By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The wins keep coming for Capital University Men's Lacrosse and so do the awards. With two victories last week, the Crusaders have won 12 games in a row and on Monday, the Ohio Athletic Conference announced that goalie T.J. Johnson was named the Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. This is the third time this season Johnson has earned the honor.
The senior from Champlin, Minn. recorded two 11-save games in the two games, a 20-8 win over Heidelberg University on Wednesday and then an 11-7 triumph over rival Otterbein University.
Against the Student Princes, Johnson played only the first three quarters and allowed six goals for a 64.7 save percentage. Both the Crusaders and Cardinals were 5-0 in OAC play going into the game on Saturday and Johnson was called upon throughout the contest to make big save after big save. Five of Johnson's saves came in the second quarter when the Crusaders scored only once and were outshot 10-4. Johnson's heroics allowed the game to go into halftime tied 3-3 and put Capital in position to surge ahead for the win in the second half.
Johnson also picked up four total ground balls in the two games.
With the two 11-save games, Johnson has now made 10 or more saves in 10 of Capital's 13 games. The senior has made 138 saves his season, the second-most in the OAC, two behind the conference leader. Johnson leads the conference with a 58.5 save percentage.
The Crusaders (12-1, 6-0 OAC) will travel to Ohio Northern University on Friday, April 19 to play the Polar Bears at 7 p.m. If Capital wins, the Crusaders will clinch at least a share of the OAC regular season title and home-field advantage throughout the OAC Tournament.