Baltimore, MD. - The NYIT men's lacrosse program has been selected fifth in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Division II Top-15 preseason poll for the second consecutive season and four members of the team have been chosen as 2017 Preseason All-Americans. Seniors Tom Hughes and Alex Seltzer have been selected to the First Team, Will Kistinger earned a second team nod and junior Ian Prate rounds out the awards with a spot on the Third Team.
Seltzer, a two-time East Coast Conference Goalie of the Year has also been added to the the Division II Player of the Year Watch List. Looking to build on a junior season in which he went 13-5 and had a 58.7 save percentage, Coach Dunn describes Seltzer as "unflappable". Opposing coaches have the Bears as a team to watch in 2017, largely because of the play of the defense. The Plainview, N.Y. native completed over 1000 minutes in the cage for NYIT last season, amassing a career-high 196 saves. For his efforts he was also named a USILA All-America Second Team honoree and ECAC Division II Second Team All-Star.
Hughes, was chosen as Preseason All-American from Inside Lacrosse Division II Faceoff Yearbook, finishing the year as a Third-Team All-America Selection in 2016. He earned ECC All-Conference First Team Honors and was named ECAC Division II Second Team All-Star. This year he appears on the First Team as a midfielder, after posting a career-best 35 goals last season. He finished with 55 points after adding 20 assists and also scooped up 24 ground balls.
Kistinger led the team and was tied for first in the conference last year in goals (48) and posted a 111-222 mark in the faceoff X. He earned inclusion on USILA All-America Second Team and was named an ECAC Division II first Team All-Star for his efforts. Inside Lacrosse describes the Bohemia native as a "pure downhill dodger who can get to the goal".
Capping the honorees this round is Prate, who only appeared in 10 games for NYIT last season. Inside Lacrosse says "Prate could be the X-factor for the Blue and Gold and emerge as one of the best LSMs in the country".
Also in Coach Dunn's bag of tricks are a handful of new faces in the form of transfers and underclassmen who could contribute to the success the Bears saw last season. After an NCAA Tournament drought, NYIT earned a bid, falling to eventual champion Le Moyne. The Bears top the East Coast Conference in the top-15 poll, followed by No. 9 LIU Post and No. 10 Mercy College.
Portions of this release courtesy of Inside Lacrosse Magazine.