Limestone's Messenger Named Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Limestone College's men's lacrosse player Mike Messenger has been named the Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year for 2015-16, the Conference announced today. The award marks the second straight year a Saints' lacrosse player has received the award.

Messenger, a midfielder from Surrey, British Columbia, ended his stellar collegiate career with a plethora of individual awards and led the Saints to a third consecutive national championship game appearance. He registered 95 (60 G, 35 A) points on the season, despite missing the team's first two games. Messenger ranked first in Conference Carolinas in goals, while ranking second in points and assists. His 60 goals were the most by a Saint since the 2005 season.

Nationally, Messenger ranked fourth in NCAA Division II in total goals, while finishing 12th with three goals per game. He would notch five games with at least five goals and scored a career-high eight markers in a 25-7 win over No. 4 Tampa. His 4.75 points per game ranked ninth nationally, with him registering two 10-point games during his senior campaign.


Mike Messenger 2015-16 Accolades:

  • 2016 USILA/Nike Division II Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Most Outstanding Player
  • 2016 USILA/Nike Division II Lt. J.G. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award as Most Outstanding Midfielder
  • 2016 USILA/Nike Division II First-Team All-American
  • 2016 Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2016 First-Team All-Conference Carolinas
  • 3x Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
  • 2x USILA/Lids Team Sports Division II National Player of the Week
  • 2016 Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year
  • 2016 Nike/Lacrosse Magazine All-American


Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year Winners

Conference Carolinas

2015-16              Mike Messenger, Limestone 

2014-15              Kevin Reisman, Limestone       

2013-14              Bradon Reitano, Mount Olive         

2012-13              Riley Loewen, Limestone              

2011-12              Jake Ternosky, Limestone            

2010-11              Carter Capps, Mount Olive            

2009-10              Bryan Fogle, Erskine                    

2008-09              Michael Crouch, Queens            

2007-08              Jason Sherrer, Mount Olive           


Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference

2006-07              Anthony Atkinson, Barton            

2005-06              Brock Godwin, Barton                 

2004-05              Casey Smith, Erskine                   

2003-04              Spencer Ross, Queens                  

2002-03              Andrew McArthur, Pfeiffer             

2001-02              Ben Case, Pfeiffer                       

2000-01              Colin Ducharme, Longwood          

1999-00              Nem Sovic, Pfeiffer                      

1998-99              Todd Bailess, Barton                    

1997-98              Soce Faye, Queens                       

1996-97              Dan Shanks, Coker                      

1995-96              Brett Speight, High Point              


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 12 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College and Southern Wesleyan University are currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.