AMHERST, Mass. – Seniors Corey Cairo (Shoreham, N.Y.), Devin Calkins (Bow, N.H.) and Zach Tanner (Woburn, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's lacrosse team were selected to compete in the 2018 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game, which will be held Friday, June 1 at Penmen Stadium. Opening faceoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game features the top graduating student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III who played their collegiate careers in the New England Region. Student-athletes were nominated by the head coaches within the NEILA, ranked and selected by a committee.
"The NEILA recognizes these terrific student-athletes for their accomplishments over their entire playing careers," said Tim Murphy, head coach at Curry College and coordinator of the East-West All-Star team selection. "To be selected for the East-West All-Star Game means that you have been a star not just this year, but throughout your four years in New England collegiate lacrosse."
The NEILA East-West All-Star Game also provides an opportunity for assistant coaches from some of the top programs each year to take the reins of the coaching staffs for the teams. Southern New Hampshire University assistant coach Ben Lanman will lead the West team at Penmen Stadium, and he will be joined by Springfield College's Matt Dalton and Western New England University's Andrew Deane.
Cairo capped his career in Manchester with 33 points on a team-high 26 goals and seven assists. He appeared in each of Southern New Hampshire's 14 games and started in 13 contests for the Penmen. Cairo registered at least one point 13 of his 14 appearances, turned in 12 multiple-point efforts and notched at least three points in a single game on six separate occasions. He closed out his senior campaign at SNHU with five multi-goal games in his last seven outings, including back-to-back hat tricks in final two contests of his career. Cairo suited up 51 times for Southern New Hampshire and logged 92 points behind 70 goals and 22 assists.
Calkins turned in a career year as a senior at Southern New Hampshire, as he set benchmarks in goals, assists and points. He found the back of the cage 14 times and set up nine addition goals for 23 points after seeing time in 14 games with 10 starts. Calkins tallied at least one point in nine games and raked in a career-best 16 ground balls, and in the final four games of his career, he scored six times and had at least one point in three tilts. He wraps up his career in a Penmen uniform with 28 goals and 21 assists for 49 points in 46 career games.
Tanner enjoyed a breakout campaign in his final season in Manchester, as he led the Southern New Hampshire attack with a career-high 38 points on 22 goals and 16 assists. He saw action in all 14 games and registered at least one point in 13 contests with nine multiple point efforts. Tanner tallied at least three points on nine occasions and turned in six-straight games of at least three points from March 24 through April 10, which included two four-point games and a five-goal outburst against Saint Anselm College. He set new career highs in goals, assists, points, man-up goals (5), ground balls (19) and caused turnovers (3) while more than doubling his career point total. Tanner's career comes to a close with 61 points behind 31 goals and 30 assists in 52 total games.
The Penmen finished their 2018 season with an overall mark of 5-9, which included a 3-8 ledger within the confines of the Northeast-10 Conference.
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