Westwood, Mass.—Clark University senior goalkeeper Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year while head coach Jeff Cohen was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year as announced by the league office on Thursday morning.
Cohen led the Cougars to a 5-2 record in conference play and an 11-8 overall record as he picked up his third NEWMAC Coach of the Year recognition in his 10 seasons at Clark. He earned Pilgrim of the Year coach of the year honors in 2011. The Cougars defeated NEWMAC foe and 2019 NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Champions, Springfield College, for the first time in program history with a 14-12 final at home on April 24th. Clark made a NEWMAC Tournament appearance this season, defeating Babson College 10-9 in the quarterfinal round and falling at Coast Guard, 12-11, in the semifinals. Cohen helped seven total players garner NEWMAC All-Conference accolades this season. Five players were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, including Co-Defensive Athlete of the Year, Maselek. Seniors Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.), Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.), Pat Campbell (Duxbury, Mass.), and junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) earned First Team recognition while senior Sam Wogan (Freeport, Maine) and junior Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) earned spots on the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team.
Maselek finished the 2019 season with the top save percentage in the conference at 60.7. He broke the Clark men's lacrosse program single-season saves record as he ranked second in the league with 236 saves on the season. Maselek posted double-digit saves in 12 games including a game-high 21 saves in the semifinal game at Coast Guard. He shares the Defensive Player of the Year title with Coast Guard goalkeeper, Trey Johnson.
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