8 Statesmen, including ALJ Alumni Matthew Pedicine, among All-NEC honorees
5/2/2019 7:08 PM

The Hobart College lacrosse team had eight players honored when the Northeast Conference revealed its 2019 All-NEC teams and All-Rookie Team today. Senior defensive midfielder Stanny Gilbertson (Palos Verdes/Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), junior attackman Eric Holden (Lincoln-Sudbury/Sudbury, Mass.) and first-year defenseman Michael Christiansen (Roxbury/Roxbury, N.J.) represented the Statesmen on the All-NEC first team. It's the most first team selections Hobart's had since joining the NEC in 2014.
Four Hobart players were voted to the All-NEC second team by the league's coaches: senior attackman Chris Aslanian (The Hun School of Princeton/Westfield, N.J.), senior faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine (Arthur L. Johnson/Clark, N.J.), junior attackman Justin Scott (Trinity-Pawling School/Mississauga, Ontario) and first-year midfielder Derrek Madonna (East Syracuse-Minoa/Syracuse, N.Y.). Christiansen, Madonna and first-year attackman Jason Knox (St. Andrew’s College/Huntsville, Ontario) were elected to the All-Rookie Team.
Gilbertson has produced career highs for goals (8), assists (4), points (12) and ground balls (19) this season. Quick and elusive, he plays a key role in Hobart clearing, which leads the NEC at 85.7%. Gilbertson scored a season-high two goals against Canisius and scooped up a season-high four ground balls at Saint Joseph's. In 57 career games, he's compiled 16 goals and nine assists for 25 points, 58 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
It's been a record-breaking season for Holden. He leads Hobart's high-powered offense with 39 goals and 20 assists for 59 points, the most points by a Statesman in a Division I season. Holden opened the season with a then Hobart DI era game record seven goals against Canisius. He currently has a team-best 18-game point scoring streak.
In 44 career games, Holden has 71 goals and 43 assists for 114 points. Among Division I Statesmen, he ranks 11th in career points and career assists. Holden's 12th in career goals. He was an NEC All-Rookie Team selection in 2017.
The first first-year to earn first team all-conference honors at Hobart since the Statesmen first joined a conference in 2000, Christiansen has started all 13 games he's played in this season. He has seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. Christiansen posted season-highs with two ground balls and two caused turnovers against then No. 11 Syracuse.
One of the most productive attackmen in Hobart history, Aslanian has started all 14 games this year, recording 23 goals and a team-high 32 assists for 55 points. He's tied with Knox for the NEC lead with six extra-man goals. Aslanian recorded a season-high seven points on five goals and two assists against Canisius.
Aslanian was also a second team All-NEC selection in 2017 and earned the 2016 NEC Rookie of the Year Award. In 61 career games, he has 96 goals and 92 assists for 188 points. He's one of only six players in Hobart's 117-season history to record at least 90 goals and at least 90 assists. Aslanian owns Hobart's Division I era records for career assists and career points. On the program's all-time lists, he ranks seventh in assists and 12th in points.
Pedicine is making his second straight appearance on the All-NEC second team. He has dominated the faceoff X this year, winning 235-of-382 faceoffs while collecting an NEC-high 150 ground balls. Pedicine broke the NCAA Division I record for faceoff wins in a game when he went 32-of-37 at Siena this year.
In 57 career games, Pedicine's 584-of-984 (.593) at the X with 301 ground balls. He holds the Hobart career records for faceoffs taken and ground balls and needs seven more faceoff wins to claim that record.
Scott has played in all 14 games, starting nine. He has 22 goals and 11 assists for 33 points. Twice named the NEC Player of the Week, Scott recorded a season-high six points on five goals and an assist against then No. 4 Cornell.
In 43 career games, Scott has 83 goals and 21 assists for 104 points. Among Division I Statesmen, he's tied for seventh in career goals and 14th in career points. Scott was a 2017 NEC All-Rookie Team pick.
Madonna is one of only four Statesmen to start all 14 games this season. He's produced 21 goals and seven assists on the year. Madonna was named the NEC Rookie of the Week after recording his third consecutive hat trick, helping Hobart beat Bryant. He enters the NEC Tournament riding an eight-game point streak.
A four-time NEC Rookie of the Week, Knox has 33 goals and five assists in 14 starts. He's ninth in the nation in shooting percentage (.478). With a game-high five goals at Robert Morris Saturday, Knox broke Hobart's Division I era record for goals by a first-year, previously held by Scott (29 in 2017). In fact, Knox's 33 goals are the most by a Hobart first-year since 1986 (Rusty Pritzlaff, 38). Knox scored a Hobart Division I era record nine goals in just his second collegiate game, leading the Statesmen to a 22-12 win at Siena.
Hobart is 10-4 and seeded second in the NEC Tournament which begins Thursday, May 2. The Statesmen will faceoff in the second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. against third-seeded Sacred Heart University (9-5).

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