SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Excelling on the field and in the classroom, seven members of the Jacksonville University men's lacrosse team were named to the Academic All-Southern Conference Team, as announced by the league Monday afternoon.
To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the spring semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams' competitions. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.
The Dolphins' honorees included redshirt-senior Mitchell Parker, senior Hunter Forbes, redshirt-junior Max Hartong, junior Hunter Sells, sophomores Dwayne Mattushik and Brett Reilly, and redshirt-freshman Tommy Barnhorst.
Barnhorst led the Dolphins with a 4.0 GPA in marketing. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he started all 15 games at close defense and totaled 20 ground balls and caused eight turnovers. Opening the season with five straight games with multiple ground balls, Barnhorst scored a goal and added an assist at Marquette, and later, handed out two assists against Bellarmine in SoCon action. He also finished 1-for-1 on faceoffs, with his lone win at the X coming against Detroit Mercy in a commanding 15-8 Dolphin victory.
Sells finished the season with a 3.83 cumulative GPA in management while seeing action in all 15 games and making 13 starts in the cage. Hailing from Bethesda, Md., he recorded double-digit saves on four occasions and totaled 107 saves on the year. With eight wins on the year, Sells matched the Dolphins' single-season win record, while his 10.10 goals-against average are also a program record. Additionally, Sells was named to the SoCon All-Tournament Team following the Dolphins' first-ever appearance in the championship game.
One of two captains named to the Academic All-SoCon Team, Parker maintained a 3.80 GPA while pursuing his MBA. Winning an appeal to join the Dolphins for his final season as a redshirt-senior, the Nanaimo, British Columbia native posted eight points behind seven goals and one assist. His experience and leadership as a two-time captain helped the Dolphins close out 2018 with its first winning season in five years.
A midfielder from Woodstock, Ga., Forbes had arguably one of the best seasons at the faceoff X while earning a 3.75 GPA while pursuing his MBA. The SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-SoCon selection, Forbes finished his career with 308 ground balls – picking up 158 of them in the 2018 season alone – to set the program's career and single-season records. With four games with 20 or more faceoff wins and a.703 faceoff winning percentage on the year, he ranked third in the nation just behind NCAA single-season leader TD Ierlan (Albany) and NCAA career leader Trevor Baptiste (Denver). Forbes was also named to the SoCon All-Tournament Team and was one of three Dolphins picked up in the MLL Collegiate Draft when he was selected by the Atlanta Blaze as the 40th overall pick.
Hartong, one of five team captains during the 2018 season, recorded a 3.68 cumulative GPA in finance. The Canton, Ohio native started nine of 11 games in which he appeared, picked up five ground balls, and caused six turnovers. With a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers each, Hartong's defense helped the Dolphins battle to a 9-5 decisive win over Bellarmine and roll on to a 5-2 record in the SoCon. He also caused a turnover against High Point in the SoCon Tournament semifinals to aid JU in a 12-11 overtime victory and a spot in it's first-ever appearance in the SoCon Tournament Championship.
An attackman from Paramus, N.J., Mattushik posted a 3.76 GPA in finance. One of the team's most efficient shooters, he finished the season second on the team with 24 goals and tied for third with 30 points. Mattushik posted multiple points on eight occasions, with a six-game run totaling 14 points. Additionally, he recorded a point in each of the Dolphins' 15 games in 2018 – including five goals in the season-opener against Navy – and takes a 19-game point-scoring streak into his junior season.
Reilly finished his sophomore year with a 3.67 cumulative GPA in marketing. Hailing from Thousand Oaks, Calif., he appeared in 13 games, handed out a pair of assists, and picked up two ground balls while providing depth on the Dolphins' attack. Reilly recorded two assists and a ground ball in the Dolphins' season-opener against Navy, and picked up another ground ball at Richmond during the regular season.
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