After guiding their teams to strong performances during the month, Utah Valley sophomore attackman Spencer Tunick and College of Idaho sophomore midfielder Henry Ontiveros have been named the US Lacrosse MCLA Players of the Month in Divisions I and II, respectively.

Led by the scoring prowess of Tunick, Utah Valley posted an 8-1 record in March, including wins over a pair of ranked teams. The Provo, Utah, product scored 34 goals and dished out nine assists (4.9 ppg) while also grabbing 22 ground balls.

Tunick twice hit the eight-point plateau in the run – which featured seven of nine games on the road – scoring seven goals and dishing out an assist against Boise State before dropping eight goals on San Diego State.

"We traveled 16 of the first 23 days of March, over 3,200 miles by bus, and Spencer was consistent, reliable and a great teammate," said Utah Valley coach Brian Barnhill. “In fact, he shared with me that his proudest moment was his game against Dominican, where he had double the assists (4) to goals (2). 

"You know how difficult it is with all that travel and to still be on your game, but he didn't let off the gas all month. In practice, he is one of the hardest working players and holds his teammates accountable in giving their best in practices as well."

The College of Idaho recorded a perfect March, winning all six contests, including three against ranked opponents, with Ontiveros playing a huge roll in that success.

On face offs, the Carlsbad, Calif., native was nearly unbeatable, winning 104-of-113 face offs for a staggering 89.4 winning percentage. In addition, Ontiveros, a transfer from Wagner (N.Y.) College, collected 70 ground balls while scoring 18 goals and dishing out 14 assists during a 6-0 month.

“Hank has brought an NCAA-level of intensity and focus to our program and has been instrumental in all of our wins,” said College of Idaho coach Matt Gier. “The biggest asset he has brought is his ability at facing off which has exponentially increased our offensive time of possession. 

“Hank has a high lacrosse IQ and has been able to spread his knowledge to his teammates, which has elevated our level of play. He is one of the most passionate players I have ever coached.”

For their efforts, both Tunick and Ontiveros will receive a one-year membership to US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. Membership includes on-the-field insurance coverage, discounted tickets and apparel, along with a subscription to US Lacrosse Magazine.

US Lacrosse MCLA Monthly Honor Roll

Division I
Ryan Brown, Jr., Faceoff Specialist – Cal Poly
Connor Graves, Jr., Goalie – Missouri 
Wyatt Hill, Soph., Goalie - Arizona
Jake Marthens, Sr., Attack – Arizona State
C.J. Nichols, Sr., Midfield – Liberty 
Jake Pistotnik, Jr., Attack – California 
Andrew Yi, Sr., Midfield – Georgia Tech

Division II
Jacob Collins, Jr., Faceoff Specialist– UNC-Charlotte
Dean Grau, Gr., Attack – Cal State Long Beach
Casey Marsh, Sr., Defense – Dayton  
Scott McNamara, Sr., Attack – Minn.-Duluth
Kyle Rodney, Jr., Attack – UC Santa Cruz