For the second straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse has produced multiple All-Americans as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Sophomore defensemen Victor Powell and junior midfielder Toron Eccleston were named Second Team All-Americans and graduate student Mitchell Linklater was selected to the Third Team at short stick defensive midfield. The trio give Lenoir-Rhyne 16 All-Americans in program history and eight over the past two seasons.
Powell led LR with 29 caused turnovers and earns his first All-American nod. The 29 CT’s are the third-most in a single-season in program history and Powell’s 30 CT’s in 2021 stand as the second-most. His 51 career caused turnovers place him second in program history and he is a two-time All-Conference performer. Powell caused a season-high four turnovers against Newberry on March 30 and has 10 games with multiple caused turnovers. He added two goals and an assist on the offensive end and grabbed 49 ground balls on the year.
Eccleston led the Bears with 54 points and 41 goals scored in 2022 and earns his first All-American distinction. Eccleston had a monster game against Florida Tech with five goals and two assists for a season-high seven points and had 12 goals through the first four games of the season. Eccleston crossed the 100-career goal mark this season and sits in sixth place in program history with 104 career goals.
Linklater wraps up his career with his first All-Conference selection. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada native finished with 36 ground balls and five caused turnovers on the year to go with five goals and five assists. For his career, Linklater scooped up 159 ground balls which places him third in program history and he had four seasons with 30+ ground balls.