COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 16, 2018) – For the first time in his career, Caleb Johnson of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse team earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Johnson (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) led the Pack to a 2-0 week with wins over Johnson & Wales University and Notre Dame de Namur. The midfielder averaged 14.5 ground balls per game. He also won 45 faceoffs between the two games.
In the Pack's 27-0 victory over Johnson & Wales, Johnson set two school records. Johnson claimed a program-record 19 ground balls, breaking his personal best of 10 set April 8. He also won a school-record 25 faceoffs in the Pack's victory over the Wildcats. The senior also caused a turnover and dished out an assist Friday.
Johnson followed up this record setting performance with another great game in the Pack's 16-13 win against the Argonauts. He snagged 10 ground balls and won 20 more faceoffs.
In the faceoff circle, Johnson won 45 of the 57 draws he took for a 78.9 percent faceoff percentage. He has won 77.3 percent of his faceoffs and collected 39 ground balls over his last three games.
Thanks to his dominant weekend, Johnson now ranks fourth in the RMAC with 5.18 ground balls. He also holds a school-record with 135 career ground balls. His 57 ground balls this season have also established a new Pack record.
Johnson ranks fifth among qualified student-athletes in the RMAC with a 60.3 faceoff percentage. He ranks 17th in D-II in faceoff winning percentage.
With his award Monday, Johnson becomes the sixth Pack Men's Lacrosse student-athlete to earn RMAC Player of the Week honors in 2018. He joins fellow seniors Preston DeHerrera (Northglenn, Colo.) and Nick Richards (Henderson, Nev.) as the Pack's RMAC Defensive Player of the Week winners this season.
Johnson and the ThunderWolves will resume RMAC play Friday when they face Westminster College in a road test at 4 p.m. The Pack holds a 5-6 record overall as they hope to finish .500 for the second consecutive season.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.