Sisselberger and Spence Receive USILA All-American Recognition
BETHLEHEM, PA. – After Junior Mike Sisselberger and Senior James Spence were named Media All-Americans last week, they received additional All-America awards on Thursday, this time from USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association). Like last week, Sisselberger was appointed to the first team, while Spence was awarded laurels. Sisselberger is Lehigh’s first USILA First Team All-American since 1923.
Sisselberger recently posted the best faceoff win percentage for a season in NCAA Division I Lacrosse history. After a 15-of-19 attempt in the NCAA tournament against Rutgers, he ended his season with 79.5 percent (225 of 283), exceeding the previous mark of 79.1 from Albany’s TD Ierlan in 2018. Sisselberger also finished the season with 160 groundballs, a new program and a record in the Patriot League, especially impressive after a shorter season than usual (12 games in 2021). Sisselberger collected double-digit groundballs in eleven of these competitions, while offensively adding four goals and two assists. Named the Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Year, he is the only student lacrosse athlete in the league to be recognized as the first All-American team. Sisselberger is the Mountain Hawks’ second All-American Specialist (along with Conor Gaffney, an Honorable Mention from USILA and Media All-American in 2019).
Spence ended his season with an impressive 17 performance against Rutgers (which was a career high). He made 10 of those saves in the second quarter alone to keep the Mountain Hawks halfway within 5-2. His 56.0 percent saving in 2021 is good for 14th place nationwide, while his 9.83 goals against average rank 16th. During the regular season, Spence was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after a performance of 17 against Loyola and 14 stops against Navy. He also made 15 parades at Bucknell, another of his nine double-digit parades in 2021.
The Mountain Hawks ended their season with a 10-2 record, including a perfect 9-0 mark against opponents of the Patriot League. Lehigh received the number 1 in the league tournament and the league’s automatic qualification for the NCAA tournament.
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