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JHU and UMD dominate Big Ten lax awards

After leading the Big Ten in goals by a large margin, Ryan Brown was named the conferences' Offensive Player of the Year.

After leading the Big Ten in goals by a large margin, Ryan Brown was named the conferences’ Offensive Player of the Year.

After splitting the Big Ten regular season championship, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and Maryland Terrapins dominated the postseason Big Ten individual honors. Blue Jays attackman Ryan Brown was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, head coach Dave Pietramala was named Coach of the Year and Joel Tinney was named Freshman of the Year while Maryland’s Casey Ikeda was named the league’ Defensive Player of the Year.

Both the Blue Jays and Terps finished the regular season with a 4-1 conference record while Maryland finished with a 12-2 overall record and JHU was 7-6.

But while JHU has a worse record, Pietramala did a superb job leading his team through a terrible hardship after the preseason death of freshman Jeremy Huber, keeping them focused through the troubling situation.

Brown led the league in goals by a very large margin, scoring 51 through 13 games, averaging 3.92 per contests. Ohio State’s Jesse King was second in the league with 35 goals this season. Brown, a first-team All-Conference honoree, also led the conference with 60 total points after also giving out nine assists. Brown’s 136 shots led the Big Ten by a large margin. Brown was third in the nation in goals scored behind Stony Brook’s Brody Eastwood (59) and Brown’s Dylan Molloy (58).

Brown’s teammate Well Stanwick joined him on the All-Conference first team after leading the conference with 31 assists. He also scored 17 goals and ranked fourth in the conference with 48 total points.

Ikeda did a tremendous job leading the Terps to becoming the nation’s best defense, allowing only 6.4 points per game. Ikeda finished the year with 19 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers while constantly being asked to go up against opposing team’s top scorers.

Maryland has three other players named to the First Team All-Big Ten squad. After leading Maryland with 30 goals and 12 assists, Matt Rambo joined Ikeda on the top squad. Joe LoCascio, who scored 23 goals and nine assists with 19 ground balls, and goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr, who saved 129 shots and allowed only 83 goals. He had the highest save percentage (60.8%) among full-time goalkeepers in the Big Ten.

Jay Carlson and Charlie Raffa were both Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honorees as well. Carlson was second on the team with 26 goals and has six assist at attack this year while Raffa was one of the best face-off specialists this season, winning 62.1-percent of his opportunities, going 82-for-132 with 34 ground balls this year.

Nick Fields and Tinney were honorable mention All-Conference players. Fields was one of the team’s top defensive players and finished the regular season with 11 ground balls and 10 assists. Tinney, the Freshman of the Year, finished the regular season with 20 goals and eight assists to go with 28 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

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