COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse May graduates Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) and Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) were all named New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Academic on Monday. All three were captains in 2021. Ten Purple Knights have now been recognized in the past seven years.
Joy was the Purple and Gold's regular goalie his final three seasons, starting 28 of 29 games. He averaged a career-high 13.0 saves this spring, good for sixth in the NCAA North Region and 14th in Division II. Joy took eighth in the Northeast-10 Conference in save percentage (.537) and ninth in goals-against average (12.48). For his career, Joy stands seventh in program history in minutes (1,646:32), eighth in saves (353) and ninth in GAA (10.86), stopping 54.2% of the shots sent his way. He made at least nine saves in nine of his 10 games as a senior.
After missing the 2018 season due to injury, Murphy started the next 29 games. As a senior, he posted 20 ground balls in 11 games, one shy of the career-best total he scooped during 15 contests as a sophomore. Murphy added nine caused turnovers in 2021, including forcing a pair in both meetings with Assumption University, which was receiving national votes prior to each contest. He had three ground balls and three caused turnovers in a 17-14 win against Southern New Hampshire University on March 27.
A five-year member of the program, Richmond set school records for career faceoff wins (495) and ground balls (245), having broken the season mark for faceoff victories (143) in 15 games during the 2019 season, when he scooped 77 ground balls. This spring, Richmond went 129-for-250 at the X with 75 ground balls in 11 contests. He added 38 caused turnovers in 55 career games. Richmond was 15th in the nation in ground balls per game (6.82) this year while tying for third in the NE10 in total ground balls and taking fifth in faceoff wins. He won at least 10 faceoffs in eight games, adding exactly 10 ground balls in three of those contests.
In order to be selected for NEILA All-Academic, student-athletes must have had senior or graduate student standing, have posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and be a significant enough contributor on the field that they were nominated for at least all-conference recognition.