Division III

Men's College Lacrosse Preview

February 21, 2003|By Bill Free

Division III

Goucher

Coach: Kyle Hannan (23-9, third season).

2002 record: 10-6.

Conference: Capital Athletic.

Top returning point-getter: Ian Montgomery, sophomore A (23 goals, 18 assists).

Also back: Ashley Tarran-Jones, senior M; T. Scott Robertson, senior M; John Hanley, junior D; Chris Webber, sophomore D.

Key additions: Patrick Tracey, junior A (transfer from Ohio State); Binz Hansen, freshman M; Brian Engelhart, freshman M; Jamie Masimore, freshman A; Tyler Schwabacher, freshman D; James Clement, freshman A.

Sun's take: A lot of attention will center on St. Paul's graduate Tracey, who is attempting to revive his career back home after a knee injury and a transfer out of Ohio State. Tracey is expected to be one of the top attackmen in the CAC if he stays healthy. The Gophers will feature a strong defense backed up by G Reeves Craig.

McDaniel

Coach: Jim Townsend (first season).

2002 record: 10-2.

Conference: Centennial.

Top returning point-getter: Joey Ellis, senior A (42, 38).

Also back: Rob Weaver, sophomore A; Josh Hanlon, junior D; Greg Elko, senior D; Jeremy Freed, junior M.

Sun's take: When a team goes 10-2 and the school brings in a new coach who has done nothing but win every place he has been as both an assistant (Salisbury, Washington College) and a head coach (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), there can only be high hopes. Townsend took RPI to its first NCAA Division III tournament berths in 2000 and 2001, and now he'll try to repeat that feat at McDaniel.

St. Mary's

Coach: Jayme Block (second season, 5-10).

2002 record: 5-10.

Conference: Capital Athletic.

Top returning point-getter: Greg Scagliotti, junior A (19, 19).

Also back: Kevin Whalen, sophomore A; Alex Redmond, junior M; Andrew Gerner, senior D; Todd Brooks, senior D.

Key additions: Adam Gjerulff, sophomore A (transfer from Ohio Wesleyan); Dave Mueller, freshman A; Matt O'Neill, freshman M; Pat Donovan, freshman A.

Sun's take: Block came to St. Mary's with hopes of closing the gap on his alma mater, Salisbury, in the CAC. Block and the Seahawks found out early last season that they have a ways to go, losing to the Sea Gulls, 11-4, in the second game. A veteran defense, led by captains Gerner and Brooks, will be one of the strengths.

Salisbury

Coach: Jim Berkman (15th season, 197-28).

2002 record: 13-5.

Conference: Capital Athletic.

Top returning point-getter: Andy Arnold, junior A (36, 27).

Also back: Andy Murray, junior M; Scott Simmons, junior M; Chris Lauer, senior M; Cory O'Neil, junior A; Chris Phillips, sophomore A; Josh Bergey, senior A; Jeff Bigas, sophomore D; Dan Korpon, sophomore G.

Key additions: Hardy Allen, freshman M; Jimmy Creighton, freshman M; Ryan Rohde, freshman M; Patrick Comegys, freshman D; Zac Hopkins, freshman D.

Sun's take: This D-III lacrosse dynasty rolls on and on under Berkman. Ranked No. 4 preseason in the nation, the Sea Gulls are in strong position to capture their fourth national title in the past 10 seasons. Berkman has so much talent at the attack position that one of his main challenges this season will be "to find a way to get all of these guys on the field."

Villa Julie

Coach: Whit Morrill (first season).

2002 record: 5-8.

Conference: Pennsylvania Athletic.

Top returning point-getter: Dan Velez, senior A (36, 24).

Also back: Ed Wienecke, senior A/M; Brian Davies, senior D; Pat Gill, senior G; Zach Steeg, senior M; John Bowman, junior D.

Key additions: Brian Bacon, junior M (transfer from Essex CC); Todd Smith, junior M (transfer from Essex CC); Nate Montayne, sophomore A (transfer from Mount St. Mary's).

Sun's take: There seems to be some talent spread throughout this team, with first-team All-PAC choices Velez, Wienecke and Davies returning along with team MVP Gill in the goal. Add transfers Bacon, Smith and Montayne to the mix and the Mustangs' talent on the field could measure up somewhat to that of their highly regarded coaching staff (Morrill, Skeet Chadwick and Skip Lichtfuss) off the field.

Washington College

Coach: J.B. Clarke (fifth season, 46-19).

2002 record: 13-4.

Conference: Centennial.

Top returning point-getter: Steve Berger, junior M (28, 15).

Also back: Jeremy Shannon, senior M; Creg Fleetwood, senior D; Matt Krug, junior D.

Key additions: Rich Yost, junior G (transfer from Cornell); Kyle Mitten, sophomore M (transfer from UMass); Chris Harrison, freshman A; Sam Lane, freshman A.

Sun's take: It's no mystery why a small D-III school in a remote, little town such as Chestertown can attract big-time transfers such as Yost and Mitten. The Shoremen have won 500 lacrosse games, been to 24 NCAA tournaments and are ranked preseason No. 3 in the nation. Washington College was severely depleted by graduation, but this is a program that can take a major hit and keep on ticking.

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