December 2, 2009

NYIT Announces 2010 Captains, Schedule

from press releases

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- NYIT men’s lacrosse head coach Bill Dunn has announced the appointment of the 2010 team captains. The five student-athletes who were selected as captains are seniors Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.), Kevin Hennessy (West Babylon, N.Y.), Josh Kacpreazak (Rochester, N.Y.), Dan Quinn (Shirley, N.Y.), and junior Bryan Gil (Holbrook, N.Y.) for the 2010 season.

“Kevin Matt, Bryan, Dan and Josh all posses the necessary work ethic, character and leadership qualities that are staples to the Bears program,” said Dunn. “They represent what an NYIT lacrosse player is all about. The team and our coaching staff could not be happier that these were the five student-athletes who were chosen by their teammates and coaches to represent the NYIT lacrosse program.” 

Hennessy returns from an injury that ended his season early last year. Over the past four years the former USILA LT. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award winner has proven to be one of the most dominant players in NCAA Division II lacrosse. Sullivan has been the field general of the Bears offense for the past two seasons and had a career year in 2009. Gil was fifth on the team with 15 goals last season, and was a key cog in the midfield.

Kacpreazak and Quinn will anchor a Bears defense that is going to look to improve a  man-down defense that ranked 17th in the country a year ago.

NYIT will kick-off the 2010 season on Feb. 13th against Limestone College at  1 p.m.

Dunn also announced the Bears' 2010 lacrosse schedule. NYIT’s schedule showcases seven home games, highlighted by the annual Northern Boulevard rivalry game against the defending NCAA Division II Champions, C.W. Post and conference rival Mercyhurst College. The Bears non-conference schedule will have Bentley, Florida Southern, Limestone, Seton Hill and St. Anslem’s.

The Bears will kick off the regular season with a trip to Florida where they will take on Limestone on Feb. 13 in Orlando, and Florida Southern on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 in Lakeland.

With the expansion of  the East Coast Conference to 11 teams in 2010, the Bears have five associate members added to the schedule. The conference slate will start on March 6 as NYIT hosts ECC newcomer Lake Erie College. Then on March 13 the Bears will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for a contest against Chestnut Hill. The following week NYIT travels back to the Keystone State to play at Seton Hill on Saturday, March 20. NYIT will end its home campaign with Mercy College on April 24, then cap off the regular season at Wheeling Jesuit on May 8.  

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