Jack Radzville’s determination and skill make him a driving force for the NCAA tournament-bound Hope College men’s lacrosse team.
The combination also made the junior attacker the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Offensive Athlete this season after a vote on the league’s coaches.
Radzville co-headlines the 2021 All-MIAA Teams that include eight teammates: attacker Luke Elder, midfielder Zach Wiggins, face-off specialist Cole Scheffler, long pole Brayden Blackburn, short pole Liam Cunningham, defender Andrew Conlon on the first team, and attacker Michael Mann and defender Tucker Martinez on the second team.
Mann was selected as the MIAA’s Rookie of the Year.
Head coach Michael Schanhals praised all of his All-MIAA honorees. Radzville (Howell, Michigan / Howell HS) is a quiet leader whose play speaks loudly, Schanhals said.
“Jack is a dynamic threat on offense,” Schanhals said of his co-captain who led the Flying Dutchmen in scoring with 90 points on 49 goals and 41 assists in 13 games. “He pushes himself to improve himself every day. As good as he is, he continues to amaze us.”
Radzville set career-highs in goals and assists this season. The electrical engineering major set a school record for assists in a single season and tied for fourth in goals scored, despite a shortened schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Friday’s MIAA Tournament final victory at Albion, Radzville set a tournament record and tied a school record with eight assists.
Elder and Mann joined Radzville upfront to spearhead Hope’s attack. The Flying Dutchmen are averaging 18.46 goals per game this season.
Elder (Grand Rapids, Michigan / East Grand Rapids) scored a career-high 54 goals this season. It is the second-highest goal total in team history. The co-captain and communication major also recorded a career-high nine assists.
This is Elder’s first All-MIAA First Team selection.
“Luke has been an outstanding leader for our program and was a dominant force in our championship win over Albion,” Schanhals said. “Luke’s intelligence, energy, communication, passion for the game, and drive to improve has set a standard for our program.”
Mann totaled 63 points in his first collegiate season. The freshman from Plymouth, Michigan (Detroit Jesuit) tied for eighth all-time at Hope with 38 goals.
Mann also registered 25 assists, sixth-most by a member of the Flying Dutchmen.
“Michael is part of a brilliant attack line for our team,” Schanhals said. “He has worked hard to create space for our offense, move the ball cleanly, and pose a scoring threat. He had a wonderful freshman year.”
Scheffler helped the Flying Dutchmen get on the attack as a face-off midfielder. The junior Spanish major from Rockford, Michigan (Rockford) won 65.9 percent of the faceoffs he took this season (162-246).
This is Scheffler’s second All-MIAA First Team selection.
“Cole is a wizard at the faceoff,” Schanhals said. “With lightning-quick hands, he can dictate the dot, and he coordinates well with his wingmates to secure possession. Cole is extremely intelligent and diligently hones his craft.”
Wiggins emerged as a key conduit in the midfield. The junior psychology major from Kalamazoo, Michigan (Mattawan) registered career-highs in points with 29, goals with 20, and assists with nine.
This is the first time Wiggins has been to the All-MIAA First Team.
“Zach is a dodging threat from the midfield,” Schanhals said. “He creates opportunities for his teammates, and if you do not double him, he scores. An excellent shooter off both wings and with both hands, he communicates well with his linemates to attack space.”
Defensively, Hope led the MIAA with a 7.95 goals-against average. The Flying Dutchmen allowed nearly three fewer goals per game than any other team in the league.
Manning the short pole, Cunningham helped Hope excel on both ends of the field. The junior electrical engineering major from South Lyon, Michigan (Detroit Catholic Central) ranked fourth on the team with 41 ground balls.
Cunningham equaled his career-best with 13 goals and finished with eight assists. This is Cunningham’s second All-MIAA First Team honor,
“Liam is terrifically fast, tough on ground balls, and an excellent cover short stick defender,” Schanhals said. “He runs the entire field and has an unparalleled work ethic.”
Handling the long stick, Blackburn topped the Flying Dutchmen with a career-high 53 ground balls. The junior business major also had the second-most caused turnovers on the team with 19.
This is Blackburn’s second All-MIAA First Team selection.
“Brayden runs the field, and his aggressive style disrupts the plans of our opponents,” Schanhals said. “He comes off the wing on faceoffs, guards the top offensive mid of our opponents, and can create transition opportunities for us on offense. Brayden brings the fire every day.”
Conlon registered career-highs with 20 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers en route to his first All-MIAA First Team.
The junior business major from East Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) emerged as a top cover man in the league, Schanhals said.
“Andrew has locked up his matchups and been a force in the league,” Schanhals said. “Andrew flips the switch and locks into gameday in an impressive fashion.”
Martinez, a co-captain, led Hope with a career-high 35 caused turnovers. The junior public accounting and business double major finished second on the team with 42 ground balls.
This is Martinez’s second selection to the All-MIAA Second Team.
“Tucker is the heart and soul of our program,” Schanhals said. “He brings the team together and makes us better every day. He is an outstanding defender. He takes care of his matchups, grabs ground balls, and runs the field.”