ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Six members of the Navy men’s lacrosse team have been named to the 2021 All-Patriot League squad, announced Tuesday morning, including Spencer rees (Sr / Baltimore, Maryland) who was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. Three of six selections from all Navy leagues were named in the 16-man first team, while all six are the first-time winners of playoff accolades. This is the ninth time since Navy joined the Patriot League (2004) that six or more players have won All-Patriot League recognition, while it is the 13th time that one of its players has received a of the five major awards.
First Team All-Patriot League
Patrick skalniak – Therefore. | M | Dallas, Texas | Dallas Episcopal School
Navy’s second-highest overall scorer and top non-midfielder, year two Patrick skalniak produced 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists this spring. Average of 2.63 points per fight, he is the league’s strongest midfielder among other leading players John Sidorski of Lehigh (2.60), Peter Swindell of Loyola (2.17) and Bobby Abshire. of Army (2.00). A starter in every game since arriving at Annapolis a year ago (13g), Skalniak has the team’s second longest running scoring streak before the Patriot League tournament, having produced at least one point in 13 consecutive matches. He produced 31 points on 15 goals and 16 assists during that span, scoring goals in 10 of 13 games. In addition, he has recorded several points in nine of 13 competitions during his career, including five this season.
Nick franchuk – Sr. | D | Southport, Connecticut | Preparation for Fairfield College
A starter in 22 games, each of the last 19, senior co-captain Nick franchuk is the first Navy defensive member of the All-Patriot League First Team since Michael strack was selected as a senior in 2018. He was instrumental in placing the Navy’s defensive unit in the top 15 in three of its four seasons, including this spring, with the Mids keeping their enemies at 9 , 25 goals per game and ranking 7th nationally. . The Navy held three of its eight opponents to single digits and five to 10 or less, scoring victories in each of those five contests. Among them, the Navy beat the Army 9-4, keeping the Black Knights at their lowest goal since 2017, as well as their fewest goals in an Army-Navy match since the Mids beat the Army 8-4. on April 11, 2009. Franchuk played a huge role in this contest as he detained Brendan Nichtern, the 2021 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award nominee, scoreless for the third time in his career. Franchuk leads the team with 11 turnovers caused this spring and is tied for 14th in the Mids turnaround standings with 24. Respected by his teammates and coaches, Franchuk was honored to wear the No.40 jersey this spring in remembrance of the Navy SEAL and former Navy lacrosse player Lt. Brendan Looney, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Spencer rees – Sr. | GK | Baltimore, Maryland | Latin for boys
After patiently serving in a supportive goalie role for three seasons, senior Spencer rees had nothing less than a sensational senior campaign that was highlighted by being named the 2021 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. He is the fourth Navy player to be shortlisted for the award, joining Matt Russell (2005, 2006), RJ Wickham (2010) and John Connors (2016). Rees, whose start against Mount St. Mary’s in the opener was his first since his college days, anchors a defensive unit that ranks No.7 in the country and No.2 in the Patriot League in scoring the defense (9.25), while his man-down squad stopped 18 of his opponents’ 26 extra-man opportunities for an efficiency score of 69.2 which is ranked # 20 nationally and # 2 in the league . Rees’ individual stats are even more impressive, however, as he ranks second nationally in save percentage (60.9), fifth in saves per game (14.00) and eighth in save percentage (14.00) and eighth in save percentage (60.9). average goals against. His 60.9 save percentage is the best for a Navy goalie since 2000, when Mickey Jarboe led the country with his 64.8 save percentage en route to winning the Kelly Award as than the best goalkeeper in the country.
Second Team All-Patriot League
Christian Daniel – Sr. | A | Owings, Maryland | North
A four-year-old starter for the Mids on offense, co-main captain Christian Daniel remarkably receives the first All-Patriot League citation of his distinguished career. Starting in 38 of the 39 games he played in four seasons (40 possible), he scored a point in 37 (Loyola, Syracuse 2019) and a goal in 34. In 39 career games, he has collected several points 29 times, multiple goals 21 times, 10 hat tricks and 14 multi-pass contests. Ranked 23rd in the Navy’s all-time standings with 118 points, he became the 36th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark when he recorded his ninth career hat trick in the defeat of the Mids against Loyola on April 3. He is only three outside the top 20 (Brendan Schneck / 1977-78 / 121 pts). Plus, he’s set to join the Mids’ all-time goalscoring table, needing just one (has 74) to match TJ Hanzsche (2013-16) and Bob Pell (1970- 72) for 20th place. Daniel is the Navy’s top scorer this spring with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists, the team’s two best. He has the team’s longest active-point streak before the Patriot League tournament, having produced one point in 14 straight games. During that span, he recorded 52 points on 27 goals and 25 assists and totaled multiple points in 12 of those 14 contests.
Jackson bonitz – Fr. | D | Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania | McDonogh School (Md.)
A member of the 2020 U.S. Men’s U19 team and a five-start rookie who was ranked 8th overall and 2nd among defenders by Inside Lacrosse, Jackson bonitz thrived during his rookie season as a member of the Mids’ starting defensive unit. He is only the third Navy rookie to win All-Patriot League honors, joining midfielder Basil Daratsos (2007) and faceoff specialist Brady Dove (2014). Second in the team for induced turnovers (10) and ground balls (25), he is ranked 56th nationally for induced turnovers per match. He amassed the fifth most-caused Navy freshman turnover in program history, behind record holder Chris Fennell (2014) and his senior teammate. Andrew McKenna by only three. He played an important role in the Navy’s defensive unit, ranked 7th nationally this spring, keeping enemies at 9.25 goals per game. The Navy held three of its eight opponents to single digits and five to 10 or less, scoring victories in each of those five contests. Among them, the Navy defeated the Army 9-4, keeping the Black Knights at their lowest goal since 2017, as well as their fewest goals in an Army-Navy match since the Mids defeated the Army 8-4. on April 11, 2009. In addition, the men’s down team stopped 18 of their opponents’ 26 extra-man opportunities for an efficiency score of 69.2 which is ranked No. 20 nationally and No. 2 in the league. In the Navy’s victory at Loyola on April 17, Bonitz scored his first collegiate goal, while also posting a career-high four induced turnovers and three rushes.
Tim griffin – Sr. | SSDM | Rickville, Maryland | Our Lady of the Good Council
Having seen action in 36 of 40 games during his college career, Tim griffin becomes the first Navy short-stick defensive midfielder to achieve Patriot League-wide recognition since DJ Plucking was named to the second team in 2018. Griffin has been invaluable in placing the Navy’s defensive unit in the top 15 in three of its four seasons, including this spring with the Mids maintaining their enemies at 9.25 goals per game and rank 7th. nationally. The Navy held three of its eight opponents to single digits and five to 10 or less, scoring victories in each of those five contests. Among them, the Navy defeated the Army 9-4, keeping the Black Knights at their lowest goal since 2017, as well as their fewest goals in an Army-Navy match since the Mids defeated the Army 8-4. on April 11, 2009. In addition, the men’s down team stopped 18 of their opponents’ 26 extra-man opportunities for an efficiency score of 69.2 which is ranked No. 20 nationally and No. 2 in the league.
The 2021 Patriot League men’s lacrosse tournament kicks off tonight with quarterfinals with Navy at Loyola (5:00 p.m. / ESPN +) and Colgate in Boston U. (6:00 p.m. / ESPN +). Seeded Lehigh will host the Patriot League semi-finals (Friday / 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) and the Championship game (Sunday / 12:00 p.m.) which will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
2021 All-Patriot League Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Brendan Nichtern / Army, Jr., A
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Hudgins / Army, Jr. D
Goalkeeper of the year: Spencer rees / Marine, Sr.
FO Specialist of the Year: Mike Sisselberger / Lehigh, Jr.
Rookie of the Year: Peter Lehman / Lafayette, Fr., A
William Lawson Coach of the Year: Kevin Cassese / Lehigh
A Brendan Nichtern / Army, Jr.
A Tommy Schelling / Lehigh, Jr.
A Kevin Lindley / Loyola, Sr.
A Aidan Olmstead / Loyola, Sr.
Mr. Bobby Abshire / Army, Jr.
Mr. John Sidorski / Lehigh, then.
Mr. Peter Swindell / Loyola, Gr.
M Patrick skalniak / Marine, therefore.
Dr. Marcus Hudgins / Army, Jr.
Dr. Anthony Tangredi / Lehigh, Jr.
Dr. Cam Wyers / Loyola, Jr.
re Nick franchuk / Navy Sr.
LSM Ryan McNulty / Loyola, Gr.
SSDM Matt Higgins / Loyola, Sr.
GK Spencer rees / Marine, Sr.
FO Mike Sisselberger / Lehigh, Jr.
A Vince D’Alto / Boston U., Jr.
A Brian Minicus / Colgate, Jr.
A Cole Kirst / Lehigh, Jr.
A Christian Daniel / Marine, Sr.
Mr. Gunner Phillipp / Army, Jr.
Mr. Christian Quadrino / Boston U., P.
Mr. Andrew Eichelberger / Lehigh, Gr.
Mr. Evan James / Loyola, therefore.
D Kyle Beyer / Army, Sr.
Dr. Bryant Boswell / Bucknell, Sr.
Dr. Chris Conlin / Holy Cross, Jr.
re Jackson bonitz / Marine, P.
LSM Teddy Leggett / Lehigh, Sr.
SSDM Tim griffin / Marine, Sr.
GK Wyatt Schupler / Army, Jr.
FO Bailey Savio / Loyola, Sr.
### Go Navy ###