Junior midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) of The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team enjoyed an outstanding season for the Royals and has received multiple awards for his efforts. On Friday, he was lauded with another honor and the most prestigious one to date in his career by being named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-American squad.
Elefonte becomes just the fourth player in Scranton men's lacrosse history to earn USILA All-American honors and is the first since Adam Drury was an Honorable Mention pick in 2017.
Elefonte's All-American award is the latest honor for the midfielder who was previously named the Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Conference selection following a stellar junior campaign for the Royals.
This spring, Elefonte topped Scranton's scoring chart with 56 points on team-highs of 38 goals and 18 assists as he was one of just three players to start all 18 games on the season for the Royals.
Elefonte, who also led Scranton with 122 shots and 82 shots on goal, also ranked second on the team with 69 groundballs and collected 12 caused turnovers, tied for fourth on the team.
Among Landmark Conference players, Elefonte finished fourth in points and ground balls, tied for fourth in goals, tied for 10th in assists.
Named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on March 25, Elefonte scored at least one goal in 17 of the team's 18 games and had 13 multi-point performances. He scored six hat tricks and had at least five points in four contests this spring highlighted by a career-best six-point effort in a 15-7 win at Susquehanna on March 23.
Elefonte led Scranton to a 10-8 record this spring and the second seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs as the Royals went 5-1 in conference games to earn their ninth consecutive postseason bid.