Paul Johnsen and Tyler Watkins Named Academic All-Americans by US Lacrosse
ASHLAND, VA – Randolph-Macon College seniors Paul Johnsen and Tyler Watkins have been named to the US Lacrosse Academic All-American Team announced the organization over the weekend. Johnsen (Laurel, Md. / Glenelg Country) was named Second-Team All-ODAC after a senior season in which he scored an R-MC best 23 goals from his midfield position and dished out five assists for 28 points on the year. Four of Johnsen’s strikes were on man-up opportunities and he grabbed 28 ground balls on the season.
Off the field, Johnsen sports a 3.61 gpa, while majoring in business/economics. He is a member of the R-MC Phi Beta Kappa, College Republicans, Kappa Alpha Order, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Omicron Delta Epsilon- Economics Honor Society.
This season, Watkins had 42 points on 20 goals and a team-best 22 assists. For his efforts, Watkins (Columbia,MD/Hammond) received Second-Team All-ODAC laurels at attack. Watkins scored two game-winning goals and had two man-up scores on the season, while collecting 23 GBs.
Watkins is a member of R-MC’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, fashioning a 3.57 gpa, while majoring in sociology to go along with an Asian Studies minor. He is President of the Chinese Cultural Society, a delegate to the Student Government Association, completed the R-MC Honors Program, and is also a member of Alpha Kappa Delta National Sociological Honor Society and Kappa Alpha Order.
"Tyler and Paul have been starters, teammates, and great friends for the past four years and it’s fitting that they receive this honor," says R-MC Head Coach Mike Plantholt. "You aren’t going to find a more well-rounded pair anywhere in the country. They work extremely hard at what they do, and the recognition is well-deserved. They are great ambassadors for Randolph-Macon and our lacrosse program."The duo helped this year’s R-MC squad finish the season at 7-7 overall and advance to the ODAC Tournament semifinals for the first time in school history with a win over archrival Hampden-Sydney for the first time in 15 seasons.US Lacrosse was founded on January 1, 1998, as the national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse. Although US Lacrosse has only recently emerged within the national lacrosse community, a closer look reveals an organization which represents the past and the future of the sport.
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