On opposite ends of the lacrosse field, Brayden Blackburn and Jack Radzville both proved to be dynamic forces for Hope College.
Their superb play for the MIAA's men's lacrosse champions earned their top laurels from the league's coaches.
As MIAA Defensive and Offensive MVPs, Blackburn and Radzville headed a group of 13 first-team selections that includes five teammates: seniors Ian Bosman, Andrew Conlon, Ethan Pinto, and Cole Scheffler, and sophomore Michael Mann.
Four Flying Dutchmen claimed second-team distinction: seniors Brian Bera, Liam Cunningham, Garret Fragnoli, and Zach Wiggins.
Hope went undefeated in six MIAA matches this season to claim the third regular-season championship in team history. The Flying Dutchmen previously won in 2019 and 2018.
Hope's MVPs | All-MIAA First Team Honorees
Blackburn (Muskegon, Michigan / Reeths-Puffer HS) is Hope's second MIAA Defensive MVP. The long pole joins goalie Nick Schanhals, who earned the honor in 2019.
Radzville (Howell, Michigan / Howell) is Hope's first repeat MIAA Offensive MVP and the Flying Dutchmen's third all-time honoree. Attacker Rocco Mularoni claimed the honor in 2018.
Blackburn helped the Flying Dutchmen allow a league-low 44 goals during six MIAA games this season. The business major totaled 20 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and one goal scored.
"Brayden has been making big plays at the right moment since he was a freshman," head coach Michael Schanhals said. "He has set the standard at his position and is a menace to opposing ballhandlers."
Radzville topped the MIAA in goal scoring with 28 and tied for third with 12 assists during six league games. This is the electrical engineering major's third All-MIAA honors. Radzville made the first team in 2021 and the second team in 2019.
"Jack is beautiful to watch work," Schanhals said. "His eyes are up, his feet are buzzing, and his hands are in position to protect the ball and strike with a pass or shot. He is a wonderful player."
Bosman (Centennial, Colorado / Cherry Creek) topped MIAA goalies during six league games with a .636 save percentage and a 7.21 goals against average . This is the chemistry major's first All-MIAA recognition.
"Ian has grown into an outstanding leader of our defense," Schanhals said. "He has made clutch plays in big games for us."
Conlon (East Grand Rapids, Michigan / East Grand Rapids) repeated as an All-MIAA First Team honoree as a defender. The business major claimed the honor in 2021.
"Andrew is tough on the ball," Schanhals said. "He is a physical presence who can run the field after clearing a ground ball out of traffic."
Cunningham (South Lyon, Michigan / Detroit Catholic Central) chipped in two goals and three assists during six MIAA games as a midfielder. This is the electrical engineering majors' second All-MIAA First Team honor overall and in a row.
Pinto (Caledonia, Michigan / Caledonia) chipped in nine goals and five ground balls during six MIAA games.
"Ethan has had highlight reel goals and is a dynamic offensive threat," Schanhals said. "He has an outstanding motor."
Scheffler (Rockford, Michigan / Rockford) registered an MIAA-best 95 face-off wins in 142 chances during six league games this season. This is the Spanish and business major's third consecutive All-MIAA First Team honor and third overall. Scheffler also earned the distinction during the 2021 and 2019 seasons.
"Cole commands the face-off dot and wings and has an array of strategic moves to help us possess the ball," Schanhals said. "He has been a game changer for our program his whole time here. He has made playing his position an art."
Mann (Plymouth, Michigan / Detroit Jesuit) ranked second in the MIAA with 15 assists and tied for third with 20 goals during six league games as an attacker. This is the public accounting major's second All-MIAA honor. Mann was a second-team selection in 2021.
"Michael is relentless in all phases of his attacking game," Schanhals said. "He is tough on the ride, is an outlet in the clearing game, and his vision helps connect our offense. He has developed excellent chemistry with his teammates."
Bera (Rockford, Michigan / Rockford) contributed four goals and five assists during six MIAA games as a midfielder. This is the business and economics major's first All-MIAA honor.
"Brian's speed jumps off the page, but it is his vision and willingness to create opportunities for his teammates that is most impressive," Schanhals said.
Cunningham (South Lyon, Michigan / Detroit Catholic Central) registered two goals, three assists and four caused turnovers during six MIAA games as a short-pole. This is the electrical engineering major's second All-MIAA selection. Cunningham made the first team in 2021.
"Liam has been an outstanding midfielder for us," Schanhals said. "He runs the field, is excellent on ground balls, can score and assist on the offensive end, and is a lockdown defender. He is a complete lacrosse player."
Fragnoli (Troy, Michigan / Detroit Catholic Central) caused two turnovers and picked up four ground balls during six MIAA games as a defender. This is the business and psychology major's first All-MIAA recognition.
"Garret has worked tremendously hard on his angles and footwork to be a weapon for us down low," Schanhals said. "His leadership on and off the field has been exceptional."
Wiggins (Kalamazoo, Michigan / Mattawan) scored 19 goals and registered five assists over six MIAA games as an attacker. This is the psychology major's second All-MIAA honor. Wiggins was a first-team selection in 2021.
"Zach is a threat to score any time he touches the ball," Schanhals said. "He has added more weapons to his game during his senior year, and has been a threat each of our opponents has to game plan for."