Butler Earns Spot on 2019 NEILA All-Academic Team

Jonathan Butler has been named to the 2019 NEILA All-Academic Team (Photo Courtesy: Rob Butler).
Jonathan Butler has been named to the 2019 NEILA All-Academic Team (Photo Courtesy: Rob Butler).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's lacrosse senior Jonathan Butler has earned a spot on the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Academic Team. Butler was one of 26 members on the Division I team and one of only five defensemen to be honored.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must have senior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be a significant contributor who was nominated for all-conference selection.

Butler is the 14th Crimson player to earn NEILA all-academic recognition since 2016, and award is the Summit, New Jersey native's first career honor.

The academic award comes on the heels of a senior campaign in which Butler garnered Ivy League Honorable Mention accolades. The defenseman shared team-high honors with 45 ground balls and was tied for second on the team with 14 caused turnovers. Over his final seven games, Butler collected 31 ground balls, including a personal-record eight vs. Cornell.

Butler is set to participate in commencement ceremonies this week, earning a degree in economics.