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Eight Terps lead local All-American picks

Bryan Cole was an unstoppable force up to for the Terps and earned first team All-American honors.

Bryan Cole was an unstoppable force up to for the Terps and earned first team All-American honors.

It should be no surprise that the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins had a big haul of USILA All-Americans when the team was announced on Saturday morning. They are the hottest team in the country, playing on the final weekend of the year and are loaded with incredible talent.

Leading the Terps haul on the USILA All-American selections were first-team picks Bryan Cole and Isaiah Davis-Allen. Matt Rambo, Matt Dunn and Kyle Bernlohr were second-team picks. Greg Danseglio and Tim Muller were third team picks.

Cole was one of the team’s top offensive threats and facilitators this year. He has 21 goals, 27 assists, 13 ground balls and five caused turnovers entering the national semifinals. Davis-Allen turned into the best short stick midfielder in the country and was crucial both on defense and on faceoffs as a wing this year. He scooped up 36 ground balls with 10 caused turnovers while also scoring three goals with an assists this season.

Rambo proved again that he was a major offensive threat. The senior attack led Maryland with 39 goals to go with 24 assists, 22 ground balls and five caused turnovers. Maryland, which also features one of the best defenses in the country, saw tremendous contributions from Matthew Dunn, who remained as the team’s top close defender this year after earning USILA third-team honors in 2015.

Bernlohr has proven his status as maybe the best goalkeeper in college lacrosse as well, but was not the first-team selection. The 2015 first-team All-American and 2015 Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award recipient for the Nation’s Most Outstanding Goalkeeper finished this year with 165 saves while ranking sixth in the country with a 7.63 goals against average and 15th with a .552 save-percentage.

Danseglio, a transfer from Virginia, was a welcomed addition to the Terps as he led the team with 61 ground balls and caused 16 turnovers in his first season in College Park. He was huge in helping the team succeed on faceoffs and as one of the top defensive teams in the country. Muller, who led the team with 23 caused turnovers and scooped up 34 ground balls, also was a major part of the team’s lock down defense as he turned into one of the country’s best defenders in his first full season as a starter.

After finishing with 37 goals, nine assists, 23 ground balls and six caused turnovers, attackman Colin Heacock was an honorable mention All-American.

Brown leads Hopkins four All-American honorees

Ryan Brown repeated as a second-team All-American selection.

Ryan Brown repeated as a second-team All-American selection.

Ryan Brown has been one of the best attackmen in the country for a few years now. Last year he was a second-team All-American and in 2014 he was an honorable mention. This year, he repeated as a second-team selection after scoring 41 goals with 16 assists to go with 26 ground balls and two caused turnovers. Brown also ranked 13th in the nation with 2.73 goals per game.

After leading the Blue Jays with 38 assists and ranking third in the nation with 2.53 assists per game, sophomore attackman Shack Stanwick received an honorable mention to the All-American team. He also scored 20 goals with 20 ground balls and ranked 18th in the country with 3.87 points per game as the team’s main facilitator on the attacking end.

Midfielder John Crawley, who scored 19 goals with nine assists and 10 ground balls, also earned an All-American honorable mention. Defender Nick Fields did as well after finishing with 35 ground balls with a goal and an assist as well coming from the long-stick player.

Greyhounds star freshman earns All-American accolades

Pat Spencer has proven to be one of the best freshman in the nation this year and earned second-team All-American honors.

Pat Spencer has proven to be one of the best freshman in the nation this year and earned second-team All-American honors.

What’s crazy is that Loyola attackman Pat Spencer only received second-team All-American honors this season. He is a stud and looks like a future Tewaaraton contender. Already, he’s one of the best players in the country as only a freshman and as he continues to get more and more settled into the offense the Greyhounds continue to play well.

This year, Spencer became the first-ever player to be named the Patriot League offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year outright. He is second in the nation with 2.76 assists per game and fourth in the country with 4.88 points per game. This year he led Loyola in both goals and assists, scoring 36 times and dishing off 47 assists heading into the final weekend of the year.

Midfielder Brian Sherlock repeated as an Honorable Mention after scoring 22 goals with 13 assists, 22 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Fennell and Rees brothers represent Navy as All-Americans

Chris Fennell improved his 2015 third-team honors with a second-team selection in 2016.

Chris Fennell improved his 2015 third-team honors with a second-team selection in 2016.

Close defender Chris Fennell proved all year long he was one of the best in the country as he helped lead the Navy Midshipmen into the NCAA Tournament and to the quarterfinals. This year the close defender improved from a third-team All-American in 2015 to a second-team All-American this year after picking up 35 ground balls and causing 23 turnovers. He also chipped in on offense with a goal and three assists.

Helping Navy’s effort were the Reed Brothers, Matt and Casey. Matt was key as a wing on faceoffs and long-stick midfielder. He earned third-team All-American honors after scooping up 62 ground balls with 26 caused turnovers while also contributing seven goals and dishing an assist. Casey was an Honorable Mention after scoring 34 goals with two assists after proving to be the team’s top offensive threat from out of the midfield.

Three Tigers honors, White snubbed

Jack Adams' ability to play defense at a high level with a short stick in his hands helped the Tigers have one of the best defensive units in the country this year.

Jack Adams’ ability to play defense at a high level with a short stick in his hands helped the Tigers have one of the best defensive units in the country this year.

How Tyler White did not receiver All-American honors, not even an honorable mention, is confusing. The 2015 third-team All-American goalie led the nation with a 6.89 goals against average and was 13th with a .556 save-percentage. He was the anchor of Towson’s dominant defense that finished the year as one of the nation’s best and took the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. But he did not receive any recognition.

But Jack Adams certainly did. The short-stick midfielder who was a huge reason why the team was so good defensively as he continually locked down on attacking midfielders earned third-team All-American honors. Adams finished the year with 11 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers, but those pedestrian numbers far from display the great impact he had on the defensive side of the field this year.

Ryan Drenner and Mike Lowe were both Honorable Mentions as well.

Drenner was a lead facilitator last year for the Tigers but took over a much greater role as a top scoring option. This year he scored 33 goals with 23 assists and 22 ground balls. Low stepped into a midfield that was left vacant after last year’s graduations and excelled at both a defensive specialist and faceoff wing as he scooped up 47 ground balls, caused 21 turnovers and score a goal and had an assist.

Lewnes doesn’t get the credit he deserves

Despite leading the nation in goals per game, Nate Lewnes was only an Honorable Mention All-American.

Despite leading the nation in goals per game, Nate Lewnes was only an Honorable Mention All-American.

Team record plays a factor in how high a guy ranks on the All-American list, but there is no logical reason for why Nate Lewnes is only an honorable mention All-American. He was simply one of the most dominant scorers in the country.

Every team that played UMBC knew their main focus on offense was getting Lewnes the ball, but he still managed to score 43 goals in 11 games. His 3.91 goals per game were the most in Division I men’s lacrosse. And impressively, he finished .467 percent of his shots, which ranked seventh in the country. Along with 20 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and seven assists, it was a massive year for Lewnes, but the team’s record is the only thing that seems to have prevented him from earning more.

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