November 2, 2010

Robert Morris Announces 2011 Schedule, Makes Staff Moves

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Robert Morris University men's lacrosse head coach Bear Davis announced Tuesday the captains for the Colonials' 2011 season along with an addition and promotion to his coaching staff.

Seniors Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Western Reserve Academy), Mike Rowse (Urbana, Md./Urbana) and Dane Smith (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard-Davidson), redshirt senior Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and junior Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Saltfleet) will serve as captains for Robert Morris in the 2011 season.

"I am pleased with whom the team selected as their captains for the 2011 season," Davis said. "They will represent our program very well."

Davis has also promoted assistant coach J.D. Wilson to Director of Lacrosse Operations and has added Kee Joe Song to his staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

"I am glad to welcome Pittsburgh native Kee Joe to our staff," Davis said. J.D. has done a great job and is well deserving of the promotion. There is no question our program will be stronger with these moves."

Moore, a 2010 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) honorable mention All-American, is already the all-time program leader in both points (134) and assists (50) entering his senior season. The reigning Northeast Conference (NEC) Player of the Year ranked 10th in the nation in points per game last season and led the Colonials in points (60) and assists (25) and was second on the team in goals (35). Moore connected on 46.1% of his shot attempts and extended his point streak to 30 games in 2010. He also registered at least three points in 13 of 15 games last season.

Rowse started 13 games a season ago for the Colonial defense and was a member of the unit that helped RMU rank eighth in the country in caused turnovers per game. Rowse is tied for fifth in program history with 25 caused turnovers and is also tied for fifth in career games started with 36. He has collected 44 ground balls in 45 career games for Robert Morris.

Dane Smith enters his senior season having played in 31 consecutive contests for the Colonials. The midfielder has recorded 31 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers and two points in his RMU career.

Patrick Smith was named All-NEC Second Team a season ago after finishing third on the team in goals (30) and fourth in both points (45) and assists (15). Smith, who has started 23 consecutive games for RMU, ranks fourth all-time in both career points (98) and career goals (66) in Colonial history. Smith tallied seven games with at least four points a season ago and is tied for second all-time at Robert Morris with four game-winning goals.

Matisz joined Moore on the All-NEC First Team in 2010 after finishing the season third on the squad in points with 46. Matisz, who already ranks sixth all-time at RMU with 66 career points, registered at least one point in every game last season and will enter 2011 with a 19-game point streak. He collected at least four points in more than half of RMU's games and set his career high with six in the Colonials' season-opening 24-17 win at Penn State.

Wilson is entering his fourth season as a member of Davis' staff. Over the past three years, he was responsible for coaching the face-off core and controlling the box as well as working with the team's defense. Wilson's primary face-off men won 54.5% of their face-offs over the past three seasons.

Wilson, the former president of the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association, will handle scheduling and other administrative capacities as part of his new operations role.

Song will be working in a collegiate capacity for the first time, but he has served as a head coach at the high school level, the club level and in international competition. Song was most recently the head coach of the Swiss national team at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England. Prior to his term as a national team coach, Song was the head coach for the Hamburg Warriors, a club team that competes in the German Bundesliga, for one year.

Before journeying overseas, Song served as head coach at his alma mater, Mount Lebanon Senior High School, for four seasons. His teams were the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (WPSLA) champions in each of his first three seasons before capturing the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championship in his final season. Song's 2007 squad was also a Pennsylvania state finalist. During his career, Song has coached nine All-Americans and 27 first team all-league players.

Song was a four-year starter and a two-year captain as a midfielder for Mt. Lebanon. He was a two-time All-WPSLA First Team honoree and was also named to the All-Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Association First Team in 1998. Song will take over the face-off responsibilities along with controlling the box.

Assistant coaches Andrew McMinn and Dan Mulford will also return as part of Davis' staff for their sixth and second seasons, respectively. McMinn was a three-time all conference selection as a goaltender for Providence, and Mulford was a four-year starter for the Colonials and still ranks fourth at RMU in career caused turnovers.

Robert Morris will enter the 2011 season looking to build on numerous noteworthy achievements from last season. In 2010, the Colonials led the nation in scoring offense with 15.33 goals per game, recorded their first national ranking in school history and collected a program-record 10 wins.

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