By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its all-region honors and special awards for the 2019 season. Capital University goalie TJ Johnson was named Honorable Mention All-West Region, marking the fifth different player in CU history to earn the award.
Johnson, the 2019 OAC co-Defensive Player of the Year, made a splash in his debut year as the Crusaders' starting goalie. He led all OAC goalies by posting a 55.2 save percentage in nine conference starts and his 57.3 overall save percentage was also the best in the league. Johnson was second among OAC goalkeepers with 172 overall saves, 69 of which came in conference play. His 172 saves were the most in a single season in program history. Johnson had 12 games with 10 or more saves, five of which came against an OAC opponent. Johnson's 7.72 OAC goals-against average was the second-best in the conference and his 8.46 overall GAA was the best mark among OAC goaltenders.
Johnson was the only OAC goalkeeper to start and win all of his team's OAC games. He was also named the OAC Defensive Player of the Week four times in 2019 which tied for the most player of the week awards in a single season in team history. Johnson, a First Tea All-OAC honoree, is the first Crusader to be named Defensive Player of the Year since Tate Stover in 2015.
Capital has now had at least one all-region selection in each of the last four years. He was one of nine OAC players to earn all-region distinction this season.