DeFazio Named ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year, D'Onofrio, Burnette Also Honored

DeFazio Named ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year, D'Onofrio, Burnette Also Honored

ECAC RELEASE

DANBURY, Conn. – Junior Dominic DeFazio of the Stevenson University men's lacrosse team was selected as the ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.  In addition, DeFazio and senior Kyle D'Onofrio were named First Team ECAC All-Stars, while freshman Justin Burnette was a Second Team All-Star.

DeFazio, who was also the MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Year, started all 20 games for the Mustangs in 2017 and recorded a team-high 44 caused turnovers, while picking up 69 ground balls, the second highest total on the Mustangs.  A two-time MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week, DeFazio had multiple caused turnovers in 13 contests and led a Stevenson defensive unit that allowed just 8.5 goals per game and allowed single-digit opponent goals in 12 of its final 14 contests.

D'Onofrio, a midfielder, finished second on the Mustangs in scoring with 50 goals and 24 assists for 74 points, while also picking up 51 ground balls on the season.  A MAC Commonwealth First Team selection, D'Onofrio had at least one goal in every game this season and had multiple goals 13 times, including four goals and an assist in Stevenson's NCAA second round win over Nazareth.

Burnette was also a MAC Commonwealth First Team choice at faceoff.  The freshman won 62.6% of faceoffs (219-350) on the season while picking up a team-best 88 ground balls in 2017.  He won over 50% of his faceoffs in 16 of 20 games and won 22-of-24 draws while picking up nine ground balls in a win against eventual conference finalist Albright on April 18.

The Stevenson men's lacrosse team finished 14-6 overall and ranked No. 13 USILA Division III poll.  The Mustangs won their fifth consecutive MAC Commonwealth championship and made their ninth straight NCAA tournament appearance.