Albion College went undefeated against its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's lacrosse rivals for the third consecutive year, and that dominance was certified Tuesday when midfielders Zach Hubbell and Kyle DeCamp gained the league's Most Valuable Player awards on offense and defense, respectively.
A senior who prepped at Haslett High School, Hubbell ranks third on Albion's all-time lists with 119 goals and 169 points. A three-time all-MIAA pick, gaining first team awards in 2015 and '17 and a second team award in 2016, he produced 10 goals and nine assists in the seven league contests this season.
DeCamp, a junior from Howell, Mich., has been selected the MIAA's Defensive Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. He's among the Division III leaders in ground balls per game, checking in at No. 6 with an average just shy of 10 per game, and his .715 face-off win percentage places him eighth. His numbers against MIAA rivals are staggering, winning the face-off 90 percent of the time (112-of-124) and collecting 90 ground balls.
Joining Hubbell and DeCamp on the all-MIAA first team were senior attack man Dominic Hamper, junior midfielder Brandon Lebioda, junior defenders Dave Brown and Matt Lowes and rookie goalkeeper Trevor McManus.
Brief biographical information about the Britons gaining all-MIAA awards are listed below. All statistics are for league games only.
Hamper dished out 14 assists, tying him for fifth in the league. The Flint Powers High School product also scored nine goals, giving him 23 points for the season.
Lebioda, from Romeo, Mich., scored 12 goals, tying him for 13th in the league. He was credited with eight assists, to place 15th in the league in scoring with 20 points.
Brown, a product of Lakeland High School, and Lowes, a product of Vicksburg High School, led a defense that allowed just 46 goals, 14 fewer than the next closest team. Brown caused 11 turnovers, tying him for seventh in the league, while Lowes was credited with causing eight turnovers and scooping 20 ground balls.
McManus – the only rookie named to the all-MIAA first team – led the league with a 6.48 goals against average. This is the lowest GAA Albion has set since 2013 when it achieved the all-time MIAA record. He stopped nearly 58 percent of the shots he faced, ranking No. 1 in the MIAA in that category as well.
Harm, from Rochester, Mich., shouldered the bulk of the scoring production when a knee injury prematurely ended David DiRado's season after eight goals and eight assists in four non-conference contests. Harm's 25 goals were most in the MIAA.
A native of Spring Lake, Palmer is the third leading scorer in the midfield for Albion. Credited with two hat tricks on the season (one non-conference) he has often been described as one of the toughest to guard in the MIAA.
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