Dan O'Connell Selected to Academic All-Patriot League Team
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross men’s lacrosse junior faceoff specialist Dan O'Connell was selected to the Academic All-League Team, as announced by the conference. This is the first academic honor for O’Connell, who was named to the All-Patriot League second team on April 29. O’Connell is the first Academic All-Patriot League selection since Henry Lily in 2017.
O’Connell, a faceoff specialist, owns a .665 winning percentage at the faceoff. He has taken 89% of the Crusaders’ faceoff to lead the team to a .641 winning percentage. O’Connell ranks second in the Patriot League in winning percentage and fifth nationally. He has consistently ranked in the top-10 nationally throughout the 2019 season.
The faceoff specialist has also picked up 122 ground balls on the season, to lead the league in ground balls per game and rank seventh nationally (9.38). O’Connell became the first Crusader in program history to earn league Faceoff Specialist of the Week honors, and did so on three occasions during the season (April 15, April 8, Feb. 18).
As a junior, O’Connell holds a 3.44 GPA as a political science major. He was also a 2018 Patriot League Academic honor roll selection.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Conor Gaffney, Lehigh, Jr., FO
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Due to a tie in voting, there are 14 members on the academic team
Griffin Schultz, Army West Point, Sr., D
Joe McSorley, Boston University, Jr., GK
Reed Malas, Bucknell, Sr., M
Christian Klipstein, Bucknell, Sr., GK
Will Blumenberg, Colgate, Sr., M **
Jack Donaghue, Colgate, Sr., D
Dan O'Connell, Holy Cross, Jr., FO^
Conor Walters, Lafayette, Sr., A
Conor Gaffney, Lehigh, Jr., FO **
Kevin Lindley, Loyola Maryland, So., A **
Aidan Olmstead, Loyola Maryland, So., A
John Railey, Loyola Maryland, Jr., D
Christian Daniel, Navy, So., A
Nick Franchuk, Navy, So., D
** Named to first team All-Patriot League
^ Named to second team All-Patriot League