ALLIANCE, Ohio – The rebirth of the University of Mount Union men's lacrosse program is set for Saturday, March 2 at 3 pm against Oberlin College in Mount Union Stadium.
Two years ago, Mount Union announced it was bringing back the sport after a nearly 30 year hiatus.
First year head coach P.J. Kavanagh is in charge of laying the foundation for the program and looks for his team to play an aggressive, up-tempo style of play.
Kavanagh comes in with NCAA Division III coaching experience as he spent seven years at Plattsburgh State (N.Y.). He spent two years as an assistant coach and five years as head coach with a 47-34 record.
His first Mount Union team features 17 freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
That one junior -- defenseman Matt Milano (North Canton/Hoover) transferred in after playing two seasons of college lacrosse and will be the team captain in 2013.
"With his college playing experience, Matt is obviously our most experienced player," commented Kavanagh. "He brings an element of poise and physcality while accepting a leadership role."
Joining Milano on defense will be freshmen Shane Breckenridge (North Canton/Hoover) and Kyle Pavilonis (Chagrin Falls/Kenston), sophomores Jake Baker (Uniontown/Lake) and Ryan Turney(Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney).
In attack are freshmen Zach Maxey (Westlake/Westlake), Michael Taylor (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), Josh Stephens (North Canton/Green), Hogan Harris (Medina/Medina), Carl Sopczyk (Glens Falls, NY./Glens Falls), Toren Moore (Columbus/HIllard-Darby) and Josh Bender (Delaware/Delaware-Hayes).
Midfielders include freshmen, Cody Engelhardt (Hamilton/Archbishop Moeller), Andrew Dorman (Medina/Medina), Andy Rosati (Streetsboro/Walsh-Jesuit), Liam Creagh (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa), Nick Ameo (Concord/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), Thomas O'Connell (Dublin Bishop/Watterson) and Mike Richardson (Parma/Holy Name).
In goal will be freshman Collin Peters (Portland, Ore./Sunset).
"All of our players need to develop quickly as the season progresses for us to be successful," Kavanagh stated "We are hoping our freshmen adapt quickly to the speed of the game on the college level."
2013 Mount Union Men's Lacrosse Schedule
|Sat||2||OBERLIN||Mount Union Stadium||3:00 pm|
|Wed||6||THIEL (Pa.)||Mount Union Stadium||4:00 pm|
|Sat||9||CENTRE (Ky.)||Mount Union Stadium||3:00 pm|
|Sat||16||at Kenyon||Gambier, Ohio||1:00 pm|
|Wed||20||at Hiram||Hiram, Ohio||7:00 pm|
|Sat||23||at Trine (Ind.)||Angola, Ind.||2:00 pm|
|Wed||27||BETHANY (W.Va.)||Mount Union Stadium||7:00 pm|
|Sat||30||OLIVET (Mich.)||Mount Union Stadium||2:00 pm|
|Wed||3||at Franciscan||Steubenville, Ohio||4:00 pm|
|Wed||10||ST. VINCENT (Pa.)||Mount Union Stadium||7:00 pm|
|Sat||13||at Washington and Jefferson (Pa.)||Washington, Pa.||1:00 pm|
|Wed||17||OTTERBEIN||Mount Union Stadium||7:00 pm|
|Sat||20||HOUGHTON (N.Y.)||Mount Union Stadium||2:00 pm|
|Wed||24||at La Roche (Pa.)||Pittsburgh, Pa.||4:00 pm|
|Sat||27||at Wilmington||Wilmington, Ohio||2:00 pm|