Tucker Durkin

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Tucker Durkin
Born (1990-09-05) September 5, 1990 (age 28)
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
NationalityUnited States
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight210 pounds (95 kg)
ShootsRight
PositionDefense
MLL teamsHamilton Nationals Florida Launch
pll teamAtlas Lacrosse Club
Pro career2013
NicknameDurkin

Tucker Durkin (born September 5, 1990 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania) is an American lacrosse player who played high school lacrosse at La Salle College High School and collegiately at Johns Hopkins University. He currently plays for the Atlas Lacrosse Club, and wears #51. Durkin also is an assistant coach for the Drexel Men’s Lacrosse program. Durkin was drafted #3 overall to the Hamilton Nationals, who later became the Florida Launch in Major League Lacrosse. He then joined the Atlas Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League, founded in 2019 by Paul Rabil.

College career[edit]

Durkin attended Johns Hopkins University, after originally committing to Bucknell.[1] At Hopkins, he started all 59 games he played in, collecting 127 groundballs and causing 65 turnovers. His senior year he was awarded the Schmeisser Award winner for being the nation's top defensemen,[2] named a First Team All-American, and totaled a team-high 19 forced turnovers and 35 ground balls.

In 2012, Durkin won the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defenseman, making him the 13th different Johns Hopkins player to win the Schmeisser Award (the 13 have won it 16 times). He was also a first team All-American. He totaled a team-high 19 caused turnovers and finished third on the team with 35 ground balls. He notched the second point of his career - an assist - in a 17-6 win over Albany. Durkin was a leader of a JHU defense that held 13 of 16 opponents to nine goals or less and finished seventh in the nation in scoring defense (7.38).

In 2011, Durkin was a Second Team USILA All-American making him first sophomore defenseman at Johns Hopkins to earn First or Second Team All-America honors since Dave Pietramala grabbed first team honors in 1987 Durkin started all 16 games on close defense and had one assist, 35 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers on the year. He was a leader of a defense that finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.25). Notched first career point - an assist - in the win vs. Manhattan.

In 2010 Durkin started all 15 games on close defense, making him the only freshman to start every game and the first JHU freshman to start a season-opener on close defense since Matt Drenan in 2006. He was part of a JHU defense that held Manhattan scoreless for the first 53:12 - the longest such streak in the Dave Pietramala era. Against Maryland, Durkin had three ground balls and three caused turnovers and forced a turnover in final 20 seconds that gave JHU a chance to tie the game in the. Against Loyola, Durkin totaled three ground balls and two caused turnovers and attempted the first four faceoffs of his career, going 1-of-4.

Professional career[edit]

In 2013, the Hamilton Nationals selected Durkin with the third overall pick in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

In 2014, Durkin started the season with the Hamilton Nationals, but was traded to the Florida Launch midway through the year. He was named one of the 2014 All-MLL Defenseman. He played in 10 MLL games, as well as the 2014 FIL World Championship, where he was named Outstanding Defender of the Championships and All-World Team.[3]

In 2015, with the Florida Launch, Durkin played in all 14 games. He had the first Florida Launch assist of the 2015 season at Chesapeake on April 26. Durkin scored his first goal of season at Rochester on May 3rd, along with two groundballs. He had four groundballs at Charlotte on July 11. He scored another goal against the Denver Outlaws on July 19, while also establishing a new season high with five groundballs in the game. Durkin was named Coca-Cola Player of the game versus Rochester on July 25, after holding the Rattlers’ leading scorer to one goal, and was also named Week 15 Warrior Defensive Player of the Week.

In 2016, with the Florida Launch, Tucker earned his fourth All-MLL team selection and third MLL All-Star Game appearance. He played in 13 games for the Launch in 2016. In the home opener against the Ohio Machine on April 23, he logged a season high of five groundballs. He had four groundballs against the Atlanta Blaze on May 21.

In 2017, Durkin made Team USA and won MLL Defensive Player of the Year for the Launch.[4]

Before the 2018 season, Durkin re-signed with the Florida Launch for one season.[5] Durkin played in 11 games, scooping up 16 total ground balls and causing five turnovers. Tucker Durkin was one of three defenders nominated by the league for Warrior Defensive Player of the Year at the 2018 MLL Honors.

In 2019, Durkin played for Atlas Lacrosse Club in Paul Rabil’s Premier Lacrosse League.[6]

Coaching Career[edit]

Durkin was the head coach of Bryn Athyn College from 2016-2019, where he had a career record of 30-29, and lead them to the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship in 2018.[7] On July 15, 2019, Durkin was named as the defensive coordinator for the Drexel Dragons men's lacrosse team.[8]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Major League Lacrosse: (2013 - 2018)

  • MLL Defensive Player of The Year (2017)
  • 1st Team MLL All Pro (2017)
  • 1st Team MLL All Pro (2016)
  • 1st Team MLL All Pro (2015)
  • 1st Team MLL All Pro (2014)
  • 1st Team MLL All Pro (2013)

NCAA: Johns Hopkins Lacrosse

FIL: Team USA

  • 2018 World Lacrosse Championship Gold Medal
  • 2018 Member of Team USA
  • 2014 Member of Team USA
  • 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Most Outstanding Defender
  • 2014 World Lacrosse Championship All-World Defender

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Statistics[edit]

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM PPG PPA GWG S SPCT SOG GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM PPG PPA GWG S SPCT SOG
2013 Hamilton 11 -- -- -- -- 24 6.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Florida 10 -- -- -- -- 15 4.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Florida 14 2 -- 1 3 28 8.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 Florida 14 -- -- 1 1 28 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Florida 13 -- -- -- -- 11 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2018 Florida 11 -- -- -- -- 16 1.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
MLL Totals 73 2 -- 2 4 122 30 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Get to Know: Tucker Durkin!". Florida Launch. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Durkin Repeats as Schmeisser Award Winner". Johns Hopkins Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Ryan Flanagan. "Tucker Durkin 1on1". Lax All-Stars. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Matt Laon. "Bryn Athyn's Tucker Durkin Balances Coaching And Playing Lacrosse". CBS. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Austin Lee. "Tucker Durkin signs one-year contract extension". Florida Launch. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "TUCKER DURKIN". Premier Lacrosse League. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "Tucker Durkin". Bryn Athyn College. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Chris Jastrzembski. "Sources: Drexel to hire Tucker Durkin as assistant coach". SBNATION. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Durkin, Tucker". Johns Hopkins Athletics.
  10. ^ "#51 Tucker Durkin". pointsreak.com.