Chlastawa, Fantoni, Jones receive USILA All-America honors

From left to right, Matt Chlastawa, Rocco Fantoni and Clarke Jones all received USILA Division III Honorable Mention All-America honors on May 25, 2018. (Photos by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Matt Chlastawa, junior Rocco Fantoni and senior Clarke Jones all received Division III Honorable Mention All-America honors Friday from the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, after their outstanding seasons on the Bates men's lacrosse team.

It is the second career All-America honor for Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.), who was also an Honorable Mention selection in 2017; it's the first for both Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) and Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio), who become the 13th and 14th All-Americans in team history.

All three players were made NEILA All-New England selections on May 15, and both Chlastawa and Fantoni also received All-NESCAC honors on May 3.

Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) 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.

Jones concluded a highly productive career with an incredible senior season. He 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 ranked 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. He is selected to play in the USILA Senior All-Star Game today in Providence. On Saturday he will be one of 46 Bates graduates to earn the Senior Scholar Award for four-year varsity athletes with a grade-point average of 3.50 or above, and on Sunday he will graduate from Bates.

2018 USILA Division III All-America Teams