Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/6/19
From Press Release
Johns Hopkins University men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced that senior midfielder Forry Smith (Haverford School), senior defenseman Owen Colwell and sophomore attackman Joey Epstein have been selected in a vote by their teammates as team captains for the 2020 season.
“Forry, Owen and Joey have earned the respect of their teammates throughout their careers and their selection as team captains is something each of them should be proud of,” Pietramala noted. “They have already established a standard of accountability both on and off the field and I am truly excited to work with them as we develop the culture of the 2020 team and work to grow and achieve the goals we have established.”
Smith returns as a captain after also being selected as a junior last season. He is the just the 15th Johns Hopkins player since 1950 to serve as a captain more than once. He started all 16 games on the Blue Jays’ first midfield last season and scored a career-high 21 goals and added five assists for a personal-best 26 points. He led the team with a .457 shooting percentage and added four extra-man goals on the year as well. In 44 career games played, he counts 37 goals and 13 assists to his credit.
Colwell is entering his third season as a starter on close defense and totaled two goals, one assist, 31 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in 2019. He finished fifth on the team in ground balls and tied for third in caused turnovers as a junior and has played in 48 games with 59 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers in his career. Colwell has twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Epstein, who will be the first sophomore captain at Johns Hopkins since Kevin Mahon in 1975, quickly established himself as one of the top young players in the nation as a freshman last season. He led the team in goals (48), assists (25) and points (73) and earned First Team All-Big Ten and Third Team USILA All-America honors while also being tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019. Epstein’s 48 goals and 73 points are both Johns Hopkins freshman records.