Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Earns Four Nods to NEILA All-New England Team

Senior defender Paul Pate (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Seniors Jeff Cohen and Kevin Vaughan have been honored on the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England first team, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Paul Pate and sophomore Daniel Eipp garnered spots on the NEILA All-New England second team, while Cohen, Pate and Vaughan earned spots on the Senior Scholar-Athlete team after averaging more than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and excelling on the field.

Cohen, an attackman, ranked second in the country with 3.43 goals per contest and stood 11th with 4.0 points per contest during his senior season. A native of Syosset, N.Y., Cohen, who paced the Ivy League with 48 goals, 56 points and eight man-up tallies, was also honored unanimously to the All-Ivy League first team. He became Harvard’s all-time career goal scorer (142 tallies) and his 167 career points (142-25-167) are tied for sixth in team history, while his 48 goals this spring rank seventh most in a single year in school history.

The attackman, who recorded 10 hat tricks as a senior, enjoyed six straight games with three goals or more from Feb. 28-March 24. Cohen netted a season and career-high seven goals in the Crimson’s 11-7 win over Michigan March 31 and added five-goal efforts against Holy Cross (Feb. 28), Duke (March 12), Brown (March 17) and Dartmouth (March 24).

Vaughan, a midfielder from Ridgewood, N.J, who also earned unanimous All-Ivy first team honors, led Harvard with 19 assists, while ranking third with 17 goals and 36 points. Vaughan, who served as one of the Harvard captains for the second consecutive year, was tabbed to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as well as the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America third team and Preseason All-Ivy League team. Vaughan also tied for second on the Crimson with 33 ground balls during his senior campaign.

Pate, also a captain of the Crimson, started all 12 games he appeared in at defense. A native of Manhasset, N.Y., Pate collected 12 ground balls on the year. Pate, who received NEILA All-New England second team honors last spring as well, served as the leader of the Crimson defense, which held opponents under 10 goals in six contests this year.

Eipp, an attackman and native of Groton, Mass., who garnered All-Ivy second team accolades, tallied 24 goals, dished out 18 assists and amassed 42 points to rank second on Harvard in all three categories during his sophomore season. Eipp, who garnered Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Ivy League honors prior to this season, ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 3.0 points per game and scored five  man-up goals. He amassed a season and career-high seven points (4-3-7) in Harvard’s 15-10 win over Dartmouth March 24, and also enjoyed a six-point effort (3-3-6 at Holy Cross Feb. 28) and a five-point game (3-2-5 at Georgetown March 10).

Harvard concluded the 2012 season 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the Ancient Eight, while owning a 5-2 record at home.