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2018 men's lacrosse preview The Coast Guard men’s lacrosse team comes into the 2018 season with a revamped schedule and high aspirations looking to build on consecutive 10 win seasons.

Head coach Ray LaForte enters his fourth season with a record of 24-22. He will be assisted this season by Paul Deon, Brennan Dougherty, Nate Ryan, Izek Tibbets and Eric Tiner.

For the first time in program history the Bears will have a significant group of upperclassmen with 18 juniors and seniors. They will be joined by 16 freshmen and 10 sophomores.

“It is a new perspective for our team,” commented LaForte. “We never had more than 10 upperclassmen on the team since we made the jump to the NCAA level. That whole set up has provided a different but stronger vibe for us.”

Tasked with leading this group will be senior co-captains Matt Huemme...

and Alec Groff. The duo has combined to appear in 87 games over the last three seasons and will use their experience to help this talented group throughout the season.

Riley McNulty

On offense, Coast Guard returns 193 of their 208 goals from last season led by sophomore Riley McNulty who was NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference in 2017. He had a team leading 39 goals and 62 points while he was second on the team with 23 assists.

Junior Anthony Wyler will also be a key offensive threat for the Bears, finishing the year with 52 points. He was a NEWMAC second team All-Conference selection last season and ended the year tallying a program record nine points in the season finale against Babson.
“The two of them have chemistry,” commented LaForte. “They worked hard a year ago to develop that chemistry and they have it. They played off each other very well last season like a good quarterback, wide out combo. They do some things you can’t coach and are comfortable with each other scoring.”
Benner Geurtsen (42), Ian Logan (50), Jack Pope (43), Will Iorio (30) and Matt Huemme (23)

Other impact players in the attacking third of the field will be Huemme (9 G, 4 A 13 P)and juniors Benner Geurtsen (20 G, 27 A, 47 P), Jack Pope (33 G, 7 A, 40 P) and Ian Logan (19 G, 7A, 26 P). Freshman Will Iorio has also played well during the preseason and has worked his way into a starting role for the Bears.

Colin Cashin

Junior Colin Cashin returns as the best FOGO in the conference earning first team All-NEWMAC honors. He led the conference with 212 won face offs and was statistically one of the top face off specialists in the country.

Justin Edwards (18), Mike McCaslin (44), Tom Bleifuss (20), Connor Ellis (33)

Defensively, Coast Guard has turned up the aggressive play with junior first team All-NEWMAC selection Tom Bleifuss returning along with classmate Connor Ellis and Mike McCaslin along with sophomore Justin Edwards. The four players combined for 72 caused turnovers and 140 ground balls and will continue to make attacking teams uncomfortable in the Bears defensive end.

Also seeing time on the defensive side of the ball will be seniors Groff and TJ Varley, juniors Matt Nagle and Ryland Chapman, sophomore Owen Kratowicz and Ryan Gochar and freshmen Tom Uhl, Ethan Geurtsen and Thomas Wahlin.

“The defense has become deeper this season,” commented LaForte. “The entire unit is stronger and more experienced. Paul Deon (defensive coordinator) has been a tremendous addition to our coaching staff.”
Trey Johnson

Junior Trey Johnson returns after his first full season as a starter winning nine games for the second straight season and leading the conference with an 8.70 goals against average. Sophomore Charlie McAllister will back Johnson up in net earning his first collegiate win last season as a freshman.

Coast Guard has ratcheted up the strength of their schedule this season, adding two nationally ranked squads. No. 1 Wesleyan will visit Cadet Memorial Field on March 7th for the Bears first contest against a top 10 nationally ranked team followed by a game on April 13th in Virginia Beach against No. 11 Ithaca. Coast Guard has also added NESCAC foe Conn. College and Goucher to go along with the always challenging NEWMAC schedule.
“The team’s temper matches up with the step up of our schedule,” added LaForte. “That is my challenge to them, they have to elevate their game everywhere. We cannot say we are going to just be a little better than last year.”

The Bears open tonight at home against Eastern Connecticut. Opening face off will be 7:00 PM

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