2008 USILA Men's Division I Lacrosse All-Americans

Nims is the perfect complement to Leveille and is having the best year of his career. He is second on the team in goals (32), assists (24) and points (56). He scored a career-best six goals in SU's season-opening win versus Villanova and dished out a career-high five assists at Cornell. Nims has a point in 16-of-17 games this season.

Guadagnolo and Smith have anchored an SU defense that has cut its goal-against average down to 7.48, almost four goals per game fewer than 2007. Guadagnolo has 35 ground balls on the year and Smith has 34. Both players have started every game in close this season and mark the opposing team's top two attackmen.

SU's eight All-America selections were its most since 2002 when it also had eight nods.

The Orange will face fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins in the NCAA title game at Gillette Stadium on Monday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Navy senior lacrosse standouts Jordan DiNola (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.) were named to the 2008 USILA All-America teams announced Saturday afternoon between the NCAA Div. I men's lacrosse semifinals played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Navy has had at least one player recognized on the All-America team since the award was first handed out in 1922 (87 years).

One of only 33 men in program history to receive All-America kudos three times during their career, DiNola has been a major fixture among the Mids' nationally-ranked defensive unit over the last four years. After earning Honorable Mention All-America kudos as a sophomore and junior, DiNola received second-team recognition this spring after once again anchoring a Navy defense that was ranked No. 1 in the country for seven consecutive weeks.

DiNola, who was one of just 22 players nationwide to be named a 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, began his senior campaign by earning the distinction of team captain, an honor bestowed upon him by a vote of his peers. Another vote, this time by the Patriot League's coaches and sports information directors, found DiNola to be the league's preseason defensive player of the year.

After leading the Mids to a share of their fifth Patriot League regular-season title, DiNola was named First-Team All-Patriot League for a third straight season, while also being named the 2008 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Amazingly DiNola is the first Navy player selected as the league's defensive player of the year despite the fact the Midshipmen have been ranked No. 1 in the nation three times (2005, '06, '08) in scoring defense since joining the league in 2004, while finishing second in 2004 and third in 2007. In four of those five seasons, Navy was the top-ranked scoring defense (2007 - Bucknell) in the Patriot League.

This season he helped Navy secure a No. 3 ranking in fewest goals allowed per game (scoring defense), surrendering 104 goals in 16 games (6.50). Going into the NCAA quarterfinals, the Mids had been ranked No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks, but the 10 goals relinquished to NCAA finalist Johns Hopkins narrowly pushed the Mids back to third behind Siena (6.25) and Providence (6.47). Navy held 10 of its 16 opponents to seven or fewer goals this spring, winning 22 in a row when achieving this feat. Additionally, Navy held seven of its foes scoreless in the opening stanza. They have given up double-figure goals just nine times in the last 46 games (2006-present) and 11 times in the last 62 games (2005-present).

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