January 31, 2013

Gold, Bates, Acton Tabbed to Lead Amherst Men

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. -- Head Coach Jon Thompson and the Amherst College men's lacrosse staff are pleased to announce their captains for the 2013 season. Danny Gold '13, Ramsey Bates '13 and Devin Acton '14 have been chosen by their peers and coaches to lead the Lord Jeffs into action.

"These three men bore witness to moments of excellence, and moments for improvement over the past two years," said Thompson. "They understand that success is earned and is not a privilege. We have a mountain to climb during 2013 with a tough schedule ahead, but we are excited to share that challenge with a group of leaders who have earned their teammates and coaches' respect."

Gold, in his second year as captain of the program, has experience in his post and the accolades to go along with it, having earned recognition as a NEILA long-stick midfielder in 2012 along with being voted All-NESCAC.

"In terms of pure leadership ability, Danny is as special as it gets." Thompson said. "He has learned the art of balancing three important skills: inspiration, demanding excellence and organization. Beyond his ability to change a game in a single play, he continues to lead not only Amherst, but the entire country in what role the long-stick middy will play in college lacrosse."

Gold will be accompanied by a fellow St. Albans School alumnus in Bates. During the last two seasons, Bates has consistently appeared on the first midfield line for the Jeffs, providing offensive punch as a multi-digit point scorer during that span.

"There is no question, Ramsey's finest leadership gift is his ethical yet fierce competitiveness," Thompson said. "His teammates and coaching staff recognize that beyond his offensive ability, which is substantial, Ramsey helps give us the intangibles an inspirational leader must have. Good enough is simply not good enough for Ramsey."

Joining the talented senior captains is junior Devin Acton. The most decorated returning player for the Jeffs, Acton was voted NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2011 along with earning second team All-NESCAC and NEILA honors. As a sophomore in 2012, he eclipsed the 100 career point mark, tallying 54 points after netting 57 during his freshman campaign. He will be, without hesitation, the focus of most defenses when preparing for Amherst.

"Devin has the accolades, he has the recognition and he has the ability," Thompson said. "But it is not those things that we value most in Devin. His humility is one that is genuine, and one that drives him to a standard that few can even envision, not to mention actually reach. His unyielding commitment to the standard of excellence is so contagious: 5:30 a.m. wakeups are a regular part of the day for Devin. He is as driven as any young man I have ever coached."

With these three captains as well as a supporting cast of important senior leaders, the Jeffs will begin their season on Feb. 15. One short day later, Amherst will travel north to scrimmage Dartmouth, then take a week off before preparing for the final pre-season tune up in a NESCAC round robin scrimmage. The Jeffs will open the regular season in Waterville, Maine for the beginning of a doubleheader when they face off with Colby on Saturday, Mar. 9 and Bates on Sunday, Mar. 10.

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