All-NESCAC recognition goes to men's lax captains Chlastawa, Fantoni, Knapton

From left to right, Matt Chlastawa, Rocco Fantoni and Curtis Knapton received All-NESCAC honors on May 2, 2019. (Photos by Brewster Burns for Bates College)

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates men's lacrosse captains Matt Chlastawa, Rocco Fantoni and Curtis Knapton all received recognition Thursday as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the 2019 All-Conference Teams. Chlastawa and Fantoni repeat as All-NESCAC selections while Knapton receives his first all-conference nod.

Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) moved up from a Second Team award last year to the First Team as a junior. Chlastawa leads the conference in assists (53), ranks second in points (92) and is 12th in goals (39). The surefire All-American tallied at least three points in every game, including a season-best five-goal, five-assist performance in Bates' 15-12 victory over defending NCAA champion Wesleyan on March 9.

Chlastawa broke Bates' career points record during last weekend's NESCAC quarterfinal loss at Amherst, passing the previous mark of 269 set by Shane Kokoruda in 1995. Earlier in the season Chlastawa also set team records for assists in a career (now 134) and in one season.

Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) again led Bates' defense with another exceptional season. The one-time All-American ranks third in the NESCAC in caused turnovers (30), and leads the league in ground balls among NESCAC players who have taken fewer than five faceoffs (55). He has also scored two goals and dished out one assist.

Knapton (Westbrook, Maine), one of two junior captains along with Chlastawa, was Bates' top midfielder and presented defenses with a constant threat from the outside. The 6-foot-0, 200-pound Knapton has tallied 24 goals, 13 assists and 20 ground balls on the year, all career-high numbers.

2019 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams