Casey Ikeda named USILA Scholar All-American


It’s been another banner year for the Maryland men’s lacrosse team.

With several awards already in toe, Casey Ikeda was named a USILA Scholar All-American, according to a press release.

This is the 19th time that a Maryland player has received the honor. It is the first time since 2013 that a Terrapin has earned the distinction when defender Jesse Bernhardt (Rutgers men’s lacrosse assistant coach), attackman Owen Blye (plays for Boston Cannons), and midfielder Landon Carr were All-Americans.

Ikeda was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last month and is set to graduate with a 3.16 GPA. The Pennsylvania native will also graduate with a degree in family science.

The Maryland defender has dealt with several injuries during his collegiate career. Ikeda had shoulder surgery that forced him to redshirt his freshman season in College Park.

Since his early struggles, Ikeda has appeared in 48 consecutive games and has started every game since his sophomore season.

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Now Ikeda is one of the top components of a defense that only allows 6.65 goals-per-game, which ranks first in the entire country. In the 2015 season, Ikeda has three assists, 25 ground balls, and 16 caused turnovers (second on the team).

Ikeda will have the chance to cap off a stellar senior season in Philadelphia this coming weekend. The Maryland defender was a three-sport star at Conestoga High School in nearby Berwyn, Pa.

The Terps have been in the NCAA Tournament four out of the last five years, but have yet to win the program’s first national title since 1975.

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