Hillyer & Lyons Named to USILA All-America Team for Connecticut College
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior defender Clay Hillyer (South Windsor, Conn.) and junior midfielder John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) have been named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America Team. Both players were recognized as honorable mention selections.
"These guys are the perfect example of what happens when you combine talent and sweat equity. These guys make their deposits to the bank year round and when it's time for a withdrawal; there is no question what they'll bring to the table. It's an honor well deserved for both of these young men and should be motivation for everyone associated with our program."
A senior captain and leader of the defensive corps, Hillyer is making his second consecutive appearance on the squad for Connecticut College. This season, Hillyer corralled 30 ground balls to go along with 17 caused turnovers while handling some of the toughest defensive assignments for Cornell's defensive unit. Hillyer piled up 82 ground balls during the course of his prolific playing career.
In addition to the All-America recognition, Hillyer has been recognized on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad in each of the past two seasons.
Hillyer received his degree in Slavic Studies this past weekend.
Lyons enjoyed a breakout season for the Camel offense, finishing fifth in the NESCAC with 33 goals scored and adding 14 assists to rank eighth in the league with 47 points.
A team captain and second team All-NESCAC selection, Lyons stepped up his play during the Camels' late season surge, tallying 12 goals and four assists over the final five games of the season. During his first three years with the program Lyons has amassed 54 goals and dished out 34 assists for a total of 88 points.
A Dean's List student and economics major, Lyons is headed to New York City this summer for an internship with JP Morgan.
May 24, 2012