Towson men’s lacrosse player Zach Goodrich named CAA Defensive Player of the Year

The Towson men’s lacrosse team has only one player on the Colonial Athletic Association’s first team, but Zach Goodrich earned the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honor, the league announced Wednesday.

The junior short-stick defensive midfielder has caused 18 turnovers — one short of his career high — scooped up 28 ground balls and scored two goals. Goodrich, a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s best player, is the second Tigers player in as many years to win the Defensive Player of the Year award after long-stick midfielder Tyler Mayes did so last spring.

Freshman long-stick midfielder Koby Smith (36 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers, two goals) was chosen to the CAA second team. The Lutherville resident and Loyola Blakefield graduate was also placed on the All-Rookie team, where he was joined by a pair of teammates in redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shane Brennan (9.21 goals-against average, .524 save percentage) and freshman attackman Phil Wies (seven goals, seven assists).

Delaware senior midfielder Will Hirschmann, an Annapolis resident and Archbishop Spalding graduate, was named to the second team.

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