PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Berry College's Jacob Kaplan has been selected to the 77th Annual USILA/Nike North-South Senior All-Star game, to be played at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on the campus of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island tomorrow.
The game is one of the most storied traditions in college lacrosse in which the highest caliber seniors from the across the country are showcased on the same field. The North-South game kicks off a Memorial Day weekend filled with lacrosse in New England as the 2018 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals and Championships will be held 25 miles north of Providence at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Kaplan, a senior defenseman from Matthews, N.C., joins his head coach Curtis Gilbert who was announced as the coach of the Division III South squad last week. Kaplan is the second player in Berry history to participate in the All-Star game under Gilbert, who competed in the game himself in 2001.
Kaplan was named an All-SAA first-team defender this year, following a standout senior season. Earning his third straight All-Conference accolade, he finished the year with 13 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, scoring one goal for Berry as well. Behind Kaplan, the Vikings held conference opponents to a 6.83 goals-against-average, as Berry caused 118 turnovers on the year.
The USILA is an organization composed of member colleges and universities which sponsor intercollegiate lacrosse for men. The USILA is entrusted to enhance and develop intercollegiate lacrosse by providing leadership, management, and services to its membership so that student-athletes, coaches, and other constituent groups will realize the maximum benefit from the sport of lacrosse. The organization oversees the officiating program for NCAA Division I, II and III men's lacrosse, as well as the operation of the North/South All-Star game.