Lynchburg, Va. -- Men's Lacrosse All-State teams were released on Friday and four Lynchburg players were honored on one of the teams. Senior Cole Barrett and sophomores Evan Lombardo and Seamus McDonald earned First Team accolades and junior CJ Santora landed on the Second Team.
This marks the first time any of these gentlemen had been named to a VaSID All-State team but the Lynchburg program is no stranger to the honor as the team has had someone named to an All-State team since the award's inception in 2005.
The Franklin Park, NJ native led the ODAC with 55 goals while adding 13 assists and had six goal performances at Shenandoah on 4/5 and vs. Roanoke in the ODAC semifinals on 5/5. Lombardo was also named First Team All-ODAC, IMLCA Second Team All-Region, and USILA/Nike All-American Honorable Mention this year.
McDonald was named to the first team at the long-stick position. The Elementary Education major scooped up 44 ground balls and forced 19 turnovers in addition to two goals and three assists. He also earned First Team All-ODAC and IMLCA First Team All-Region
The defensive anchor for the Hornets, Barrett caused a team-leading 23 turnovers while picking up 39 groundballs. The senior was part of a defense which allowed just 8.78 goals against per game, second best in conference play. The Alexandria, Va. native was invited to play in the USILA/Nike North-South All-Star game and earned First Team All-ODAC, IMLCA First Team All-Region and Third Team USILA/Nike All-American.
Junior CJ Santora earned Second Team honors while holding 9.72 goals against average (GAA) and 56.4% save percentage. The Tewksbury, Mass. native started all 22 games between the pipes for the Hornets while being the anchor on defense during the NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight. He was also recognized as a USILA/Nike Honorable Mention All-American.