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Terps lead nation with All-American haul

Tewaararton Award Finalist Matt Rambo led Maryland’s haul of nine USILA All-Americans.

Nine Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse players earned USILA All-American honors, while a tenth was also on the Inside Lacrosse Media All-American list. Maryland’s nine USILA All-American picks were the most in the country.

Tewaaraton Award finalist Matt Rambo was a First-Team All-American by both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse. Rambo has 40 goals and 43 assists heading into championship weekend. His 2.53 assists per game ranked seventh in the nation. Rambo is Maryland’s all-time leading points scorer and is just one goal away from breaking the career-goals record. His 83 points as senior are the second most in a single-season for the Terps. He is also the first Maryland player to have 40 goals and 40 assists in one year.

Rambo was joined on both First Team lists by junior midfielder Connor Kelly, senior short stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen and senior defenseman Tim Muller.

Kelly leads Maryland with 42 goals and is the first Terps midfielder to top the 40-goals mark since Frank Urso in 1974. He also has 11 assists n the year. Davis-Allen has been one of Maryland’s best defensive midfielders since joining the program and has 37 ground balls this year to go with one goal, three assists, and two caused turnovers. Muller earned All-American honors for the second time in his career and has 31 ground balls with 16 caused turnovers, four goals, and one assist.

Maryland attackmen Colin Heacock and Tim Rotanz were both Third Team USILA All-Americans. Heacock scored 26 goals with 17 assists while Rotanz scored 29 goals with 11 assists. Long stick midfielder Matt Neufeldt was an honorable mention All-American on both lists after scooping up 60 ground balls, causing 20 turnovers and scoring three goals with two assists. Freshman Jared Bernhardt and junior Bryce Young were both USILA honorable mention All-Americans. Bernhardt scored 20 goals with seven assists. Young had 35 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers, and three points. Maryland goalkeeper Dan Morris was an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American. Morris is 16th in the country with 8.98 goals allowed per game while making 187 saves at a 55-percent save rate.

Loyola sophomore and Tewaaraton Award finalists Pat Spencer continues his rise to the top of the sport. Spencer earned All-American honors for a second season, getting named a First Team All-American by both USILA and Inside Lacrosse. He ranked second in the nation with 3.44 assists per game, totaling 55 while scoring 28 goals. His 5.19 points per game are sixth in the country.

Loyola attackman Pat Spencer elevated from a Second Team to First Team USILA All-American as a sophomore.

Spencer’s attackman teammate Brian Sherlock was a Third Team USILA All-American and Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse All-American after scoring 24 goals and dishing 20 assists as a senior. Loyola defenseman Jack Carrigan and goalkeeper Jacob Stover were both Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse All-Americans. Carrigan ranks 10th in the country with 1.93 caused turnovers per game, going with his 51 ground balls, while Stover is 12th in the country with a 54.7-percent save percentage and fourth with just 7.74 goals allowed per game.

Heading to their first NCAA semifinals in 16 years, the Towson Tigers saw their entire defensive midfield earn All-American honors. Both short stick defensive midfielders Zach Goodrich and Jack Adams were Second Team USILA All-Americans while long stick defensive midfielder Tyler Mayes was an Honorable Mention USILA All-American.

Goodrich, who was also a Second Team Inside Lacrosse All-American, has 46 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers this year while scoring seven goals with one assist. Adams, a Third Team Inside Lacrosse All-American, has 16 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Mayes was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and was an Honorable Mention All-American by both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse. He ranks fourth in the country with 2.44 caused turnovers per game. So far this year he has totaled 40 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers.

Senior attackman Ryan Drenner and senior midfielder Mike Lynch were both Honorable Mention USILA All-Americans, as was sophomore faceoff specialists Alex Woodall. Drenner has been the quarterback of the Towson offense and has 27 goals and 28 assists this year while Lynch has 21 goals and six assists. Woodall has given the Tigers a remarkable boost at the faceoff X and ranked 11th in the country with a 60.1-percent success rate at the X. He has 178 faceoff victories and 90 ground balls. His 5.63 ground balls per game rank 21st in the country. He’s also scored five goals with two assists.

Johns Hopkins junior midfielder Joel Tinney picked up right where he left off before missing the entire 2016 season. Tinney earned Second Team All-American honors by both organizations. While he scored just 19 goals and had nine assists, the midfielder pulled off some remarkable stunts this year, including a hidden ball trick and multiple fake passes that led to goals. As the rest of the Blue Jays offensive players got into their groove throughout the season, Tinney focused more on defense and wing play. He finished the season with a team-high 40 ground balls.

Blue Jays defenseman Nick Fields was a Third Team USILA All-American and Second Team Inside Lacrosse All-American. He was a true shut down defenseman all year long for Johns Hopkins and scooped up 23 ground balls and had 19 caused turnovers.

Johns Hopkins sophomore attackmen Kyle Marr, junior attackman Shack Stanwick, and senior midfielder John Crawley were all USILA Honorable Mention All-Americans. Marr scored 25 goals with 20 assists and 21 ground balls. Stanwick scored 26 goals with 21 assists and hold a 48 consecutive-game points streak. Crawley had 20 goals and four assists.

Navy senior defenders Matt Rees and Chris Fennell continues to prove to be top players in the country as they both earned Third Team USILA All-American honors. Rees was also a Third Team Inside Lacrosse All-American after finishing the year ranked eight with 2.07 caused turnovers per game. For the year he’s scored eight goals with three assists, 54 ground balls, and 29 caused turnovers. Fenner was also an Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse All-American with two goals, two assists, 34 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Sophomore midfieldr Greyson Torain was an Honorable Mention USILA All-American after leading the team after tying for the team lead with 38 points and 23 goals. He had 15 assists.

At the Division III level, Stevenson senior midfielder Kyle D’Onofrio was a Second Team USILA All-American after scoring 50 goals with 24 assists and scooping up 51 ground balls. Junior defenseman Dominic DeFazio was an Honorable Mention USILA All-American with 69 ground balls, 44 caused turnovers and two points.

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