ATLANTA — In exclusive voting by head coaches of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), the Berry College men’s lacrosse team placed eight student-athletes on the All-Conference teams, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Berry closed the regular season with a 7-7 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark. The team defeated Hendrix in the SAA quarterfinals and will face Centre in the semifinals on Friday.
Justin Westbrook, McKinley Gannon and Kyle Rouleau led the way earning first-team honors. Chris Berchock, Cole Johnson and Josh Baker earned second-team recognition while Luke Koferl and Gridley Wright earned honorable mention.
Westbrook, a senior midfielder from Duluth, Ga., wraps up his career as a four-time All-SAA selection, earning his lone first-team honors this season. He finished the regular season leading the SAA with a program-record 71 points. He also ranked top-five in goals (39), assists (32) and shots (122). Westbrook’s 160 career points ties the second-most in program history. He also set the program record earlier this season for assists in a single game.
Gannon, a senior midfielder from Ooltewah, Tenn., earns his first All-SAA recognition. He was third on the team in points this season, scoring 27 goals and 13 assists. For his career, he currently boasts 89 goals, 46 assists and 135 points.
Rouleau, a senior defender from Suwanee, Ga., collects his third straight All-Conference honor and his lone first-team selection. He ranked top-five in the SAA with a career-best 26 caused turnovers. Rouleau also notched a career-best 29 ground balls, helping Berry’s defense surrender the third fewest goals in the SAA.
Berchock, a senior attackman from Alpharetta, Ga., also earns his third straight All-SAA nod. He became the SAA’s All-Time leading goal scorer earlier this season, collecting 146 career scores. Berchock ranks second in the SAA with 42 goals this season, and is top-five in shots and shots on goal.
Johnson, a junior defender from Alpharetta, Ga., collects his second straight All-Conference second-team honor. He currently ranks second in the SAA with a career-best 30 caused turnovers and also set a career-high with 54 ground balls.
Baker, a senior faceoff specialist from Suwanee, Ga., collects his second straight All-SAA recognition. He ranks second in the league with a program-record 220 faceoffs won this season. He also holds the program record with 657 total faceoff victories during his career.
Koferl, a senior attackman from Charlotte, N.C., collects his first All-Conference recognition. He scored 22 goals this season, tossing 11 assists. Koferl also set career-highs in shots and shots on goal.
Wright, a sophomore defender from Acworth, Ga., earns his first All-SAA honor. He recorded six caused turnovers and a career-high 35 ground balls.