By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse goalkeeper T.J. Johnson has been on fire to start the 2019 season and on Monday was honored as the Ohio Athletic Conference's Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for his two most recent performances. This isJohnson's second such award of the season.
On Wednesday at Wittenberg University, Johnson made 13 saves while allowing 13 goals in a 14-13 Capital win. On Saturday against Transylvania University (Ky.), the Champlin, Minn. native performed even better with a season and career-high 16 saves while only allowing nine goals. Capital won the contest 10-9.
Over the two games, Johnson made 29 saves and allowed 21 goals for a save percentage of 56.9 percent. Johnson has made double-digit saves in five of Capital's six games this season and the Crusaders (5-1 overall) have now won five games in a row. In his first year as Capital's starting goalkeeper, the senior is second in the OAC with 77 saves and first in the conference with a 59.2 save percentage.
Johnson and the rest of the Crusaders will be back in action on Wednesday, March 20 against the College of Wooster looking for a sixth consecutive win. If Capital triumphs on Wednesday the team will tie the program record for the second-longest winning streak in team history. The Crusaders and Fighting Scots will face off at 7 p.m. in Bernlohr Stadium.