3 Statesmen tabbed preseason All-NEC by Inside Lacrosse
1/8/2019 5:00 PM

Three members of the Hobart College lacrosse team were named to Inside Lacrosse's preseason All-Northeast Conference team while the Statesmen were picked to finish third in the NEC standings. Senior faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine (Arthur L. Johnson/Clark, N.J.), junior defenseman Sam Mueller (Jamesville-DeWitt/Jamesville, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Ryan Archer (Jamesville-DeWitt/Jamesville, N.Y.) represented Hobart on the preseason team which was originally published in the 2019 Face-Off Yearbook.
A 2018 All-NEC second team selection, Pedicine was one of the most dominate faceoff men in the nation last season. His .659 winning percentage at the X is the highest in Hobart's Division I era and ranked sixth in the nation. Pedicine scooped up a team-high 101 ground balls, the most by a Statesman since Eric Curry '96 had 115 in 1996. He won a season-high 22 faceoffs (out of 29) in the win over Canisius and scooped up a season-high 16 ground balls at Mount St. Mary's.
In 43 career games, Pedicine has won 58 percent of his faceoffs (349-602), collecting 151 ground balls. His career faceoff percentage is second among Division I Statesmen, trailing only record-holder Bobby Dattilo '12 (.603). Pedicine also has two goals and two assists on his career ledger.
Mueller started all 11 games he appeared in last season, logging 15 caused turnovers, tied for 12th on Hobart's single season list, and 39 ground balls. He ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both ground balls per game (3.55, 6th) and caused turnovers per game (1.36, 7th). Mueller picked up at least two ground balls in every game and had at least one caused turnover in 10 games. He scooped up a season-high seven ground balls and caused two turnovers in the win over Binghamton.
In 26 career appearances, Mueller has 60 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers, a goal and an assist. He currently ranks eighth on Hobart's career caused turnovers list.
A 2018 All-NEC second team pick, Archer started 13-of-14 games as a first-year, scoring 19 goals and adding 13 assists for 32 points. He produced his first collegiate hat trick in just his second career game (Siena). Archer also scored three times against Binghamton. He had a hand in seven of Hobart's 11 goals at Wagner, scoring twice and setting up five more tallies. A consistent scoring threat, Archer had at least one point in his first 13 games.
The Statesmen aim to rebound from a 4-10 overall record last season against a schedule that included five games against teams ranked in the final USILA poll and five against NCAA tournament teams. Half of the 2018 team's losses were by three goals or less, including four one-goal games.
Hobart's 117th varsity season begins on Feb. 9 against Canisius.


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