AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College men's lacrosse team placed six student-athletes on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) /Warrior and New Balance All-American teams, as announced by the organization Monday, with senior captain Evan Wolf and junior midfielder Jimmy McAfee claiming three of the nation's most coveted awards.
Attackman Wolf earned USILA First Team in addition to being named the Lt. Col. JI Turnbull Outstanding Attackman of the Year and the Iroquois National Outstanding Player of the Year, while McAfee garnered Short Stick Midfielder of the Year accolades in addition to his First Team nod. Joining Wolf and McAfee as All-Americans are Colin Minicus '20 (Attack, Third Team), Matt Solberg '20 (Midfield, First Team), Tamer Sullivan '21 (Defense, Second Team), and Rod Castro '20 (Defense, Honorable Mention).
Closing out his collegiate career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in the history of the men's lacrosse program, Wolf was named the USILA DIII Iroquois National Outstanding Player of the Year, USILA Lt. Col. JI Turnbull Outstanding Attackman of the Year and a First-Team All-American after previosly being named First Team All-NEILA, NEILA Player of the Year, First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Watch List selection. Starting all 22 games for the Mammoths, Wolf led Amherst in goals (75) and points (118) and ranked second on the Mammoths in assists with 43 en route to ranking 28th in the nation in goals per game (3.41) and 15th in the country in points per game (5.36). He also registered 42 ground balls, nine caused turnovers and a 42.9 shot percentage in a prolific senior season donning the Purple & White.
A stellar junior campaign wrapped with USILA Short Stick Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-America honors for McAfee after previously being named a First Team All-NEILA and First Team All-NESCAC honoree as a short stick defensive midfielder. Making 21 appearances for Amherst in 2019, the Perrineville, N.J. native ranked third on the Mammoths in ground balls with 68 on the year, caused 12 turnovers and posted a 10-7-17 offensive stat line.
Solberg continued to be a prominent force for the Mammoths in his junior season as a First Team USILA All-America selection. Named a First Team All-NEILA honoree and First Team All-NESCAC selection in 2019, Solberg appeared in all 22 contests for Amherst, while ranking third on the team in all three major offensive statistical categories. The East Grand Rapids, Mich. native closed out the year with 48 goals, including six man-up tallies, and 26 assists for 74 total points while picking up 15 ground balls and causing four turnovers as a midfielder.
His first All-American selection, Sullivan earns Second Team honors on defense after starting 21 games and playing in all 22 contests during a breakout sophomore season. Corralling 39 ground balls as a key component of a staunch defensive unit that allowed just 10.45 goals per game, the Ipswich, Mass. native also ranked third on the Mammoths in caused turnovers with 21 en route to also earning NEILA First Team and NESCAC First Team honors.
A Second Team All-NEILA selection and Second Team All-NESCAC honoree, Minicus lands Third Team USILA All-America honors following another noteworthy season on attack in which he lead the Mammoths in assists (48) and ranked fourth on the team in goals (40) and second on the team in points (88). Finishing 2019 ranked 25th in the Division III in assists per game (2.40), Minicus started 20 games for the Purple & White and racked up 37 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers and a 44.4 shot percentage.
Rounding out Amherst's All-American selections is junior defender Castro, with the Bryn Mawr, Pa. native claiming Honorable Mention honors after picking up All-NEILA Second Team and All-NESCAC Second Team nods. Taking the field in 20 games for the Mammoths, Castro led Amherst in caused turnovers with 38 and ranked 93rd in the country in caused turnovers per game (1.90) while also grabbing 45 ground balls on the year.