USILA Names Bonitz and Skalniak Honorable Mention All-Americans | #oscars | #academywards

Jackson Bonitz (So / D / Shrewsbury, Pa.) and Patrick Skalniak (Jr / M / Dallas, Texas) have become the 277th and 278th Navy lacrosse players to earn All-America honors it was announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Thursday afternoon. Bonitz and Skalniak, who were both honorable mention selections, were among the 109 Div. I student-athletes named to the first, second, third or honorable mention teams with Navy now securing an All-American in 96 of the 100 years in which the awards have been handed out.

Bonitz, who was also named a 2022 All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse, helped spearhead an exceptionally young defensive unit as the lone returning starter among the entire defense (close defense, long-stick midfield, short-stick defensive midfield, goalkeeper). The Mids currently stand 12th nationally and #2 in the Patriot League in scoring defense, allowing 10.13 goals per game. Navy held 6 of its 15 opponents to single digits this spring, earning victories in each of the six. Navy’s defense held three-consecutive opponents to 6 or fewer goals (5 by Mercer, 6 by Hofstra, 6 by Manhattan), marking the first time the Mids have achieved that mark since holding six-straight foes to 5 or fewer goals in 2008. Bonitz led the team with 18 caused turnovers which ties for the 10th most in program history, while his 28-career takeaways is the13th-best mark on the Mids’ all-time leader board.

Named to the 2022 USA Lacrosse U21 Team, Bonitz will play in the 2022 U21 World Lacrosse Championship in Limerick, Ireland in August.

Like Bonitz, Skalniak also garnered 2022 All-America honors this month from USA Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. The two-time First-Team All-Patriot League midfielder paced Navy this spring with 48 points on a team-best 28 goals and 20 assists. He closed out the season as one of just five midfielders in the program’s 115-year history to reach 40 points in a single season with his 48 points tying Ryan Wade (2019) as the third most by a Navy midfielder. Skalniak, who has produced a point in each of the 29 games Navy has played since his arrival in 2020, turned in multiple points in 10 of the 15 games this spring and 5 or more points in 5 contests. Additionally, Skalniak joined forces with fellow Navy midfielders Dane Swanson (So / St. Mary’s City, Md.) and Max Hewitt (So / Denver, Colo.) to become the first trio in school history to each reach 30 points.

2022 National Award Winners

Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award (presented to the nation’s best player) – Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland

Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Memorial Award (presented to the nation’s top attackman) – Chris Gray, North Carolina

Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award (presented to the nation’s top midfielder) – Sam Handley, Penn

William C. Schmeisser Award (presented to the nation’s top defenseman) – Will Bowen, Georgetown

Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award (presented to the nation’s top goalkeeper) – Owen McElroy, Georgetown

2022 USILA All-Americans

First Team

Attack – Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland / Chris Gray, North Carolina / Connor Shellenberger, Virginia / Brendan Nichtern, Army

Midfield – Sam Handley, Penn / Graham Bundy Jr., Georgetown / Nakeie Montgomery, Duke

SS Midfield ­— Roman Puglise, Maryland / Zach Geddes, Georgetown

LS Midfield ­­— Roy Meyer, Boston University

Defense — Will Bowen, Georgetown / Brett Makar, Maryland / Gavin Adler, Cornell

Goalkeeper — Owen McElroy, Georgetown

Faceoff – Luke Wierman, Maryland

Second Team

Attack – Matt Brandau, Yale / Brennan O’Neill, Duke / Jack Myers, Ohio State

Midfield – Jonathan Donville, Maryland / Brendan Curry, Syracuse / Matt Campbell, Villanova

SS Midfield ­— Connor Maher, North Carolina / Brennan Kamish, Rutgers

LS Midfield ­­— Ethan Rall, Rutgers

Defense — Cole Kastner, Virginia / Arden Cohen, Notre Dame / Owen Grant, Delaware

Goalkeeper — Colin Kirst, Rutgers

Faceoff – Zach Cole, Saint Joseph’s

Third Team

Attack – Asher Nolting, High Point / Pat Kavanagh, Notre Dame / Ross Scott, Rutgers / Matt Moore, Virginia / Tucker Dordevic, Syracuse

Midfield – Jack Hannah, Denver / Jackson Reid, Ohio State / Ryan Aughavin, Brown

SS Midfield ­— Piper Bond, Penn / Payton Rezanka, Loyola / Beau Pederson, Princeton

LS Midfield ­­— Tyler Carpenter, Duke

Defense — Kenny Brower, Duke / Chris Fake, Yale / Gibson Smith, Georgetown / Ajax Zappitello, Maryland

Goalkeeper — Brett Dobson, St. Bonaventure

Faceoff – Petey LaSalla, Virginia / Mike Sisselberger, Lehigh

Honorable Mention

Attack – John Piatelli, Cornell / CJ Kirst, Cornell / Dylan Watson, Georgetown / Keegan Khan, Maryland / Chris Brown, Princeton / Max Waldbaum, Jacksonville / Ryan Lanchbury, Richmond / Vince D’Alto, Boston U. / Payton Cormier, Virginia / Mike Robinson, Delaware / Josh Zawada, Michigan / Devon McLane, Brown

Midfield – Thomas McConvey, Vermont / Kyle Long, Maryland / Patrick Skalniak, Navy / Anthony DeMaio, Maryland / Eric Dobson, Notre Dame / Shane Knobloch, Rutgers / Sam English, Princeton / Alex Trippi, Georgetown / Jake Stevens, Princeton / Tucker Brown, Saint Joseph’s / Brian Tevlin, Yale / Andrew McAdorey, Duke / Bobby Abshire, Army / Ronan Jacoby, Rutgers / Jeff Conner, Virginia / Wheaton Jackobice, Notre Dame

SS Midfield ­— Chet Comizio, Villanova / Trevor Yeboah-Kodie, Brown / Bubba Fairman, Maryland / Grayson Sallade, Virginia / James Pryor, Army / Ryan Hallenbeck, Notre Dame

LS Midfield ­­— Greg Campisi, Harvard / BJ Farrare, Penn / John Geppert, Maryland / Alex Mazzone, Georgetown / Ryan McNulty, Loyola

Defense — George Baughan, Princeton / Koby Smith, Towson / Jaryd Jean-Felix, Rutgers / Brendan Lavelle, Penn / Cade Saustad, Virginia / Bobby Van Buren, Ohio State / Teddy Leggett, Lehigh / Brett Kennedy, Syracuse / Cam Wyers, Loyola / Jackson Bonitz, Navy / Colin Hinton, Jacksonville / Mason Woodward, Marquette

Goalkeeper — Liam Entenmann, Notre Dame / Logan McNaney, Maryland / Mike Adler, Duke / Connor Theriault, Brown / Matt Garber, Boston U. / Patrick Burkinshaw, Penn / Will Mark, LIU

Faceoff – James Reilly, Georgetown / Justin Inacio, Ohio State / Tommy Burke, Vermont

### Go Navy ###


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