GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three Guilford College men’s lacrosse student-athletes recently garnered postseason honors for their performances during the 2015 campaign. Senior goalie Thomas Deane (St. Louis, Mo./Ladue) earned a spot on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association/LaxWorld Division III South Team in the 74th annual North-South Senior All-Star Game. Classmate Nick Huckins (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) received Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition and junior Dylan Haupt was a third-team all-league pick.
Deane recently concluded one of the finest careers by a Guilford goaltender. The 6-1, 195-pound senior set school standards for career goals against average (9.62) and minutes played (3142). He started all 16 games for the Quakers in 2015 and posted an 8.82 goals against average with a .552 save percentage, which both rank fourth in the league. Deane also collected 24 ground balls, Guilford’s seventh-highest total, and caused three turnovers. He had nine games with 10 or more saves, including a season-high 18 stops in a 7-6 league win at Randolph-Macon College that marked the Quakers’ first road triumph over the Yellow Jackets since 1991.
Deane, a 2014 Third Team All-ODAC selection, recently graduated with a history degree and has accepted a high school lacrosse coaching position in Tennessee.
Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, hosts the 2015 North-South Game May 22 at 3:00 p.m. Deane is Guilford’s fifth recorded North-South All-Star and the Quakers’ first student so honored since Chip Van Reenan in 1987.
Huckins, a 6-1, 205-pound senior defender, earned his second career All-ODAC honor after receiving third-team recognition in 2013. The four-year starter ranked third on this year’s team with 36 ground balls and fourth with 14 caused turnovers. A two-time team Defensive Most Valuable Player, Huckins turned the ball over just six times in 16 games this season and had a hand in the Quakers’ 85.7% clearing percentage that ranks 23rd among Division III leaders through games of May 16. For his career, he started 57 of his 62 contests and scored two goals and three assists. Huckins also caused 82 turnovers and picked up 230 ground balls.
Huckins, who won Guilford’s 2014-15 Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award, also made significant contributions to the team and greater college community off the field. In addition to earning dean’s list honors five times, the business administration and economics double major twice earned Academic All-ODAC laurels and is a five-time member of Guilford’s Student-Athlete Honor Roll. He participated in Guilford’s Student Senate, won the school’s 2014 Courtney Award for excellence in management and worked as a teaching assistant in the economics department. Huckins earned the men’s lacrosse team’s 2015 Sportsmanship Award and co-created a constitution-like document that defined team expectations. He recently graduated with honors in economics and business administration.
Haupt, a 6-4, 210-pound junior midfielder, collected his first all-league honor after recording 26 points on 20 goals and six assists in 14 games. He ranked second on the team in goals and fourth in points. Haupt’s five extra-man scores led the Quakers and stand 11th in the conference. He also had eight ground balls and caused five turnovers. One of the team’s top shooters, Haupt tallied at least two goals in six games, including three-goal outings in ODAC wins over Shenandoah University and Bridgewater College. He scored a season-best four points with two goals and two assists in a road win at league-rival Randolph College. Haupt enters his senior season with 65 career points on 44 goals and 21 assists in 40 games.
The trio helped coach Tom Carmean’s Quakers record the second-highest win total in school history. The team went 10-6 and qualified for its first ODAC Tournament. Guilford’s 10 wins mark the most by the Quakers since 1992. Carmean could return as many as 34 letter winners in 2016, including Haupt.