COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 26, 2018) –Preston DeHerrera of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse team earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Academic Player of the Year award. Anthony Ferrie , Caleb Johnson, and Adam Lange all received First Team Academic All-RMAC honors in the conference's annual release Thursday.
DeHerrera (Sr., Northglenn, Colo.)is the first Pack Men's Lacrosse student-athlete to earn Academic Player of the Year honors. The defenseman had garnered First Team Academic All-RMAC honors in each of his last two seasons, making this his third First Team All-RMAC selection. In 2015, DeHerrera was tabbed First Team Academic All-Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
In the classroom, DeHerrera has achieved a 3.89 GPA while majoring in Business Management/ Business Administration. DeHerrera is just over a week away from graduating with his masters from Hasan School of Business' 3+2 program.
On the field, DeHerrera is a team captain. He also holds the Pack's career caused turnovers record with 47 takeaways. This season, the senior has produced 19 turnovers, just three turnovers shy of the school record of 22, set by Ferrie last season. His 1.46 caused turnovers per game ranks third in the RMAC. DeHerrera earned RMAC defensive Player of the week honors March 19.
DeHerrera's 123 career ground balls rank second all-time in program history. He has averaged 2.56 ground balls per game for his career.
Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) earned his second consecutive First Team Academic All-RMAC nod. He has produced a 3.70 GPA while majoring in engineering.
In his first season at attack, Ferrie has been a difference maker with 31 goals and 18 assists. His 3.77 points per game tie him with teammate Taylor Davis (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) for fourth in the RMAC and 27th in D-II.
Ferrie ranks third in the RMAC with 1.38 assists per game. The junior has 2.38 goals per game, fifth-most in the RMAC. Ferrie earned RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, March 5.
Johnson (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) has accomplished a 3.63 GPA. He is nearing his degree in Civil Engineering Technology. The midfielder earned First Team Academic All-RMAC honors for the second consecutive season.
This season, Johnson has set a school-record with 64 ground balls. He also established new single-game records with 19 ground balls and 25 faceoff wins April 13 at Johnson & Wales University. This performance led Johnson to his first RMAC Defensive Player of the Week award.
Johnson's 4.92 ground balls per game ranks fourth in the RMAC. His 53.7 faceoff percentage would also set a school record. Johnson is the school's all-time leader in ground balls (142).
Lange (Sr., Parker, Colo) holds a 3.39 GPA while majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in marketing. The defenseman was named First Team Academic All-RMAC for the first time in his career. He claimed a spot on the All-Academic Honor Roll last season.
The senior has played in all 25 Pack games during his two years on the team. Lange has a career-high 20 ground balls this season. His 13 caused turnovers are also a career-best.
DeHerrera, Johnson, and Lange will all compete in their Senior Day game Saturday at 3 p.m. when the Pack plays Adams State University at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics