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Men’s lacrosse: Johns Hopkins senior face-off specialist Dolente (Malvern Prep) adds academic award to All-American honor

Friday, 17th June 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 6/17/11
From Press Releases

Matt Dolente (Malvern Prep), a senior faceoff specialist on the 2011 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Second Team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association).

The selection adds to Dolente’s long list of post-season awards and he becomes the sixth Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. The six players have combined for a national-best eight Academic All-America selections for the Blue Jay lacrosse program.

Dolente, who previously earned First Team USILA All-America and First Team Capital One Academic All-District and landed a spot on the USILA Scholar All-America Team in the last several weeks, is the first Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse player to earn Academic All-America honors since Paul Rabil in 2008. Seven of JHU’s eight all-time men’s lacrosse Academic All-Americans have come since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.

Dolente enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history by a faceoff specialist in 2011 as he finished second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (.667). He won 194-of-291 face-offs on the year and led the team with a career-high 119 ground balls as well. His 194 faceoff wins are the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his winning percentage ranks second on JHU’s single-season charts.

Dolente’s play this season has also lifted him to the top five on JHU’s career faceoff charts as he finished 442-of-805 in his career. His 805 attempts are fourth-best in school history, while his 442 wins rank fifth all-time. In addition, he ranks 15th in school history with 265 ground balls to his credit.

Dolente earned his undergraduate degree in three-and-a-half years as he graduated in December with a 3.79 cumulative grade point average as an economics major with a minor if entrepreneurship and management. He spent the spring pursuing a master’s degree in finance from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

A teaching assistant and study consultant at Hopkins, Dolente completed internships as a research analyst during the summers of 2009 and 2010. He earned one of Johns Hopkins’ prestigious Hodson Trust Scholarships, which are awarded to approximately 20 students per class at JHU (approximately 1,225 students per class), and was active with the Blue Jays’ Holiday Magic Program, which provides clothes, school supplies and other necessities to needy families in the Baltimore area.

Johns Hopkins posted a 13-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2011. The Blue Jays were ranked as high as second in the nation during the 2011 season and extended their national record streak of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament to 40 years.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team an athlete must be a starter or significant reserve and boast at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. The student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and must have completed one full year at his or her current institution. Sports Information Directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools. An All-District team is first selected and individuals who earn First Team All-District honors are then placed on the national ballot for consideration at that level. CoSIDA’s District II includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team is comprised of athletes who participate in the following sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.



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