2018 Conference Previews: Blue Ridge Conference

Editors note: The following preseason previews were compiled from information submitted by each team captain/coach in response to an NCLL Preseason Questionnaire. Teams that did not respond with information could not be included in the previews.

 

DIVISION I

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Mascot: Rameses

Team Officer: Andrew Stratton

Founded: 2006

Top Returning Players:

Austin Neaville, Attack 17 G 9 A, Cary Academy (Cary, NC) 2018
Garrett Lunking, Midfield 15 G 11 A, Providence Day (Charlotte, NC) 2018
Andrew Stratton, Goalie .789 Save Rate, Watauga High (Boone, NC) 2020

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

7-2, Victory over rival Duke University. Traveled to Clemson, South Carolina for the Southern Comfort Tournament, Won out at a round robin style event at High Point University

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Jackson Ozello, Jerome High (Dublin, OH) Defense
Blake Glenn, Heritage High (Wake Forest, NC) Goalie

Losses to Graduation:

Lost 5 seniors (2 Attack, 2 Midfield, 1 Defense)

2018 Outlook: 

Strong on the defensive end, first taste of NCLL play coming up with Virginia and James Madison, most notable rivalry Duke University

 

DIVISION II

High Point University

Mascot: Panther

Team Officer: Roger Davis-Coach

Founded: 2006

Top Returning Players:

Ian Benz, Matt Kaplan, Galen Dotson, Ed Carter, Pat Greene, Coleson Young, Connor Jones, Brian Bufton, Zach Bark, and Troy Vile

2017 Record/Notable Achievements: 4-4

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

Connor Skyler and Jarad Mines in goal, Dan Haynes, Trevor White, Shane Lyons, Luke Dalton, and John Wu on midfield, Ian Faherty on defense, and William Charles on attack.

Losses to Graduation:

Mike Murray (Midfield)

2018 Outlook:

This will be our 11th year of competition and our 3rd year in the NCLL Blue Ridge Div II. Last year we won the regular season with a 3-0 record against Lynchburg, VMI, and Washington and Lee. We hosted the NCLL Regionals where Lynchburg won the tournament and represented the Blue Ridge and Tidewater Conferences in the National Championship Tournament.

We have a solid core from the team returning including Captains Ian Benz, and Matt Kaplan. We are also returning key players in Galen Dotson, Ed Carter, Pat Greene, Coleson Young, Connor Jones, Brian Bufton, Zach Bark, and Troy Vile. Our new players this fall included Connor Skyler and Jarad Mines in goal, Dan Haynes, Trevor White, Shane Lyons, Luke Dalton, and John Wu on midfield, Ian Faherty on defense, and William Charles on attack. We expect to get several players back this spring that were not able to participate in the fall.

We said goodbye to senior Mike Murray on midfield, but have a good mix of returning and new players. We hope to defend our regular season title and progress further in the play-offs this spring.

 

Lynchburg College

Mascot: Hornets

Team Officer: Gabe Dorwart (President)

Founded: 2006

Top Returning Players:
Dayne Nelson
Brooks Melvin
Eddie Kaiser
Gabe Dorwart
Dom Butler

2017 Wins/Notable Achievements:
Record→ 12-5. Notable wins: Louisville, PSU Altoona, UMBC. Achievements: Conference Champions, Final Four competitors. 9-8 OT win over Radford

Top Newcomers/Freshmen:

Andrew Dillard: Goalie

Losses to Graduation:

Alex Wall→ starting defenseman
Hunter Miller→ starting midfielder
Mike Theirs→ attackman
Taylor Brown→ defenseman
Garrette Porte→ starting attackman
Alex Arango→ midfielder
Carter Garland→ defenseman
Jon Lohman→ 2nd team all american goalie
Austin Crank→ defenseman
Peyton Wright→ defenseman
William Fortune → attackman

2018 Outlook:

Strengths: High powered offense, particularly at attack
Notable contests: Divisional opponents, Beltway Bash

 

Virginia Military Institute

 

Mascot: Moe the Kangaroo

Team Captain: Kevin Faust, Coach

Founded: 2008

Top Returning Players:
Logan Moore, 2018, goalie, 95 saves, GA 67,  Blue Valley West High School / Olathe, Kansas
Ethan Mahoney, 2020, attack/ midfield, 23 goals, 18 assists, Wakefield High School/ Catlett Virginia
Cody Sheetz, 2018, attack, 37 goals, 17 assists,  Peters Township High School / Eight Four Pennsylvania
Aaron Cusick, 2019, midfield, 3 goals, 18 assists, Marcellus High School, Marcellus New York
Rob Woolfolk, 2018, LSM, 6 goals, 4 assists, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta Georgia
Anthony Menichini, 2018, LSM, 5 goals, 3 assists, Rancocas Valley Regional High School, Lumberton New Jersey

2017 Record/Notable Achievements:

1-4. Our sole victory was against Washington and Lee; our cross town rival.2017 Fall Ball Results: 4-0 Win against ODU
VMI 4 Drexel 3 (Kelsey Klassic), VMI 8 Penn State Altoona 3 (Kelsey Klassic). VMI 6 Temple2 4 (Kelsey Klassic)

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:

New cadets cannot participate in club sports until February.

2018 Outlook:
VMI club lacrosse anticipates fielding a competitive team this spring. We have a number of returning seniors and have a fairly robust schedule of games. Intra-league rival games include contests against our neighbors at Washington and Lee University as well as Lynchburg College. We will host VCU and George Mason. The team will travel to Cabrini University in March to participate in the Main Line Classic. Scheduled opponents include UMBC, PSU Berks and Stony Brook. In April, we are schedule to play the Citadel, our longstanding military college rival. Also in April, we will be attending the Beltway Bash tournament. Additionally, we have scheduled games against non-league club opponents at the Naval Academy and the University of Virginia.

 

 

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