Chlastawa, Fantoni, Jones selected to NEILA All-New England teams

From left to right, Matt Chlastawa, Rocco Fantoni and Clarke Jones all received NEILA All-New England honors on May 15, 2018. (File photos by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates men's lacrosse team had three of its players honored as All-New England selections on Tuesday, as the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its year-end awards.

Sophomore Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) was one of three attackmen named First Team All-New England; junior defender Rocco Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) was named to the Second Team on defense while senior Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) received Third Team All-New England honors on attack.

It is the second postseason honor for both Chlastawa and Fantoni, who were named All-NESCAC on May 3 by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Chlastawa followed his remarkable, All-America freshman season with an even more productive sophomore campaign. His 97 points were 13 more than the second-ranked player in the conference at season's end, NESCAC Player of the Year Evan Wolf. Chlastawa scored 48 goals and tallied a conference-high 49 assists, smashing Bates' former team record of 40 established by Shane Kokoruda in 1992. Chlastawa now has two of the three highest point single-season point totals in program history, including his 53-goal, 32-assist rookie season.

Fantoni led the conference in caused turnovers with 37, eight more than any other player. He also collected 55 ground balls, ranking 14th in the NESCAC and third among non-faceoff men in that category. Twice this season he was named to the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III Team of the week.

In addition to Chlastawa and Fantoni, each of whom earned All-NESCAC honors earlier this month, Jones was honored as All-New England after his remarkable senior season. Jones moved from midfield to attack and produced one of the greatest statistical seasons in program history. Despite playing in two or three fewer games than most other conference leaders, Jones ranks fifth in the NESAC in goals (52), third in man-up goals (10) and seventh in points (74).

Jones' outstanding all-around prowess is underscored by his ranking 14th in the league in ground balls, third among non-faceoff men. He is also tied for 15th in the conference in caused turnovers (16), and is the only player in the league's top 35 in that category who has scored more than six goals.

2018 NEILA All-New England Teams