Notre Dame Athletics | May 24, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame senior long-stick defensive midfielder John Sexton has been honored by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) with the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's top player on defense.
A unanimous 2018 first team All-America selection, Sexton becomes the fourth Irish player to earn one of the USILA's top awards. Former Irish defenseman Matt Landis was a back-to-back recipient of the William C. Schmeisser Award in 2015 and 2016 and goalkeepers Joey Kemp and John Kemp were honored with the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award in 2008 and 2012, respectively, given to the top goaltender in the country.
Sexton (Sudbury, Massachusetts) had a remarkable season to conclude a great career for the Irish. The senior standout was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to the ACC All-Tournament Team after helping the Irish win the ACC Championship title. Sexton scored four goals and added three assists to go along with a team-high 60 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers.
The award is named after William C. "Father Bill" Schmeisser, a men's lacrosse player and coach at Johns Hopkins in the early 1900s. He played defense for the Blue Jays from 1900-02 and served as head coach from 1907-11. The award has been presented since 1942.
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