Fennell, Rees and Torain Garner USILA All-America Honors
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy senior defenseman Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.), senior long-stick defensive midfielder Matt Rees (Sykesville, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Greyson Torain (Glen Burnie, Md.) were among the 104 student-athletes named to the 2017 USILA All-America teams announced on Wednesday morning. Navy has had at least one player (277 different Mids) earn All-America recognition in 94 of the 96 years in which the awards have been handed out, including each of the last four years under head coach Rick Sowell.
Fennell and Rees, both named 2017 USILA Third-Team All-Americans, have proven to be the foundation 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) en route to the Mids’ NCAA Quarterfinal appearance. This season, Navy stands 22nd in the country allowing 9.57 goals per contest. It has held 28 of its last 44 opponents to single digits, including eight of its 14 foes this spring. Additionally, the Mids have held 19 of their 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 ranked #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, 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.
Fennell will graduate as the only player in league history to be named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year three times, earning the award in 2015, ‘16 and ‘17. 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.
Fennell has earned All-America recognition in each of the last three season - third team as a sophomore, second team as a junior and third team this season. He is one of just 37 players in the program’s 110-year history to be named an All-American at least three times and the first since close defenseman Jordan DiNola picked up honorable mention honors in 2006 and ‘07 before graduating in 2008 as a second-teamer. The last Navy player to be a three-time All-American and who earned a spot among the top three teams in each of those years was midfielder Billy Looney who was third team in 2005, second team in 2006 and first team in 2007.
Making his second straight appearance on the USILA’s third team, Rees spent the last two seasons as 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.
Earning his first USILA All-America citation as an honorable mention selection, Torain finished the season tied with classmate Ryan Wade (Coronado, Calif.) as the team’s leading scorer with 38 points on a team-high tying 23 goals and 15 assists. He also paced the Mids in Patriot League action with 22 points on a team-high 13 goals and nine assists. A unanimous 2017 First-Team All-Patriot League selection, Torain spent the year among the country’s top-scoring midfielders during the regular season and was ninth among the group going into the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, he 38 points this spring tied as the fourth most by a midfielder in Naval Academy history.
A starter in every game in which he has played over his career (30), 30 of his 40 goals over the last two years have been unassisted - 12 of 17 a year ago and 18 of 23 this season.
2017 USILA All-Americans
Attack - Connor Fields (Albany), Matt Rambo (Maryland), Ben Reeves (Yale), Patrick Spencer (Loyola)
Midfield - Conor Kelly (Maryland), Nick Mariano (Syracuse), Sergio Perkovic (Notre Dame), Sergio Salcido (Syracuse)
LS Midfield - John Sexton (Notre Dame)
SS Midfield - Isaiah Davis-Allen (Maryland)
Faceoff - Trevor Baptiste (Denver)
Defense - Garrett Epple (Notre Dame), Timothy Muller (Maryland), Austin Pifani (North Carolina), Ben Randall (Ohio State)
Goalkeeper - Ben Pugh (Richmond)
Attack - Connor Cannizzaro (Denver), Justin Guterding (Duke), Dylan Molloy (Brown)
Midfield - Zach Currier (Princeton), Jake Froccaro (Villanova), Eric Scott (Yale), Joel Tinney (Johns Hopkins)
LS Midfield - Larken Kemp (Brown)
SS Midfield - Jack Adams (Towson), Zach Goodrich (Towson)
Faceoff - Jake Withers (Ohio State)
Defense - Christian Burgdorf (Denver), Scott Firman (Syracuse), Brendan Hynes (Richmond), Jarrod Neumann (Providence)
Goalkeeper - Jack Concannon (Hofstra)
Attack - Josh Byrne (Hofstra), Chris Cloutier (North Carolina), Colin Heacock (Maryland), Tre LeClaire (Ohio State), Michael Sowers (Princeton)
Midfield - Ryan Conrad (Virginia), Tim Rotanz (Maryland), Brian Sherlock (Loyola), Brad Smith (Duke)
LS Midfield - Connor Keating (Penn), Matt Rees (Navy)
SS Midfield - Drew Schantz (Notre Dame)
Faceoff - TD Ierlan (Albany)
Defense - Chris Fennell (Navy), Nicholas Fields (Johns Hopkins), Michael Rexrode (Rutgers), Cade Van Raaphorst (Duke)
Goalkeeper - Tate Boyce (Providence), Tom Carey (Ohio State), Christian Carson-Banister (Boston U.)
Attack - Grant Ament (Penn State), Nick Aponte (Penn State), Frank Brown (Hobart), Jack Bruckner (Duke), Morgan Cheek (Harvard), Jack Curran (Villanova), Cal Dearth (Boston U.), Ryan Drenner (Towson), Eric Fannell (Ohio State), Ryder Garnsey (Notre Dame), Luke Goldstock (North Carolina), Jules Heningburg (Rutgers), Tucker James (Bryant), Cole Johnson (Army), Michael Kraus (Virginia), Kyle Marr (Johns Hopkins), Ryan McNamara (Marquette), Tom Moore (Binghamton), Mac O’Keefe (Penn State), Shack Stanwick (Johns Hopkins), Jeff Teat (Cornell), Ethan Walker (Denver), Chris Walsch (Air Force), Zed Williams (Virginia)
Midfield - Dox Aitken (Virginia), Jared Bernhardt (Maryland), Peter Conley (Georgetown), John Crawley (Johns Hopkins), Colton Jackson (Denver), Mike Lynch (Towson), Kyle McClancy (Albany), Adam Osika (Albany), Tyler Pace (Denver), Michael Sutton (Penn State), David Symmes (Army), Greyson Torain (Navy)
LS Midfield - Tyler Mayes (Towson), Matt Neufeldt (Maryland)
SS Midfield - Paolo Cifeerri (Syracuse), Tate Jozokos (North Carolina), Ryan Terefenko (Ohio State), Tyler Warner (Yale), Thomas Zenker (Duke)
Faceoff - Conor Mackie (Yale), Kyle Rowe (Duke), Alex Woodall (Towson)
Defense - Chris Sabia (Penn State), Johnny Surdick (Army), Alec Tullett (Brown), Garrett Waldron (Binghamton), Bryce Young (Maryland)
Goalkeeper - Danny Fowler (Duke)
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