NEWTON, Mass. – Seniors Matt Hoffman (Brewster, N.Y.) and Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.) will represent Mount Ida College one more time, as the pair have been selected to play in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All Star Game.
Both seniors were members of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference teams, and they join five fellow GNAC members in this year's NEILA Senior Team. Hoffman and Coehlo, along with four of the other five GNAC seniors, will compete on the East Team, along with representatives from NCAA Division 2 runners-up Merrimack College and Division 1 members Boston University and UMass Lowell, among others.
Coehlo, who was also recognized as NEILA Academic All-Region, scored 67 points to finish his career with 171 total points, including 99 assists, good for second all-time in program history. He had 34 assists this season, leading a Mount Ida offense that led the conference with 141 helpers.
Hoffman put up career highs in assists (8) and points (16), as well as ground balls, with 58. His seven caused turnovers against Salem State this year was tied for second in the single-game Mount Ida records. He closes his Mount Ida records having played in 53 games, grabbing 127 ground balls and causing 36 turnovers.
Players for the NEILA East-West Senior All Star game were nominated by the head coaches within the NEILA. Players were then ranked and selected by a committee awarding seniors from all three NCAA Divisions who played their college career in the New England region.
"The NEILA recognizes these terrific student-athletes for their accomplishments over their entire playing careers. To be selected for the East-West All-Star game means that you have been a star not just this year, but throughout your four years in New England collegiate lacrosse," said Tim Murphy, head coach of Curry College and coordinator of the East-West All-Star teams selection.
The NEILA East-West game also gives assistant coaches from some of the top programs each year the opportunity to take the reins as the coaching staffs of each team. This year, the West will be coached by Brad Bishop of Keene State, Liam Murphy of Eastern Connecticut State, and Ben Lanman of Southern New Hampshire. The East will be head manned by Kevin Gould from UMass Lowell, Anthony Nardella of Saint Anselm and Derek Marshall of Wheaton College.
Hoffman and Coehlo helped Mount Ida to a 14-5 record and a 7-1 conference mark, earning them the #2 seed in the GNAC playoffs. The Mustangs collected a semifinals win over Johnson & Wales before falling by one goal to Lasell College in the GNAC championship game.