2008 USILA Men's Division I Lacrosse All-Americans

Earlier in the season, the Mids held No. 3 Maryland scoreless for the first 41 minutes of the game, an almost unheard of accomplishment as the Terps entered the game averaging better than 12 goals per contest. It was the first time since 2005 that Maryland had been shut out in a half. Meanwhile, Navy held Lehigh and Holy Cross to a combined 36 shots midway through the season. It held Lehigh without a shot in the first quarter of the game, while the Crusaders managed just two shots in the opening half.

Having played in 58 of the 62 games during his career, DiNola started the final 46 games as the Mids' top defensive leader. He is Navy's first three-time All-American defenseman since Chad Donnelly earned recognition in 1998, '99 and '00.

Mirabito was one of the most underrated players at the Academy during his four-year stay. A first-time honoree, Mirabito picked up Honorable Mention All-America kudos after leading Navy with 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists.

Behind a one-goal, two-assist performance at Army during the regular season, he became just the ninth player in the program's 101-year history to reach 150 points. He is the third player under Richie Meade's guidance to do so and the third in the last three years (Jon Birsner with 154 in 2006; Ian Dingman with 188 in '07).

He concluded his illustrious career with 158 points on 96 goals and 62 assists. He is one of just four players in school history who has scored 90 goals and dished out 60 assists, joining 1980 Turnbull Award winner Mike Buzzell (111-111), four-time All-American Mike Herger (107-90) and former teammate and All-American Ian Dingman (125-63).

He finished among Navy's top 20 in nearly every statistical category, including the point list where he finished seventh behind Jeff Long (233), Buzzell (222), Herger (197), Dingman (188), Paul Basile (183) and Jimmy Lewis (169). Additionally, he ended his career ranked ninth in the Patriot League's all-time top-10 points record book.

With his goal against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA quarters, Mirabito took sole possession of sixth on Navy's career goals list with 96. Meanwhile, in the Mids' regular-season meeting against the Blue Jays, Mirabito punched in his 20th goal of the season, marking the fourth consecutive year in which he has topped the 20-goal mark. He also became one of just five players in school history to achieve this feat.

Finally, he dealt out 62 assists over a four-year span, finishing just outside of the top 10 in 12th.

Mirabito scored a point in 60 of the 62 games in which he played with only Maryland solving the offensive arsenal, as the Terps twice held Mirabito scoreless. He produced five multi-goal games in 2008, 28 in his career, including three hat tricks this spring and 14 during his collegiate career. He owned six multi-assists games in 2008, 15 in his career, while posting 12 multi-point performances in his senior campaign and 46 in his career.

DiNola and Mirabito were among the six players representing the Patriot League to be selected to the All-America squads - Army's Adam Fullerton (3rd Army), Bucknell's Austin Winter (HM Attack) and Colgate's Brandon Corp (3rd Attack), Matt Lalli (3rd Midfield). With Navy's two All-America picks this spring, the Midshipmen have earned 424 All-America nods.

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ITHACA, N.Y. For the second straight season, Cornell midfielder Max Seibald has been named a first-team All-American, as was announced by the USILA this evening. Joining Seibald on the All-American teams were John Glynn (second), Ryan Hurley (honorable mention) and Matt Moyer (honorable mention). The Big Red has placed at least four members on the All-American teams for the past four seasons.

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2008-05-24



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