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Nine garner All-NCAC honors

(L-R) Tanner Smith, Nick Farrell, Kyle Brown and Porter McKay
(L-R) Tanner Smith, Nick Farrell, Kyle Brown and Porter McKay

The 16th-ranked Denison men's lacrosse team landed nine players on the 2011 All-North Coast Athletic Conference squad, including four first-team selections and five first-time honorees.

Midfielder Tanner Smith made his third-consecutive appearance on the first-team after finishing with 18 goals and a team-best 24 assists. The senior also led the team in points (42) and ground balls (49). In addition, Smith received the NCAC Sportsmanship Award as voted on the by conference coaches.  A second-team selection last season, defenseman Nick Farrell was named first-team all-conference. Farrell started all 14 games on the backline, scooped up 27 ground balls and forced a team-high 23 turnovers.

Attackman Kyle Brown and defensive midfielder Porter McKay both made their debut on the All-NCAC team after strong senior campaigns. Brown finished second on the team with 22 goals and 13 assists, while McKay logged five goals and 12 ground balls en route to earning first-team specialist honors.

Senior attackman Emmett Jones received second-team accolades after leading the Big Red with 28 goals. A four-time all-league pick, Jones also dished out seven helpers and secured 17 ground balls.

Joining Jones on the second team were a trio of first-time selections in midfielder Colin Molloy, defender Tommy Harrison and goalie Nick Petracca. Molloy has 22 goals and four assists, while Harrison has corralled 39 ground balls and caused 19 turnovers. In his first year as starting goalie, Petracca has posted a 9-2 record in 11 starts. The sophomore has stopped 87 shots and boasts a .630 save percentage.

Rounding out the all-conference list for Denison is junior attackman Cory Couture. Couture, a second-team choice last season, has logged 13 goals and 11 assists in 12 appearances this season. The junior has also picked up 15 ground balls and forced four turnovers.

The Big Red (11-3) will travel to Rochester, N.Y. for the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. Denison will take on undefeated and second-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday at 1 p.m. R.I.T. will provide live video of the second round game.