It won’t officially be decided until early June.
But the process of selecting the Hudson Valley members of the USILA all-America team actually evolves over the course of many months.
So now that we are at the midway point of the season, let’s take a first look.
We undoubtedly have a pretty good idea who most of the leading candidates are. So letâ€™s hear your thoughts.
John Jay’s Chris Bocklet is the lone returning AA from last season. History tells us that those who have received the award as juniors â€” or even in some very rare cases sophomores â€” and who continue to play at the standard theyâ€™ve established almost always repeat as AAs the next season.
Even so, that leaves seven other spots. Who do you think should get them and why?
Please focus your comments on why certain players should receive the honor rather than why some should not. With your help, this can be a positive and informative discussion that opens a lot of eyes.
Here are a few quick facts:
â€¢ Last yearâ€™s AAs were: Bocklet, Brian Douglass, Kevin Stockel and Ryder Bohlander (John Jay), Andrew Collins (Lakeland/Panas), Rob Bosco (Hen Hud), T.J. Smith (Rye) and Jay Lucas(Fox Lane).
â€¢ The number of selections went to eight in 2006. The number is determined by the USILA based on the number of teams that offer lacrosse.
â€¢ More than 300 players through the country earn AA honors each year.
â€¢ Prior to Bohlander and Bosco in 2006, the last Section 1 junior named AA was Jordan Rabidou (Somers) in 2002.
â€¢ T.J. Smith’s selection last year marked the first all-American in Rye history.
â€¢ The last Section 1 all-American named who had not committed to a Division I program was Steve Settembrino of Yorktown in 2004. Settembrino, who attended Trinity-Pawling for a year after graduating from Yorktown, now plays for a Division I program: UMBC.
â€¢ The last three-time Section 1 AA was Chris Watson, who graduated from Yorktown in 2001.
â€¢ “All-America selection info”:http://www.uslacrosse.org/mens_div/hs_aa_process.phtml