Division I Outlook

College Lacrosse Preview

February 24, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT

OTHER STATE SCHOOLS

TOWSON

Coach -- Tony Seaman (eighth season, 60-43; 25th season overall, 224-116)

2005 record -- 11-5, NCAA tournament first round

Conference -- Colonial Athletic Association

Top returning scorer -- Bobby Griebe, junior A (25 goals, nine assists)

Also back -- Steve Mull, senior A (6, 22); Kyle Fiat, senior A (14, 2); Nick Williams, junior M (11, 7); Oliver Bacon, junior M (11, 12); Brian Vetter, sophomore M (11, 3); Keith Obloj, junior M (9, 9); Todd MacMullan, senior M (15, 1); Casey Cittadino, senior M; Ted Turnblacer, senior D; Matt Mehrer, junior D; Matt Antol, sophomore G; Matt Eckerl, junior M

Key additions -- Charlie Paar, freshman G; Randall Cooper, freshman M; Matt Sullivan, freshman A

The Sun's take -- Towson must deal with two significant losses. Goalie Reed Sothoron, an honorable mention All-American and all-CAA performer is gone, and junior attackman Jonathan Engelke, the Tigers' second-highest scorer last year, is academically ineligible. While Antol and Paar battle for the starting job in the cage, Towson should adjust with a roster that features 10 of its top 11 scorers from 2005. Mull is a superb passer and the key to an offense that could use a breakout season from someone such as Fiat, Williams or Vetter.

LOYOLA

Coach -- Charley Toomey (first season)

2005 record -- 5-8

Conference -- ECAC

Top returning scorer -- Greg Leonard, junior M (15, 2)

Also back -- Dan Bauers, junior A (9, 4); Andrew Spack, junior M (10, 6); Jordan Rabidou, junior M (7, 3); Paul Richards, sophomore M (2, 3); Steve Hess, junior LSM; Michael Graham, junior D; Eddie Graham, sophomore D; Michael Fretwell, senior G (.591 save percentage)

Key additions -- Michael Crimmins, freshman A; Jake Wilcox, freshman A; P.T. Ricci, freshman D; Ryan Cunningham, freshman D

The Sun's take -- All eyes are on Toomey, who inherited his first head coaching job under trying circumstances. Two months ago, he replaced four-year coach Bill Dirrigl after Dirrigl had taken a leave of absence for personal reasons. A nine-year assistant at Loyola, where he was a two-time All-America goalie before graduating in 1990, Toomey is trying to get Loyola back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five seasons. The Greyhounds have a deep midfield, a solid defense, an occasionally spectacular goalie in Fretwell. But Loyola has been slowed by scoring problems in recent years, and sophomore attackman Shane Koppens, last year's leading scorer, is out for the year with a hand injury. Loyola needs to discover an offensive star or two, and it will be interesting to see how the Greyhounds respond to Toomey.

UMBC

Coach -- Don Zimmerman (13th season, 80-79; 20th season overall, 153-82)

2005 record -- 7-8

Conference -- America East

Top returning scorer -- Brendan Mundorf, senior A (29, 28)

Also back -- Drew Westervelt, junior A (27, 23); Andy Gallagher, junior A/M (24, 11); James Hyland, senior M (14, 9); Terry Kimener, sophomore M (3, 4); Luke Powell, senior D; Justin Berdeguez, senior D; Mitch Rodems, sophomore D; David Coker, sophomore G

Key additions -- Josh Porcell, junior M (Essex CC); Bobby Atwell, freshman M; Alex Hopmann, freshman M; Travis Begay, junior D (Essex CC); Jeremy Blevins, freshman G; Billy Sadtler, junior G (Essex CC)

The Sun's take -- The Retrievers could be good enough to win the America East and return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999. Scoring won't be a problem with such a fine, experienced attack. Mundorf, the reigning conference Player of the Year, will represent Australia at this summer's World Games in London, Ontario. Westervelt and Gallagher are outstanding, complementary scorers. But UMBC needs more help from its midfield, which let the Retrievers down at times a year ago. Powell and Berdeguez lead a strong, close defense that must be steady while the goalie situation sorts itself out.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S

Coach -- Tom Gravante (11th season, 77-84)

2005 record -- 8-9

Conference -- Metro Atlantic Athletic

Top returning scorer -- Matt Warner, senior A (52, 12)

Also back -- Jason Werner, senior A (20, 29); Eric Seifert, junior M (26, 7); Tilghman Herring, senior M (16, 10); Benjamin Mundorf, junior A (five goals); Sean O'Beirne, senior D; Pat Farrell, senior D; Kyle Daddio, senior M; Chris Channing, junior G; Joe Zolezzi, junior G.

Key additions -- Charlie White, freshman M; Thomas Whiting, freshman M

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