Merrimack College junior James Bassett of Getzville scored a goal and set a single-game high by causing six turnovers Sunday in the Warriors 11-9 loss to Limestone College in the NCAA Division II championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Bassett, a St. Joe's graduate, was a first team Division II All-American selection as chosen by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He also was named USILA Player of the Year at his position. He plays close defender for the Warriors.
In Sunday's national championship game, Bassett's 23rd goal of the season gave Merrimack a 6-4 lead with 13:03 left in the third period. Limestone then scored five goals in a row to take the lead and never relinquished it.
Bassett was named the winner of the William C. Schmeisser Award for Outstanding defensive player at Merrimack. besideshis 23 goals he had five assits for 27 points and caused 24 turnovfers. For his cqareer, he has 54 goals, 20 assists and 73 points and has caused 46 turnovers.
Merrimack (15-4) got to the championship game for the first time by upsetting defending national champion LeMoyne, 10-5, on the road and then No. 1 seed Adelphi, 17-9, also on the road, in the Northeast Regional final. The Warriors had lost to LeMoyne twice and Adelphi once in the regular season.
Former Bishop Timon-St. Jude star Adam DiMillo of West Seneca will play for Maryland in Monday's NCAA Division I championship game against Ohio State in Foxborough. The Terrapins are seeded No. 1 and will be appearing in their third straight championship game. It will be the first championship game appearance for No. 3 seed Ohio State.