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Five Denison student-athletes named USILA All-Americans

(L-R) Jake Waxter, Sam Dyson, Peter Pittroff, Spencer Butler, Chris Broderick
(L-R) Jake Waxter, Sam Dyson, Peter Pittroff, Spencer Butler, Chris Broderick

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its Division III All-Americans on Thursday and Denison University landed five players from its 18-3 NCAA Quarterfinal squad on the teams.

Denison's five honorable mention All-American selections were Chris Broderick (LSM), Spencer Butler (Attack), Sam Dyson (Defense), Peter Pittroff (Attack) and Jake Waxter (Midfield).  That runs Denison's all-time total of men's lacrosse All-Americans to 136.  Over the six seasons, 27 Big Red men's lacrosse players have been named to the USILA All-American teams.

Waxter, a senior midfielder is making his third-straight USILA All-American appearance.  He is a three-time first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection who posted a career-high 37 goals and 22 assists in 2019.  In 81 career games, Waxter leaves Denison with 110 goals, 64 assists, and 98 ground balls.

Pittroff received his second-straight All-American certificate after another prolific season as the Big Red's primary distributor on attack.  In only his third season, he became the program's career leader in assists after posting a career-high 79 assists in 21 starts.  He also scored 32 goals, one off his career high.  In 60 games, Pittroff has racked up 250 points (81 goals, 169 assists).  He was a first-team All-NCAC pick for the second-straight year.

Butler, Dyson, and Broderick are making their debuts on the USILA All-American teams. 

Butler leaves Denison ranked second in career goals scored with 185, just four shy of the record of 189 held by Brady Burton since 2010.  Butler played only three seasons at Denison and posted seasons of 65 goals (2017), 55 goals (2018) and 65 goals (2019) at DU.  He also totaled 57 assists after a career-high 22 assists this season.  He is a two-time first-team All-NCAC selection and was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year in 2017.

Dyson made the shift from LSM to close defense in 2019 and flourished. He snagged a career-high 41 ground balls and had 12 caused turnovers while starting 15 of 21 contests.  He is a two-time first-team All-NCAC selection. 

Despite having his season cut short due to injury, Broderick made opened plenty of eyes when he was on the field in 2019.  He finished with 61 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers from his long stick midfield position.  He was named the NCAC's Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-NCAC selection as a junior. 

Dyson and Broderick helped the Denison defense limit the opposition to 9.1 goals per game while the offense nearly doubled up that total, averaging 16.1 goals per game.

Denison has made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by one NCAA Final Four (2017) and two Elite Eight (2016, 2019) showings.  Overall, Denison men's lacrosse has made 24 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and 18 NCAC championships.  Head Coach Mike Caravana joined an elite group of coaches in 2019 by winning his 300th career game.  Caravana boasts a record of 308-96 in 26 seasons on the Denison sidelines.