JU Men: 10 Dolphins Earn SoCon Postseason Recognition, Hinton and Intrieri Collect Major Awards
Spartanburg, S.C. – A total of 10 Jacksonville Men’s Lacrosse players collected All-Conference awards Tuesday afternoon, the Southern Conference announced. Jacksonville put seven members on the First Team, two on the Second Team and one on the Freshman Team.
Additionally, Graduate Colin Hinton was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and attack Jackson Intrieri was selected as Freshman of the Year.
Joining Hinton on the First Team were Max Waldbaum, Jack Dolan, Dixon Smith, Luke Millican, Troy Hettinger and Jordan Young. Jacob Greiner and Ethan LaMond were given Second Team honors, while Intrieri was the lone member on the Freshman Team.
“I know we aren’t supposed to care about individual awards, but I believe these guys have deserved the right to be recognized by our peers,” head coach John Galloway said. “Each of their stories has been so unique to this point, but the one common theme has been their daily contribution to our culture and mission. I am proud to be their coach, and excited to watch them compete this weekend.”
In his first year on the Dolphins, Max Waldbaum ranks second on JU with 45 goals, while adding 22 assists and collecting 31 groundballs. The Denver, Colo. native was named a Team Captain prior to the season, collecting weekly honors from the conference, Inside Lacrosse and the USILA on Feb. 15. A Tewaaraton Award Watch List member, Waldbaum has stuffed the stat sheet with 5+ points on nine occasions this season.
Now a three-time SoCon First Team honoree, Dolan has scored 14 goals and dished out 21 assists on the season. Dolan became the program’s career points leader this season, in the victory over UMass Lowell. Dolan is the fifth player in SoCon history to be named to the First Team three or more times, the first for Jacksonville.
“Max and Jack are everything you want in field generals. When things are tight, those two step up. They lead both verbally and by example, and we get to see it every day,” Galloway said.
A four-time Team Captain, Dixon Smith has been named to the SoCon First Team for the first time in his career, being named to the Second Team in 2018 and 2019. Smith is tied for second on the Dolphins with 37 groundballs, while adding 13 caused turnovers this season.
Hinton earns his first career First Team honor, after being named to the Second Team a season ago. The Kensington, Md. product is tied for second on the team with 37 groundballs, adding 14 caused turnovers on the campaign. The Halifax Thunderbirds draftee was named a Midseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse earlier this year. Hinton is the first Dolphin to be named Defensive Player of the Year since Hunter Forbes in 2018.
Also in his first year at Jacksonville, Millican leads the SoCon with a .575 save percentage and an 8.57 goals allowed average this season. The Southlake, Texas native was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Month two times each. An Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American, Millican stopped 10 or more shots on seven occasions this season.
Named a Team Captain prior to the season, Hettinger has been an integral part of the Dolphins’ success this season. Scoring six goals and handing our three assists on the offensive side, Hettinger has also collected 19 groundballs and caused eight turnovers on the campaign. The Ellicott City, Md. native was named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American this season.
A native of Ambler, Pa., Young earns First Team recognition for the first time in his career, after being named to the SoCon Second Team a season ago. Young has been a force on the defensive side for JU in 2022, recording 24 groundballs and causing 13 turnovers.
“Colin, Dixon, Jordan, Troy and Luke have been the backbone of our defense. Their toughness and pace is fun to watch on a daily basis. I love their player-led defensive approach,” said Galloway.
A Tewaaraton Award Watch List member, Greiner leads JU with 48 goals scored this season, a program record for a single season. The Exton, Pa. product has found the back of the net in
20-straight games, dating back to last season. A SoCon All-Freshman Team honoree a season ago, Greiner has scored a hat trick eight times this season, including back-to-back six goal showings.
A native of New Hope, Pa., LaMond has scored 15 goals this season for the nationally ranked Dolphins. LaMond had back-to-back games scoring 5 goals, against St. John’s and High Point earlier this season.
“Jacob and Ethan are proven scorers that have been key contributors to our offense. Their toughness and work ethic is unmatched,” Galloway said.
Intrieri becomes the first Dolphin to be named the SoCon Freshman of the Year. The Ambler, Pa. product has scored 24 goals and handed out 28 assists this season, a single season program record. Intrieri is one of three Dolphins to record a point in all 15 games in 2022.
“Jackson Intrieri is playing the toughest position to transition to in college, and I think he is one of the best X attack man in the country,” Galloway said. “I am so proud of his growth over the last 12 months, and every day we are more and more comfortable with him having the keys to the offense.”
The #1 seeded Dolphins return to the field Thursday night, facing #4 VMI in the 2022 Southern Conference Tournament semifinals. Opening faceoff from Vert Stadium on the campus of High Point University, is slated for 5 PM.