AVON, Conn. – On June 9, 2017 the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) announced its NCAA Division III all-region teams. Three Capital University men's lacrosse players earned a spot on the West Regional honorable mention squad including Brennan O'Callaghan, Tate Stover and Cole Palmby.
For rising senior Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and recent graduate Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy), this marks the second all-region awards of their respective careers. Rising senior Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) has infiltrated the all-region squad for the first time in his career. All three were named All-West Region honorable mention following having earned First Team All-OAC honors.
Only John Carroll University had more all-region picks from the Ohio Athletic Conference with four.
For the third straight season, O'Callaghan led the Purple and White in goals scored (61) and points (76). His 61 goals was also tops in the OAC and he finished second in the conference in points tallied. O'Callaghan was also an honorable mention all-region selection in 2016.
Stover and Palmby were instrumental leaders of a defense that surrendered just 7.49 goals per game, which ranked 14th-best in the country among Division III teams.
Palmby's 7.88 goals-against average ranks him for a share of 19th in the country, while his conference-leading save percentage (.590) places him 14th. Overall, Palmby recorded 151 saves in nearly 800 minutes along the way to account for his 8-6 record in 2017.
Stover ended his career as Capital's first four-time First Team All-OAC selection. His senior campaign featured 28 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers on an individual level, while also feeding into a stout defense that ranked 21st nationally in caused turnovers per game (11.12). Last year, Stover was named Second Team All-West Region.
Under first-year head coach and OAC Co-Coach of the Year Dom Marzano, Capital advanced to the conference tournament title game as the number three seed. The Crusaders finished 10-6 overall, which the program's third straight postseason appearance and 10-plus win season.