Twenty-Five Dolphins Named to SoCon Honor Roll

Twenty-Five Dolphins Named to SoCon Honor Roll

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Members of Jacksonville University's men's lacrosse team continue to be recognized for their academic prowess, with the latest accolades coming from the Southern Conference this morning.

Twenty-five Dolphins have been named to the SoCon Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who have held a 3.0 grade-point average throughout the academic year. Six were also awarded Commissioner's Medals for achieving a 3.8 GPA throughout the year, while two held an outstanding 4.0 GPA.

A member of the ASUN Conference, Jacksonville only competes in the SoCon in men's lacrosse.

The freshman-junior tandem of Tommy Barnhorst and Hunter Forbes both achieved a 4.0 GPA.

Barnhorst, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, picked up 10 ground balls in four games this season, including a career-high five at Detroit-Mercy on Feb. 23. The freshman defender also scored a goal in the Dolphins' season-opener Feb. 11 against Lehigh.

A two-time SoCon All-Academic Team honoree, Forbes finished the semester with a spectacular 4.0 in economics. The Dolphins' primary faceoff specialist, Forbes was also named to the SoCon Honor Roll last season. The Woodstock, Ga. native led the SoCon with 6.00 ground balls per game (84), tallied three assists, and posted a .552 faceoff winning percentage (185-335).

Zach Crotty, Max Hartong, Fernando Milanes, and Mitchell Parker were also honored with Commissioner's Medals for holding a 3.8 GPA or higher though the academic year.

An attackman from Jupiter, Fla., Crotty closed out his sophomore campaign in the classroom with a 3.80 in international business. During the season, he tallied an assist Feb. 25 at Ohio State.

A redshirt-sophomore, Hartong is another Dolphin with multiple SoCon academic accolades to his credit as he earned the distinction following last season as well. In the classroom, the Canton, Ohio native finished the season with a 3.82 in finance while on the field, the defenseman caused six turnovers and picked up five ground balls.

Milanes, a Weston, Fla. native, finished the year with a 3.86 in marketing & management. The senior midfielder saw action in seven games and tallied an assist at Ohio State (Feb. 25), and a season-high three ground balls the next game at Hartford (Mar. 4).

A three-time SoCon All-Academic honoree and one of five Dolphin team captains in 2017, Parker closed out his senior campaign with a 3.85 in accounting. The attackman from Nanaimo, B.C. finished the season with 15 points behind 11 goals and four assists, including a man-up goal. He also picked up 13 ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Nineteen more Dolphins were included on the SoCon Honor Roll with at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Five seniors earned the honor, including Brady Charles (3.20, Management), Michael Diggle (3.45, MBA), Blake Gatison (3.08, Social Science), Pat Ryan (3.24, Marketing), and E.J. Thurmond (3.39, Finance).

Six juniors were also named: Ryan Beville (3.55, Exercise Science), McLean Chiquen (3.36, Finance), Shawn Ewert (3.40, Sport Business), Ben Gleichenhaus (3.23, Management), and Dan Koorbusch (3.04, Finance).

Five sophomores were recognized as well, including Adam Baker (3.20, Marketing), Raamah Harcum (3.17, Sport Business), Aaron Jollow (3.50, Communication), Hayden La Vangie (3.10, International Business), and Pat Poulos (3.20, Management).

Four freshman were recognized as well: Michael Foster (3.56, Physical Engineering), Dwayne Mattushik (3.74, Finance), Brett Reilly (3.50, Marketing), and Finn Swanson (3.42, Sport Business).

The Dolphins capped their first season under Head Coach John Galloway with their first-ever trip to the SoCon Tournament semifinals, where they fell to eventual tournament champion Air Force, 11-8.