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NCAA Lacrosse: Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Cassese Discusses 2011 Season And Upcoming Season (Video)
Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Cassese takes a look back at the 2011 season, while touching on the David DiMaria-Dante Fantoni duo, Ty Souders’ tryout, a sneak peak at next season and more. The Mountain Hawks advanced to their first Patriot League Tournament since 2006 last year and look to build upon that success heading into a highly-anticipated 2012 campaign.
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight: Lehigh Women’s Lacrosse Sophomore Goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick Earned First-Team All-Patriot League Honors As Freshman (Video)
Lehighsports.com recently caught up with rising sophomore goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick, who is coming off a First Team All-Patriot League season and recent tryouts for the US Senior National Team. The lacrosse netminder was stellar in her freshman season in 2011, posting one of the nation’s best save percentages (.506) along with a strong 8.66 GAA.
Lacrosse On Television: CBS College Sports to Televise 11 Patriot League Lacrosse Games In 2011 Including Maryland Vs Navy And North Carolina Vs Lehigh
In addition, CBS College Sports Network will televise the Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse championship game for the first-time ever. The women’s championship game is slated for Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m.
The first of the eight men’s contests to be televised is Navy hosting in-state rival Maryland on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Next is the annual Army-Navy tilt, which this season will hail from Annapolis on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. That will mark the first of two consecutive days in which the network will show a men’s contest involving a Patriot League team. One day later on Sunday, April 17 at 12 noon, CBS College Sports Network will televise the North Carolina-Lehigh game from Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Maryland at Navy, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 7 p.m. (Men)
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Colgate at Navy *, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 12 p.m. (Women)
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Army at Navy *, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 2 p.m. (Men)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
North Carolina at Lehigh, Bethlehem, Pa. (Goodman Stadium), 12 p.m. (Men)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Lehigh at Navy *, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 3 p.m. (Women)
Bucknell at Colgate *, Hamilton, N.Y. (Andy Kerr Stadium), 7 p.m. (Men)
Friday, April 29, 2011
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals, at the highest seed, 5 p.m./7:45 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Championship, at the highest seed, 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship, at the highest seed, 3 p.m.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Johns Hopkins at Army, West Point, N.Y. (Michie Stadium), 7 p.m. (Men)
Southern California Lacrosse Recruiting Profile: Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman Evan Guerrero (Sr., San Juan Capistrano, CA) Is Named A 2010 Scholar All-American By USILA
Evan Guerrero, who graduated from Lehigh on Monday, May 26th has been named a 2010 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-American for his work on the field and in the classroom. A
two time All-Patriot League selection, including First-Team accolades in 2010, Guerrero becomes Lehigh’s first academic All-American since Tom Weiss received the honor in 2006. In all there were 70 Academic All-American selections from Divisions I, II and III across the country.
A native of San Juan Capistrano, California, Guerrero started all 15 games for Lehigh in 2010 and registered 32 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers and one point. One of four captains for the Mountain Hawks, Guerrero ranks 22nd in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.6) and posted seven games with multiple CTs this season. Guerrero scooped up a season best four ground balls vs. nationally ranked Yale and Villanova and helped Lehigh to a national ranking of 24th in team caused turnovers.
Guerrero earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 29 following a week in which he helped the Mountain Hawks hold a pair of foes to an average of 7.0 goals per game in contests against Army and Holy Cross. In the win over the Crusaders Guerrero tied his season high with three caused turnovers and he also registered his first goal of the season. Guerrero’s score came at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Lehigh opened up a 9-5 lead over the Massachusetts school.
Off the field Guerrero was equally impressive as he boasted a 3.67 grade point average and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. A multi-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and the Dean’s List, Guerrero was the 2009 recipient of the Class of 1904 Scholar Award, which is awarded to rising seniors on the basis of character, scholarship, promise of future leadership, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. He was also an active member of Lehigh’s award-winning C.O.A.C.H. program (community outreach) and he played a large role in the men’s lacrosse program’s extensive array of community service projects.
Western College Men’s Lacrosse: University Of Denver’s Ninth Annual Face-Off Lacrosse Classic To Feature Penn, Lehigh, Air Force And Denver On March 6-7
The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (1-2) returns to action this week, hosting the Ninth Annual DU Face-Off Classic, Sponsored by UBS, at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers welcome Penn, Lehigh and Air Force for the two-day event.
Fans can follow the action live via Pioneer Vision and Live Stats at www.DenverPioneers.com.
Fans can also catch the action live on Pioneer Vision by visiting http://www.DenverPioneers.com. Subscription packages are available on an annual and monthly basis. The Denver Annual Package is just $59.95 and is good for the entire 2009-10 season, while the Denver Monthly Package is available for $8.95 a month. Fans can follow along via Live Stats on www.DenverPioneers.com, as well as the in-game blog on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DU_Pioneers.
The Penn Quakers come into the Mile-High City sporting an 0-2 mark on the 2010 season. The Quakers started the season, dropping a 16-11 decision at No. 8 Duke and then followed it with a 14-9 loss to No. 20 Lafayette. Dan Savage and Rob McMullen lead the way for Penn with four goals apiece, while Corey Winkoff is leading the assist duties with six helpers. Face-off man Justin Lynch has been 55.8 percent successful on face-offs this season and has also scooped up 17 ground balls. Goalie Chris Casey has seen the most action between the pipes for the Quakers, logging over 100 minutes of action for a 15.57 GAA and a 43.5 save percentage.
Prior to their match-up with the Air Force Falcons, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks opened the season with a 7-6 win over Satin Joseph’s and then followed it with losses to No. 4 North Carolina (17-5, L) and Navy (8-3, L). Adam Johnston leads the scoring duties for the Mountain Hawks with five goals, while David DiMaria and Roman Lao-Grosney have both registered three goals each. Face-off man Will Scudder has won 60.8 percent of his attempts and has also secured five ground balls. Goalie Dan Carr is boasting a 10.18 GAA and a 62.5 save percentage in 165 minutes of action.
After dropping its first two games of the season, Denver snagged its first win under head coach Bill Tierney as it defeated the No. 20 Albany Great Danes over the weekend. Sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) led the Pioneers with three goals and three assists, earning ECAC Co-Offensive POW honors. Demopoulos leads the Pioneers this season with nine goals, while also dishing out four assists. Senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) leads the team with seven assists, bringing his career total to 56 assists and moving him into fourth all-time in the Pioneer record books.
PIONEERS IN THE RANKINGS
The Pioneers jumped into the top-20 of the LaxNews.com rankings this week after defeating No. 20 Albany 17-13 to give head coach Bill Tierney his first win as a Pioneer. Denver enters the rankings as No. 20 behind the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Syracuse continues to lead the nation with a 2-0 start to the season, while Virginia is ranked No. 2 after defeating both of its opponents.
Sophomore Alex Demopoulos was tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week as he led the Pioneers in their second week of the season, tallying three goals and recording three assists to finish with six points as Denver defeated No. 20 Albany at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The attackman had six shots, placing five on goal, and also scooped up five ground balls in his third start of the season. Demopoulos shared the award with Loyola’s Matt Langan and was the second Pioneer in consecutive weeks to earn a weekly honor.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
The only active Pioneer in the record books, senior Charley Dickenson ranks fourth all-time on the career-assists list with 56 assists and is just 11 assists away from securing the top spot. Daren Dickson (1990-93) currently holds the top spot with 66 assists. Dickenson also entered the career-points list at No. 11 with 85 career points. Todd Dickson (1990-93) leads the way with 199 points.
College Men’s Lacrosse Profile: Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman Evan Guerrero (Sr., St. Margaret’s Episcopal, CA) Is Named 2010 Team Captain
“Guerrero, a defenseman, started all 15 games as a junior, recording two goals and one assist. He earned a spot on the All-Patriot League Teams after leading the team in caused turnovers with 39 and finishing second in ground balls with 42. As a sophomore, Guerrero started all 15 games and scooped up 20 groundballs. His rookie season, Guerrero appeared in eight games while starting two and he scooped up five ground balls.”
Evan Guerrero, St. Margaret’s Class of 2006, was named one of the captains of the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team on November 9. The Lehigh Web site article quotes head coach Kevin Cassesse as saying, “So far this fall, I have been pleased with the overall leadership of this team. I believe there are several members of the senior, junior and sophomore classes that are more than capable of being team captains, and the player voting reflected that. In the end, I am proud to announce four outstanding young men as team captains in the 2009-10 campaign.”
Guerrero was one of those four captains. The Lehigh Web site reports, “Guerrero, a defenseman, started all 15 games as a junior, recording two goals and one assist. He earned a spot on the All-Patriot League Teams after leading the team in caused turnovers with 39 and finishing second in ground balls with 42. As a sophomore, Guerrero started all 15 games and scooped up 20 groundballs. His rookie season, Guerrero appeared in eight games while starting two and he scooped up five ground balls.”
College Men’s Lacrosse: Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Features Two California Freshman Midfielders, Carlton Fisher (St. Ignatius Prep) And Noah Molnar (Corona Del Mar)
The freshmen midfielders are a large and talented group that includes Derek Bogorowski, David DiMaria, Carlton Fisher, Brian Hess, Bryan Hopper, Noah Molnar, Devin Pullara, Chris Rinaldi and Ryan Snyder.
DiMaria and Fisher may also see time at attack, with both of the newest Mountain
Hawks garnering All-America accolades during their high school careers and Hess was a member of a Deerfield Academy team that ranked tenth in the nation a season ago. Hopper comes to Lehigh after earning honorable mention All-State accolades in New Jersey, while Molnar earned All-America and Orange County Player of the Year honors last season.
With a large roster consisting of a good deal of returning experience, as well as an exciting group of newcomers the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team is looking forward to the 2010 season. Third-year head coach Kevin Cassese continues to mold the Mountain Hawks into a fast-paced, physical unit that can compete with any team it faces and last year the former Duke All-American proved just that in leading the Brown and White to a pair of road upsets versus nationally ranked foes in back-to-back contests. With a large majority of its offensive contributors returning and solid pieces throughout the defense coming back, Lehigh is poised to make more headlines in 2010.
Lehigh scored nearly 40 more goals in 2009 than it did the previous season, and Cassese would like to see the Mountain Hawks offense continue that type of growth in 2010. Despite losing Ricky Cornetta, who ranked tenth in the nation last season in points per game, and Max Dahlem who totaled 20 points and was the leader of the offense, Lehigh returns a very strong group of attackmen that Cassese will work with to put increased numbers on the scoreboard. Senior Brian Bienemann leads the group after being shifted from midfield during the off-season. Bienemann is Lehigh’s leading returning scorer after posting totals of 21 goals and six assists a season ago.
Classmates Taylor Castagna, Chris Lubin, and John Henry McNierney give the Mountain Hawks a strong senior contingent of attackmen for Cassese to lean upon. Castagna missed all of last year with an injury but impressed the coaching staff during the fall season and individual workouts with his progress. Lubin showed he is a more than capable scorer last season with 14 goals and two assists, while McNierney has appeared in over 20 games throughout his career and scored five goals during that time. Another senior, Max Copelan, missed the 2009 season and will unfortunately once again miss the upcoming season due to injury, but he was voted a captain by his teammates, indicating the level of trust and respect they have towards him.
Other members of the attack include sophomores Adam Johnston and Kevin Donovan. Johnston made quite a splash last year for the Mountain Hawks, appearing in all 15 games and scoring 15 goals to go along with five assists and 29 ground balls. Now a year older and stronger, this Maryland native will be asked to take on an even larger role within the offense. Donovan appeared in eight games as a freshman and scored one goal.
The newest members of the Lehigh attack include Alex Drake, Dante Fantoni, and Kyle Stiefel. Drake, a high school All-American and the 2009 Ohio Player of the Year, and Fantoni, an All-League selection at St. Anthony’s High School in New York, had strong fall seasons and will be given a chance to contribute right from the start, while Stiefel scored 45 goals last season while earning All-Mid-Atlantic Prep honors at the Peddie School.
The Mountain Hawks return a large group of midfielders that saw plenty of time in 2009 as well as a talented group of newcomers who will be looked upon to make an impact. Seniors Kyle Gentile, Andrew Horgan, and Chris Linko lead the group with Gentile appearing in all 15 games a season ago and contributing three goals, 24 ground balls and 17 face-off wins. Linko saw time in 14 games in 2009 and totaled three points and six ground balls, while Horgan will look to make a push for increased playing time in his senior season.
Juniors Will Scudder, Jonathan Stumpf, Dustin Clark, Tom Hueber, and Chris Ryan, along with sophomores Cameron Lao-Gosney, Roman Lao-Gosney, Trevor Stapleton, Matt Fullam, and Dana Frye comprise the remaining members of the upperclass midfielders. Scudder returns as the Mountain Hawks’ top face-off man after winning 56% last year, good for 17th best in America. Stumpf sat last season out but made quite an impact as a freshman when he started 12 games, scored ten goals and earned a Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor. His return should help bolster Lehigh’s offense. Clark has appeared in 25 games during the last two seasons and totaled six points during that time, while Hueber has seen limited time during his first two seasons in the Brown and White but is expected to make a push this year. Ryan transferred to Lehigh from the University of Pittsburgh and will add more depth in the midfield.
Cameron Lao-Gosney got his career off to a fast start as he appeared in 15 games as a freshman, starting nine along the way. His best game came in Lehigh’s upset of Army when he scored five goals, including the game-winner in overtime. For his efforts, Lao-Gosney was chosen as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, and following the season Inside Lacrosse named him one of the nation’s top-20 freshmen. Roman Lao-Gosney battled injuries in his first season, but did manage to appear in nine games and total five points in those contests, and Stapleton started two games for the Mountain Hawks as a freshman, picking up five ground balls and causing five turnovers in that time. Frye appeared in six games in 2009, while Fullam did not play last season due to injury.
The freshmen midfielders are a large and talented group that includes Derek Bogorowski, David DiMaria, Carlton Fisher, Brian Hess, Bryan Hopper, Noah Molnar, Devin Pullara, Chris Rinaldi and Ryan Snyder. Bogorowski was an All-State selection in high school where he helped lead LaSalle College High School to a pair of state championships. DiMaria and Fisher may also see time at attack, with both of the newest Mountain Hawks garnering All-America accolades during their high school careers and Hess was a member of a Deerfield Academy team that ranked tenth in the nation a season ago. Hopper comes to Lehigh after earning honorable mention All-State accolades in New Jersey, while Molnar earned All-America and Orange County Player of the Year honors last season. Pullara was a First-Team All-State face-off specialist at Arapahoe High School in Colorado and Rinaldi and Snyder were four and three year letterwinners, respectively, in high school.
Assistant coaches Taylor Wray and Brendan Callahan will once again mentor the Lehigh defense in 2010. Wray is a member of the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, while Callahan is a former NCAA save percentage champion from Stony Brook University. That pair will look to senior captain Evan Guerrero, a 2009 All-Patriot League selection, to anchor the Mountain Hawks defense. A native of California, Guerrero has started every game the last two seasons and last year he scooped up 42 ground balls and caused 39 turnovers, including a career-best nine in the opener versus Saint Joseph’s. Playing alongside Guerrero is fellow captain, junior Richard Bradley. Bradley has been a mainstay on the Lehigh “D” since his freshman year and last season he totaled 31 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers and also won 6-of-14 face-offs.
Other returners on defense are juniors Ryan Brown and Chris Rhodes and sophomores Blaise Fullen and Gaige Flint. Brown appeared in 11 games in 2009, scooping up ten ground balls in that time, while Rhodes has played in 13 games during his first two seasons, with four starts during that time. Fullen had a strong freshman campaign for the Brown and White, starting 11 games and scoring one goal, and Flint will look to make an impact in 2010.
Rounding out the defenders for Lehigh is a large and talented group of freshmen that consists of Nathan Hunt, Ben Kelley, Baxter Lanius, Mike Noone, and Kyle Sheridan. Hunt was a four year starter in high school as well as a four time All-Conference selection, while Kelley was also a four year starter and a First-Team All-State honoree. Lanius comes to Lehigh from Lawrenceville, New York where he helped lead his high school to a 34-3 record during his career and Noone was ranked as one of the top-30 defensemen by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Sheridan started all four years at Smithtown East High School and earned All-League and All-County accolades during that time.
At the goal keeper position Cassese has four players to choose from, including junior Morgan Haller, and sophomore Conor Murphy, as well as freshmen Dan Carr and Griffin Farha. Callahan will work closely with the four Mountain Hawks as the competition for playing time promises to be fierce. Haller started for the majority of the 2009 season, recording 85 saves and scooping up 24 ground balls, while Murphy appeared in nine games, and started six, sending back 56 shots during that time. Carr comes to Lehigh from Penn Charter High School where he posted a 71% save percentage as a senior and sent back 461 shots during his career. Farha meanwhile started for three years at Winston Churchill High School in Maryland and earned team MVP honors as a senior.
Lehigh will open its 2010 season on Saturday, February 13 when the Mountain Hawks travel to Philadelphia to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The opening face-off is set for 1:00.
North Carolina’s men’s lacrosse team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 14-6 victory over Lehigh at St. Paul’s High School in Baltimore. Senior attackman Bart Wagner and junior midfielder Sean Delaney led the Tar Heels with four goals each. Wagner also had three assists in the game and finished with seven points, exceeding his career high of six established against Marist on March 18, 2008.
The Tar Heels outshot the Mountain Hawks 56-24 and had a 51-28 edge in ground balls as Lehigh fell to 0-3 on the season. UNC also won 14 of 23 face-offs with all 14 face-off wins coming from Shane Walterhoefer.