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March 3, 2024 10:40 pm

UMO features seven on men’s lacrosse all-conference

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive men’s lacrosse program featured seven honorees on the All-Conference Carolinas Teams, highlighted by a duo of first-team selections.

Junior midfielder Chapman Parker and face-off specialist graduate student Mike Marto were each voted to the all-conference first-team following their accomplishments this season. It marks the fifth straight year the Trojans have featured at least seven players on the all-conference teams.

Parker garnered All-Conference Carolinas First-Team status for the first time following a career-best year with the program. He tallied 33 points while ranking second on the team with 23 goals and adding 10 assists. Parker recorded at least one point in all 14 games played and registered a pair of hat tricks. He also produced the most shots (85) on the team with a team-leading 46 shots on goal.

Marto received first-team all-conference honors for a second consecutive year, as he ranks second in NCAA Division II and leads the Conference Carolinas with a .701 face-off percentage (218-of-311). He has won at least 15 face-offs in eight games this season, including a trio of contests with over 20 face-offs won. Marto also ranks second on the team with 59 ground balls while scoring three goals in 14 games played.

Senior midfielder Chaz Goodman, sophomore defender Cameron Norton, senior defender Benjamin Jenkins, sophomore long-stick midfielder Davin Ikert and senior defensive midfielder R.J. Chandler were chosen to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team.

Goodman led the team with 42 total points behind 19 goals and a team-leading 23 assists this season. He ranks sixth in the Conference Carolinas in assists while sitting among the top 15 in the league in points. Goodman tallied four hat tricks this year and posted seven games with at least two assists while playing every game.

Norton earned second-team all-conference honors for a consecutive year after assisting the defensive effort for the Trojans. The UMO defense ranks second in the Conference Carolinas in scoring defense while Norton paced the team with 15 caused turnovers. He increased in all statistical categories from his freshman campaign and started all 14 games this season.

In his first year as a starter, Jenkins has helped lead one of the best defenses in the Conference Carolinas after the Trojans played one of the toughest schedules in Division II. He ranks third on the team with 10 caused turnovers while collecting 13 ground balls.

Ikert earned all-conference laurels for the first time in his career. In 14 games played, he ranks third on the team with 30 ground balls while tallying nine caused turnovers.

Chandler has been a significant presence in the defensive midfield and ranked second on the team with a career-high 13 caused turnovers. He also registered 10 ground balls while playing in 13 games for Mount Olive and earned all-conference recognition for the first time.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics