Wolves Shine on Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams

L-R: Marco Carney, Cody Nitzke, Kasey Gallina, Harold Pallone, Connor Cupp, Nikoli Biljanoski, Chris Bellanca, Ryan Bates
L-R: Marco Carney, Cody Nitzke, Kasey Gallina, Harold Pallone, Connor Cupp, Nikoli Biljanoski, Chris Bellanca, Ryan Bates

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Lacrosse team was extremely well represented as the North Eastern Athletic Conference released their all-conference teams and regular season awards on Wednesday.

Keuka College had four players earn first team, two on second team and two on third team. Connor Cupp was also named North Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

A couple of veteran poles highlighted the first team selections for the Wolves. Cody Nitzke was named First Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference for the second time in his career. The senior has been honored by the NEAC all four years, also earning second and third team recognitions. He is second on the Wolves in both groundballs and caused turnovers on the season. Fellow long-stick, Harold Pallone was also named first team for the second time in his career. The junior was a first team selection last season after being a third team pick in his freshman year. He has led the Keuka College defense this year and has caused 36 turnovers, third best in the conference.

A pair of first time selections were also named First Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference. Marco Carney was selected as a short-stick midfielder. The senior has done an excellent job this season facilitating Keuka College's clears and transition offense. He has set career-highs with 33 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers as well. Also named first team was Kasey Gallina. The sophomore is third on the team in scoring, having set a new career-high with 24 goals and 33 points. Gallina has also been a key member of the man-up offense, scoring a team-high tying six goals with the advantage this season.

Connor Cupp and goalie Nikoli Biljanoski was named Second Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference. Cupp has led the Wolves with 36 goals, 27 assists, and 63 points. He ranks top five in the NEAC in all three categories and is the only freshman named to the top two all-conference teams. Cupp is just the second player in program history to be named North Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Nikoli Biljanoski joins Cupp on the second team. The junior goalie was a standout for the Wolves. In his first full season of starting, Biljanoski has posted a 9-4 record, the most wins by any goalie in the NEAC. His 155 saves this season is third best in the conference and fourth most in a single-season in program history.

Rounding out the All-Conference selections for Keuka College were Chris Bellanca and Ryan Bates. Bellanca was second on the team with 27 goals during his freshman campaign. He averaged three goals a game against conference opponents. Ryan Bates earned his first selection as a sophomore defender. He has started every game for the Wolves and set new career-highs with 34 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers.

The Keuka College Men's Lacrosse team earned the second seed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. The Wolves will host the Wildcats of SUNY Poly at 5pm this afternoon at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.