DANBURY, Conn. – Bucknell's Sean O'Brien and Will Sands were voted to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Second Team, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

O'Brien and Sands, both two-time All-Patriot League First Team honorees, were among eight Patriot League players to garner All-ECAC laurels in 2018. They were joined by Loyola's Jay Drapeau, Foster Huggins and Pat Spencer, Lehigh's Craig Chick and Navy's Greyson Torain and Joe Varello.

This season, O'Brien recorded 42 goals on a school-record 145 shots. He became the fifth Bison to eclipse the 40-goal threshold in a single campaign and led the Patriot League in both goals per game (2.80) and goals per league contest (2.75). He netted multiple goals in all but two tilts, topping out at six against Mount St. Mary's. He also notched five against Navy and No. 19 Lehigh and four at No. 3 Yale, including the golden goal with 1:02 remaining in overtime.

O'Brien was previously honored on the 2018 and 2017 All-Patriot League First Teams. Seventy of his 87 career goals came during those two seasons. He finished a single point shy of reaching the century mark and ranks third in school history with 314 career shots. 

Sands, who on May 13 was announced as a Third Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse, put together one of the finest offensive seasons in the men's lacrosse team's 50-year history. The senior attacker posted 75 points on 20 goals and a school-record 55 assists. One of only four Bison to eclipse the 70-point threshold in a single campaign, he recorded at least one point in all 15 games, notching at least five in six. He topped out at 10 points (3g-7a) against Boston University on March 17, which was one shy of Bucknell's single-game record.

Over the course of the 2018 season, Sands reached a number of career milestones. He became the third Bison to eclipse the 200-point plateau, the fifth to register at least 100 assists and the sixth to net his 100th career goal. His career total of 243 points, which came on 102 goals and a school-record 141 assists, stands second in school history.

Sands was previously recognized on the 2018 and 2017 All-Patriot League First and Academic Teams and the 2016 All-Patriot League Second and Tournament Teams. A two-time member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, he made the cut to 25 from 50 this season.

O'Brien and Sands were key to Bucknell's tremendous success in 2018. The Bison, who posted an 11-5 (7-1 Patriot League) record and shared the Patriot League regular-season title with Loyola and Navy, reached the double digits in victories for the sixth time in Frank Fedorjaka's tenure as head coach. They also went an impressive 5-1 against nationally ranked opponents, most notably knocking off then No. 3 Yale (9-8 OT) and then No. 6 Loyola (12-11) on the road. They rose as high as 10th in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches' Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Listing, their highest national ranking since the 2013 campaign.

ECAC Division I Men’s Lacrosse Major Awards

Offensive Player of the Year
Ben Reeves – Yale University, R-So.

Defensive Player of the Year
Foster Huggins – Loyola University-Maryland, Sr.

Rookie of the Year
Chris Gray – Boston University, Fr.

Coach of the Year
Andy Shay – Yale University

All-ECAC First Team
Michael Sowers – Princeton University, So.
Ben Reeves – Yale University, R-So.
Pat Spencer – Loyola University-Maryland, Jr.
Austin Sims – Princeton University, Sr.
Ian MacKay – University of Vermont, R-Sr.
Jeff Trainor – University of Massachusetts, Sr.
Michael Rexrode – Rutgers University, Sr.
Zachary Bryant – Robert Morris University, Sr.
Foster Huggins – Loyola University-Maryland, Sr.
Ryland Rees – Stony Brook University, Jr.
Alex Heger – Robert Morris University, Jr.
Noah Rak – University of Massachusetts, Sr.

All-ECAC Second Team*
Stephen Rehfuss – Syracuse University, R-So.
Jules Heningburg – Rutgers University, Sr.
Will Sands – Bucknell University, Sr.
Greyson Torain – United States Naval Academy, Jr.
Tyson Gibson – Robert Morris University, Jr.
Sean O'Brien – Bucknell University, Sr.
Gannon Morrison – Marist College, Sr.
Jay Drapeau – Loyola University-Maryland, Sr.
Nick Mellen – Syracuse University, R-So.
George Baughan – Princeton University, Fr.
Chris Fake – Yale University, Fr.
Craig Chick – Lehigh University, Jr.
Andrew Song – Princeton University, Fr.
Shane Rinkus – University of Massachusetts, Sr.
Jack Concannon – Hofstra University, Sr.
Joe Varello – United States Naval Academy, Sr.

*Extra players added due to ties in voting