Men's college lacrosse preview: Div. III capsules

February 12, 2010

Division III previews By Todd Karpovich

Coach: Kyle Hannan, 10th season

(136-110 career record)

2009 record: 10-5, 5-2 league

Conference: Landmark

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Gophers are looking to build on last season's successful campaign, when they were the top seed in the conference tournament. Sophomore A Kyle Boncaro had 28 goals and 35 assists to earn first-team all-conference honors. He is one of several key returning players, as is Rory Averett (36, 8).

Coach: Curt Foxx, second season (1-13)

2009 record: 1-13, 0-7

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: Now in their sixth season of intercollegiate competition, the Blazers have their largest and deepest team. Hood returns its top four scorers, including junior captain Kris Miner (19, 8) and senior captain Sofi Lazar (13, 1). Hood also has 15 newcomers who will get considerable playing time.


Coach: Matt Hatton, fourth season


2009 record: 10-6, 4-4

Conference: Centennial

The Baltimore Sun's take: Senior Gibbs Preston (McDonogh) will anchor the attack after leading the team in scoring with 34 goals and 32 assists for 66 points. Preston was named a preseason All-American after earning second-team all-conference honors last season. One of the biggest challenges is replacing All-American Mike Hatton, who had 32 goals, and G Kenny McHugh (8.14 goals-against average). The Green Terror advanced to the conference semifinals last season.

St. Mary's
Coach: Chris Hasbrouck, second season (34-14)

2009 record: 8-7, 5-2

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: With the return of eight starters, the Seahawks hope to be in the mix for the CAC championship and a bid to the NCAA tournament. Expectations are high for Dennis Rosson (Severn), who led the team in scoring the past two years, including 28 goals and 19 assists last season. Also returning is Ryan Alexander, a three-time first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, who finished with 21 goals and 11 assists.

Coach: Jim Berkman, 22nd season, (337-34)

2009 record: 16-4, 5-2

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Sea Gulls are looking to reload in the tough CAC after losing to league rival Stevenson in the national quarterfinals. It was the first time since 2002 that Salisbury did not reach the national semifinals. The Sea Gulls will be led by senior M Mike Von Kamecke (27, 17), a preseason first-team All-American.

Coach: Paul Cantabene, sixth season (60-25)

2009 record: 17-2, 7-0

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Mustangs are targeting a national championship after setting a school-record with 17 wins and advancing to the NCAA Division III semifinals. Stevenson hopes to take the next step with the return of six starters. The highest-scoring attack in Division III last season will be led by three All-Americans - senior Steve Kazimer and juniors Richie Ford (Towson) and Jimmy Dailey (Winters Mill). Stevenson, which has been ranked in the top third of Division III in scoring defense four of the past five years, hopes that unit will once again complement the team's explosive offense.

Coach: J.B. Clarke, 12th season (134-53)

2009 Record: 9-7, 4-4

Conference: Centennial

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Shoremen will be young and have only eight players remaining from the team that advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals two years ago. The attack will be led by senior Brendan O'Leary (Broadneck, 21, 10) and juniors Josh Perlow (Boys' Latin, 25, 5) and Doug Herdegen (Archbishop Curley, 22, 4). Sophomore Peter Stewart has the daunting task of filling the shoes of 2009 National Goalie of the Year Gordon Cohen.

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