LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five Southern Conference men’s lacrosse student-athletes earned Scholar All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Monday, the most in the league’s brief history.
Air Force’s Nick Hruby, Bellarmine’s Kevin Fahey, High Point’s Keegan O’Connor, Jacksonville’s Hunter Forbes and Richmond’s Austin Cates all earned the distinction. Hruby, Fahey, Forbes and Cates were All-SoCon selections, with Forbes, who was one of three league players selected in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, earning SoCon Defensive Player of the Year honors.
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. Being a member of the North/South team and/or earning all-conference honors does not guarantee inclusion on the list. Each Individual is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Scholar AA committee.
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.
The SoCon, which added men’s lacrosse in 2015, had two selections in its inaugural year, three in 2016 and two in 2017.
USILA Scholar All-Americans (SoCon representatives)
Nick Hruby, Air Force
Kevin Fahey, Bellarmine
Keegan O'Connor, High Point
Hunter Forbes, Jacksonville
Austin Cates, Richmond