Thousands of Brine National Lacrosse Classic participants have gone on to play NCAA lacrosse. However, the journey doesn’t stop there. Many former BNLC participants have worked their way up to All-Conference honors in some of the most competitive D-I conferences in the nation. Let’s take a look at some BNLC alumni who had standout seasons and earned All-Conference honors in 2016.
Starting in the Big Ten Conference, Maryland SS midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen earned First Team All-American honors in his junior season. A team captain, Davis-Allen was a key player for the Terps during their run to the National Title game, earning a spot on the 2016 NCAA All-Tournament team as well.
Remaining in the Big Ten, a trio of Brine alumni at Johns Hopkins earned All-American honors in 2016. Senior Ryan Brown (attack) was named a Second Team All-American, while teammates John Crawley and Nick Fields earned honorable mentions. Brown led the team with 41 goals and finished second on the team with 16 assists. Crawley, a junior midfielder, scored 17 goals for the Blue Jays.
Four former Brine NLC participants stood out in the ACC and earned USILA All-America nods. Duke midfielder Deemer Class was named a first team All-American after leading the Blue Devils with 50 goals in the 2016 season. Brandon Mullins, a senior defenseman for Syracuse, earned Second Team All-American status after creating a team-leading 31 turnovers for the Orange. Virginia Cavaliers midfielder Zed Williams and North Carolina midfielder Patrick Kelly both earned All-American honorable mentions.
Brine NLC alum Ben Reeves had a monster season in the Ivy League for the Yale Bulldogs, earning himself a spot as a First Team All-American. Reeves led his team with 45 goals and 34 assists in his sophomore season.
Goaltender Blaze Riorden stood out in net for Albany and earned Third Team All American honors as a senior. Former Brine participant Dylan Protesto also stood out in the American East Conference. The Hartford midfielder earned himself a spot as a Third Team All-American.
Other Brine NLC alumni that received USILA honorable mentions in 2016 are Towson defenseman Mike Lowe, Albany midfielder John Maloney, Bucknell longstick midfielder Alex Spring, and Air Force defenseman Alex Warden.
We’d like to congratulate all of these players for the tremendous success they have brought to their respective programs. They serve as role models to aspiring NCAA stars and show the results of hard work and dedication to the sport of lacrosse. The Brine National Lacrosse Classic is just the beginning for those who work hard and challenge themselves to excel at the NCAA level!