The USILA D1 All-America Team was released yesterday, and Virginia placed six members on the prestigious teams. Scott McWilliams, Mark Cockerton, Tanner Scales, James Pannell, Rob Emery, and Chris LaPierre all earned spots for their performances over the course of the season. Let's take a look:
McWilliams led the way for the Hoos, making his way onto the Second Team All-America list for the second straight year, and his third as an All-American. Scott finished his career with five goals, six assists, 125 ground balls, and 87 caused turnovers. A 2014 co-captain, McWilliams led the team with 24 caused turnovers and scored three goals on four shots over the course of the season. Scott was drafted No.8 overall in the Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft, going to the Boston Cannons.
Cockerton repeated for the second straight year as a member of the Third Team. His 63 points in 2014 led the Hoos, as did his 47 goals. Over his career, Mark amassed 125 goals and 32 assists for 157 points. His 125 career goals are good for eighth place in Virginia history, tied with Garrett Billings and one behind Steele Stanwick. Mark also holds both fourth and sixth place in the Virginia record books for goals scored in a season with 49 (2013) and 47 (2014), respectively.
Also joining Cockerton on the Third Team is second year defender Tanner Scales. Scales was second on the team behind McWilliams in caused turnovers with 22 this season, bringing his two year total to 47 (are you kidding me? Ridiculous). This is his first selection to any USILA All-American team, but definitely will not be his last.
Pannell, Emery, and LaPierre were all selected to the Honorable Mention team. Pannell had an outstanding sophomore season, finishing second on the team with goals (39) and points (46). Emery, a three time All-American (HM in 2012, Third Team in 2013) finished his time at Virginia with 73 goals and 23 assists. LaPierre, also a three time honoree (Third Team in 2011, Second Team in 2012), amassed 22 goals, 19 assists, 259 ground balls, and 34 caused turnovers over the course of his tenure in Charlottesville. The 259 career ground balls are good for a tie in 10th place in Virginia history with former goalie Tillman Johnson.
Virginia's six honorees tied them with North Carolina with the second most players on the team, behind Duke who had ten players recognized. Pannell and Scales are the only two underclassmen for Virginia on the team.
Congratulations to all the honorees, and thank you to the 4th/5th years for their contributions as Wahoos!