Montclair, NJ (5/26/10) – Senior Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) became the first Montclair State men's lacrosse player in program history to be named Scholar All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) as the organization unveiled its 2010 team on Wednesday.
USILA Scholar All-America Program was established in 1989 to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. A total of 71 players were selected from the three divisions.
Bonner was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year as well as a First-Team selection. A three-time All-Skyline pick, he finished second on the team with 55 points on 38 goals (second best) and 17 assists. In addition he led the team in ground balls with 67, has also forced 12 turnovers and ranked fourth in the league in goals and fifth in points. Bonner collected a goal in 15 of 17 games this season, including 13 games in which he scored two or more. Bonner posted a season-best six points twice, including a four-goal, two assist effort in MSU's 13-9 win over New York Maritime in the semifinals of the Skyline Conference Tournament. He also added nine ground balls in the game.
For his career Bonner finished 10th all time in points with 160 and seventh at 113 goals. He is tied for third-best with 226 ground balls and also ranks in the Top 10 in caused turnovers. Bonner was a team-captain and for the past two seasons helped organize the efforts in Montclair State’s “Lax for Autism” program. Bonner was presented with the James J. Poet Sportsmanship Award at the recent MSU All-Sports Banquet.
Montclair finished 15-4 this past season tying the school record for victories. Included in those 15 victories was a 14-game winning streak that propelled MSU into the USILA Top 20 rankings for the first time in school history. Montclair reached a high mark of No. 17. In addition the Red Hawks also went unbeaten in the Skyline Conference posting a 6-0 mark for the third consecutive season and capturing the league tournament for the second straight campaign. The win earned Montclair a second straight berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament where MSU hosted a first-round contest for the first time.