2018 Conference Previews: Chesapeake 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.


University of Delaware Club

Mascot: Blue Hens

Team Officer: Michael McLaughlin

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
2017 1-2-2 and record with a win over Morgan State and ties with both St. Joe’s and East Coast Dyes

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
5 – Justin Squeo – G – Freshman
10 – Ryan Melilo – M – Freshman
13 – Dylan Guesswin – D – Freshman
19 – Andrew Porretta – A – Freshman
28 – Ryan Langdon – A – Freshman
39 – Vladimir Karpoff – M – Freshman

Losses to Graduation:
Matthew Prigg – D, former president
Ryan Georgov – four year player F/O
Twoey Marconi – Midfield
Matthew Jackson – SSDM
IG Burton – Goalie
Eric Brown – Midfield

2018 Outlook
5.)  As a team, we are looking for a bounce back year compared to years past, with the strengths of our team being our close defense and play in transition, especially off of face-offs. An anticipated game for us would be Temple or Maryland.


University of Maryland (Terrapins Lacrosse Club)

Mascot: Terrapins

Founded: 1990

Team Officer: Justin Tabatabai

Top Returning Players:
Luke Matanin (Captain), Defense/LSM, St. Paul’s, Ellicott City, MD, 2019
Donald Colegrove, Defense, Transfer from DIII Stevenson, Marriotts Ridge, Baltimore, MD, 2019
Matthew Groff (Captain), Defense, Defense, Hereford, Sparks, MD, 2018
Zack Bloom (Captain), Attack, Xaverian Brothers, Boston, MA, 2019
Grant Cox (Captain), Attack, Francis Scott Key, Keymar, MD, 2019

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
8-3 record; Elite Eight Finalist; Post season ranking: #5 in the NCLL; Notable OT win over United States Naval Academy. 11-3 record in the fall; Fall Brawl Champions; Towson Invitational Champions. Also played in the UVA “Heal Charlottesville” Jamboree, ECU “Pirates Invitational” tournament, and the WVU “Mountain Mayhem” tournament for a total of five tournaments this fall season.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Donald Colegrove is currently the Terps’ top program addition, transferring from Stevenson’s NCAA Division III lacrosse team. A Maryland native, “Don” has swiftly earned his spot as a defensive starter for the Terps through his on-ball lacrosse IQ that makes him a lethal takeaway defender. Donald played at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, Maryland.

2018 Outlook
The Terps plan to play a variety of opponents this upcoming Spring season, ranging from international lacrosse teams (Federation of International Lacrosse, FIL), Maryland Masters Lacrosse League (MMLL) teams, and of course, National College Lacrosse League (NCLL) teams. Seeking competition across multiple elite lacrosse leagues, the Terps hope to stay competitive in the months leading up to May 2018 in order to qualify for NCLL playoffs. When asked about in-conference opponents of the Chesapeake division, junior offensive captain Zack Bloom shared his thoughts, “Towson has traditionally been our in-state rival, and they were also the 2017 National Champs so there’s definitely some great competition to be had in Maryland — especially with the Naval Academy closeby in Annapolis as well”.

Losses to Graduation:
Three past Terp presidents graduated last semester, Connor Whitehead, Conor Briggi, and Brian Buskard.

Conor Briggi graduated Cum Laude from College Park with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of the Arts (B.A.) in Mechanical Engineering and Economics, respectively. Briggi was an instrumental flex player for the team, always filling whatever role the team needed. Briggi is currently a Structural Analysis Engineer for The Boeing Company’s Defense and Space Systems.

Connor Whitehead graduated from College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise. Whitehead was both a president and captain for the team during the 2016 season after transferring from Frostburg State University, where he played varsity lacrosse his freshman year. Whitehead was a passionate defensive player for the Terps, leaving big shoes to fill for the current defensive roster.

Brian Buskard graduated from College Park with a degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice, and is currently continuing his education at American University for a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis. The token LSM player of the Terps for 8 semesters, Buskard was a keystone officer for the growth of the TLC program both on and off the field for the past 4 years.


Towson University Club

Mascot: Tigers

Team Officer: Tyler Jurvelin – Head Coach

Top Returning Players:
Jeff Matrone – Senior – Defense – Frederick, MD (2017 All Tournament)
Ryan Jurvelin – Senior – Attack – Frederick, MD (2017 All Tournament)
Eric Otero – Sophmore – DMID – Cortlandt Manor, NY (2017 All Tournament)
Peter Jarosiewicz – Sophmore – Midfield – Monroe Township, NJ (2017 All Tournament)
Jake Drexl – Senior – FOGO – Montville, NJ – (2017 All Tournament)
Joey Brewer – Sophmore – Attack – Laurel, MD
Clark Wyatt – Sophmore – Defense – Towson, MD
Eric Polefka – Sophmore – LSM – Monroe Township, NJ
Corey Curran – Senior – Attack – West Milford, NJ
Alec Hoenstein – Senior – Defense – Kent Island, MD

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
15-3 record; D1 National Champions; Team of the Year; Notable wins over Penn State, Navy, Albany, Rutgers, JMU and Salisbury. 2017 Fall Ball Results; 9-1-5 record, ECU Pirate Invitational Finalist, Undefeated at Kelsey Classic – West Chester, PA

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Zack Hansell – Transfer – Frederick Community College – Frederick, MD – Attack
Zach Peters – Transfer – Virginia Wesleyan – Goalie
Tim Setree – Transfer – Missouri Valley College – Midfield
Reid Merlo – Transfer – Howard Community College – Reisterstown, MD – Midfield
Kenny Robertson – Transfer – Kent Island, MD – Defense
Jake Hager – Kent Island, MD – Midfield
Conor Flanagan – Freshman – Ridgefield, CT – Defense

Losses to Graduation:
Matthew Morton – leader of the Attack unit for 3 years
Reese Bartell – 2 Way Midfielder that could do it all, most valuable player in 2017 tournament
Cole Luthy and Garrett Flannery – Anchors of the defense for 2 seasons prior to graduation
Connor Bartell – National Championship Goalie

2018 Outlook
Strengths – Defense, Depth, Midfield, Transition
Rivalries – UMD, Penn State, JMU


Morgan State

Mascot: Bears

Team Officer: Bill Krehnbrink – Head Coach, Grayson Savoie – Assistant Coach

Top Returning Players:
20 Kevin Ingram (Dunbar) 21G, 4A
2 Jason McDonald (Poly) 14G, 9A
18 Miciah Witherspoon (Randallstown) 8G, 7A
1 Skyler Hargrave (City) 4G, 2A
21 Carlile Welch (Mervo) 4G, 2A
23 David Moore (Charles Flowers) 3G, 3A
4 Chausey Rogers (Edgewood) 3G, 1A
10 Shalom Sabater (Springbrook) – 1G, 1A
33 Joshua Schenck (Northwood) 1G – 1A
9 Ibukun Alo (Dunbar) 53 Saves


George Mason University








Mascot: Patriots

Team Officer: Brendan Del Prete – President

Top Returning Players:
Matt Nash (Defenseman, Junior)
Brendan Del Prete (Attackman, Junior)
Chris Klabonski (Midfielder, Sophomore, Lead team in Assists)
Brandon Landers (Attackman, Junior)
Caleb Elliot (Defenseman, Senior)
Johannes Shade (Defenseman, Junior)
Jacob Windle(Goalie, Senior)
Lakshya Kaushal (Midfielder, Junior)

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
Big win in the ‘Battle of NOVA’ vs. Northern Virginia Community College. Placed 2nd in the conference but we were unable to attend the conference tournament due to over 50% of the team having scheduling conflicts.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Mark Buttling (Attackman transfer from CNU)
15+ Freshman interested in coming out for the team

Losses to Graduation:
Miles Herbst (Team President, Captain, Star Attackman. Team’s Leading Goal Scorer)

2018 Outlook
Out outlook for 2018 is positive. We are optimistic about the season considering we bring back most of last year’s team as well as having a lot of interest from freshman.


Georgetown University Club









Mascot: Hoyas

Founded: 1991

Team Officer: Patrick Foley

Top Returning Players:
Patrick Foley, Defense, Gonzaga College High School, Bethesda, MD, 2019
Thomas Hebert, Defense, The Gilman School, Baltimore, MD, 2019
Winston Smith, Midfield, Phillips Exeter Academy, East Greenwich, RI, 2019
Gavin Kennedy, Attack, Deerfield Academy, Concord, MA, 2020
Joseph Kim, Midfield & FOGO, Rye Country Day School, Tuckahoe, NY, 2018
Joseph Carney, Midfield, Chaminade High School, Locust Valley, NY, 2020

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
2017 was a rebuilding year for Georgetown University’s Men’s Club Lacrosse team. The team spent the majority of the year focusing on revitalizing the program through many practices and local scrimmages. The Hoyas are looking forward to a great 2018 campaign. The Hoyas spent the entirety of the 2017 Fall Ball season practicing and preparing for 2018.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Pat Bulger, Boston College High School, Norwell, MA, Attack
Conor Chambers, Xaverian Brothers High School, Franklin, MA, Defense
Jack Mahoney, Dover-Sherborn High School, Sherborn, MA, Attack
Joe Lynch, St. Mary’s Annapolis, Annapolis, MD, Attack

2018 Outlook:

We have a very positive and strong outlook for 2018 for the Georgetown Men’s Club Lacrosse team. Captain Patrick Foley believes that the team will be highly competitive and have a strong lineup of returners and new members on the team. The Hoyas will begin their 2018 season with a home-opener against UMBC on Saturday, February 10th. In addition to a strong conference schedule, Georgetown will also play D1 Chesapeake Conference team, The University of Maryland Terps, on Thursday, February 22nd at 8pm in College Park. The Hoyas expect to form a local DC rivalry with the Catholic University Cardinals, as well.


Stevenson University Club








Mascot: Mustangs

Founded: 2013

Team Officer: Head Coach Nick VanRensselaer

Top Returning Players:
Garret Brenk – Senior Captain – Attack – Smithsburg, MD
Joe Pelzcar – Senor Captain – Goalie – Mendham, NJ
Avon Greene – Senior Captain – Goalie – Wilde Lake, MD

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
6-7 record in 2017 with key wins over Morgan State (14-8) and Johns Hopkins (13-10). Fall ball win over Johns Hopkins.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Grant Sabad (Winters Mill High School)
Tim “Bird” Maly (Glen Burnie High School)
Devin Blakeney (Christo Rey)
Chris Fenzel (Chesapeake High School)

Losses to Graduation:
Ray Hastings along with attackman, Captain and leading scorer Will Pfiefer.

2018 Outlook
New Head Coach Nick VanRensselaer is ready to take over the helm of this exciting group. With experienced senior leadership and talented young freshmen, this season will be an exciting test.


Washington College Club







Mascot: Shoremen

Team Officer: Nicholas Totis

Top Returning Players:
Nicholas Totis, Goalie, Class of 2018
Collin Vincent, Mid, Class of 2019
Clay Smith, Attack, Class of 2018
Evan Gaba, Defense, Class of 2020
Jack Despeaux, D Mid, Class of 2018
Mike Gutkind, Defense, Class of 2019

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
2017 record 1-5. Notable win over Cabrini at a round robin. 1-3 at the Fall Brawl tournament at UMD, beating Millersville

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
Dan Jeon, Mid
Hunter Dase, Attack
Steffan Barahona, Attack

Losses to Graduation:
Neil Pervola, Defense, ex-president of the club
Brennan Pierce, Defense
Keita Cristophe, Defense
Stephen Burke, Defense
Jackson Szurley, Attack
Stephen Goff, Attack
Bennett Lloyd, Defense
Dan Hukportie, Face Off Specialist
Ryan Leigh, Face Off Specialist

2018 Outlook
Should be a great season with plenty of play time for all players due to small freshman class and loss of seniors


Catholic University Club







Mascot: Cardinals

Founded: 2014

Top Returning Players:
After losing 11 seniors last year, the Cards are coming back just as strong with even more new talent than we lost. We return a strong defense led by junior goalie Mike Braddick (Monroe, CT), who stood tall in the cage in his first year as a member of the team. Brad Lois (Fishkill, NY), an absolute stud of an LSM, looks to come back strong in his senior season while balancing his civil engineering and architecture degrees. Junior Seb Ferretti (Merrick, NY), the big fella, will man the helm of the offensive midfield unit this season with the help of sophomore Jack Hogerty (Milwaukee, WI), also known as Spanky McJohnson to his pals. These men are ready for their third straight Chesapeake conference championship. Seniors Hugh O’Neill (Hightstown, NJ), Brad Lois, and Gianluca Spataro (Rockaway, NJ), who have been playing for the club since it’s very first year as a program, look to have an electric final season leading the guys.

2017 Record/Notable Wins & Achievements
We went back to the national tournament looking for our second consecutive national championship after beating UMBC 10-5 in the conference championship. Dropped a tough semifinal loss there to eventual champions, West Chester.

We participated in three tournaments in the fall: NCLL Fall Brawl, Towson Invitational, and ECU Pirate Invitational. At the Fall Brawl we posted two wins against Millersville as well as conference foes Washington College, and we posted two losses against Rowan and Maryland B team. At the Towson Invitational we posted two big wins against conference rivals UMBC as well as Christopher Newport, and dropped a tough one to Towson. We finished out our fall ball season with a game against crosstown MCLA team George Washington University in which we lost 10-6 after making a late game push.

Transfers/Top Incoming Freshmen:
We welcome several new freshmen as well as one transfer to the team this year. Freshman Evan Prendergast (East Windsor, NJ) will start at X this year and hopes to put up some serious numbers this season while balancing Greek life and his pre-law studies. We welcome two freshmen goalies, Sean McCormick (Wilmington, DE) and Eryk Ross (Southlake, TX), who showed serious promise during our fall season. We also have acquired a lockdown LSM, Ed Palmieri (Guilford, CT), transferring in from a northern New Jersey school we don’t care to name, who will almost definitely lead the team in GBs and takeaways this year.

Losses to Graduation:
11 Seniors lost to graduation.

2018 Outlook
Captains Hugh O’Neill and Gianluca Spataro have put out a considerably busy and competitive schedule for the upcoming season. We start our season off with Georgetown, who we beat 10-9 last year and will surely be a fierce competitor for our conference trophy this season. We are also competing in three different tournaments this season: Main Line Classic (Cabrini College), Lax For Donnie (Rowan) and the Beltway Bash (NCLL) that we are very excited for.

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