Blue Jay Men's Lacrosse Summer Notebook
BALTIMORE, MD – Future, past and current Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse players have been making news as the summer calendar hits the Fourth of July holiday. From performances on the field to noteworthy accomplishments in the classroom, there’s plenty of news surrounding the team.
DeSimone Earns Under Armour All-America MVP Honors
Incoming midfielder Connor DeSimone and future teammate Jared Reinson (defense) were two of the 21 players that helped the North defeat the South, 18-16, in the 2017 Under Armour Lacrosse All-America game on Saturday, July 1 at Towson University.
DeSimone became the second Johns Hopkins player to be named the game’s MVP as he notched three goals and two assists and added six ground balls and two caused turnovers in the North’s victory. All five of DeSimone’s points came during an 8-1 run for the North that turned a 6-5 deficit into a 13-7 lead; the South was never close than two over the final 32:46. A year ago, Johns Hopkins rising sophomore Cole Williams earned MVP honors at the Under Armour All-America game.
Reinson started on defense and had a pair of ground balls and won both of his faceoff attempts in the victory.
Four Former Blue Jays to Play in MLL All-Star Game
The roster for the 2017 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star Game includes four former Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse standouts. The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 8 at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, California and will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Among the former Johns Hopkins players slated to play are Paul Rabil (M), Matt Bocklet (D) and Michael Evans (D), who teamed together and helped the Blue Jays to the 2007 NCAA Championship. Rabil was also a member of the 2005 NCAA Championship team at Johns Hopkins. Joining Rabil, Bocklet and Evans in Sacramento will be Ryan Brown, who graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2016 after a standout four-year career that saw him score 159 goals, the second-highest total in program history.
Rabil, who recently notched the 500th point of his MLL career, will be making his eighth appearance in the All-Star game and currently has 19 goals and 13 assists in nine games this season. His 511 points are the second most in league history.
Bocklet will be appearing in his fifth MLL All-Star game and has played in seven games this season with 42 ground balls and one assist to his credit. In his MLL career he has 20 goals, 26 assists and 609 ground balls; his 609 ground balls rank third in league history and first among non-faceoff specialists.
Evans had been a mainstay on the Chesapeake defense throughout his career and this year’s event marks his seventh selection to the MLL All-Star game.
Brown will be making his All-Star game debut this season. He currently ranks second in the league in goals (27) and fourth in points (35). He recently scored the 50th goal of his MLL career and now counts career totals of 50 goals and 66 points in 20 career games played.
Fields, Crawley Earn USILA Scholar-Athlete Honors
Recent graduates John Crawley and Nick Fields, who served as co-captains of the 2017 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, were recently named to the 2017 USILA/Nike Scholar All-America Team.
To be nominated for Scholar All-America honors from the USILA, a player must be a senior in academic standing and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. In addition, they must have earned All-America honors, be a member of a North/South team or an outstanding league or conference player who has behaved in a manner that had brought credit to himself, his institution and to college lacrosse both on field off the field.
Crawley earned Honorable Mention All-America honors this season after tallying 20 goals and four assists. He graduated with a degree in economics and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection this season. He is currently playing for the Charlotte Hounds of the MLL and has 10 goals and three assists in four games.
Fields was a Third-Team All-America selection as a senior, graduated with a degree in economics and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017 as well. He has quickly transitioned to professional lacrosse as a member of the Ohio Machine. He has played in five games for the Machine and has helped the team to four wins in five games thus far.
The selection of Crawley and Fields gives Johns Hopkins 14 USILA Scholar All-Americans since the program debuted in 1989.
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