Usich Named USILA Long Stick Midfielder of the Year

Photos by Matt O'Haren and Kathy Hartwick
Photos by Matt O'Haren and Kathy Hartwick

(Sparks, Md.) – Dickinson senior Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) was named a Warrior Lacrosse/USILA First-team All-American for the second straight year and was also honored as the Division III Co-National Long Stick Midfielder of the Year. Five Red Devils were named to the All-America squad this spring.

Senior Bobby Hartwick (Brookeville, Md./Georgetown Prep) was a Second-team selection as a face-off specialist while classmate Jack Doran (Ardmore, Pa./Haverford School) become a three-time All-American, receiving honorable mention on defense.

Seniors Jack O'Connell (Sands Point, N.Y./Westminster) and Brodie Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) helped provide the offensive firepower as they received honorable mention on attack and in the midfield, respectively. Phillips makes his second appearance, receiving honorable mention in 2018 as well.

Usich is the second Red Devil to be named the National Long Stick Midfielder of the Year, following in the steps of Brandon Palladino '13, who earned the honor in 2012 and 2013. Usich was voted the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earning his third straight First-team honor. The long pole middie led the conference with 46 caused turnovers and ranked third in the CC in ground balls, picking up 90 on the year.

He continued to play a key role in the Red Devils success rate on clears and posed a dangerous threat in transition, scoring three goals and handing out five assists this season. Usich broke in the program's top-10 with 245 career ground balls, ranking eighth all-time. He forced 123 turnovers, causing 51 turnovers in 2018. He raised his scoring totals to 10 goals and 11 assists in his career as well.

Hartwick makes his first appearance on the All-America squad. He was tabbed as the conference's top face-off man, earning First-team honors. He led the CC with a remarkable 201 face-off wins and matched the top total in the CC with 111 ground balls. Those numbers rank him sixth and eighth on the program single season lists as well.

He picked up a season-high 16 GBs in the season opener against St. Mary's and tallied 14 while winning 21-of-27 face-offs at Muhlenberg. He won 362 career face-offs to rank seventh all-time in program history. He holds the school record, winning 25 face-offs against F&M in 2018.

O'Connell was the third Red Devil to earn First-team All-CC honors this spring after receiving honorable mention in 2018. He led the conference in scoring with 67 goals, almost matching Dylan Maher's '18 record-mark of 70 from last season. O'Connell was second in the CC in points, adding 22 assists for 89 on the year.

O'Connell moved into the top-10 in scoring, ranking ninth with 140 career points. He ranks ninth in goals as well, netting 95 in his career while adding 45 assists, handing out 41 in the past two seasons. He scored seven goals on two occasions this season, adding three assists on Senior Day for a season-high 10 points.

Doran earns his third straight All-American recognition and was a Second-team All-Conference defenseman this season. A four-year starter on defense, Doran anchored a Red Devil defense that held opponents to single digits in 10 of their 17 games this season.

Primarily a shutdown defender, Doran also moves through the midfield and slips into the attack on occasion, scoring once and handing out a pair of assists this season. He went over the century mark, recording 112 grounds balls in his career, adding 52 caused turnovers.

Phillips missed five games with an injury but battled back to earn honorable mention on the All-Conference team in the midfield this spring. He tallied 30 goals and 22 assists on the year, netting four extra-man goals this season. He scored a season-high four goals in the season opener against St. Mary's and dished out five assists against Middlebury in the Green Turtle Classic.

He came back to tally three goals and two assists in the conference semifinal at Gettysburg. Phillips receives his second All-America honor and was a three-time All-Conference selection, earning First-team recognition in 2018 and Honorable Mention in 2017. He finished his career with a balanced line of 73 goals and 70 assists for 143 points, adding 73 ground balls and 21 forced turnovers.

In addition, Doran, Hartwick, Phillips and Usich were selected for the USILA North/South Senior All-Star Game to be played on Friday, May 24 at 5PM, hosted by the U.S. Lacrosse Training Center in Sparks, Maryland. Admission is free, and the Lax Sports Network will provide a live broadcast of the All-Star game.

This spring, the Red Devils finished 11-6 overall and rallied to win three of the final four conference games to earn the #3-seed before falling to Gettysburg in the semifinals. The Red Devils knocked off the eventual conference champion, Ursinus, in the regular season finale. The group of six All-American seniors was instrumental in capturing Dickinson's fourth Centennial Conference Championship, and NCAA Division III Elite 8 run in 2018.