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9 Tillman Johnson
Tillman  Johnson


Annapolis, Md.

High School:
St. Mary's

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 205



Five Cavaliers Named to the All-ACC Academic Team

Emery and Van Arsdale lead honorees with third career nods

WORTH NOTING: One of the top players in the country ... preseason player of the year by Lacrosse magazine ... preseason first-team All-American by Face-Off Yearbook ... reigning USILA Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year ... is the first goalie to win the Player of the Year award since 1994 ... reserved a place in the history of UVa athletics with his epic performance in last year's NCAA Tournament ... recognized by his peers as an extremely hard worker who pushes his teammates each day ... co-captain ... expected to join Rodney Rullman (1972-75) as UVa's only four-year starters in goal ... set a school record last season with 205 saves ... second in school history with 530 career saves, 23 behind Rullman.

AT VIRGINIA: 2003--Started every game for the third year in a row ... USILA Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year ... first-team All-American ... Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championships, the first goalie so named since 1998 ... NCAA Championships All-Tournament team ... All-ACC ... All-ACC Tournament ... UVa's Defensive MVP ... allowed an average of 7.28 goals per game with a 63.5 save percentage while playing the nation's toughest schedule ... fourth in the country in save percentage and ninth in GAA ... his save percentage is the highest for a Cavalier netminder since 1984 (J.B. Meyer, .655) ... had 12 games of 10+ saves ... 14 saves vs. Syracuse in a big win in the Dome early in the season ... was spectacular in the win over Towson in what he called one of his best games of the year ... finished with 15 saves and allowed just two goals ... made seven saves in the first quarter, including several from closer than five yards, as UVa held a tenuous 1-0 lead after 15 minutes ... UVa built a 6-0 lead before Towson scored its first goal more than 28 minutes into the contest ... named ACC Player of the Week after lifting the Cavaliers to a 10-7 win over North Carolina to end a two-game losing streak ... made 14 saves, while holding the Tar Heels to just seven goals, their season low least five of his saves were from less than five yards ... nine of his saves came in the second half as the Cavaliers used a stout defense to break a 5-5 halftime tie en route to the win ... held UNC to just two goals in the final 30 minutes ... tied his career high with 18 saves in the rain in an overtime win over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament ... had at least a dozen one-on-one or point blank saves ... 13 saves in ACC championship game vs. Duke and was named to the All-Tournament team ... 15 saves in a one-goal win over Penn State ... made three saves in a 30-minute stint against Mount St. Mary's in the first round of the NCAAs ... was outstanding in the quarterfinals with 16 saves vs. Georgetown ...tied his career high with 18 saves in the semifinal win over Maryland as UVa tied the tournament record for fewest goals allowed in the semifinals (4) ... turned in a 14-save performance in the title game vs. top-ranked Johns Hopkins ... brought an NCAA Tournament record crowd to its feet with three terrific man-down saves in a third quarter flurry, stopping Kyle Barrie, Kevin Boland and Bobby Benson, all from close in ... the series was featured on SportsCenter's "Plays of the Day" and "Top 10 Plays of the Week" ... his play in the final four was typical of his play all season when he made dozens of incredible saves ... allowed just 18 goals in four NCAA Tournament games with a .739 save percentage. 2002--Followed his selection as ACC Rookie of the Year by being named to the All-ACC squad ... became the the first sophomore goalie named All-ACC since UVa's J.B. Meyer in 1983 ... honorable mention All-American ... won the team's Best on Defense Award ... started every game for the second year in a row ... played every minute of all but three games ... allowed an average of 8.97 goals per game with a 56.9 save percentage ... 173 saves, the most by a UVa goalie since Chris Sanderson had 190 in 1996 ... failed to reach double figures in saves in the first two games, but then ran off a 10-game streak that was the longest by a UVa goalie since at least 1969 ... 13 saves, including two on Princeton's final two possessions, as UVa held off the Tigers for a 13-11 win ... turned aside a Sean Hartofilis effort with just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining to end one possession ... following a UVa turnover, he denied Owen Daly's one-on-one bid with 2:05 left in the game to end the Tigers' hopes for victory ... 10 saves and allowed just five goals in a fine all-around effort in a win over Notre Dame ... 13 saves in the sleet, while holding Towson to half its season average, in a 13-8 win ... named ACC Player of the Week for his play in the two wins ... had another splendid performance to highlight a strong effort by the entire defense as the Cavaliers handed Johns Hopkins, ranked #1 at the time, its first loss of the season ... finished with 14 saves and allowed just six goals, Hopkins' season low ... had six saves in the second half and allowed just one goal in the game's final 30 minutes ... had 11 saves in a narrow 11-10 win over Maryland in College Park ... his biggest save was his last ... stopped Mike Mollot's shot for the tie from 12 yards out with 25 seconds to play ... had 11 saves in a road win over North Carolina ... 14 saves to help lead UVa to a 15-10 win over Duke that clinched the ACC regular season title ... had 13 saves and allowed just three goals in the ACC Tournament semifinals vs. North Carolina ... UNC's three goals is a tournament record for fewest goals ... made 12 saves in the ACC finals vs. Duke and was named to the All-ACC Tournament team ... made a career-high 18 saves in a loss to Penn State ... saw his string of double digit performances end with five saves against Butler ... made 10 saves in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Cornell, including several one-on-ones ... tied his career high with 18 saves in the national semifinals vs. Syracuse ... 13 of his saves came after halftime, including one with five seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game into overtime. 2001--Was the top goalie recruit in the nation and he didn't disappoint ... standout season earned him ACC Rookie of the Year honors ...also named honorable mention All-American, one of only two freshmen listed on the All-America squad ... shared the Dr. Allen Voshell Award with David Jenkins as the team's most valuable player and the team's defensive MVP award with Mark Koontz ... started all 14 games, one of only four ACC freshmen to start every game ... allowed an average of 8.34 goals allowed per game and had a .571 save percentage ...was the top freshman and ninth overall in the country in GAA ... opened the season with a 12-save effort vs. Towson ... had a rough outing vs. Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, allowing 13 goals vs. six saves ... 10 saves vs. Princeton ... had 12 saves in win over Denver to start a three-game stretch of double digit saves ... followed that with a career-high 18 saves in the quadruple overtime win over #5 Johns Hopkins at Homewood ... allowed just one goal in the game's final 44 minutes as UVa came from behind to win the longest game in school history ... had several point blank one-on-one saves in the second half ... named the Warrior/Inside National Player of the Week for his play in the game ... the following week he stymied the Maryland offense in a 7-2 win and was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week ... turned in a tremendous performance against the Terrapins, by recording 16 saves, including several from close range, while giving up just two goals ... had 13 saves in loss to Duke and 11 in a win over Ohio State ... recorded 15 saves in national playoffs vs. Hofstra.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four letters in lacrosse ... first-team All-State ... Anne Arundel County Player of the Year and first-team All-County ... only the third goalie to be named Anne Arundel Player of the Year since the award began in 1980 ... first-team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun and second-team All-Met by the Washington Post ... C. Markland Kelly Award nominee and Timothy E. Wynn Award recipient ... team captain and MVP ... lettered three times in football and twice in ice hockey ... received Coaches Award in football ... honored as St. Mary's High School Male Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Son of Anne and Tillman Johnson ... born 3-19-82 in Annapolis, Md. ... has one sister, Whitney (31) ... Honor Roll student ... youth lacrosse camp coach ... Habitat for Humanity volunteer ...sociology major.


Year Games G.Balls Minutes Saves GA GAASave %
2001 14 58 820 152 114 8.34 .571
2002 15 75 876 173 131 8.97 .569
2003 17 79 972 205 118 7.28 .635
Career 46 212 2668 530 363 8.16 .594


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