Johnson Claims Player of the Week Honor for Second Straight Week

Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney
Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The sound of a broken record rings from the halls of the Ohio Athletic Conference offices. Capital University senior TJ Johnson has been named Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season.

In the Crusaders' 13th consecutive victory, TJ Johnson (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) posted 11 saves after facing 37 shots and held the vicious Polar Bear offense to just nine goals in a key OAC showdown between two of the top teams in the conference. Johnson saved 55 percent of shots that fell on frame and also picked up one ground ball in the victory, which put Capital atop of the conference standings all alone with a little breathing room.

Johnson now has 10 or more saves in his last four games, feeding into stats that place him in first for saves (149) and save percentage (.582), and second in goals-against average (8.31) by just 0.01 from the conference leader. He also ranks 36th in save percentage and 24th in goals-against average, in the nation at the Division III level.

Capital (13-1, 7-0 OAC) will finish the regular season this week with matchups against Wilmington College (4/24) and Mount Union (4/27) before learning their path through the OAC Tournament.