University of Denver men’s lacrosse head coach Jamie Munro announced the 2009 team captains for the season. Seniors Joey Murray (Denver, Colo.), Austin Konkel (Aurora, Colo.) and Kyle Widerstedt (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) were selected along with junior Ben Wahler (Denver, Colo.) as team captains for the Pioneers’ squad that last year posted one of the most successful seasons in program history.
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“I am pleased to announce these four young men as our captains for the 2009 season,” Munro said. “They represent a great class of seniors and I know they will work hard to live up to the standards of such a critical part of a team’s success; great leadership.”
Murray served as co-captain last season, appearing in 16 games with 12 starts. The midfielder tallied 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points. His hat trick performances against Penn (3/9/08) and Ballarmine (4/13/08) and his 10 multi-point games earned him All-GWLL Second Team honors for the season.
Widerstedt will join Murray in the midfield in 2009 after a steady 2008 performance in which he saw action in all 17 games for the Pioneers. During his junior season, he tallied seven points on two goals and five assists, recovered 28 groundballs and recorded six caused turnovers.
Konkel will continue t be a presence for Denver in goal. Coming off a great season that saw him start 15 games for the Pioneers, the senior recorded 138 saves, while allowing 141 goals for a 49.5 save percentage. Konkel finished the season with five double-digit save games and turned in a stellar five-save performance in Denver’s 14-1 win over Air Force, a game in which he allowed only one goal while facing 17 shots.
Wahler, the lone junior to serve as captain of the Pioneers played in all 17 games with six starts last season. He tallied two goals and two assists for four points and placed 9 of 11 shots on goal for an 81.8 shots on goal percentage. Wahler led team with 112 groundballs in 2008, including a game-high 17 against Quinnipiac (4/11/08). He went 185-for-342 in face-offs for a 54.1 winning percentage for the season.