February 15, 2011

Lafayette Looks to Take Next Steps

from press release

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's lacrosse team takes the field for the season-opener on Saturday looking to build off its record-setting 2010 season that ended in the Leopards' first-ever berth in the Patriot League Tournament.

On attack, the Leopards will be led by two seniors in Tom Perini and Stefan Bauer. Perini has started and played in every game of his collegiate career with the Leopards. Last season, he scored 32 goals and added six assists for a total of 38 points. Going into his final season on College Hill, he has amassed 108 points.

Bauer has started every game each of the past two years and has appeared in 29 games over the past three seasons. He tallied 15 goals last season and added an additional 30 assists. He enters his senior season with 71 career points and was named a Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse.

Joining the two veterans up front will be a new face in freshman Mike Galione. Galione will take over the spot vacated by the graduation of Matt Mersky '10.

The Leopards return a strong midfield with a number of players, led by junior Colin Serling and seniors Franklin Floyd, Cesar Munoz, Ryan Hansen, and Tyler Silvey. The Leopard midfield boasts a significant group of upperclassmen ready to take assert their legacy throughout the 2011 campaign, most notably Bob FitzPatrick, Alex Floeck and Connor Brennan. Junior Greg Allis and senior Doug Prusoff also will figure heavily into the Leopard midfield mix.
Serling started all 14 games as a sophomore last season scoring 18 times and adding 14 assists. He was named Patriot League Player of the Week following his three goal, two assist performance in a 15-8 win over Navy. Munoz will once again be relied upon in face-offs, but will also see added time in the Leopard defensive midfield. Expect 2010 Patriot League Coach of the Year Terry Mangan to use sophomore Greg Rau in face-off opportunities, as well.

Seniors Jon Marcek and Spencer Philpot headline a Leopard defense that returns nearly the entire rotation from last year. Joining Marcek and Philpot will be junior Paul Hammer and sophomore Geoff Stearns, along with long poles Bryan Ertz, Will Parker and freshman Brendan Gover.

With the graduation of Vinny DePasquale '10, Lafayette's biggest question mark comes between the pipes. Following competition during preseason, freshman Andrijko Andrusko will get the start on Saturday, with sophomore Ed Stubits as the backup and freshman Jake Hyatt currently rehabbing from an injury that forced him to miss a significant amount of the preseason.

The Leopards take the field Saturday at 1 p.m. against Fairfield. It's the second straight year the Leopards will open the season with the Stags. Last year, Lafayette got out to an early lead in Fairfield, Conn. and walked away with a 15-10 victory.

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