Bucknell's Eisenreich Named Third-Team All-American, Will Join Gantsoudes, Neithamer in North-South All-Star Game
May 24, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. --Bucknell senior attackman Billy Eisenreich has earned Third Team All-America honors, the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced on Thursday. Eisenreich, who was also a First Team All-Patriot League selection and a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy given to the national player of the year, recorded 66 points in 2012 to rank among the national leaders.
The USILA also announced the rosters for the 2012 USILA/LaxWorld North-South Senior All-Star Game, and Bucknell will have three representatives on the South team. Eisereich will join classmates Jason Neithamer and Nick Gantsoudes for the game, which will be held on Friday at Harvard Stadium in Boston.
Eisenreich finished his senior campaign with 34 goals and 32 assists for 66 points. He ranks seventh nationally in points per game entering this weekend's Final Four. Eisenreich is just the third player in program history to accomplish the 30-30 milestone, and he became the seventh Bison to record 60 points in a season. His 66 points are now tied for fourth-most in Bucknell's single-season list.
Eisenreich was named to the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list early this season, and he backed up that distinction with some big performances. He tied a school record by racking up 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in a 17-10 win over a good Robert Morris team on March 28. Eisenreich logged three goals and three assists against a Massachusetts team that finished the regular season undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the nation, and he posted two goals and five assists in a big road victory over Navy. He had at least one goal and at least two points in every game this season.
This is the fifth straight year that Bucknell has claimed at least one men's lacrosse All-American. Eisenreich is the first Bison to garner at least a Third Team citation since Chris Cara was a Third Team All-American in 2005. Prior to Cara, the last Bucknell player to receive All-America honors above the Honorable Mention level was Pete von Hoffmann in 1979.
Gantsoudes also enjoyed an outstanding senior year and was also a First Team All-Patriot League selection. The first-line midfielder set career highs in goals (22), assists (9) and points (31). He recorded his second career five-goal game win a win over Albany on March 24, and he added an assist in that contest for a career-high six points. He also recorded hat trick against Colgate and Hobart and two-goal games against Villanova, Navy, Drexel and Lafayette.
Neithamer was a key contributor on the defensive end of the field over the last four years. He was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection as a close defenseman in 2010. He moved to long-stick defensive midfield last season and played both positions as a senior. A terrific ground-ball guy, Neithamer finished his craeer with 126 GBs, 10th-most in Bucknell history.
Bucknell finished 9-7 this season and was ranked in the top 20 nationally for most of the season. It was a banner year for the Patriot League, which sent two teams to the NCAA Tournament and boasted eight All-Americans and 11 North-South Game participants.