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Patriot League Names Eight Mids to Men's Lax Academic Honor Roll

Thomas Zimmerman graduated in May with a degree in ocean engineering.

Thomas Zimmerman graduated in May with a degree in ocean engineering.

June 25, 2009

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Boasting 4.00 grade-point averages, brothers Bobby and Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.) were among the eight Navy men's lacrosse players who were named to the 2009 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Academic Honor Roll released by the conference office on Thursday morning. Six of the eight Navy players honored have been named to the list multiple times over their careers, while two are first-time selections.

Both Lennon brothers have been instrumental to the success of the Navy lacrosse program, including this spring where the duo helped lead the Mids to their fifth Patriot League Tournament title and the program's sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Bobby Lennon, the third Lennon brother to have graduated from the Naval Academy and the second of three lacrosse playing brothers, paired up with classmate Geoff Leone (Massapequa, N.Y.) to form one of the most talented short stick defensive midfield duos in the country. While anchoring a defense that was ranked seventh nationally, as well as a man-down unit that was No. 1 in the country, Lennon also leant his services to the offensive side of the field. He produced a career-high six points on two goals and four assists and produced points in four pivotal games down the stretch, including wins over Georgetown, Maryland and Army.

One of four players in the league to garner a 4.0 GPA or higher (2 Army, 2 Navy), Bobby Lennon is making his third appearance on the honor roll. He graduated from the Academy in May with a degree in history and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. The five-time Commandant's List selection will head to flight school in Pensacola later this fall.

Joe, the youngest of the Lennon brothers and a rising senior, is making his second appearance on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll thanks to his 4.00 GPA in economics. Ranked 110th in academic order of merit in a class of over 1050 students, Lennon has been named to the Commandant's List four times, the Dean's List twice and the Superintendent's List once. Meanwhile, he garnered Second-Team All-Patriot League honors this past spring as a member of the Mids' starting midfield. He punched in a career-high 14 goals, while adding nine assists. Lennon showed his ability to take over a game when he scored a career-high four goals against Colgate in the Patriot League Semifinals. Lennon scored the Mids' final three goals of the contest, including the game-winner with 2:46 remaining in the third overtime period to lead Navy to the championship contest.

 

 

Earning academic distinction for the fourth straight year was defenseman Thomas Zimmerman (Owings Mills, Md.), who became the first Midshipmen lacrosse player to earn Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition all four years. However, this is just the third class to have been eligible to receive the honor for four years, as Navy joined the Patriot League in 2004.

Also a future pilot, Zimmerman earned a 3.60 GPA during the spring semester and graduated in May with a 3.61 GPA in ocean engineering. He was named to the Commandant's List in six of the eight semesters, while also picking up mention on the Superintendent's List three times including both semesters of his senior year. He graduated in the top 15 percent of his class in academic and military order of merit.

Zimmerman was a starter on close defense in each of the first nine games of the season, his first season as a starter.

Three additional members of Navy's defensive unit who garnered academic kudos were rising senior Jaren Woeppel (Camillus, N.Y.), rising junior Tom Mansfield (Port Washington, N.Y.) and 2009 graduate Mike Collett (Chester, N.J.). Woeppel, a two-time Second-Team All-Patriot League selection, earned academic recognition for a second straight year after producing a 3.65 GPA in economics, while Mansfield is also a two-time honor roll selection. Mansfield, who started the final six games of the season, owed a 3.56 grade-point average in economics during the spring semester. Collett saw limited time over his four seasons, but played an instrumental role as a leader on the Mids' scout team. Head coach Richie Meade has publicly applauded the work of his scout team numerous times for its role in preparing the Midshipmen for games each week. Collett, a first-time honor roll selection, turned in a 3.53 grade-point average in the spring and graduated in May with a degree in comparative politics. A four-time member of the Commandant's List who also achieved Dean's List status, Collett will pursue a surface warfare career.

Closing out his career this spring was Shane Durkin (Germantown, Md.), a member of the Mids' second midfield. Durkin scored a pair of goals and added a pair of assists to Navy's offensive arsenal. Off the field, he recorded a 3.33 grade-point average in one of the most difficult fields of study at the Academy, mechanical engineering. Named to the Commandant's List three times and a Dean's List member, as well, Durkin was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy.

The final player to receive recognition from the Patriot League was first-time selection Evan Sullivan (Westfield, N.J.), who produced a 3.81 grade-point average in economics. A Dean's List honoree last fall, he was also named to the Commandant's List four times. He is fondly looked upon among his company and is ranked 70th in his class in military order of merit.

Sullivan was Navy's extra-man specialist this past season, accounting for seven of the Mids' 15 extra-man goals. He set the tone early on when he was named the Inside Lacrosse Player of the Weekend for his outstanding performance (3G, 1A) against VMI in the season-opener.

To be eligible for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be a varsity letterwinner, while maintaining a 3.20 grade-point average during the spring semester. Student-athletes representing all four classes are eligible for the award.

Navy's 2009 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll Selections
Mike Collett        Sr.   Comparative Politics     3.53   Chester, N.J./The Delbarton School
Shane Durkin        Sr.   Mechanical Engineering   3.33   Germantown, Md./Good Counsel
Bobby Lennon        Sr.   History                  4.00   Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield
Joe Lennon          Jr.   Economics                4.00   Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield
Tom Mansfield       So.   Economics                3.56   Port Washington, N.Y./Chaminade
Evan Sullivan       Jr.   Economics                3.81   Westfield, N.J./The Lawrenceville School
Jaren Woeppel       Jr.   Economics                3.65   Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee
Thomas Zimmerman    Sr.   Ocean Engineering        3.60   Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's School 

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