BALTIMORE - Zed Williams' incomparable lacrosse career reached even new heights this week as he was named an Under Armour All-American for the third straight year.
The announcement was made Tuesday and earns the senior midfielder a place in the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic, which will be played at 8 p.m., July 6 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium and televised by ESPNU.
Incredibly, Williams' selection to the All-American squad may not be his most noteworthy accomplishment this spring. Through Monday's Section 6 Class C quarterfinal victory over Amherst, Williams has 426 career goals (77 this season) and 272 assists (64 this season) for 698 career points (141 this season). The 426 career goals and 698 career points are both national records, eclipsing the old marks of 353 and 589 previously held by Grant Whiteway (Billeraca, Mass.) and Tim Stratton (Manheim Township, Pa.) respectively.
Silver Creek senior Zed Williams holds two national lacrosse records.
Photo courtesy of Dunkirk Observer
Williams will take his talents to Charlottesville, Va., in the fall where he has earned a scholarship to the University of Virginia.
Williams isn't the only area resident to earn Under Armour All-American honors in lacrosse.
Zach Miller of Steamburg, who attends Hill Academy (Ont.), is a midfielder bound for the University of Denver and will join Williams at the All-American Lacrosse Classic.
Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a panel of lacrosse experts from Inside Lacrosse Magazine. The year-long selection process includes input from college and high school coaches from across the country as well as nominations from the public.
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Riley Swanson, the grandson of Bill and Inga Black of Jamestown, was selected as the National Christian College Athletic Association East Region Team shortstop. A freshman on the Mount Vernon (Ohio) Nazarene University baseball team, Swanson batted .325 with a team-high 19 doubles to go along with two home runs, 29 RBIs and 34 runs scored. In 52 games, all starts, Swanson had 226 fielding chances and made only 12 errors. The Cougars finished the season 33-19 and lost to Cedarville University in pool play of the NCCAA World Series.
Swanson is the son of Paul and Susie Swanson. Paul is the head coach of the Mount Vernon Nazarene's women's volleyball team and is the school's athletic director.