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Helmer on fire

By SJU Lacrosse, 05/11/13, 7:00PM CDT


Junior attackman Jake Helmer named 2013 UMLC Offensive Player of the Year

Junior attackman Jake Helmer dodges during the 2013 UMLC Semifinals against North Dakota State University. Photo by Steve Sanner

Nine St. John's players earned 2013 UMLC DII All-Conference honors highlighted by junior attackman Jake Helmer (Mahtomedi, Minn.) being named the Offensive Player of the Year.

This is the eighth straight year the Johnnies have had at least nine players awarded All-Conference honors and the second time a St. John’s player has been selected as the Offensive Player of the Year -- last selection was attackman Brian Strauss (Class of 2009) in 2007.

Junior attackman Jake Helmer. Photo by Steve Sanner

“I’m incredibly proud of Jake,” St. John’s coach Derek Daehn said. “There’s a reason he’s one of our captains; he shows extraordinary leadership on and off the field.

“This award shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has seen him play.”

Heading into the 2013 MCLA National Tournament, Helmer has 49 points (29 goals, 20 assists) and is averaging four points per game this season.  In his three years at St. John’s, Helmer has registered a total of 175 points (101 goals, 74 assists) so far which is good for third all-time in program history behind Strauss (185 career points) and attackman Matt Draxler (Class of 2012 -- 181 career points).

“Jake is going to go down as one of, if not the best offensive player in St. John’s lacrosse program history,” Daehn said. “Hopefully he can become the all-time leading scorer this week during the National Tournament.”

Helmer's previous awards include UMLC First Team All-Conference Attack selections in 2011 and 2012 as well as MCLA Honorable Mention All-American Attack selections in 2011 and 2012.  The captain has also been selected as an MCLA Scholar Athlete in 2011 and 2012.  As of this article’s publication, the 2013 MCLA distinctions had not yet been awarded.

Senior goaltender Mike King. Photo by Steve Sanner

Junior midfielder Miles Armitage (Eden Prairie, Minn.), senior defenseman Steve Johnson (Mahtomedi, Minn.) and senior goaltender Michael King (Kansas City, Mo.) were named to the 2013 UMLC First Team All-Conference.  This is King's third consecutive UMLC First Team All-Conference goalie selection and fourth consecutive UMLC All-Conference honor.

Sophomore attackman Michael Culshaw-Maurer (Coon Rapids, Minn.), junior midfielder Lukas DeBruzzi (New Brighton, Minn.), junior defenseman Luke Eggerichs (Ham Lake, Minn.), sophomore defenseman Patrick Laird (West Bend, Wis.) and senior face-off specialist Alex Rahn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) were named to the 2013 UMLC Second Team All-Conference.

“I’m proud of all the All-Conference selections this year,” Daehn said. “Obviously they all play a large role in our success but even they would say it has been a complete team effort this season.  With that said, we have looked to these guys all year.

“All of these players are great leaders for the rest of our team to follow.”

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2013 Regular Season Leaders

2013 UMLC Playoffs Leaders

2013 UMLC Player of the Year Awards

Award Position Player School
Offensive Player of the Year Attack Jake Helmer St. John's University
Defensive Player of the Year Defense Ben Vasko University of St. Thomas
Rookie of the Year Attack Dan Burke University of St. Thomas

2013 UMLC First Team All-Conference

Position Player School
Attack David Burke University of St. Thomas
Attack Peter Carbonneau University of St. Thomas
Attack Peter Flock North Dakota State University
Attack Peter Gosen Bethel University
Midfield Miles Armitage St. John's University
Midfield Kolten Fischer Bethel University
Midfield Will Hersman University of St. Thomas
Midfield Alex Veldhuis North Dakota State University
Defense Steve Johnson St. John's University
Defense John Opsahl University of St. Thomas
Defense Patrick Singer North Dakota State University
Defense Scott Wheeler North Dakota State University
Goalie Mike King St. John's University
Face-Off Specialist Andrew Madsen North Dakota State University
Short-Stick Midfielder Louie Clifton North Dakota State University
Long-Stick Midfielder Pat Mines University of St. Thomas

2013 UMLC Second Team All-Conference

Position Player School
Attack Michael Culshaw-Maurer St. John's University
Attack Matt Job St. Olaf College
Attack Mitch Killian Bethel University
Attack Kyle Sturgeon North Dakota State University
Midfield Lukas DeBruzzi St. John's University
Midfield Matt Kleven University of St. Thomas
Midfield Giuseppe Palermo University of St. Thomas
Midfield Peter Schubloom University of St. Thomas
Defense Luke Eggerichs St. John's University
Defense Josh Freitas Bethel University
Defense Joel Friebe University of St. Thomas
Defense Patrick Laird St. John's University
Goalie Ryan Zeilinger University of St. Thomas
Face-Off Specialist Alex Rahn St. John's University
Short-Stick Midfielder James Maki University of St. Thomas
Long-Stick Midfielder Sean Griffin North Dakota State University