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UnknownPublished: 5/25/2023, Last updated: 7/6/2023
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USILA Names 24 from Big Ten to All-America Teams

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) recognized 24 Big Ten men’s lacrosse student-athletes today, as the organization announced its 2023  Blatant Lacrosse Division I All-American Teams. 

All six Big Ten teams were represented among the honorees, with Maryland and Penn State leading the way with six All-Americans each, while Johns Hopkins boasted five.

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Brett Makar joined Rutgers’ longstick midfielder Ethan Rall with First Team accolades, while a quartet of Big Ten players collected Second Team honors. The Third Team also included five Big Ten representatives, while 12 received Honorable Mention.

A two-time USILA All-American, Makar tied for the team lead with 21 caused turnovers, while his 48 ground balls were good for second. The two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year started all 73 games of his career, tying for eight on the Terps’ all-time list, amassing 59 caused turnovers and 163 ground balls.  

Rall collected his second consecutive USILA All-America honor after a season that included 21 caused turnovers and 49 ground balls. The Islip, N.Y. native set a Scarlet Knights’ program record with 84 caused turnovers and ranked second in the Big Ten with 1.62 caused turnovers per contest. 

2023 USILA Blantant Lacrosse Division I All-Americans 
First Team Defense Brett Makar, Gr., Maryland
LSM Ethan Rall, Sr., Rutgers
Second Team Defense Ajax Zappitello, Jr., Maryland
Defense Alex Mazzone, Gr., Johns Hopkins
Midfield Shane Knobloch, Jr., Rutgers
LSM John Geppert, Gr., Maryland
Goaltender Jack Fracyon, So., Penn State
Third Team Attack TJ Malone, Sr., Penn State
Midfield Matt Traynor, So., Penn State
SSDM Dante Trader Jr, So., Maryland 
Faceoff Luke Wierman, Sr., Maryland
Faceoff Justin Wietfeldt, Jr., Michigan
Honorable Mention Attack Russell Melendez, Jr., Johns Hopkins
Attack Josh Zawada, Sr., Michigan
Attack Michael Boehm, Jr., Michigan
Attack Ross Scott, Sr., Rutgers
Defense Scott Smith, Jr., Johns Hopkins
Defense Jack Posey, Sr., Penn State
Defense Bobby Van Buren, So., Ohio State
Midfield Kyle Long, Maryland
Midfield Kevin Winkoff, Gr., Penn State
Midfielfd Matt Collison, Fr., Johns Hopkins
SSDM Brett Martin, Jr., Johns Hopkins
SSDM Grant Haus, Sr., Penn State