BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2014 USILA All-America Team it was announced today. Senior defenseman Jack Reilly (Niskayuna, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) and junior long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino (Oakdale, NY/Connetquot) both earned second team honors, while junior attackman Wells Stanwick (Baltimore, MD/Boys’ Latin), sophomore attackman Ryan Brown (Sykesville, MD/Calvert Hall) and sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni (De Winton, Alberta/West Island College) all earned honorable mention status. This is the 11th time in head coach Dave Pietramala’s 14 seasons that Johns Hopkins has produced five or more All-Americans.
Reilly and Pellgrino anchored a Johns Hopkins defense that held 11 of 16 opponents to nine goals or less and surrendered an average of 8.94 goals per game. Reilly started all 16 games on close defense for the Blue Jays and totaled 20 ground balls, six caused turnovers and one goal. This is the first time Reilly has been selected as an All-American and he routinely drew the assignment of covering the opposition’s top attackman. He was the only returning starter among JHU’s goalie and three close defensemen this season.
Pellegrino, the first Johns Hopkins junior to serve as a captain since Jake Bryne in 2006, played in all 16 games at the pole and had 27 ground balls, a team-high 13 caused turnovers, three goal and two assists. Pellegrino was the only non-senior long stick defensive middie to earn first, second or third team honors and one of just two non-seniors among the six LSMs honored.
Stanwick is Johns Hopkins’ only repeat selection to the All-America team as he makes his second appearance on the honorable mention listing. He led the Blue Jays in scoring with 23 goals and 44 points for 67 points. His 44 assists are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Jack Thomas had 45 in 1973. In addition, his 67 points are the most by a Blue Jay since Terry Riordan had 69 in 1995 and are tied for the 11th-highest single-season mark in school history.
Brown made the seamless transition back to his natural position of attack this season. He tied for the team-lead in goals (40), finished second in points (54) and fourth in assists (14). His 40 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins sophomore since Terry Riordan had 47 in 1993 and he is just the fourth sophomore in school history to score 40 or more goals in a season. He netted a career high eight goals against Syracuse early this season; that is the second-highest single-game total in school history, surpassed only by a nine-goal effort by William Logan against Virginia in 1927.
Cattoni rounds out Johns Hopkins’ All-Americans with his nod to the honorable mention listing. He scored 29 goals and added six assists for 35 points to rank third on the team in goals and fourth in points. He led all Johns Hopkins midfielders in goals and points. Cattoni, the only player on the team to score at least one goal in all 16 games this season, had eight multi-goal games and nine multi-point games to his credit this season. His 29 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins midfielder since Brian Christopher had 30 in 2009.
Johns Hopkins posted an 11-5 record and made its 42nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before being eliminated.