Tucker Durkin, one of the best defenders in the world, goes into his fourth season as the head coach of the Bryn Athyn College men’s lacrosse program.
In his three seasons at the helm, Durkin has led the Lions to a 26-20 overall record and three North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Tournament appearances. His players have been selected to the All-NEAC Team 22 times—including nine first-team selections and one player of the year nod—and earned NEAC Scholar-Athlete status for having a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in an academic year on 13 occasions.
The 2018 season was one of the most successful seasons in program history as the Lions posted a 9-7 overall, 7-1 against the NEAC, and made their first-ever trip to the NEAC Tournament final. The nine wins are tied for the most in program history. Junior midfielder Cameron Leech had a record-breaking season, setting program records for in assists in a season (60) and points in a season (98), and was selected as the NEAC Offensive of the Year. In addition to Leech’s major award, Bryn Athyn had nine All-NEAC selections—four made the first team.
In 2017, the Lions posted an 8-8 overall record and a 6-2 mark in conference play to earn fourth seed for the NEAC Tournament. Bryn Athyn placed nine Lions on the All-NEAC team, including three on the first team to tie for the most in the conference. The Lions also had two second-team picks and four third-team selections. Bryn Athyn was fourth in the conference in scoring with 12.13 goals per game and fifth with a 10.19 goals against average. The Lions scored a program-record 194 goals.
In Durkin’s first season at Bryn Athyn, the Lions won a program-record nine matches and advanced to the NEAC Tournament for the first time in program history after a 5-3 record in conference play. Bryn Athyn sported the NEAC’s second-best goals against average of 8.30, a program record, and was fourth with 12.07 goals scored per game. Four players were tabbed for the All-NEAC team, two to the first team.
In addition to his coaching duties at Bryn Athyn, Durkin is entering his seventh season as a highly successful professional defender. Durkin is a six-time All-Major League Lacrosse (MLL) first team selection and in 2017 was tabbed as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for the first time. This past season, Durkin was one of three finalists for the 2018 MLL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He was the third overall selection in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Charlotte Hounds, though he would go on to spend the 2013 season with the Hamilton Nationals, racking up 24 ground balls. The Nationals folded after the 2013 season, and Durkin was acquired by the expansion Florida Launch, where he has played for the last six seasons. In his six-year career, Durkin has 127 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers, and one goal.
Durkin is also a star on the world stage, having played for Team USA in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in 2014 and 2018. In the most recent tournament, Durkin helped Team USA win its first gold medal since 2010. In the 2014 tournament, Durkin was tabbed as the tournament's most outstanding defenseman and named to the All-World Team.
A 2013 graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a political science degree, Durkin was a back-to-back winner of the William C. Schmeisser Award, which is given to the nation’s top defenseman, in 2012 and 2013. He is one of eight collegiate players to win the award twice. Durkin was also a three-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 2012 and 2013 and second team recognition in 2011. In 2013, Durkin was a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American.
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