June 18, 2013

Union Names Five Captains for '14 Campaign

from press release

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Union men's lacrosse head coach Paul Wehrum has announced that junior goalie Stefan Basile, senior midfielder Nate Greenberg, senior midfielder Stephan Melia, senior midfielder Greg Mooney, and senior attack Rob Santangelo will serves as captains for the upcoming 2014 season.

All five players are first time captains, elected by their teammates following the conclusion of the 2013 season.

"Coming off our fifth straight Liberty League playoff berth, we played one of the toughest schedules in Division III," Wehrum said. "I think the 2014 schedule will be even more difficult and can't think of a better group of young men to lead us into next season."

In his first year as a starter, Basile was excellent in net, finishing the season 7-7 with an 8.42 goals against average and .577 save percentage. Basile made a season high 16 saves in Union's final game of the season, a 13-7 loss at RIT in the Liberty League Semifinals.

"He started in net as a sophomore and had a great year," Wehrum said. "He's one of the quickest goalies I've ever coached. He's great in the cage, and also great outside of the cage in clearing the ball."

Greenberg, a four year starter at midfield, had his best offensive season at Union in 2013. He finished second on the team with 17 goals and tied for third with 22 points en route to a Liberty League Second Team selection.

"Nate is a four year starter and was one of our leading scorers as a junior," Wehrum said. "He's one of the top midfielders in the region."

Making another position switch before the start of the 2013 season, Melia was one of Union's steadiest defensive players as a long pole midfielder. He recorded 27 ground balls on the season and was second on the team with 14 caused turnovers.

"He's played every position at Union – defense, midfield, attack, and goalie as a freshman," Wehrum said. "Through his hard work and dedication Stephen's become a true leader of the program. He'll be heavily counted on as a long pole midfielder as a senior."

Mooney is one of Union's top two-way midfielders, and has scored a number of key goals for the Dutchmen, including the overtime game-winner in an 11-10 victory at RPI on April 13. Mooney finished the 2013 season with nine goals and three assists.

"Greg was a huge offensive spark for us," Wehrum said. "He has proven to be an outstanding two-way midfielder. He's been a leader on the field and in the classroom and will be one of our top midfielders as a senior captain."

Santangelo was Union's leading scorer last season, recording 11 goals and 19 assists to earn Liberty League Second Team honors. He finished the season with 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in his last five games.

"Rob's the top offensive player I've coached in my eight years at Union," Wehrum said. "He's a three time all-league player. He's played through injuries that most players wouldn't finish the season with."

Union finished the season 8-7 (3-3 Liberty League), earning the program's fifth straight bid to the Liberty League playoffs. Union took on the No. 2 team in the nation, RIT, falling 13-7 to the Tigers despite a 4-3 lead at the end of the first half.

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