In the spirit of the Academy Awards March 2, Lacrosse Report is honoring two of the best supporting cast members in Division I lacrosse -- Johns Hopkins junior attackman Well Stanwick and Loyola senior attackman Justin Ward.
Stanwick (Boys' Latin) and Ward (Old Mill) are in the habit of making teammates look good. Stanwick tops Division I in assists with 13, averaging 4.3 per contest, which trails only Albany junior attackman Lyle Thompson, who is averaging five assists per game for the 0-2 Great Danes. Ward is tied with Syracuse junior attackman Kevin Rice with 11 assists.
The giving continued during the weekend. Ward contributed a goal and five assists during ninth-ranked Loyola's 16-4 victory at the College of the Holy Cross Feb. 22, the program's first Patriot League win. Registering a goal and three assists, Stanwick helped the No. 8 Blue Jays past Michigan, 14-5, Feb. 22 at Homewood Field.
Stanwick and Ward are triggermen as well. In 2013, Stanwick led Hopkins in assists (24) and finished second in goals (23) -- good for a team-best 47 points. His .500 shooting percentage was fourth in nation. In 2014, his 16 points top the Blue Jays.
Ward led Loyola in points (62) and assists (35) last season, finishing 11th in Division I in assists per game (2.19). On Feb. 26, 2013, he torched UMBC for 10 points (seven goals, three assists) during a 21-9 Greyhounds victory. In 2012, he had an assist against Notre Dame during an NCAA semifinal game, and scored against Maryland during the championship match.
The NCAA record for single-season assists belongs to UMBC's Steve Marahol, who dished out 77 helpers en route to a record 114 points in 1992.