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Waldron to compete in prestigious USILA north-south senior game
71st annual all-star game will take place on Friday, May 25
May 23, 2012Tweet
Vestal, NY—For the first time in Binghamton’s 10 year division I men’s lacrosse program history, a student-athlete has been chosen to compete in this year’s USILA North-South Game this Friday in Boston. Senior long stick midfielder Ben Waldron has been picked amongst the nation’s elite lacrosse players to represent the north team coached by Army head coach Joe Alberici. The game will take place Friday, May 25 at Harvard University beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Waldron, a four-year standout from Camillus, NY, has been an influential member of the Binghamton lacrosse program. In 2012, the senior caused havoc on the field by creating a team-high 31 turnovers and scooping up 51 ground balls. His 2.38 caused turnovers per game ranks fourth nationally amongst 61 division I programs. Waldron also was a factor on offense in 2012 scoring four goals and dishing out three assists on limited offensive possessions.
“It’s an excellent honor for Ben as well as the entire Binghamton lacrosse program,” head coach Scott Nelson noted. “It’s a testament to how hard he has worked and what he has accomplished here. This will truly be a fitting end to what was an excellent collegiate career.”
Over four years as a prominent cog on defense, Waldron played in 57 games, ranking third all-time in program history. The long pole midfielder accumulated 183 ground balls (second all-time) and a program-record 82 caused turnovers. A two-time first team America East all-conference selection (2011,2012), Waldron wrapped up his career with 20 career points, which currently ranks fifth amongst active long stick players nationally.
“I’m extremely honored to be picked for the North-South game,” Waldron said. “I’m looking forward to playing with and against the best players nationally. I couldn’t have done this without the support of both my teammates and coaches, and will represent the Binghamton athletic program proudly.”
The USILA/LAXWORLD North-South game is in its’ 71st year of existence. The Inaugural game was played in 1940, and with the exception of 1944-45, the games have been played each and every year. Two games will be featured in Boston the weekend of the Final Four beginning with the Division III game at 3:00 p.m. Following that match-up, Division I-II players will compete in the marquee event that features the top senior lacrosse players across the nation. Tickets will be on sale at Harvard Stadium for $5.00.
Since 2007, an astounding 77 players who participated in the North-South game have been drafted into the MLL (Major League Lacrosse) during the collegiate draft. In 2011, reigning MLL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Boltus (Army) tallied four assists for the north squad, but wasn’t enough as the south team was victorious 15-11. America East opponents UMBC and Stony Brook have had solid representation at the prestigious event sending 58 and 18 players respectively over the 70 years the game has been in existence.