Red Devils Earn Four IMLCA All-Region Honors

Photos by Matt O'Haren
Photos by Matt O'Haren

(Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson College had four players named to the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) All-Region Team for the 2019 season.

Senior Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) was a First-team selection while classmate Jack O'Connell (Sands Point, N.Y./Westminster) earned Second-team honors.

Senior Bobby Hartwick (Brookeville, Md./Georgetown Prep) received honorable mention as a face-off specialist while classmate Jack Doran (Ardmore, Pa./Haverford School) was honorable mention on defense.

Usich was named a Warrior Lacrosse/USILA First-team All-American for the second straight year and was honored as the Division III Co-National Long Stick Midfielder of the Year. He became the second Red Devil to be named the National Long Stick Midfielder of the Year, following in the steps of Brandon Palladino '13, who earned the honor in 2012 and 2013.

Usich was voted the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earning his third straight First-team honor. The long pole middie led the conference with 46 caused turnovers and ranked third in the CC in ground balls, picking up 90 on the year.

He continued to play a key role in the Red Devils success rate on clears and posed a dangerous threat in transition, scoring three goals and handing out five assists this season. Usich broke in the program's top-10 with 245 career ground balls, ranking eighth all-time. He forced 123 turnovers, causing 51 turnovers in 2018. He raised his scoring totals to 10 goals and 11 assists in his career as well.

Hartwick made his first appearance on the All-America squad and was tabbed as the conference's top face-off man, earning First-team honors. He led the CC with a remarkable 201 face-off wins and matched the top total in the CC with 111 ground balls. Those numbers rank him sixth and eighth on the program single season lists as well.

Hartwick picked up a season-high 16 GBs in the season opener against St. Mary's and tallied 14 while winning 21-of-27 face-offs at Muhlenberg. He won 362 career face-offs to rank seventh all-time in program history. He holds the school record, winning 25 face-offs against F&M in 2018.

O'Connell was the third Red Devil to earn First-team All-CC honors this spring after receiving honorable mention in 2018. He led the conference in scoring with 67 goals, almost matching Dylan Maher's '18 record-mark of 70 from last season. O'Connell was second in the CC in points, adding 22 assists for 89 on the year.

O'Connell moved into the top-10 in scoring, ranking ninth with 140 career points. He ranks ninth in goals as well, netting 95 in his career while adding 45 assists, handing out 41 in the past two seasons. He scored seven goals on two occasions this season, adding three assists on Senior Day for a season-high 10 points.

Doran earned his third straight All-American recognition and was a Second-team All-Conference defenseman this season. A four-year starter on defense, Doran anchored a Red Devil defense that held opponents to single digits in 10 of their 17 games this season.

Primarily a shutdown defender, Doran also moved through the midfield and slipped into the attack on occasion, scoring once and handing out a pair of assists this season. He went over the century mark, recording 112 grounds balls in his career, adding 52 caused turnovers.

This spring, the Red Devils finished 11-6 overall and rallied to win three of the final four conference games to earn the #3-seed before falling to Gettysburg in the semifinals. The Red Devils knocked off the eventual conference champion, Ursinus, in the regular season finale. The group of six All-American seniors was instrumental in capturing Dickinson's fourth Centennial Conference Championship, and NCAA Division III Elite 8 run in 2018.