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Top defenders lead All-America honors

Kyle Bernlohr proved to be the nation's best goalkeeper all year long and was honored as such with a First Team All-American nod.

Kyle Bernlohr proved to be the nation’s best goalkeeper all year long and was honored as such with a First Team All-American nod.

After sporting the top defense in the country, the Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team saw three of its top defenders earn All-American honors. The team saw five total players receive All-American recognition.

After a remarkable season in which he scooped up 25 ground balls and caused 16 turnovers, 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Casey Ikeda earned First Team All-American honors. Joining him on the list was Maryland goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr. In his first season as the Terps starting goalkeeper, the junior led the nation with a 6.57 goals allowed average and made 152 saves, stopping 58.9-percent of the shots he was faced with.

Junior defenseman Matt Dunn (Loyola) earned third team honors. Though he missed time in the middle of the season with an injury, Dunn has been spectacular since returning and help shut down top scorers for both Yale and North Carolina in the team’s two NCAA Tournament wins. He has 11 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers this season.

Joining Dunn on the All-American Third Team is midfielder Joe LoCascio. Though The team’s top scorer, Matt Rambo, did not earn recognition, LoCascio was the team’s primary facilitator and finished with 29 goals and 12 assists.

Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa earned an Honorable Mention All-American nod after winning 59.6-percent of his faceoff attempts this season, going 102-for-171. He was also credited with 38 ground balls.

Johns Hopkins, Loyola and Towson also saw player get honored on the All-American team.

Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall), who led the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays with 60 goals this season, earned a second-team All-American nod. He also had 14 assists and 25 ground balls. Teammates Joey Tinney and Michael Pellegrino were third team honorees while Wells Stanwick (Boy’s Latin) was an Honorable Mention All-American.

Tinney was a vital two-way player for the Blue Jays. Offensively, he was a spark from the midfield and scored 26 goals with 10 assists. Defensively, he was one of the team’s top short stick midfielders and was credited with 31 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Pellegrino was one of the best long stick midfielders in the country and though he also got involved in the offense with three goals and three assists, he had 56 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. Stanwick was the team’s top facilitator on offense and led the Blue Jays with 43 assists. He was second on the team in points after also scoring 26 goals to go with 29 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Towson goalkeeper Tyler White, who was fourth in the nation in goals allowed average as he helped lead the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament victory, was a Third-Team All-American selection. He allowed only 7.57 goals per game and made 174 saves, stopping 56.7-percent of the shots he was faced with. Towson’s top defenseman JoJo Ostrander was also named an Honorable Mention All-American for his efforts to help lead Towson to having one of the nations best defenses. He finished the year with 38 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

Though the Greyhounds had a down year and missed the NCAA Tournament, Brian Sherlock and Pat Frazier (Georgetown Prep) were listed as Honorable Mention All-Americans. Sherlock scored 29 goals with 19 assists while Frazier had 49 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. Frazier was named the national Defensive Player of the Week by the USILA in February.

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