Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) as Bates’ first trio of 20-goal scorers since 2002. Highland scored 17 of his goals in NESCAC contests, tying him for 11th in the conference in that category. He scored three or more goals against Skidmore, Amherst, Trinity and Tufts this season, setting personal highs in goals and points by margins of eight and 10, respectively.
This is the fourth postseason honor for Highland: he was selected to play for the North team in the 72nd annual USILA North-South Game, as announced on Monday (that game will be played on Friday, May 24). Highland was also previously named Second Team All-NESCAC, joining sophomore teammate Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) as an all-conference selection, and he was also voted NEILA First Team All-New England by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.