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Dullea, Hopps named Men’s Lacrosse All-Americans

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Section 10 was well-represented on the 2014 All-SUNYAC Men’s Lacrosse First Team.

Former St. Lawrence Central standout Charlie Dullea earned a spot for his defensive efforts as a senior long stick midfielder at SUNY Plattsburgh while Massena Central grad Zach Hopps was honored after maintaining his status as one of the leading offensive threats in the conference as a sophomore attackman at SUNY Cortland.

Along with gaining repeat All-SUNYAC honors, both North Country products also earned their first national recognition earlier this week by being named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans with Dullea getting an Honorable Mention nod and Hopps landing on the Third Team.

DULLEA AT PLATTSBURGH

One of the top long-stick midfielders in the country, Dullea is just the second four-time All-SUNYAC player in program history. He ranked third in the conference with 71 ground balls while leading the Cardinals with 30 caused turnovers while contributing three goals and three assists to the offensive effort in his final season at Plattsburgh State.

Arguably the best player at his position in program history, Dullea is the Cardinals’ all-time leader with 111 caused turnovers and ranks third with 160 ground balls.

Along with being named All-American, the Brasher Falls native will be officially closing out his college career this Sunday when he competes as a member of the North Team in the prestigious USILA’s annual Division III North-South Seniors All-Star Game on Sunday at 10 a.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Dullea and two Plattsburgh teammates will receive their All-American awards this afternoon at a ceremony in Baltimore.

The Cardinals went 13-6 overall including a 4-2 SUNYAC mark this spring, falling to eventual NCAA tournament quarter-finalists SUNY Cortland 11-10 in the conference final.

Dullea is the son of Mark and Rebecca Dullea.

HOPPS AT CORTLAND

After being named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year for the 2013 season, Hopps avoided any talk of a sophomore slump by anchoring a potent SUNY Cortland offense for the second straight spring.

Hopps led Cortland this season with 41 goals, 26 assists and 67 total points. He also picked up 32 ground balls. In two seasons, Hopps has 69 goals and 66 assists for 135 points.

Cortland finished the season 17-4, won its seventh consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title and made its 14th straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Red Dragons lost at Tufts in the national quarterfinals and have advanced to at least the quarterfinal round each of the last 13 seasons.

Hopps is the son of Neal and Michelle Hopps of Akwesasne. His father is a Cortland graduate who played lacrosse for the Red Dragons.

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