St. John's senior attackman Jake Helmer (No. 11) scores one of his three goals during the Johnnies' 11-10 victory over St. Thomas on April 11. Peter E. Russell/Pro-Sport Pictures
Seven players from St. John’s were named to the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) DII All-Conference First Team including senior attackman Jake Helmer who was chosen as the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Helmer registered 49 points (28 goals, 21 assists) in 12 games this regular season and UMLC tournament play during the 2014 season. The Mahtomedi, Minn. native has 235 career points (137 goals, 98 assists) and will graduate from St. John’s as the program’s all-time scoring leader.
Jake Helmer. Photo by Steve Sanner
"Despite being the all-time leading scorer, Jake has taken a back seat to our midfield dodge-first offensive," St. John's coach Derek Daehn said. "Jake has been tremendous for us this year in big games and has made the difference in a tight game."
Offensive Johnnies joining Helmer on the 2014 UMLC DII All-Conference First Team are freshman attackman Brooks Armitage (18 points -- 11 goals, seven assists) as well as junior midfielders Andrew Fairbairn (30 points -- 17 goals, 13 assists) and Ben Martynec (37 points -- 19 goals, 18 assists).
Junior attackman Michael Culshaw-Maurer (23 points -- 18 goals, five assists) received All-Conference Honorable Mention honors.
The traditionally strong St. John's defense also received recognition. Sophomore goaltender Tyler Olson (.603 save percentage, 6.45 goals allowed average), sophomore defenseman Nilan Anderson (41 ground balls) and senior defenseman Luke Eggerichs (two assists, 21 ground balls) were named to the 2014 UMLC DII All-Conference First Team.
"Luke (Eggerichs) has grown into a phenomenal one-on-one defender," Daehn said. "Last year, Steve Johnson got most of the praise but we were able to move Steve around or up to midfield because Luke was so reliable. He has kept practice light with his laid back attitude and has a bright future in front of him."
Josh Erickson. Photo by Steve Sanner
Senior defensive midfielder Josh Erickson was the lone UMLC DII All-Conference Second Team selection for St. John’s.
"Josh exemplifies what it is to be a team player and more importantly what it means to be a 'Johnnie'," Daehn said. "He accepted a lesser role on offensive after being a top six middie last year to focusing on being our shutdown defensive middie this year. I would take ten Josh Erickson's on my team."
Daehn was also quick to praise two seniors on the St. John's roster.
"Lukas DeBruzzi and Miles Armitage have both been top six offensive middies since their freshman year," Daehn said. "They show up to work and let their play do the talking.
"This has been the most cohesive senior class I have ever had and they have elevated the team to a new level. This was the first class I've had to sweep St. Thomas in the regular season and conference tournament. Considering all of the talent I've been honored to coach over the past six years, that says a lot."
In addition to the player recognition, Daehn was one of the two coaches selected as the 2014 UMLC DII Coach of the Year. North Dakota State University coach Zach Bosh was the other co-recipient of the award.
St. John's won both the 2014 UMLC DII Regular Season and Conference Tournament title.
|Offensive Player of the Year||Jake Helmer||St. John's University|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Andrew Markland||North Dakota State|
|Rookie of the Year||Tony Penz||Bethel University|
|Coach of the Year||Derek Daehn
|St. John's University
North Dakota State
|Brooks Armitage||St. John's University||A|
|Jake Helmer||St. John's University||A|
|Dane Senn||North Dakota State||A|
|Andrew Fairbairn||St. John's University||M|
|Matt Kleven||University of St. Thomas||M|
|Ben Martynec||St. John's University||M|
|Nilan Anderson||St. John's University||D|
|Dan Conrad||University of St. Thomas||D|
|Luke Eggerichs||St. John's University||D|
|Tyler Olson||St. John's University||G|
|Pat Mines||University of St. Thomas||LSM|
|Louie Clifton||North Dakota State||DM|
|Jake Mortenson||North Dakota State||FOGO|
|Matt Job||St. Olaf College||A|
|Chris Moulton||University of St. Thomas||A|
|Kyle Sturgeon||North Dakota State||A|
|Kolten Fischer||Bethel University||M|
|John Michael Coon||University of St. Thomas||M|
|Joe Palermo||University of St. Thomas||M|
|Joel Friebe||University of St. Thomas||D|
|Aaron Perry||North Dakota State||D|
|Scott Wheeler||North Dakota State||D|
|Ryan Zeilenger||University of St. Thomas||G|
|Logan Dopp||North Dakota State||LSM|
|Josh Erickson||St. John's University||DM|
|Michael Culshaw-Maurer||St. John's University||A|
|Peter Gosen||Bethel University||A|
|Jack Hughes||North Dakota State||A|
|Mac Nadeau||North Dakota State||M|
|Peter Schbloom||University of St. Thomas||M|
|Thomas Clarke||St. Olaf College||D|
|Josh Freitas||Bethel University||D|
|Andrew Markland||North Dakota State||D|
|John Opsahl||University of St. Thomas||D|
|Tony Penz||Bethel University||G|