May 21, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Michael Evans (Davidsonville, MD/South River) led a contingent of five Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse players on the 2009 USILA All-America Team it was announced today. Evans garnered first team honors and was joined by junior midfielder Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola), a second team selection, senior midfielder Brian Christopher (Springfield, PA/Springfield), a third team pick, and junior attackman Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) and sophomore attackman Kyle Wharton (Great Valley, PA/Haverford School), who both earned honorable mention accolades.
Evans earned his third selection as an All-American as he grabbed honorable mention honors as a sophomore and third team honors last season. He started all 15 games this season and all 49 over the last three years. A team captain as a senior, Evans grabbed a career-high 16 ground balls and added nine caused turnovers this season. He regularly drew the assignment of marking the opposition's top attackman and earned a spot on the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team. He is the first Johns Hopkins defenseman to earn first team honors since Tom Garvey in 2005.
Kimmel established himself as one of the top all-around midfielders in the game as he excelled at both ends of the field. He totaled 20 goals and added a team-best 25 assists for a career-high 45 points and added 32 ground balls as well. In addition, he tallied at least two points in 13 of JHU's 15 games and was one of just two players on the team to register at least one point in all 15 games this season. His 20 goals and 25 assists push his career totals to 56 goals and 50 assists and he is one of just three midfielders in school history to total 30 or more points as a freshman, sophomore and junior (Del Dressel and Paul Rabil). He will carry a 22-game point-scoring streak into the 2010 season.
Christopher enjoyed the finest season of his career as finished fourth on the team in scoring with 30 goals and 11 assists for 41 points. His 30 goals and 11 assists in 15 games this season were more than he totaled in 48 career games entering the 2009 season (29, 9). Steady throughout the season (he totaled at least two points in 13 of JHU's 15 games), he caught fire down the stretch and totaled 19 goals and five assists in the final eight games of the season and scored a school-record three overtime game-winners in victories against Towson, Loyola and Brown during the final three weeks of the year.
Boyle grabbed a spot on the team for the second time in his career as he previously earned honorable mention status as a freshman. Despite missing one full game and most of another with an injury, he scored 21 goals and added a career-high 17 assists for a personal-best 38 points (5th on the team). He registered 10 multi-point games on the year and ran his career totals to 63 goals and 46 assists for 109 points with his showing this season.
Wharton emerged this season as one of the deadliest shooters in the nation as he paced the Blue Jays with 34 goals and added 11 assists for 45 points to finish second on the team in scoring. He joined Kimmel as the only players on the team to register at least one point in all 15 games this season and totaled two or more points 13 times in 15 games on the year. Wharton became just the third sophomore in the last 15 years to lead the team in goals (Bobby Benson-2001, Kevin Huntley-2006).
Johns Hopkins All-America Notes of Interest:
Michael Evans is the 178th First Team All-American in school history. No other school has more than 111 first team selections.
JHU has produced at least one First Team All-American in 18 of the last 19 years.
A Johns Hopkins defenseman has earned All-America honors in each of the last 15 years and 62 of the last 63 years.
At least five Johns Hopkins players have earned All-America honors every year since 2002.
At least two Johns Hopkins midfielders have earned All-America honors every year since 2002.
At least one Johns Hopkins attackman has earned All-America honors every year since 1992.
Four of JHU's five All-America selections are due to return in 2010.
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