ROSEMONT, IL – Robert Kuhn, a sophomore long stick midfielder on the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, has been named the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Blue Jays’ 13-11 win over then fifth-ranked Penn State last Saturday (April 15). This is the first time Kuhn has earned the award and the second time a Johns Hopkins player has earned the honor this season.
Kuhn had a career-high seven ground balls, two caused turnovers and one assist in the victory against the Nittany Lions. He helped hold Penn State nearly four goals under its season scoring average and the ‘Lions scored just six goals through the game’s first three quarters.
Kuhn, who was an offensive midfielder in high school and didn’t make the move to long stick midfield until the fall of his freshman year, has played in all 11 games this season and has three goals, three assists, 23 ground balls and five caused turnovers to his credit. His 23 ground balls rank second on the team and his five caused turnovers are tied for fourth.
In two seasons, Kuhn has played in all 26 Johns Hopkins games and has four goals, five assists, 49 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. In addition to his role on the Blue Jay defense, he is also a regular on the wing on faceoffs.
Johns Hopkins improved to 7-4 with the win against the Nittany Lions and the Blue Jays are ranked ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll, eighth in the Maverik Media Poll and fourth in the NCAA’s official RPI rankings this week. Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 22 when the Blue Jays welcome Michigan to Homewood Field. Faceoff against the Wolverines is set for 2 pm with a live national television broadcast on ESPNU.
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