|Michael Elefonte||Gordon Paul|
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two senior members of The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team - Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and Gordon Paul (Ocean, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) - were named to the 2020 USILA / Warrior and New Balance Division III Scholar All-American Team late last week.
With the announcement, both Elefonte and Paul earned a selection from the USILA Team for the first time in their respective careers. They are also the ninth and 10th selections to the team in Scranton program history, as well.
Elefonte, a midfielder, leaves Scranton as one of the lacrosse program's most decorated players. A 2019 Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, he earned a degree in Accounting last month from the University.
On the field, Elefonte ends his career ranked 15th all-time in career total points with 116 (73 goals, 43 assists), with his career assist total also coming in 15th all-time and his career goal total coming in 17th on the career list. Meanwhile, he collected 136 ground balls throughout his career, good enough for 13th highest all-time in program history.
In 2019, Elefonte was named a USILA Honorable Mention All-American after earning Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades at the end of the season. A 2019 IMLCA All-South Region Honorable Mention selection and All-Landmark First Team pick, he also earned Inside Lacrosse/Maverick DIII Media Fourth Team All-American honors at the end of this past season.
Paul, a defender who earned a Business Administration degree, appeared in 39 games in his four-year career at Scranton, starting 26 times on defense. In four seasons, he collected 98 ground balls and caused 42 turnovers, while recording an assist during his junior season. In 2019, Paul went on to earn All-Landmark Conference Second Team accolades, and for the last two years has been named to the Landmark's Academic Honor Roll.
In their four-year careers, Elefonte and Paul helped the Royals win 30 games and earn three-straight Landmark Conference playoff bids. They also helped Scranton win 10 games twice in four years, as the Royals went 12-6 in Landmark Conference play over there careers.
For the full 2020 USILA / Warrior and New Balance Division III Scholar All-American Team, click here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/usila.sidearmsports.com/documents/2020/6/28/_Warrior_and_New_Balance_Division_III_Scholar_All_Americans_Updated_62820.pdf
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