Calabro, Covel & Cunningham Set to Appear in NEILA Senior All-Star Game

Calabro, Covel & Cunningham Set to Appear in NEILA Senior All-Star Game

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior tri-captains Alex Calabro of Newton, Mass, Timothy Covel of Cheshire, Conn. and John Cunningham of Cheshire of Conn. have been selected to appear in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game this coming Friday, June 2.

The game will take place at Stagg Field on the campus of Springfield College at 6:30 pm and will feature the top graduating students from Divisions 1, 2, and 3.

All players and coaches were nominated by the head coaches within the NEILA.  Players were then ranked and selected by a committee awarding seniors from all three NCAA Divisions who played their college career in the New England region. 

"The NEILA recognizes these terrific student-athletes for their accomplishments over their entire playing careers. To be selected for the East-West All-Star game means that you have been a star not just this year, but throughout your four years in New England collegiate lacrosse," said Tim Murphy, head coach of Curry College and coordinator of the East-West All-Star teams selection.

Connecticut College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Dave Cornell was pleased to learn of the recognition for his senior captains, who worked hard all year to make the season a success.

"I'm thrilled for these guys," Coach Cornell said. "It's awesome that the other coaches in New England selected these young men and they just happen to be our three captains.  All three of these guys battled through injuries all year and showed tremendous heart in how they handled their ailments and battled through it.  They were a pleasure to coach and it's exciting that they get to play together one last time representing Connecticut College."

Calabro capped off his career as a USILA Third Team All-American selection this week. His hard work and determination paid major dividends for the Camels this spring. Facing a major physical and mental challenge of overcoming a serious injury to his knee, Calabro recovered from his torn ACL in just eight months.

On the field, the senior tri-captain was a disruptive force in the midfield. Calabro finished 12th in the conference with his 62 ground balls to go with 11 caused turnovers, adding three goals and five assists for the Camels.  He joined Ben Parens '18 on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team, wrapping up his career with 109 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers for Connecticut College. 

A starter and leader on close defense, Covel corralled 43 ground balls while adding 20 caused turnovers in 58 games played and 29 starts for the Camels.  Cunningham corralled 82 ground balls over the course of his productive playing career, scoring 19 goals and assisting on 10 others to finish up with 29 points. Cunningham posted a career-best 29 ground balls this spring.
Under Cornell's direction, the Camels qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the seventh time in the past eight years.