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Sexton Headlines Midseason Media All-America Selections

March 29, 2018

By Robby Hamman

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Inside Lacrosse unveiled its 2018 Midseason All-America list on Thursday and the Notre Dame lacrosse program had four athletes recognized on either the first, second, third team or honorable mention.

Senior long-stick midfielder John Sexton earned first team recognition while sophomore midfielder Bryan Costabile garnered second-team status. The third Irish player to earn a spot on one of the teams was short-stick defensive midfielder Drew Schantz, who was a third-team selection. Junior Brendan Gleason was selected as honorable mention.

Sexton has impressed in all facets of the game this season. The senior has created havoc on the defensive end to some of the highest-powered attacks in the country this season, while also scoring two goals and adding an assist in the attack. Sexton’s best performance of the season came in a win over Virginia, as he recorded career highs in caused turnovers (5) and ground balls (8) to deliver the Irish the victory.

Costabile has powered the attack from the midfield during the 2018 campaign, scoring a team-high 16 goals through seven games of the season. Costabile has excelled in finding pockets of space and finishing from range. The sophomore carried Notre Dame to a 10-7 win in the opener against Detroit Mercy, scoring a career-high five goals and adding a personal-best two assists to total seven points.

Earning third-team status, Schantz has been impressive in his role as short-stick defensive midfielder during his junior campaign. The short-stick defensive midfielder has drawn tough assignments all season, locking down some of the top attackmen in the country. Schantz has played a major role in Notre Dame holding opponents to less than 10 goals in five of the team’s seven games this season.

Through seven games in 2018, Gleason is tied for the team lead in points with 19 coming from 12 goals and seven assists. The junior matched his career high in points in the win over Richmond, scoring three goals and adding three assists to lead the attack. The Essex, Vermont, native came up with a huge four-goal performance in the win over then No. 5 Denver. The Irish are 5-0 this season in games where Gleason scores at least one goal.

The sixth-ranked Irish travel to No. 9 Syracuse in a pivotal ACC matchup at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 31, at the Carrier Dome. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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