VIRGINIA BEACH -- Three student-athletes who helped guide Virginia Wesleyan College's men's lacrosse team to a 9-7 finish in 2013 have been honored as three of the best in the nation.
Junior Nick Pappas and rookie Josh Currier have been named honorable mention All-Americans and Mikey Connors has been named a Scholar All-American. Coaches in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) selected the All-Americans for 2013.
Each honor is the first for all three Marlins, but marks the second year in a row and third year in the last six that Virginia Wesleyan lacrosse has received All-America recognition. It is also the first time that two players have been named to the All-America teams and the first time for a Marlins to be selected to the Scholar All-America team.
Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River), Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross-Hill Academy) and Connors (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) finished the season as three of VWC's top four scorers. Pappas led the team with 48 goals, the fifth highest single-season total in Marlin history, Currier tallied 35 points, and Connors followed with 33. Pappas added 20 assists, Connors recorded 14 and Currier led that area with 39.
Currier, who scored a season-high four goals three times during the season, emerged as VWC's overall scoring leader with 74 points, a VWC single-season record, topping the former mark of 70 set by Tom McGurty in 1995. Pappas, who scored a career-high seven goals against Guilford, was close behind with 68 points, the fourth highest total in VWC history.
All three players ranked among the leaders in the tough Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Pappas led league in goals per game (3.0), ranked ninth in assists per game (1.25), and third in points per game (4.25). He also ranked 22nd nationally in goals per game and 31st in points per game
Currier led the league in assists per game (2.38) and points per game (4.56), and ranked sixth in goals per game (2.19). He also ranked 16th nationally in points per game and 19th in assists per game.
Virginia Wesleyan led the league in ground balls with 42.06 per game, led by Connors who finished fifth in ODAC in that category, averaging 5.5 each contest. He recorded a team-leading 88 grounders, finishing his career with 272, the fourth highest total in program history. Connors also won 34 face-offs for VWC, increasing his career total to 303, the third highest in program history.
In the classroom, Connors was a standout student and graduated magna cum laude on May 18 with a bachelor's degree in English. He is a Presidential Scholar and an eight-time Dean's List student and never posted a grade point average below 3.40. Connors graduated with a 3.76 grade point accume.
Connors is part of a combined Division I, II and III Scholar All-American team selected by the USILA. Student-athletes selected must have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities.