May 22, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Earning second-team honors, Virginia senior defenseman Scott McWilliams headlines six UVa men's lacrosse players who were named to the 2014 USILA All-America team, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Mark Cockerton, Rob Emery, Chris LaPierre, James Pannell and Tanner Scales also earned USILA All-America honors. In addition, Emery was named a USILA Scholar All-American, which requires a student-athlete with senior year academic standing to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while also being an All-American athlete. UVa now has had 12 scholar All-Americans over the past 10 seasons.
McWilliams (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) is now a three-time All-American. It marks the second season in a row McWilliams was named a second-team All-American. The defenseman also earned honorable mention honors in 2012. McWilliams finished his senior season with three goals and one assist, while picking up 28 ground balls and causing 24 turnovers.
Cockerton (Oshawa, Ontario) was named to the third team. It is the second year in a row that the UVa attackman earned third-team All-America honors. Cockerton led UVa with 47 goals and 63 points in 2014. He concludes his collegiate career with 125 career goals, tying him for No. 8 all-time at UVa with fellow Canadian Garret Billings. Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.
Scales (Denver, Colo.) earned his first career All-America honor, landing on the third team. The sophomore defenseman caused 22 turnovers and picked up 49 ground balls in 2014.
Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), senior midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attackman James Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) rounds out UVa's All-America selections on the honorable mention squad. The honors for Emery and LaPierre are each player's third career All-America nod. Emery was also an honorable mention recipient in 2012 and a third-team mention in 2013. LaPierre earned third-team honors in 2011 and second-team recognition in 2012. This is Pannell's first career All-America accolade.
Virginia and North Carolina tied for the second-most All-America honorees in the nation with six. Duke leads all teams with 10.