Following an outstanding senior season, Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named the William C. Schmeisser Award winner by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday. The award is annually presented to the most outstanding defensive player in the nation. Surdick also earned First Team USILA All-America honors for the first time in his career. Firstie goalie AJ Barretto was tabbed a Second Team All-American and plebe attacker Brendan Nichtern garnered All-America Honorable Mention recognition.
"I am really proud and happy for John winning the most prestigious award that a defenseman can win," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Being selected as the Nation's best defender is one of greatest honors you can have, and it is so well deserved. He consistently matched up the opponent's best offensive player, and no matter if they were midfield or low attack, we based our defense around him being able to take that individual out of play. We relied on him at the wing on the faceoff, in ground ball play and to ignite our transition. He is very worthy of this honor." Surdick is the ninth Cadet in Army's history to earn the Schmeisser Award with Bob Henry being the last in 1981. Read more.