WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Short-stick midfielder Jesse Bartko (Brookfield), long-stick midfielder Trevor Ross (Stratford) and attackman Matthew Rougeot (Cheshire) have been recognized in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) men's lacrosse season-ending awards program.
Bartko was named to the NEILA Senior All-Academic Team while Ross and Rougeot were selected to compete in the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University.
A four-year member of the program, Bartko graduated this month with a degree in communication and is the program's tenth player to qualify for the NEILA team. He appeared in all 16 games for the 7-9 Warriors with six ground balls and six caused turnovers.
A total of 90 players representing 38 institutions qualified for the Division III All-Academic Team. Qualifiers have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 and were nominated for their respective all-conference teams.
In an exhibition game featuring two teams of 27 Division I, II and III players, Ross and Rougeot will compete for the West Team. Third-year Eastern assistant coach Devin Callahan will serve as one of the West Team's four coaches. Including this year, a total of 45 individuals – 41 players and four coaches -- have represented Eastern in this game since the program's first season in 1996.
Rougeot led Eastern this year in goals (41) and points (50), while Ross tied for the team lead among non-faceoff position players with 52 ground balls and led all players by causing 26 turnovers. Rougeot, twice having reached 50 points in a season, was named second-team All-Little East Conference this year for the third time.