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St. John's Lacrosse receives recognition

05/06/2011, 6:00pm CDT
By SJU Lacrosse

Eleven Johnnies earn top-UMLL honors; Banner raised in Sexton Commons


2011 Saint John's University Lacrosse Team -- UMLL DII CHAMPIONS

Eleven Johnnies were recognized on Tuesday, May 3, when the UMLL Awards and All-Conference Teams were announced.

Headlining the winners was sophomore Steve Johnson (Stillwater, Minn. -- Mahtomedi HS) who received the 2011 UMLL DII Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman shut down top-MCLA and UMLL talent while gobbling up 38 ground balls. Additionally, Johnson registered four points during the regular and postseason (two goals, two assists).

Freshman attackman Jake Helmer (Mahtomedi, Minn.) was named to the UMLL DII All-Conference First Team which capped off a stellar rookie season in which he scored 72 points (44 goals, 28 assists).

Sophomore goaltender Michael King (Kansas City, Mo. -- Rockhurst High School) earned his spot on the UMLL DII All-Conference First Team by posting a 14-3 record between the pipes while allowing an average of 5.89 goals per game and having a stellar .632 save percentage.

King also scored one of the most memorable goals of the 2011 season during the game against Davenport University on April 8.

Senior defenseman Tony Donna (Eden Prairie, Minn.) also received a nod for the UMLL DII All-Conference First Team. The high school and collegiate All-American played tough defense, scooped up 26 ground balls and also scored one goal on April 2, against Augsburg.

The UMLL DII All-Conference Second Team featured four Johnnies:

  • Senior defenseman Patrick Johnson (Wayzata, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret’s)
  • Junior long-stick midfielder Luke Gellerman (Crystal, Minn. -- Robbinsdale Cooper HS)
  • Senior defensive midfielder Sam Gondeck (Wayzata, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret’s), and
  • Sophomore face-off midfielder Alex Rahn (Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Homestead High School)

Senior attackman Matt Draxler (Wayzata, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret’s), junior attackman Alex Fulton (Mahtomedi, Minn.) and senior midfielder Jake Mellem (Andover, Minn.) were selected UMLL DII All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to all Johnnies selected as UMLL DII All-Conference award winners!

One Banner Down...

It may have shocked the MCLA world when the Johnnies upset the University of St. Thomas in overtime to win the UMLL DII Championship.

However, it would be the Johnnies that would be surprised the following week up when walking into Sexton Commons at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

Unbeknownst to the members of the team, Kevin Helmer -- father of freshman attackman Jake Helmer (Mahtomedi, Minn.) -- produced a banner celebrating the Johnnies’ fifth UMLL title in seven years.

The banner was shipped overnight and hung in Sexton Commons near the bus stop entrance/exit and campus bookstore which is one of the highest traffic areas for students from St. John’s and the College of St. Benedict on campus.

St. John’s would like to thank Mr. Helmer for his gift as well as all the parents and fans that came out to watch them this past season -- Hope to see you in Denver!


St. John's Lacrosse UMLL DII Championship Banner


UMLL DII FIRST TEAM
ALL-CONFERENCE

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Tony Donna (Sr., Defense)

GP GB PTS
16 26 1

Jake Helmer (Fr., Attack)

GP G A PTS
17 44 28 72

Steve Johnson (So., Defense)

GP GB PTS
17 38 4

Mike King (So., Goaltender)

GP W L GAA SV %
17 14 3 5.89 .632

UMLL DII SECOND TEAM
ALL-CONFERENCE


Luke Gellerman (Jr., LSM)

GP GB PTS
17 39 2

Sam Gondeck (Sr., Midfield)

GP G A GB PTS
10 7 1 11 8

Patrick Johnson (Sr., Defense)

GP GB PTS
17 18 1

Alex Rahn (So., FOGO)

GP G GB FW PTS
17 1 65 85 1

UMLL DII ALL-CONFERENCE
HONORABLE MENTION


Matt Draxler (Sr., Attack)

GP G A PTS
17 38 12 50

Alex Fulton (Jr., Attack)

GP G A PTS
17 24 13 37

Jake Mellem (Sr., Midfield)

GP G A PTS
16 14 11 25

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