Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins senior Durkin named nation's top defender

He becomes fourth player in school history to win honor twice

Tucker Durkin

Image caption: Johns Hopkins senior Tucker Durkin (right) recently became the fourth repeat recipient in JHU history—and eighth in collegiate lacrosse history—of the William C. Schmeisser Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player.

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Graduating senior Tucker Durkin has left big shoes to fill.

Durkin was recently presented with the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defensive player in men's lacrosse. He becomes the fourth player in JHU history—and eighth in collegiate lacrosse history—to win the award twice, having also also won the award last year.

Durkin joins Hank Kaestner (1966, 1967), Mark Greenberg (1979, 1980) and current Blue Jays head coach Dave Pietramala as the only Johns Hopkins players to win the Schmeisser Award twice. He is the 13th Johns Hopkins player to win the , and the Blue Jays lead all schools in number of recipients and selections. JHU's Michael Evens won the award in 2009.

In the same week that he received the Schmeisser Award, Durkin was also named first-team USILA All-American for the second consecutive season. He was a second-team All-American as a sophomore.

This season, Durkin led the Blue Jays in turnovers caused (16) and finished fifth in ground balls (32) while regularly drawing the assignment of marking the opposition's top attackman. With Durkin at the helm, Johns Hopkins ranked third nationally in scoring defense (7.79). Durkin started every game he played in during his Johns Hopkins career.

Prior to attending Johns Hopkins, Durkin was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-America selection and an Under Armour All-American at La Salle College High School outside of Philadelphia. He guided his high school team to state titles as a junior and senior.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Tucker Durkin started every game of his Johns Hopkins career.

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