Wickham honored; named to All-Patriot League team

Staff reports
Penn Yan graduate RJ?Wickham with his parents, Mark and Sue Wickham on the Navy Senior Day

Three members of the Navy men’s lacrosse team garnered All-Patriot League recognition it was announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon, including senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan) who garnered First-Team All-Patriot League kudos for the second time in his career. 

Twenty-six student-athletes made up this year’s All-Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Team with 15 first-teamers and 11 named to the second team.  Twenty-three of the 26 will be participating in this weekend’s tournament, along with all five major award winners.

Wickham enjoyed an outstanding senior career that led him to being named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week three times.  He registered an 8.87 goals-against average, surrendering 102 goals in nearly 700 minutes of action.  Meanwhile, he turned aside 135 shots for a 57.0 save percentage, which stands as the nation’s 11th-best mark and the league’s second best.  Thanks to double-digit saves in five of the last six contests, Wickham posted an 11.25 saves per game mark, which ranks ninth nationally and leads the Patriot League.

Wickham had three memorable performances in goal this season, two of which led to huge wins for the Midshipmen.  He put together a 12-save effort against Colgate in Hamilton to lead Navy to a 12-11 win over the then 12th-ranked Raiders, who enter this weekend’s Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed.  Two games later, he was spectacular in goal against 12th-ranked Maryland where he faced a lofty 52 shots and made a season-high 18 stops.

In last Saturday’s regular-season finale, Wickham may have put together the finest performance of his career, anchoring a Navy defense that surrendered just two goals against a Johns Hopkins team which was averaging nearly 11 goals per game.  The two-goal output marked the fewest goals in a game by the Blue Jays since April 2, 1966, when Princeton dealt it a 7-1 loss.  Additionally, it was fewest in series history by Hopkins since May 9, 1925, when the Mids earned an 8-1 win in Annapolis.  

Wickham, who made countless point-blank saves en route to his season-high tying 18, became the first Navy goaltender to twice beat Hopkins since Kelly Award winner Dennis Wedekind, who claimed wins over the Blue Jays in 1963, ‘64 and ’65.  He was named Goalkeeper of the Week for his performance.

Wickham, who was named the 2010 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year and raked in first-team all-league honors, stands sixth on the Mids’ career saves list with 479.