Firstie defender Johnny Surdick and firstie goalie AJ Barretto garnered All-America honors by the Inside Lacrosse Media, announced during the NCAA First Round on Sunday. Media All-Americans are voted on by members of the media who vote in the weekly Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. "This is a tremendous recognition for two standout four-year players in the Army Lacrosse Family," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Johnny and AJ have impacted our program since the day they stepped onto Academy grounds and they were at their very best this year, often shinning brightest in our biggest moments.
Surdick, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, earned first team recognition for the first time in his career. As a cow, Surdick was voted to the second team. The firstie captain had a tremendous impact on Army's success this season. Surdick led the team in ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (36). The next best on the team in caused turnovers totals 15. The Odenton, Md., native boasts 176-career ground balls and 103 caused turnovers.
Barretto had his best season in cage for Army with a 13-5 record. The Patriot League Tournament MVP finished the year with the second-best goals against average in the NCAA at 8.58. Barretto totaled 201 saves during his firstie campaign and a .576 save percentage to rank sixth nationally. The Darlington, Md., native finished his career with 572 saves which slates him fourth in the Black Knights' record books. His 13 wins in a single-season was a program record for the Black Knights as well. This is Barretto's first Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honor in his career. Read more.