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What's to come from Men's Lax

by Alyssa Daley
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 09:30 pm
Part of the 2018 Brockport lacrosse team (above) finishes a drill during one of the season's first practices. The team's first game is set to take place in a week from now on Wednesday, Feb. 28, against Alfred University. Last time that Brockport versed Alfred was to open last year's season, and after losing out by one goal, Brockport will look to start the new season with a revenge victory.
Part of the 2018 Brockport lacrosse team (above) finishes a drill during one of the season's first practices. The team's first game is set to take place in a week from now on Wednesday, Feb. 28, against Alfred University. Last time that Brockport versed Alfred was to open last year's season, and after losing out by one goal, Brockport will look to start the new season with a revenge victory.

Last year, The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team finished its 2017 season with an overall record of 8–6 and a conference record of 4-2. There’s no question that the team is preparing to better its previous season record. The Golden Eagles have their first game of the season in just under a week on Wednesday, Feb. 28, against Alfred State University. The team will have the home turf advantage for this first matchup and hopefully, combined with the athletes’ and coaches’ preparations, it will result in a positive outcome.

Last year, the Golden Eagles placed third in the SUNYAC and every member of the team and coaching staff hope that this year will end in the team bringing home the conference title. Head coach Ben Wineburg joined the college’s athletic staff in 2000 and brought with him the Golden Eagles’ first varsity season and the joining of the SUNYAC in 2002.Slowly building the team from the ground up, Wineburg recorded one of the best finishes in program history in 2016, which earned Brockport the right to host its first post-season playoff game. This pattern of persistence to succeed has set the team on the path to do just that this season. 

With eight seniors on a roster of 36, there is a balance between players with extensive SUNYAC play experience and freshman/transfers. Seniors, like forward Zach Cook, act as leaders to the underclassman. The team dynamic plays a crucial role in whether or not the team is able to work together on and off the field to ultimately generate success on the scoreboard and in creating relationships between the men. 

Being a senior not only means that these eight players are role models for their younger counterparts, but it also means they have extra motivation to make this season one to remember. The record book has not been changed since 2016, proving that if the team wants to leave its mark among its predecessors, it has some big shoes to fill.

The freshmen recruited for this year are: defenders Joe Chiarmonte, CJ Parker, Travis MacDonald, Dallas Whitney, Michael Colletti, Max Rovner, midfielders Brandon Sveda, Andrew Colalillo, Brendan Halleran, Matt Paul, Max Riley, Jahadi Prior, attackmen Liam O’Connor, Patrick Sheridan, Peter Scavone and face-off get-off (FOGO) Ethan Stiles. This influx of freshmen potential bodes well for this season, but also for those to come. These players will be looking to prove themselves and earn game playing time.

The team’s dedication during practice is predicted to transfer onto the field when it counts the most. The team’s first game on Feb. 28, will be the start of a season the entire team and Brockport lacrosse fans hope will be one for the record books. 

Last year when the Golden Eagles played against Alfred, the game ended in a close 11-10 loss for Brockport. This year, the team is hoping to prove to Alfred and itself that it will start off even stronger than years previous. To win this first face-off would also build the developing team’s confidence as it officially begins its 2018 season.