John Lyons, Connecticut College
John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) ushered in the most successful era of Connecticut College men’s lacrosse. Leading the Camels to the NCAA Championship in two of his first three seasons on the turf, Lyons wreaked havoc on opposing defenses, piling up 64 goals and 43 assists for a total of 107 points in his decorated career. Lyons was honored as a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-American for the Camels in 2012.
As a leader and tri-captain for the Camels this spring, Lyons missed 11 of his team’s 16 games due to injury but his resilience and determination provided a huge lift to the team down the stretch. Lyons netted eight goals and dished out four assists in the last three games of the season as the Camels reached the semifinals in the NESCAC Championship for the second time in the past three years. At the conclusion of the season, Lyons was recognized as a USILA Scholar All-American. He was also selected to play in the USILA/LaxWorld Annual North South Senior All-Star Game.
During commencement weekend, Lyons was honored with the Camel Athletic program’s Anita L. DeFrantz ’74 Award. The DeFrantz Award was established in 1995 by Kathryn Smith '84. It is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz '74. An accomplished scholar and member of the Dean’s List as well as the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team, Lyons received his economics degree from the College.