Surdick Earns Defender of the Year Distinction
After a standout senior season, Johnny Surdick was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year highlighting the Army Men's Lacrosse Team's postseason accolades. Surdick also achieved First Team All-Patriot League recognition, while plebe Brendan Nichtern, cow Matt Manown, cow Tom Rigney and firstie AJ Barretto received second team honors.
The Major Awards and All-League teams were voted on by the nine Patriot League head coaches who could not vote for their student-athletes or themselves. "Johnny has been a dominant force in our defense throughout his career," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Few programs ask more of a defenseman than we did of John. We asked him to play wing on faceoff on top of guarding the opposing team's top threat in the midfield or at close defense, and typically with little support. He is very deserving of this latest accolade and I couldn't be prouder." Surdick is a three-time All-Patriot League First Team selection and a two-time Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
Surdick ranks amongst Army's greats on defense in the team's 102-year history. The Odenton, Md., native leads the team with 53 ground balls averaging 3.79 per game. He ranks sixth nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.21). The senior captain helped anchor Army's defense which allowed just 8.93 goals per game ranking third in the country. Read more.