Courtesy of Elizabethtown, Scranton, and Susquehanna Athletic Communications
PERRY, N.Y. -- Four Landmark men's lacrosse players were named to the USILA Division III All America Teams, as announced by the organization Thursday morning.
2019 USILA/Warrior & New Balance All-American Teams
Elizabethtown's Jeremy Klipple turned in another outstanding season leading the defensive unit for the Blue Jays. Voted the Landmark Defensive Player of the Year, his second straight major award in the conference, Klipple led the league in caused turnovers with 33 and was the only one to generate at least 30 during the 2019 season. He also grabbed 55 ground balls, tied for the eighth-most in the Landmark. Early in the season, Klipple became the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers and ended his career with 130. It is the second straight honor for Klipple.
Klipple's teammate Tom Mahoney had a career year in the cage for E-town. In 18 starts, the junior won a career-best 11 games, tied for the most in the Landmark with fellow DIII All America Honorable Mention Dylan Abplanalp of Susquehanna. Mahoney also had a career-high 198 saves, 34 ground balls, and five caused turnovers. The Hillsborough, N.J. native is now the school's all-time leader in career saves with 471. Mahoney's 9.19 goals against average was also best in the Landmark Conference. He gave up only nine goals between two conference tournament games to help the Jays to their third consecutive Landmark championship.
Michael Elefonte of The University of Scranton becomes just the fourth player in Scranton men's lacrosse history to earn USILA All-American honors and is the first since Adam Drury was an Honorable Mention pick in 2017. Elefonte's All-American award is the latest honor for the midfielder who was previously named the Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Conference selection following a stellar junior campaign for the Royals.
This spring, Elefonte topped Scranton's scoring chart with 56 points on team-highs of 38 goals and 18 assists as he was one of just three players to start all 18 games on the season for the Royals. Elefonte, who also led Scranton with 122 shots and 82 shots on goal, also ranked second on the team with 69 groundballs and collected 12 caused turnovers, tied for fourth on the team.
Among Landmark Conference players, Elefonte finished fourth in points and ground balls, tied for fourth in goals, tied for 10th in assists.
Named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on March 25, Elefonte scored at least one goal in 17 of the team's 18 games and had 13 multi-point performances. He scored six hat tricks and had at least five points in four contests this spring highlighted by a career-best six-point effort in a 15-7 win at Susquehanna on March 23. Elefonte led Scranton to a 10-8 record this spring and the second seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs as the Royals went 5-1 in conference games to earn their ninth consecutive postseason bid.
Susquehanna's Dylan Abplanalp concluded his career for the Susquehanna University men's lacrosse team as a three-time All-Landmark Conference selection, earning First Team honors in 2018 and Second Team laurels in 2017 and 2019. The 6-4 goalie was also the 2016 Landmark Rookie of the Year and collected an IMLCA All-South Region Third Team nod last season.
He led the Landmark with 251 saves, a .603 save percentage, and 11 wins while ranking second with a .579 win percentage and a 9.52 goals against average. Abplanalp was also eighth in the league with a team-best 55 ground balls. Nationally, he ranked 11th in Division III in save percentage, 43rd with 13.21 saves per game, and 45th in goals against average.
This season, Abplanalp set the conference career saves record in the win over Catholic on April 18, surpassing the old mark of 680 set by Catholic's Harrison Holak (2013-16). He finished his career with a school record 737 saves. Abplanalp registered a career-best 22 stops at Mary Washington on March 14 and a career-high seven ground balls in a win over Misericordia on March 27.
He leaves Susquehanna as the all-time leader in saves (737) and wins (44) while coming in second with a 7.94 goals against average. He is also fourth all-time with 10.38 saves per game, fifth with a .584 save percentage, and 10th with 178 ground balls.