By: Hanna Laue ‘17
With the 2017 season right around the corner, the Men’s Lacrosse team hopes to bounce back after a disappointing 2016 season. Leaving behind nine seniors, the Scots are now dominated by underclassmen, bringing fresh talent to the field.
Captain Brendan Sweeney ‘17 said, “We only have 5 seniors and 3 juniors; the rest of the team are freshmen and sophomores. A big part of our success this year will depend on how the younger guys handle taking on a big role on this team, but I think I speak for the upperclassmen when I say we’re confident that they’ll be able to do so.”
Men’s lacrosse finished with an overall record of 1-14 (1-7 CCC) in the 2016 season, unable to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Sweeney is hopeful that the team can earn a spot this season. “We’ve set a base goal of getting back to the CCC playoffs, like Gordon regularly does almost every season. To build off of that, we want to make sure we are the hardest working team on the field and that we leave everything we have out on the field each game.”
To ensure they are the hardest working team, the men have been preparing diligently throughout the entire school year. Sweeney says, “Over the past winter break, the guys were getting in the gym as well as working on specific footwork and stickwork drills to make sure we didn’t have any drop off in play between the end of our fall season and the start of our spring season.”
Two key players to look at out for this season are returners Austin Early ‘19 and Nico Manganiello ‘18. Early finished his 2016 season with 11 goals and a .344 shot percentage, while Manganiello buried 23 goals on a .264 percentage.
The Scots kicked off their season with their largest margin victory since 2009, leaving Maine Maritime in the dust, 22-5. The Scots are scheduled to host Eastern Connecticut State on February 25th.