Awards and Accolades

This past season (2018-2019) was an outbreak year for Purdue Men’s lacrosse as we earned the 1 seed in the UMLC conference tournament for the East and we took down our rival school, IU 8-7 in double overtime. The year overall had its ups and downs and provided opportunities for both graduating seniors to make a leaving statement and for new players to show that they are here to ball out for the next 4 years. With all of our success this year, we managed to rack up some accolades and awards. If you’d like to read the articles for each, the links to the MCLA articles will be attached at  the bottom of this post. 

All Conference Athletes:

First Team

  • Grayson Gardner, Attack
  • Eli Honebrink, Short Stick Defensive Midfield
  • Brendan Donahue, Defense

Second Team

  • Brad Backlund, Midfield
  • Matthew Streit, Long Stick Midfield

Honorable Mention

  • Evan Sattler, Attack
  • Wade Jenison, Defense
  • Hugh Ross, Defense
  • Spencer Kline, Goalie

Rookie of the Year

  • Brad Backlund, Midfield

Performance of the Week Athletes:

  • Spencer Kline, Honorable Mention (Feb 26th)

“The Boilermakers took a pair of losses, but Kline stood tall against Pittsburgh and Boston College, making 28 saves against 15 goals (65.1 sv%).”

  • Brad Backlund, Honorable Mention (Mar 26th)

“The rookie midfielder struck for two goals and three assists in an overtime loss to Kansas before adding seven points (4g, 3a) in a win over Illinois State.”

  • Spencer Kline, Honorable Mention (April 9th)

“Kline stood tall in the Boilermaker net against arch-rival Indiana, turning away 21 shots in the 8-7 overtime win for Purdue (75.0 sv%).”

  • Grayson Gardner, Honorable Mention (April 16th) 

“In a 1-1 week for the Boilermakers, the attackman combined for nine goals and five assists as Purdue wrapped up the top seed in the UMLC East.”

Purdue Club Sports Awards:

Coach of the Year

  • Dan Sahm, Our Fearless Leader

We, as a team, have improved leaps and bounds since Dan has come into the Coaching role. He managed to earn Coach of the Year for his work ethic and determination throughout his inaugural coaching season. Each week, we would have a film session where he would really take the time to break down strengths and weaknesses and made sure everyone understood him. Along with these film sessions, we would receive intricately made scouting reports for all of our upcoming opponents that came from hours of intensive research and scouting. He also made the commute from Indy to West Lafayette regularly which is not to be overlooked. He truly made such an impact for our team both on and off the field, and we are looking forward to see what he has in store for his second year as Purdue Men’s Lacrosse’s head coach.