October 14, 2010

Gettysburg Men Name Quad Captains

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team announced its captains for the 2010 season.

Seniors Tommy Barnett (Greenwich, Conn. / Brunswick School), Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn. / Montgomery Bell Academy), Ben Engleman (Potomac, Md. / Thomas S. Wootton), and John Odierna (Oyster Bay, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor), were named to the position by head coach Hank Janczyk during the Bullets' fall season. The four were elected by team vote and will all be serving in the position for the first time.

Over the past three seasons, this group has helped the Bullets to a record of 48 wins and 10 losses, for a winning percentage of 83 percent. They have won two Centennial Conference championships and reached the NCAA tournament all three years, including appearances in the national championship in 2009 and semifinals in 2008.

"I am really excited about the maturity and the leadership ability of our four captains," Janczyk said. "All four have an important part in our program on and off the field. I suspect this could be as fine a group of captains as we have ever had."

After serving as the backup longstick midfielder for national player of the year Tommy Kehoe in 2009, Barnett broke into the starting lineup as a junior, switching to close defense. Barnett started all 18 games in 2010, registering 14 caused turnovers (third best on the team) and 35 ground balls. A strong vocal communicator, Barnett will play a large role in directing the Bullets' team defense in 2011.

A second line midfielder during the Bullets run to the national championship game in 2009, Cahill became a full-time starter in 2010. An excellent all-around midfielder, and one of the team's best man-up players, Cahill led the team with 25 assists, and also added 18 goals. His 43 points were third on the team. For his efforts, Cahill was recognized with honorable mention all-Centennial honors. For his career, Cahill has 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points. A dynamic playmaker, Cahill could split time at attack and midfield in 2011, depending on the team's needs.

As the team's top defensive midfielder in 2010, Engleman was one of the leaders of a defense that ranked 12th in the NCAA, allowing just 6.67 goals per game. A terrific one on one defender, Engleman has fine fundamental technique and agile feet. Having been a key part of the defensive midfield all three years, Engleman will look to contribute more on the offensive end, as well, in 2011.

A two-year starter to this point, Odierna frequently covered the opposing team's top attackman in 2010. The team's best takeaway defender, Odierna is also excellent on ground balls and plays a key role in the Bullets' clearing game. In 2010, Odierna led the team in caused turnovers with 24, and also scooped up 38 ground balls. Odierna will anchor the defense in 2011.

The Bullets will open the 2011 season on the road, at Messiah College, on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

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