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Johnny Surdick

School

United States Military Academy

Position
Defense
Major
Business Management
Johnny Surdick Finalist

Classroom

At the United States Military Academy, the classroom is made up of three pillars to achieve leadership excellence: academic, physical and military. Johnny Surdick excels across all pillars at the Academy and is recognized by not only his teammates, but the academy’s leadership for his accomplishments. Academically, Surdick majors in business management and ranks in the top of his class. Surdick has spent his summers while at the Academy bettering himself as a leader and future military officer through Cadet Troop Leader Training Program where he shadowed a Field Artillery officer in their unit in Fort Drum. Surdick also took advantage of Cadet Leadership Development Training, which is the culmination of West Point’s tactical and leader development training in the field, and then helped those transitioning into the prep school through Cadet Candidate Basic Training.

Character

Notes from Head Coach Joe Alberici: “Johnny Surdick has had a major impact in our program. He is as gifted a defensive player as there is in the country, but more importantly he is a leader by example. Johnny is a tremendous quality human being who comes from a great family. His work ethic and mentorship of our younger players and ability to pull guys aside to point them in the right direction is something we are going to rely heavily on as one of our captains this year.”

Community

Cadets partake in many events that involve the community and exemplifies selfless service. In an extremely competitive and grueling academic institution, Surdick takes time to enhance lacrosse throughout the community. The senior helps grow the game by helping at youth camps and clinics put on at West Point.

Competition

Surdick is a 2019 team captain. He earned 2018 Inside Lacrosse Media All-America, USILA All-America Honorable Mention and All-Patriot League First Team honors. He started in all 12 games played for Army and led the Black Knights in caused turnovers with 23. He ranked third in the Patriot League for caused turnovers per game (1.92), second on the team with 42 ground balls and also had four assists in 2018 for a career-best. He picked up six ground balls at Syracuse (2/24) for a season-high, tallied at least one ground ball in all contests this season and caused a career-high five turnovers versus Lehigh (3/10), and his assists came against the Orange, Mountain Hawks, Holy Cross (3/17) and Colgate (3/24).