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Victor Powell
Victor Powell was named the USILA Defensive Player of the Year.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Boast Nine to All-Region Squad

Ahead of the 2024 Division II National Championship, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team had nine members listed in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Region Teams.

Victor Powell, the senior from Chesapeake Beach, Md., was named the South Region Defensive Player of the Year in addition to First Team All-Defense. The SAC Defensive Player of the Year currently leads LR with 30 caused turnovers and ranks No. 4 on the team with 37 ground balls.

Rob Pensabene, the senior from Mount Laurel, N.J., was named as the First Team Goalkeeper. In his second season in Hickory, the SAC Specialist of the Year has a 14-1 record in between the pipes. Pensabene also ranks No. 3 in Division II with a 7.80 goals-against average and ranks No. 5 with a .591 save percentage.

Colton McCracken, the senior from Middletown, Md., was named First Team Short-Stick Defensive Midfielder. The SAC First Team Short-Stick Defensive Midfielder ranks No. 5 on the team with 28 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.

Evan Voss, the junior from Powder Springs, Ga., was named Third Team Attacker. The 2023 NCAA Most Outstanding Player leads the Bears with 23 assists and ranks No. 3 on the Bears with 21 goals.

Moving on to the honorable mention selections, Ryan Duncan and Caison Dillon were both listed as midfielders. Duncan, the graduate student from Leesburg, Va., leads the Bears with 48 points and 27 goals, while Dillon, the graduate student from Kernersville, N.C., ranks No. 3 on the team with 36 points thanks to his 19 goals and 17 assists.

On the defensive side, Joey Masson and Nate Ashley both received the nod of honorable mention. Masson, the senior from Ijamsville, Md., ranks No. 4 on the team with 12 caused turnovers and ranks No. 7 with 23 ground balls. Ashley, the senior from Bradenton, Fla., ranks No. 2 on the team with 19 caused turnovers and No. 9 with 20 ground balls.

Lastly, Matthew Mancini, the sophomore from Middletown, Md., was named the Face-Off Specialist Honorable Mention. The 2024 SAC Tournament MVP ranks No. 15 in Division II with a .609 face-off winning percentage and ranks No. 26 with 6.61 ground balls per game.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team will return to action for the 2024 National Championship against No. 1 seeded Adelphi on Sunday, May 26 at 4 p.m. The game is scheduled to take place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}