2020 Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

The Middlebury men’s lacrosse team returns several key members to a lineup that has advanced to the NESCAC Tournament for the past three seasons. The 2020 roster features an experienced group of seniors, paired with depth from each of the other three classes. Last year, the Panthers advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals for the 16th time in 19 years.

Head coach Dave Campbell

Head coach Dave Campbell ’00 enters his 14th season and has an optimistic outlook about this spring. He owns a 141-82 record and has guided the Panthers to the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament three times (2008, 2009, 2013).

A.J. Kucinski

Seniors A.J. Kucinski and Chase Goree return on the offensive unit for their final season in blue and white. Both players tied for second on the team with goals (28) last year, while Kucinski was first in assists (26) and second in points (54). Kucinski has scored at least one point in 50-straight games and is just shy of 100 career-goals (98) heading into the season. Goree was second for Middlebury in assists (15) and third in points (43).

Danny Jacobs

Senior Danny Jacobs and sophomore Tyler Forbes return on attack in 2020. Jacobs has 49 career-goals over 42 games played and has scooped up 61 groundballs for the Panthers. Forbes had a breakout rookie campaign last year, leading the team in points (59) and goals scored (49), recording at least one point in all 17 contests. In 12 games last year, Forbes recorded three or more points, including a career-high seven against Plattsburgh.

Jake Madnick

In the midfield, co-captain Jake Madnick returns for his senior season. In 2019, he won 61.8% of his faceoffs (204-330), while scooping up a team and career-high 127 groundballs. Junior Will Brossman had a stellar sophomore campaign, tallying 14 goals and dishing out six assists. Michael McCormack had his best season in 2018 when he finished third for Middlebury in points (44) and goals (30), while recording 14 assists. Rounding out the returning midfielders is senior Frank Cosolito. He has played in 49 of 51 games throughout his three years, and posted career-highs in points (25), goals (16) and assists (9) last season.

Zeke Emerson

The Panthers have some holes to fill defensively, as they lost a three-year starter and an experienced goaltender. Seniors Zeke Emerson, Ben Snow and Alex Farley all return to the defensive unit in 2020. Emerson played in all 17 games last year, scooping up 43 groundballs and causing a team-high 20 turnovers, while Snow racked up 10 caused turnovers and collected 23 groundballs. Farley gained valuable experience a year ago, causing 10 turnovers to go along with seven groundballs over 14 games.

Junior Laurence Jackson is expected to make an impact as a close defenseman after finding his rhythm last season. He played in all 15 games, causing 11 turnovers, picking up 15 groundballs and scoring twice.

Tyler Bass

In goal, junior Tyler Bass returns after starting in net for the second half of the 2019 season. Starting in seven games, he finished the year ranked fifth in the conference in save percentage (53.9), while stopping 89 shots during 419:48 of play.

Middlebury’s demanding schedule features five teams ranked in the top-10 of the USILA preseason poll, with four of those being conference opponents (#2 Amherst, #4 Williams, #5 Tufts and #10 Wesleyan). The Panthers begin competition on Saturday, February 29th when they head to Bowdoin for a 1:00 p.m. faceoff.

Created By
Ali Paquette