Montclair, NJ (5/26/10) – Last season, the Montclair State men's lacrosse program earned its first All-America honor as goalkeeper Thomas Bowers was named to the team by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). That number grew to four on Wednesday as seniors Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) and Patrick Ferry (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) and junior Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) were named to the 2010 version.
All three players named Honorable Mention.
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.
Ferry was the Skyline's top defender each of the last four years earning All-Conference accolades each season. A former Rookie of the Year in the league. Ferry anchored one of the nation's top defensive units as Montclair State allowed just 6.28 goals per contest. Ferry started all 19 games and collected 31 ground balls and forced 19 turnovers, the latter number second-best on the team. He also scored once and registered an assist.
Ferry is the all-time leader at Montclair State in caused turnovers with 108 and for his career collected 158 ground balls in addition to scoring four goals and adding seven assists.
Sinicola had a tremendous season as he took Skyline Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player honors scoring five goals in MSU's 12-8 win over Kean in the championship game. He started all 19 contests and led the team in assists (48) and points (78) while finishing third in goals scored with 30. He also posted 48 ground balls and forced five turnovers. Sinicola ranks seventh in Division III in assists this season and is 33rd in points scored.
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.