February 20, 2013

Johnson Named Senior CLASS Candidate

Mechanical Engineering Major Could Take National Prize

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Yale senior lacrosse defenseman Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) has been named a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

There are 20 candidates from around the country, and a national media committee will select 10 finalists in March.  The 10 names are placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.  

Johnson, a 2012 USILA All-America pick and a 2013 Tewaaraton Award Candidate, is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.31 GPA. He successfully designed and manufactured an electricity-free automatic door opener for his senior capstone design class. Has also designed and 3D printed his own iPhone cases for his computer aided design class.

Johnson, who spent last summer as an analyst at a private equity firm in New York City, is the first Minnesotan in Yale lacrosse history and one of the first to make it to Division I. During the summer and winter breaks, he has also mentored high school lacrosse players throughout Minnesota who aspired to play college lacrosse. Other outreach activities include serving on the dean's selection committee in Berkeley College at Yale.

Since his freshman year, Johnson and his teammates have been active contributors to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which provides support for a child affected by pediatric brain cancer. Johnson has spent time off the field organizing activities with the affected child and his brother, making them honorary members of the Yale team the last three seasons. 

Johnson, a starter as a freshman for the Bulldogs, helped Yale earn its first Ivy League Championship since 1990 his rookie season, while earning All-Ivy honorable mention recognition. He helped the Elis win the 2012 Ivy League tournament and was selected to the all-tournament team. The Bulldog veteran, also a 2012 first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-New England selection, earned the Christian Prince Memorial Award as the team's defensive MVP, and was taken by Rochester in the seventh round of the 2013 MLL draft.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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