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Parens Honored on IMLCA All-American Team for Camels

Parens Honored on IMLCA All-American Team for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College sophomore specialist Ben Parens of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. has been honored on the inaugural Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) All-American Team.

Parens was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American First Team in May while also being honored on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Lacrosse First Team for the Camels.
Parens won 214-of-325 battles at the X to rank fourth (tied) in NESCAC face-off wins.  He corralled 118 ground balls to rank fifth in the conference. On the national level Parens finished 18th in all of Division III with a .658 face-off winning percentage while ranking 23rd in the country with an average of 7.38 ground balls per game.
 
A second team All-NESCAC selection in 2015, Parens has accounted for 228 ground balls and 409 face-off victories to go with 11 goals scored in his first two seasons of action.
 
Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, the Camels made their sixth appearance in the NESCAC Championship in the past seven years.
 
Parens played a major role in the team's success with his work in the trenches, winning 78% of his face-offs (91-for-117) in the team's seven wins this spring.
 
In a key 9-6 victory against intra-state rival Trinity College April 6, Parens was 14-for-19 at the X for the Camels with six ground balls.
 
In a 21-4 win against Colby March 26, Parens scored on the opening face-off to set the tonefor the hosts. He won 17-of-18 face-offs to go with his game-best 12 ground balls.
The IMLCA Division III All-America program established all-region teams in five geographic regions of the United States.  Nominees for the all-region teams are comprised of first- and second-team members of the all-conference teams in each region.  Student-athletes named to the All-region teams were considered for the All-America teams.  

 "The IMLCA is excited to honor these student-athletes for the success on the field during the 2016 season," said Paul Cantabene, chair of the IMLCA Division III Advisory Committee and head coach at Stevenson.  "It was our goal, as the sport continues to grow, to expand the opportunities for student-athletes to be honored."

 "With a record 222 Division III schools now playing varsity lacrosse, the IMLCA is pleased to supplement the long-standing USILA all-America program with the all-region and all-America program to honor these great student-athletes," said J.B. Clarke, IMLCA president and head coach at Limestone.  "As with other sports that have multiple organizations honoring student-athletes, men's lacrosse now has an additional recognition program that will enhance the exposure for our students and our sport."