On Thursday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish had six of their players named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans for the 2018 season.
Senior long-stick defensive midfielder John Sexton was a unanimous first team selection and was also awarded the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s best defensive player. Sexton led the team with 60 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers, and added four goals and three assists. He has also been awarded the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team, helping Notre Dame win the ACC conference championship this season.
This marks the third time a Notre Dame player has won the William C. Schmeisser Award in the last four seasons, as former Irish defenseman Matt Landis won the award in consecutive seasons in 2015 and 2016.
The other five Irish players named as All-Americans were sophomore midfielder Bryan Costabile (second team) and junior defenseman Hugh Crance, junior attackman Ryder Garnsey, junior midfielder Brendan Gleason and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Drew Schantz (honorable mentions).