May 9, 2012

MIT Places Three on Pilgrim League All-Conference Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Bryan Beller (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Ernie Park (Plainsboro, N.J.) along with sophomore Elliot Sykora (Wilmette, Ill.) were second team all-conference selections as announced by the Pilgrim Lacrosse League earlier this week. The trio along with seven other players represented the Engineers on the academic all-conference team.

Beller became the fifth player in program history to collect three all-conference awards as he was tied for fifth in the league in caused turnovers (21) and 11th in groundballs (51). He graduates as MIT's all-time leader in caused turnovers in a game (five), season (21), and career (43). Sykora, a recipient of his second straight second-team honor, ranked second on the team in caused turnovers (12) while tallying 27 groundballs, five goals, and two assists. Park was voted for his first all-conference accolade after compiling eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points. In Pilgrim League play, he led the way in assists (17) and was tied for first in points (23) while he ranked third overall in assists.

Beller received his third academic all-conference award while senior Michael Bickers (Charlotte, N.C.) earned his second nod. Picking up their first plaudits were Park, Sykora, juniors Sean Burke (Centennial, Colo.) and Mike Gibson (Natick, Mass.), and sophomores Ben Hessels (Laytonsville, Md.), Mateo Pena Doll (Elk, Calif.), Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.), and Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.).