Division III men's lacrosse preview

February 16, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Frostburg State

Coach: Tommy Pearce, first season

2010 record: Did not play

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: Frostburg is fielding a men's lacrosse program for the first time since the late 1970s. The team will be led by juniors Dan Dowd (Southern) and Zack Hiller (Southern), sophomore Lucas Flaig (Chesapeake-AA) and freshman Joey Busch. Frostburg will play four teams that made the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Goucher

Coach: Kyle Hannan, 18th season (150-114 career record)

2010 record: 14-4, 6-0 league

Conference: Landmark Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Gophers are poised to make a deep playoff run with the return of two All-Americans — defenseman Justin Dunn and midfielder Matt Lynch. Also returning is leading scorer Rory Averett. Goucher won the Landmark Conference championship and made its first appearance in the Division III playoffs last season.

Hood

Coach: Jeremy Mattoon

2010 record: 6-10, 0-7 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: Mattoon is taking over for Curt Foxx, who resigned after two seasons to coach the program at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Hood is looking to build on last season, when it broke several single-season records, including goals scored (136), assists (82), shots (479) and ground balls (728).

McDaniel

Coach: Matt Hatton, fifth season (30-30 career record)

2010 record: 7-8, 4-4 league

Conference: Centennial Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Green Terror will be led by junior DJ Rickels (Boys' Latin), who was named an All-America honorable mention by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Rickels led McDaniel with 42 goals. The Green Terror is looking to advance to the conference's postseason for the third consecutive year.

St. Mary's

Coach: Chris Hasbrouck, third season (44-20 career record)

2010 record: 10-6, 5-2 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Seahawks set a program record for wins last season and will be in the hunt for their first NCAA playoff berth. Returning are senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severn), a preseason All-America honorable mention, and preseason All-Conference defensemen Sean Hatley (Archbishop Spalding) and Peter Windsor (St. Paul's).

Salisbury

Coach: Jim Berkman, 23nd season, (358-36 career record)

2010 record: 21-2, 7-0 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Sea Gulls will be looking to make a run for the program's ninth national championship. Salisbury will be led by the Division III National Midfielder of the Year Sam Bradman, who had 58 goals and 28 assists for a team-high 86 points. Johnny Rodriguez (Mount St. Joseph) will start in goal for the third consecutive season.

Stevenson

Coach: Paul Cantabene, seventh season (79-27 career record)

2010 record: 19-2, 6-1 league

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Mustangs will challenge for a national title after spending time as the nation's top-ranked team, then losing in the national semifinals for the second consecutive season. Stevenson returns five preseason All-Americans: Jimmy Dailey (Winters Mill), Ray Witte (St. Peter and Paul), Evan Douglass, Richie Ford (Towson) and Kyle Moffitt.

Washington College

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

2010 record: 9-7, 4-4 league

Conference: Centennial Conference

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Shoremen, who have only five seniors, are looking to bounce back after suffering their first losing season since 1995. Doug Herdegen (Archbishop Curley) led the team with 29 goals last season.

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