Poultney, VT - The Green Mountain College men's lacrosse team will be looking to build on last year's late season success as it prepares for the 2012 season. The Eagles are coming off of a 2-8 season (1-6, NAC) in 2011 which saw the men finish the season with an impressive overtime victory. The men hope to continue that momentum into this year as they get set to kick off the year on March 15th as the team will travel to face Emmanuel College (MA) in their season opener.
Head coach Robert Labate has a very optimistic outlook on the upcoming season, "We ended last season playing our best lacrosse of the year beating Johnson in double overtime 10-9. That victory showed us what we can accomplish as a team."
To build on last season's play, the team will have to overcome some key losses as captains Matt Tarricone and Ethan LaCuyer both leave the team. Remaining captain Charles Petrick will be counted on for his leadership and to help develop the new incoming class.
Some key injuries and eligibility issues have also affected the composition of this year's team which will place added pressure on the returners and newcomers to the team.
The Eagles welcome back eight players from last year's squad while getting an additional bonus with the return of senior attacker Adi Partojoyo (Washington, DC). The eight returning starters include senior attacker Eric Hansel (Essex, CT); senior midfielder Oliver Osnoss (Chilmark, MA); senior defender Ryan Rusch (Redwood, NY); junior defenders Andrew Hull (Branford, CT) and Sam Haldeman (New Hope, PA), junior attacker Toliver DiMasi (Winooski, VT), sophomore midfielder Luke Carey (Brooklyn, NY) and sophomore defender Charles Petrick (Henniker, NH).
Five new faces will join the Eagles' roster this season. Additions to the team include senior Tyler Randolph (Easton, PA); sophomores Forrest Teutsch (Reading, MA), Daniel Fifield (Royalton, VT) and Domenic Mollica (Windsor, CT); and freshman Ezra Ward (Montague, MA). Petrick and Hull will be joined by Mollica to anchor the defense in front of freshman goalkeeper Ward who will man the pipes for the Eagles. Partojoyo and DiMasi will lead the charge on attack while the midfield will be manned by new names and faces to control the tempo and neutral zone.
The Eagles will continue their non-conference portion of the schedule on Wednesday, March 21st as the team travels to Rivier College for a 6:00 p.m. start time. The Saints will remain at home to face University of Maine at Farmington on March 19 in a non-conference matchup. Action will be set to get underway at 7:00 p.m.