Tyler Pjatak from Shelton is a short stick defensive midfielder for the top-seeded Mercy College men\u2019s lacrosse team, which has advanced to the NCAA Division II championship semifinals. Pjatak was named second team All-East Coast Conference after the sophomore caused 15 turnovers and came up with 41 ground balls for coach Jordan Levine\u2019s 15-1 Mavericks. Ranked second in the country, Mercy won the ECC title and advanced in the national tournament with an 11-10 victory over No. 5 Seton Hill University. It will meet No. 3 LeMoyne College in the semis. Pjatak, awarded the Underclassman of the Year for all sports at Mercy, is majoring in Health Science where he has a grade point average of 4.0. Shelton Male Athlete of the Year in 2020, Pjatak was team captain for both football and lacrosse. Named to the All-State, All-SCC and Walter Camp football team, Pjatak is the school face-off percentage record holder in lacrosse.