Keuka College sophomore Harold Pallone (Cortland, N.Y. / Cortland) was named North Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as the conference released their year-end awards and all-conference teams on Wednesday.
Pallone was named to the first team as a long-stick midfield. He was the lone Keuka College player to make the top squad. Midfielder Mark Shattuck (Syracuse, N.Y. / Bishop Grimes) and defender Dillon Springer (Liverpool, N.Y. / Liverpool) were named Second Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Keuka College had three players named to the third team. Short-stick midfielder Garrett Stonewell (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas), midfielder Seth Bush (Binghamton, N.Y. / Chenango Forks), and defender Cody Nitzke (Cicero, N.Y. / Cicero-North Syracuse) were all honored by the conference.
Harold Pallone had a standout second season for Keuka College. He led the North Eastern Athletic Conference with 55 caused turnovers in 14 games. Pallone also tied for the league-lead and the school-record with 93 ground balls this season. His average of 3.93 caused turnovers per game leads all of NCAA Division III.
Leading Keuka College in total points this season was sophomore Mark Shattuck. He totaled 51 points for the Green and Gold while ranking third in the conference with 27 assists. His 24 goals were third most for the Wolves this season. Defender Dillon Springer was second on the team tied for second with 35 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.
Cody Nitzke joined Pallone and Springer to help anchor the Keuka College defense. He tied Springer with 16 caused turnovers this season. As a team, the trio guided Keuka to the conference lead in caused turnovers (189) and the second most ground balls (492) in the nine-team league. Senior Garrett Stonewell played a key role in the transition game for the Green and Gold. Stonewell also added a pair of goals. Freshman Seth Bush tallied 20 goals and added nine assists in his first season at Keuka College.
The Wolves finished fourth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, qualifying for their 10th straight conference tournament. Keuka College will face Morrisville State on Wednesday, May 2 in the semi-finals