Fantoni named USILA Division III Scholar All-American

Recently graduated Bates senior Rocco Fantoni earned Division III Scholar All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Recently graduated Bates men's lacrosse captain Rocco Fantoni earned a spot on the 2019 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association / Warrior and New Balance Division III Scholar All-America team, as announced by the USILA in late June.

This comes on the heels of Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) earning USILA Second Team All-America honors for his performance on the field for the Bobcats in 2019. He was also selected to compete in the USILA Senior Division III All-Star Game.

Fantoni ranked fifth in the NESCAC in caused turnovers (30) and led the league in ground balls during the regular season among NESCAC players who took fewer than five faceoffs (55). He also scored two goals and dished out one assist.

A First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England selection as well, Fantoni started each of Bates' 31 games over the past two seasons, and in his Bates career amassed four goals, five assists, 136 ground balls, and 81 caused turnovers.

According to the USILA: "A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale). He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field. He must also be an All-American, a member of a North/South team, or an outstanding league or conference player."

In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americas are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.