Defenseman Led No. 11 Bulldogs to Ivy Title
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Michael McCormack (West Islip, N.Y.), who has started every game since stepping on campus, has been named captain of the 2012-13 Yale men's lacrosse team after a team vote today at the Ray Tompkins House.
McCormack, a second-team All-Ivy League pick and a 2012 Ivy All-Tournament selection, led the Bulldogs with 34 caused turnovers and had more ground balls (55) than any Yale defensive player. His contributions were key to the 11-5 season, nine straight wins and the Ivy Tournament Championship.
"It is a great honor to be recognized by my teammates as the captain of the 2013 team. Michael Pratt did a great job this year and I definitely have big shoes to fill for the upcoming season," said McCormack, a political science major who helped the Elis earn their first NCAA Tournament berth in 20 years.
The 5-foot-9 spark plug ignited an Eli defense that has been ranked among the top 20 all season in both scoring and caused turnovers. McCormack was a pre-season All-America pick by insidelacrosse.com and is a good bet to receive such honors.
McCormack, a three-time all-league recipient, was second team as a freshman and honorable mention in 2011. Last year, he ranked seventh among Division I players in caused turnovers.
He earned All-New England honors in 2010 as well as Yale's Dan Casman Award for "team spirit and morale" and the Merrick Award for most (50) ground balls.
At West Islip High School, McCormack led the lacrosse team to NYS championships in 2007 and 2009. He served as captain his senior year while earning All-America honors and making the Newsday All-Long Island and Long Island Empire team. He was a two-time Mr. Defense Award winner and all-county selection who participated in the North/South/East/West Senior Showcase.
McCormack also played football and captained the team as a senior. He was named all-division and earned defensive MVP his junior year on the gridiron. He accomplished all of these athletic honors while being a Great American Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipient.
"There is a strong sense of leadership throughout my class and I am confident that our goal to keep Yale lacrosse on a national level will continue. I am hopeful that our hard work and commitment to the program will further the success that we achieved this season. My experience at Yale has been full of great leaders and I hope to live up to the precedent that those before me have set," said McCormack, who will intern in the sales and trading division of Barclays this summer.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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