COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse rising junior Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) was named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England second team on Wednesday, claiming recognition as one of the top six attackmen in the region.
In all, 30 student-athletes from New England schools earned NEILA All-New England, with 14 on the first team and 16 on the second team. Katavolos was among six attackmen to land the honor, with three being placed on each squad. Also a Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team pick this spring, Katavolos' NEILA selection is the Purple Knights' 19th in the past 11 years. At least one Saint Michael's player has been lauded following each of the past seven complete seasons, with Katavolos the first attackman honored since Mark Yetter '16 in 2016.
After totaling eight goals and three assists in an abbreviated three-game 2020 season, Katavolos potted a team-leading 25 goals with three helpers as a sophomore, adding 26 ground balls and four caused turnovers from his attack position. He remains tied for the NCAA Division II lead in man-up goals (9) while taking fourth among players at NEILA schools in goals per game (2.27) and 15th in points per game (2.55). Katavolos is sixth in the NE10 in goals per game and 19th in points per contest. He matched Greg Lazarus '08 for third in program history in extra-man goals, potting the most since Andrew Buccellato '12 had a record-tying 12 in 2010.
Among Katavolos' top games were two six-goal efforts against Assumption University. His six strikes on April 17 were the most by a Purple Knight in eight years, and he matched Lazarus' 14-year-old school record of six goals in a postseason contest during the Purple Knights' opening-round game on April 28. Katavolos' seven points that day were the most by a Purple Knight in the NE10 Championship since Mike Boerma '08 had eight on April 29, 2008. Katavolos also posted four goals and two assists versus Southern New Hampshire University on March 27 while adding a hat trick at Bentley University, which was receiving national votes, on April 10.