Rees and Fennell Earn Inside Lacrosse All-America Honors
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Chris Fennell (Sr / Milford, N.J.) and three-time All-Patriot League long pole Matt Rees (Sr / Sykesville, Md.) garnered All-America recognition by the media publication and web site Inside Lacrosse. ESPNU unveiled IL’s inaugural All-America Teams on Sunday night’s broadcast of the opening-round NCAA Tournament game between Syracuse and Yale.
The IL All-America teams were compiled by more than 30 members of the lacrosse media who vote in the weekly Maverik / Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Fennell, who was an Honorable Mention selection, and Rees, who was named to the third team, have served as the cornerstone of Navy’s defensive unit over the past four seasons. The Mids have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 in scoring defense in each of their four seasons, including last year’s remarkable campaign that saw the Mids stand #2 nationally in scoring average (7.38). This season, the Mids are 23rd in the country allowing 9.57 goals per contest. They have held 28 of their last 44 opponents to single digits, including eight of their 14 foes this spring. Additionally, Navy has held 19 of its last 43 opponents to scoring droughts of 20 minute or more, including three of their last four foes this season.
A starter in every game in which he played (54) over his four-year career, Fennell closed out his career #3 on the Mids’ career caused turnovers list with 67, including 14 this season. His marks of 23, 17 and 14 caused turnovers in 2016, 2015 and 2017 stand #6 (T), #11(T) and #14 (T), respectively, on Navy’s single-season caused turnovers list. He produced 10 career points (5G, 5A), including four (2G, 2A) this season. The 10 points are the fourth most by a Navy close defenseman or long-stick midfielder, while his five goals are the fifth most.
A 2016 and ‘17 Tewaaraton Award nominee and two-time All-American, Fennell has drawn the opponent’s top offensive player in each of his four years. He played a pivotal role in Navy’s Star Game victory earlier this season that saw the Mids hold #8 Army off the scoreboard for the first 22 minutes and the final 18-plus minutes of a 10-6 win that clinched the Mids’ Patriot League Tournament berth.
A unanimous first-team selection in 2017, Fennell will graduate as the only player in league history to be named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year three times. One of only 12 players in Navy history to earn All-Patriot League honors three or more times, he is just the sixth Navy player to earn first-team honors three times.
Rees, who was just one of two seniors on the team to play in every game over the last four seasons, is one of the most feared long-stick defensive midfielders in the game. Navy’s leader in caused turnovers in each of the last three seasons, he graduates as the Mids’ all-time leader in the category with 84 which was just one off the NCAA’s all-time top 25. He recorded a single-season personal-best 29 caused turnovers this season which stands third in school history, while his 2.07 caused turnovers per game average this spring stands eighth nationally. His 26 takeaways in 2016 are tied as the fourth most, while his 20 caused turnovers in 2015 are the ninth most. Amassing 186 ground balls over four seasons, he finishes sixth on the Mids’ all-time list. A dangerous player in transition, Rees is the top scoring close defenseman or long-stick defensive midfielder in school history with 19 points on 15 goals and four assists.
2017 Inside Lacrosse All-Americans
A-Connor Fields, Albany
A-Matt Rambo, Maryland
A-Pat Spencer, Loyola
M-Sergio Salcido, Syracuse
M-Zach Currier, Princeton
M-Connor Kelly, Maryland
FO-Trevor Baptiste, Denver
SSDM-Isaiah Davis-Allen, Maryland
LSM-Larken Kemp, Brown
D-Tim Muller, Maryland
D-Brendan Hynes, Richmond
D-Scott Firman, Syracuse
G-Benny Pugh, Richmond
A-Ben Reeves, Yale
A-Michael Sowers, Princeton
A-Dylan Molloy, Brown
M-Nick Mariano, Syracuse
M-Sergio Perkovic, Notre Dame
M-Joel Tinney, Johns Hopkins
FO-TD Ierlan, Albany
SSDM-Zach Goodrich, Towson
LSM-John Sexton, Notre Dame
D-Ben Randall, Ohio State
D-Garrett Epple, Notre Dame
D-Nick Fields, Johns Hopkins
G-Jack Concannon, Hofstra
A-Justin Guterding, Duke
A-Connor Cannizzaro, Denver
A-Tom Moore, Binghamton
M-Jake Froccaro, Villanova
M-Ryan Conrad, Virginia
M-Jack Curran, Villanova
FO-Jake Withers, Ohio State
SSDM-Jack Adams, Towson
LSM- Matt Rees, Navy
D-Austin Pifani, North Carolina
D-Jarrod Neumann, Providence
D-Michael Rexrode, Rutgers
G-Christian Carson-Banister, Boston U.
Attack: Josh Byrne, Hofstra; Jeff Teat, Cornell; Zed Williams, Virginia; Nick Aponte, Penn State; Chris Cloutier, North Carolina; Tre LeClaire, Ohio State
Midfield: Dox Aitken, Virginia; Eric Scott, Yale; Cal Dearth, Boston U.; Kyle McClancy, Albany; Brian Sherlock, Loyola
Face-Off: Ben Williams, Syracuse; Stephen Kelly, North Carolina; Gerard Arceri, Penn State
Shortstick D-Middie: Drew Schantz, Notre Dame; Tate Jozokos, North Carolina; Tyler Warner, Yale; Thomas Zenker, Duke
Longstick Middie: Chris Keating, Penn; Tyler Mayes, Towson; Matt Neufeldt, Maryland; Troy Reh, Albany; Craig Chick, Lehigh
Defense: Cade van Raaphorst, Duke; Christian Burgdorf, Denver; Chris Fennell, Navy; Alec Tulett, Brown; Chris Sabia, Penn State; Jack Carrigan, Loyola; Stone Sims, Albany
Goalie: Dan Morris, Maryland; Tom Carey, Ohio State; Jacob Stover, Loyola; Tate Boyce, Providence; Nick Hreshko, Monmouth
### Go Navy ###