Five BIG EAST men's lacrosse teams were represented with players on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) 2011 All-America Team. Notre Dame had a program-high six players honored, while Syracuse matched Maryland for the most of any Division I school with eight All-America selections. Georgetown, Rutgers and Villanova each had a player earn a spot on the list as well.
Syracuse seniors Joel White, John Lade and John Galloway were named to the First Team for the second-consecutive season. It is White's third-consecutive All-America nod after earning Honorable Mention plaudits in 2009 and First Team honors in 2010. White and Galloway are both finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the national player of the year.
In addition to SU's trio of First Team selections, seniors Stephen Keogh and Jovan Miller earned Second Team honors, and senior Jeremy Thompson was named to the Third Team. Senior Josh Amidon and sophomore JoJo Marasco both earned Honorable Mention recognition.
A program-record six members of the Fighting Irish received All-America honors. Senior midfielder David Earl and senior defender Kevin Ridgway were First Team selections, while senior midfielder Zach Brenneman was named to the Second Team. Senior defender Sam Barnes, senior longstick midfielder Andrew Irving and sophomore goalkeeper John Kemp were honorable mention picks.
This year marks the first time that Notre Dame has boasted two First Team All-Americans in the same season. The Notre Dame men's lacrosse program has produced at least one All-America honoree in every season dating back to 1993, a string of 19 years. The 29 Fighting Irish All-Americans have combined for 52 All-America honors. Notre Dame's previous high for All-America honorees in a season was five, which occurred four times (2001, 2007, 2009, 2010).
Villanova senior longstick midfielder Brian Karalunas was named to the First Team. Karalunas was the first Villanova lacrosse player in program history to be named a USILA First Team All-American.
It was the second time during his career that Georgetown senior defender Barney Ehrmann was named an Honorable Mention All American. Rutgers men's lacrosse senior face-off specialist Chris Mattes also earned an Honorable Mention selection.