---- — CORTLAND — Seven members of the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team were honored Tuesday as the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced the 2013 SUNYAC Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference Team.
Joey Kramer, Tim Lawrence, Nick Travers and Ryan Phillips each received All-SUNYAC First Team nods. Charlie Dullea and Brett McClelland garnered second team honors while Mike Lind was one of four honorable mention selections.
The seven all-conference honorees mark a program-high for the Cardinals, who previously set the record with five last season. Kramer, Lawrence, Travers and Phillips join Kyle Norchi (2011) and Chris Hopps (2008) as the only Plattsburgh State players to receive first-team accolades.
As the Cardinals’ leading scorer, Kramer becomes a two-time All-SUNYAC player with 39 goals and 50 points. The Lindenhurst, N.Y. native is the league’s leading goal scorer and is tied for third with 3.33 points per game. Kramer is fourth all-time with 111 career goals and 146 points. He has also scored more man-up goals than any other Cardinal lacrosse player with 23 goals in 64 games. In addition to two man-up goals this season, Kramer has also netted four game-winning goals.
Lawrence receives the second straight all-conference award of his career as a member of the first team. A junior attackman out of Kings Park, N.Y., Lawrence is third on the team with 26 goals and 15 assists. He is the Cardinals’ leading scorer in conference play, tallying 19 of his 41 points against SUNYAC opponents. In addition to his offensive numbers, Lawrence has picked up 32 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers.
Travers, a Smithtown, N.Y. product, is a three-time All-SUNYAC selection. After representing the Cardinals on the second team in his first two seasons, Travers jumps up to the first team in his senior season as a fixture in Plattsburgh State’s midfield. He appeared in all 16 games and enters the postseason fifth in team scoring with 19 goals and 26 points. Travers has won 117 of 216 face-offs and leads the squad with 101 ground balls.
Phillips is recognized by the conference for the second straight season as one of the anchors for the Plattsburgh State defense. Hailing from Levittown, N.Y., Phillips has appeared in 15 games this season, scooping up 25 ground balls and causing 21 turnovers. As a team captain, he has helped solidify a defense that has held its opponents to 6.94 goals per game.
McClelland is the first of two Cardinals to appear on the All-SUNYAC Second Team, marking the first time the senior midfielder has been honored. The Oswego, N.Y. native has appeared in all 16 games and is fourth on the team with 24 goals and 16 assists. McClelland has added four man-up goals and four game-winning goals while picking up 29 ground balls.
Dullea joins Travers as a three-time All-SUNYAC honoree, earning second-team laurels in back-to-back seasons. The long stick midfielder from Brasher Falls, N.Y. also received an honorable mention nod as a rookie. Dullea has played in all 16 games and leads the Cardinals with 29 caused turnovers. He also 29 ground balls and three assists.
Lind receives honorable mention recognition in his final season with the Cardinals. As a mainstay on the Plattsburgh State defense, Lind has appeared in 64 games during his four-year career. In 14 games this season, he has 27 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. A native of Garden City, N.Y., Lind has helped lead a man-down defense that ranks ninth in Division III, holding the opposition to 14 goals in 99 attempts.