USILA Team Academic Release
USILA Scholar All American Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three members of the Illinois Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team were named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American team. Seniors Carson Kiichle (Vancouver, Wash.-Skyview), Connor Kiichle (Vancouver, Wash.-Skyview), and Blake Muschewske (Excelsior, Minn.-Holy Family Catholic) all garnered the academic award for the first time in their careers. The Titan squad earned the USILA Team Academic Award.
In order to be nominated for Scholar All-American status, a student-athlete must be a senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and have received all-conference accolades. Nominees are then voted on by the organization’s Scholar All-American committee.
To qualify for the Team Academic Award, the team must achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher for the academic year.
Carson Kiichle, a design, technology, and entrepreneurship major, led the offensive attack for the 2023 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Regular Season and Tournament Champions, finishing with a team-high 94 goals on 38 goals and 56 assists. His 56 helpers shattered the program’s single-season assist. He picked up his third straight First Team All-CCIW honor, and served as a co-captain on a squad that reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The senior earned College Sports Communicators Academic All-District honors, along with Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse College Association First Team All-Region 5 and USILA Blatant All-America honorable mention accolades.
A business administration major, Connor Kiichle was second on the team with 72 points, a mix of 40 goals and 32 assists. Also a co-captain, the senior picked up Second Team All-CCIW honors, marking the third season he has been named to an all-conference team. Connor Kiichle was one of two players in conference play to finish in the top-10 in both goals and assists. The Vancouver, Wash. native picked up CSC Academic All-District honors in his final season for the Green and White.
Muschewske, a marketing major, also served as a co-captain for IWU in his final season. A key component to the Titan defense, Muschewske earned Second Team All-CCIW honors for the first time in his career. The Excelsior, Minn. native finished second on the team with 30 caused turnovers, third most in a season in program history. Muschewske added 39 ground balls for the Titans, and he appeared and started in all 19 games.
As a team, the Titans qualified for the USILA Team Academic Award, one of two schools in the CCIW to do so, as IWU was joined by Elmhurst University.