BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2013 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Team it was recently announced. Johns Hopkins is one of just three teams in the nation to have an attackman, midfielder, defenseman and goalie selected to the team; Lehigh and Maryland are the others.
Headlining the group for the Blue Jays is senior defenseman and returning Schmeisser Award winner Tucker Durkin, who was named to the first team. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors last season after grabbing second team honors as a sophomore. The 13th Johns Hopkins player to earn the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman, Durkin started all 16 games last season and has started all 47 games in his career. He totaled 35 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and one assist last season while leading a Hopkins defense that allowed an average of just 7.4 goals per game. JHU finished seventh nationally in scoring defense in 2012.
Junior midfielder Rob Guida landed a spot on the second team after enjoying a breakout season in 2012. Guida started all 16 games at midfield and totaled 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points in 2012. A tireless worker, Guida tied for second on the team with five extra man goals, added 19 ground balls and led all Johns Hopkins midfielders in goals, assists and points a year ago. Guida was a Second Team All-America selection last season.
Senior attackman Zach Palmer earned Third Team Preseason All-America honors after pacing the Blue Jay offense a year ago. Palmer totaled career highs in goals (27), assists (26) and points (53) and tied with Guida for second on the team in extra man goals (5). He led the team in points and assists and ranked second in goals. His 27-goal, 26-assist effort marked just the eight time since 1980 that a Johns Hopkins player has totaled more than 25 goals and 25 assists in one season.
Senior midfielder John Ranagan and senior goalie Pierce Bassett round out Johns Hopkins’ Preseason All-America selections as both grabbed an honorable mention nod.
Ranagan has twice earned All-America honors in his career with a first team nod as a sophomore and second team selection last season. A starter in all 16 games last season and 39 straight games dating back to 2010, he posted 16 goals and seven assists last season and has career totals of 43 goals and 26 assists for 69 points.
Bassett will enter his third full year as Johns Hopkins’ starting goalie and has started 39 consecutive games entering the 2013 season. He posted a 7.47 goals against average and a .522 save percentage last season; his 7.47 goals against average ranked seventh in the nation. He earned Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore, when he posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage.
Johns Hopkins posted a 12-4 record last season and earned its NCAA-record 41st consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. The Blue Jays return eight starters, seven of their top eight scorers, five of the top six midfielders, two-thirds of last season’s rope unit and their top two faceoff specialists from a year ago. Along with 31 returning players, head coach Dave Pietramala also welcomes 12 newcomers to the program for the 2013 season.