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Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights

May 21, 2013

Johnson and Benz Earn All-America Honors


Aaron Benz and Ron Johnson each played a critical role in a defense that allowed only 5.47 goals per game.

The USILA released its All-America lists for Divsion III Men's Lacrosse. For the first time in program history, Eastern University Men's Lacrosse is represented on the list. Ron Johnson and Aaron Benz were both named Honorable Mention All-Americans.

Benz, who was also selected to play in the North South game this Friday afternoon at Cabrini, is the most successful goalie in program history. Despite playing through a variety of injuries, he was 14-2 in goal this year and finished second in the nation in save percentage. 

He led a defense that finished the year ranked second in goals allowed per game. Benz, who was also named as a Scholar All-American by the USILA, was selected to speak at Eastern's commencement.

"Aaron is a tremendous leader," head coach Kevin Wallace said. "Nobody worked harder than him, and he is incredibly tough both physically and mentally." 

Ron Johnson earned his spot as a short-stick specialist. While his primary role was defensive, Johnson was a threat in transition as well. That ability was showcased in 2012 when he scored two-straight goals to help the Eagles rally from a four-goal deficit against Widener. 

On the defensive end of the field, Johnson's strength, quickness, and stick-skills gave the Eagles an advantage whenever he was able to be on the field. His statistics, 42 ground balls and 24 takeaways only tell part of the story.

"Anybody that scouted us would try to stay away from Ron," Wallace said, "It was not just that he was not going to get beat, he would take the ball away. It is like having a fifth pole on the field. It helped to simplify a lot of things in our defense. His ability to pressure the ball and created other chances for the rest of our defenders."

Johnson finished his career with 149 ground balls, 43 caused turnovers, 27 goals, and 21 assists.

"To have these guys recognized," Wallace noted, "speaks volumes about where we have come as a program. Our returning players will look to build on what these two and the rest of this senior class has helped to build. While it is individual recognition, Aaron and Ron would both be quick to point out that all awards are team awards and that we all rely on each other."

The Eagles won the Freedom Conference and finished 15-2 on the year.      

Complete Release

Updated: Tuesday, 08 July 2014


Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace

In 2012, Kevin Wallace led Eastern Men's Lacrosse to its most successful season

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