2000 Season Preview
The lacrosse team enters its third season at the varsity level after making great strides since its inaugural season. The squad, which scored 82 more points and allowed 60 fewer goals per game less than the previous year, improved from 1-12 in 1998 to 4-9 this past season. Head Coach Brooks Singer believes his team's 17 returning players will provide the necessary foundation for success.
"I think we've improved at every position," Singer said. "We are looking forward to this season and to our future development because of all the positive moves that we've made. From recruiting to skill level to competitiveness, we've upgraded the program in its entirety."
The team's 25 players include seven freshmen, seven sophomores, six juniors and five seniors. Singer's goal is to establish a lacrosse program that has a promising future in both Division III and the CAC. He looks forward to his team's continuing participation in the competitive CAC tournament at the conclusion of the regular season. Other men's lacrosse-playing members of the CAC are national power Salisbury State, St. Mary's (Md.), Mary Washington, Marymount, Goucher and conference newcomer York (Pa.).
Attack: Returning to lead the offense is 1999 team captain and MVP Tim Lambert, who led the team with 37 points on 24 goals and 13 assists. Lambert is extremely quick with great shooting ability. His younger brother Matt, who brings a powerful first step with an extremely hard shot, will join him. Todd Danner (21 points in 1998) rejoins the team after missing last season because of injury. He has a solid stick and can feed the ball well. Damian Noto solidifies the attack with his athleticism and hard-working attitude.
Midfield: Upperclassmen Shane McDevitt and Sean LaVine return to lead the Cardinals' offensive midfielders. McDevitt and LaVine, both 2000 co-captains, add leadership to the young midfield. Sophomores Mike Norusis and Jimmy Nalls, who scored 50 points between them as rookies, look to play key roles in the CUA offense. Norusis uses his speed to create scoring opportunities, while Nalls, a starting safety on the football team, uses his strength and agility to win face-offs and score. Keith Ledwith, co-captain Mike Fithian and Mike Concannon return to provide strong support to the defense as short-stick defensive midfielders. Fithian and Ledwith excel at harassing opposing offenses. Newcomers Kevin Coyle, John Bracken, Dan Lavoie and John Tripplaar will be welcome additions to the midfield. Coyle uses his size and strength to create scoring opportunities, while Bracken and Lavoie use their speed.
Defense: The sophomore trio of Matt Comerford, Paul Swartz and Andrew Avon will lead the defense after a strong 1999 campaign. Avon, another co-captain, is fast and experienced as a defensive midfielder. Comerford uses aggressive checks and strength to power the defense. Swartz is both fast and strong. The unit will strengthen with the addition of football offensive linemen Tim McCarthy and Glenn Benjamin. McCarthy, an All-American on the gridiron, has excellent footwork for a 316-pounder. He, Benjamin and Colin Heaney will add size and skill to the defensive unit.
Goaltenders: Freshman goalie Rob Jablonski, who transferred to CUA after red-shirting last season at Drexel University, brings knowledge, experience and an aggressive style of play. Senior Sean Murphy returns after leading the Cardinals last season with a .574 save percentage, including 23 saves against Salisbury State. Sophomore Mike Madonia had a solid first year with a .525 save percentage.
2000 Results (6-7, 0-6 CAC)
|Feb. 24||Salisbury State *||L, 24-1||M. Lambert G; T. Lambert A|
|Feb. 26||vs. Allentown #||W, 12-4||Lambert brothers combined for nine points|
|March 8||at St. Mary's *||L, 16-1||McDevitt G|
|March10||at Centenary||W, 13-4||M.Lambert 5G, T.Lambert 2G, Nalls 2G|
|March 12||Manhattanville||W, 21-7||Lamberts combine for 13 pts; Nalls 3G, 3A|
|March 15||Marymount *||L, 12-6||McDevitt 1G, 1A; T. Lambert 1G, 1A; Jablonski 17 saves|
|March 18||York (Pa.) *||L, 10-9||T. Lambert 4G; M. Lambert 3G; Jablonski 19 saves|
|March 23||at Mary Washington *||L, 7-5||T. Lambert 1G, 2A; M Lambert 2G; Jablonski 23 saves|
|March 26||at N.Y. Maritime||W, 15-4||2 G: M. Lambert, T. Lambert, McDevitt, Noto, Norusis, Nalls|
|April 2||Castleton State||W, 13-2||Nalls school-record 6G, 2A; school-record fifth victory|
|April 8||at Goucher *||L, 12-4||M. Lambert 2G; Jablonski 16 saves|
|April 11||at St. Mary's @||L, 18-0||Jablonski 16 saves; Murphy 5 saves|
|April 15||Eastern||W, 11-4||T. Lambert 4G, 1A; M. Lambert 4G; Danner 4A, 1G|
Home games in bold.
* Capital Athletic Conference games
# at St. Joseph's, Philadelphia
@ CAC Tournament
|17||Andrew Avon||D||So.||6-0||185||Central Catholic /Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|34||Glenn Benjamin||D||Jr.||6-2||270||St. John's (D.C.)/Rockville, Md.|
|23||John Bracken||M||Fr.||5-8||175||Cardinal O'Hara /Glen Mills, Pa.|
|3||Matt Comerford||D||So.||6-1||210||Randolph /Ironia, N.J.|
|19||Mike Concannon||M||So.||5-7||190||St. John Neumann /Philly, Pa.|
|11||Kevin Coyle||M||Fr.||6-2||200||St. Joseph's /Lafayette Hill, Pa.|
|14||Todd Danner||A/M||Sr.||5-7||160||Tanall /Alloway, N.J.|
|21||Mike Fithian||M||Jr.||5-8||170||LaSalle /Abington, Pa.|
|36||Rob Graziosi||D/DM||Jr.||5-'9||180||Glen Cove /Glen Cove, N.Y.|
|4||Colin Heaney||D||Fr.||5-7||190||Christian Brothers /Wayside, N.J.|
|35||Rob Jablonski||G||Fr.||6-1||205||St. John Neumann /Philadelphia, Pa.|
|7||Matt Lambert||A||Fr.||5-9||180||Kellenberg /Rockville Centre, N.Y.|
|6||Tim Lambert||A||Sr.||5-10||175||Holy Trinity /Rockville Centre, N.Y.|
|24||Sean LaVine||M||Jr.||5-9||170||Chaminade /Baldwin, N.Y.|
|10||Dan Lavoie||A||Fr.||5-8||180||Hargrave /Gretna, VA|
|15||Keith Ledwith||M||Sr.||5-11||185||LaSalle /Erdenhem, Pa.|
|13||Mike Madonia||G||So.||5-7||160||North Rockland /Stony Point, N.Y.|
|31||Tim McCarthy||D||Jr.||6-0||315||Gonzaga (D.C.)/Rockville, Md.|
|5||Shane McDevitt||M||Sr.||5-10||190||W. Penn Charter (Pa.)/Cinnaminson, N.J.|
|2||Sean Murphy||G||Sr.||5-9||175||St. Xavier /Cincinnati, Ohio|
|12||Jimmy Nalls||M||So.||5-11||175||Gonzaga (D.C.)/Rockville, Md.|
|9||Mike Norusis||M||So.||5-7||160||Bishop Ireton /Falls Church, Va.|
|8||Damian Noto||A/M||Jr.||6-1||185||Yorktown /Yorktown Hts, N.Y.|
|27||Paul Swartz||D||So.||5-7||195||Cumberland Valley /Mechanicsburg, Pa..|
|32||John Tripplaar||M||Fr.||5-9||175||Walter Johnson/Bethesda, Md..|
|33||Ryan Welsh||M||Fr.||6-0||205||Salesianum (Del.)/Glen Mills, Pa..|
Head Coach: Brooks Singer (Third Season)
Assistant Coaches: Shawn Mural (Canisius '92), Mike Apfelbaum (Bates '99)