January 6, 2012

Amherst Names Captains for 2012 Season

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College men's lacrosse head coach Jon Thompson is pleased to announce Evan Redwood '12, Alex Fox '12, Will Reed '12 and Danny Gold '13 as the team's captains for the 2012 season.

Serving as a captain during the most successful season in program history, Redwood was a unanimous selection for 2012 after earning the trust and respect of his teammates in 2011. He is the first Amherst player on record to earn USILA All-America honors at two positions. In 2010 he was named to the All-America team as a midfielder, and in 2011 he earned the distinction as an attackman.

"Evan learned a great deal about leadership in his time as an alternate captain last year while working with Gabe Mann '11," Thompson said. "He proved to his team that he could adjust to a new position, yet still manage the offense. Socially, there is nobody better than Evan. He represents everything that Amherst strives to be. He truly pursues excellence at the highest level."

Redwood broke out with 10 goals and 11 assists as a first-year in 2009, and he saw his point total increase significantly in 2010 (36) and 2011 (52). Last year he had a point in all but three contests, ranking fourth in the NESCAC in assists and seventh in points. During Amherst's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Redwood totaled seven goals and four assists in three games.

Fox is a two-time All-NESCAC selection, and earlier this winter he earned a Preseason All-America nod. He recorded nine goals and five assists in 2009 before bumping his point total in 2010 (38) and 2011 (45). After tying with Redwood for fourth in the conference in assists as a junior, Fox was named to the NEILA All-New England First Team.

"Alex's lacrosse IQ is as high as anyone's," Thompson said. "He has the ability to score, but probably more important is his decision-making with the ball in his stick. He rarely makes a mistake, and to have that composure on the field is a dream for a coach."

Reed is a short-stick defensive midfielder who started every game in 2011. He proved to be one of the best athletes at Amherst as a wide receiver in football and an important member of the men's lacrosse program. Last year he registered 49 ground balls, one goal and three assists.

"Will is still getting his legs underneath him after an undefeated football season, but he has been as dedicated as anyone in terms of self improvement since the middle of November," Thompson said. "He is a tireless worker, and he studies the game relentlessly."

Gold is the youngest member of Amherst's captain corps. Recognized as a Preseason All-America selection at the long-stick midfield position, he is an electric offensive talent who also directs much of the defense. In addition to recording five goals and seven assists in 2011, Gold ranked second on the team in ground balls (64).

"Danny may be our most improved player in terms of leadership," Thompson says. "He has taken his role incredibly seriously. He accomplishes things at a remarkable rate, and he recognizes that leaders should never ask someone to do things that they are unwilling to do themselves."

"As a group the 2012 captains have gotten off to a solid start," Thompson adds. "We know that they can accomplish a lot leadership-wise, so I won't say we are satisfied with them. But they have been great thus far."

The Lord Jeffs will open their season Saturday, Mar. 10, when they host Colby College.

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