Senior helped lead Red Raiders to first Section V crown and is joined by teammates Burger and Hurlbutt with postseason honors

With more than 375 varsity boys lacrosse teams in New York State, earning All-State status doesn’t come easy.

That’s what makes it all the more special for Nate Arnold, who on Monday was named first team All-State for small schools by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Joining Arnold as a first team player is Victor’s Matt Gardner and Chayse Ierlan, who were named first team All-State for large schools.

Arnold, a senior defenseman, had 15 goals and 11 assists with a long pole. He helped the Red Raiders win their first Section V title (Class C) in school history, and also helped lead them to the state semifinals.

Arnold will continue his lacrosse career at the University of Richmond. 

Teammate Brian Burger, a senior attackman, was named to the fifth team for small schools, as was senior goalie Jared Hurlbutt, who plans to continue his career at Cazenovia.

At Victor, Gardner, a senior defenseman, and Ierlan, a junior goalie, helped lead the Blue Devils to their third straight state championship. Twelve players were named to the first team for large schools.

Gardner, who also was named the Daily Messenger’s Player of the Year earlier this month, will continue his lacrosse career at LeMoyne this fall. He led the Blue Devils with 61 ground balls and 21 takeaways. Ierlan, a Daily Messenger All-Star, has one more season remaining with the Blue Devils before heading to Cornell University. Ierlan made 164 saves for a save percentage of 59.4%.

Gardner and Ierlan were two of three returning starters for the Blue Devils this spring after Victor won the 2015 state title in Class B and the 2016 state title in Class A. The Blue Devils were undefeated in both seasons and took the winning streak to 50 straight games before it was snapped mid-season. 

But the Blue Devils rebounded and finished with a 19-3 record, capped by a win over Yorktown in the Class B state championship at St. John Fisher College.

Also among large schools, Devin Andrews, a senior attackman from Canandaigua Academy who is heading to Stony Brook, was named to the second team. Andrews scored 72 goals to become the all-time leading scorer in CA history and finished with 119 points in leading the Braves to a 13-6 record before a loss to Victor in the Section V Class B final.

On the fourth team for large schools is Victor junior defenseman Tanner Hay (Albany) and on the sixth team is junior midfielder Andrew Russell (Virginia) of Victor. Another Victor midfielder, junior Connor Keenan (Fairfield), was named to the seventh team and Canandaigua senior midfielder Joe Post (Hobart) was named to the eighth team.

Ward Melville defenseman Andrew McKenna (Navy) was named Player of the Year for large schools and Cold Spring Harbor attackman Ian Laviano (Virginia) is Player of the Year for small schools. The complete list for large and small schools can be seen at newyorksportswriters.org.