Delaware Tech’s Copio named NJCAA All-American

GEORGETOWN – Delaware Technical Community College freshman Jacob Copio has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association Second Team All-American athlete for the 2018 men’s lacrosse season.

Copio, of Dover, a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, led the nation in goals with 57, and was fifth in the nation in points and 15th in assists. He is the first All-American men’s lacrosse player for Delaware Tech in the program’s 10-year history, and the first for the College in any sport since 2012.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Jacob and a great accomplishment for our program to be nationally recognized,” head coach Anthony Edwards said.

Copio had previously been named First Team All-Region and Region XIX Offensive Player of the Year.

“It feels good and it’s a great accomplishment,” Copio said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all.”

He credited the team’s chemistry and the level of coaching he received for being able to achieve his offensive production this year.

“I took my game to the next level and tried to be able to do everything,” Copio said.

While he has always played attack, Copio had to learn to be less of a stationary shooter and more of a player who can create his own shot and move faster to open up for his teammates.

“Jacob had a natural feel for the game,” Edwards said. “He had a great starting point when he came in and we were able to fine tune his game to fit what the team needed.”

Copio will look to improve on his game next year when he transfers to Barton College in North Carolina to play for his final three years of eligibility. He will be joined on that team by fellow Delaware Tech freshman Jacob Soroko, and Delaware Tech sophomore Bodin Nichols.

Barton College’s lacrosse program will be in its first season.

“Even though he won’t be with us, I still have great expectations for what he can do next year, and I look forward to seeing what he can do to help them establish their program,” Edwards said.

Copio said he always wanted to move further south and play lacrosse in a warmer climate. He will continue to major in criminal justice.

“I think it will be really cool to be part of something new,” he said.

The All-American honor wraps up a stellar year for the men’s lacrosse program. The team finished the regular season with a 10-6 record, just the second time in the program’s history that the team has recorded 10 wins in a season. Delaware Tech finished second in the Region XIX tournament, Edwards was named Region XIX Coach of the Year, and four players earned All-Region honors.

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