Trinity Men's Lacrosse Ranked Nationally In Three Polls As Season Starts Saturday
Bantam Captains Nogueras And Shaheen Named To Pre-Season Teams
Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's lacrosse team, which set a program record for wins in a season (12-4) two years ago and qualified for its first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament last spring, will open the 2013 season at Skidmore on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. The Bantams, coached by Michael Higgins (3rd Season), enters their opener season ranked No. 12 in InsideLacrosse.com's Pre-Season Face-Off Magazine National poll, No. 16 in the Lacrosse Magazine Season National Poll, No. 16 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Poll, and No. 3 in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III Poll. Additionally, senior captain attackman Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) has been named to the Face-Off Pre-Season All-American Third Team and the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England Second Team, and classmate Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, Mass.) graced the All-NEILA First Team. Trinity, 11-7 in 2012 including a 13-9 win over Eastern Connecticut for its first NCAA victory in the program's history, is excited to continue building on its recent success, and a further upgrade of its non-conference schedule combined with the always-brutal NESCAC slate should once again prepare the squad for a deep post-season run.
The Bantams will feel the loss of two-time All-American goalie Peter Johnson to graduation, but a healthy competition is underway in pre-season among sophomore Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.), who served as the primary backup as a rookie, sophomore transfer Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.), and first-year Henry Coote (St. David's, Pa.). The defense in front of whomever emerges as the Trinity backstop is strong, led by senior Chris Novick (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Will Naughton (Mountain Lakes, N.J.). Novick totaled 23 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers in 2012, while Naughton scooped 27 ground balls in his first season as a starter last year. Senior Ben Khouri (Alexandria, Va.) steps into the vacated starting spot held last year by graduated captain Alex Gottsch.
At long stick, sophomore Charles Finnegan (Duxbury, Mass.) is back after a promising rookie campaign, having picked up 42 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers, while senior Dominic Piselli (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) is capable at both LSM and on defense. Sophomore William DeLaMater (Irvington, N.Y.) and first-year Dan Badolato (Boonton, N.J.) are also versatile players who can play long stick or close. Senior T.J. Cholnoky (Greenwich, Conn.), who won 86 face offs and added 29 groundballs in 2012, and junior Tim Reichert (Williston, Vt.), who returns after a year spent studying abroad, will handle the face-off duties.
Shaheen anchors the midfield in his third season as a starter. A 2012 All-NESCAC honoree and a two-time All-New England Second Teamer, he finished second on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 12 assists a year ago. Fellow senior midfielder Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) came into his own in 2012, finishing with 10 goals and starting every game, while junior Terence Olsen (Avon, Conn.) and sophomore James O'Connell (Middleton, Mass.), who added 10 goals and five assists as a freshman, are dependable middies. Senior Drew Grombala (Cincinnati, Ohio), the team's third tri-captain, is a skilled defensive midfielder, leading a group that also includes speedy junior Oliver Norton (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Robert Stiefler (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.). Sophomore transfer Percy Fisher (Concord, Mass.) is also in the midfield mix.
Nogueras and fellow senior Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) give the Bantams an outstanding pair of multiple-year starters at attack that has combined for 111 goals and 39 assists over the last twp springs. Nogueras a 2012 All-American Honorable Mention and an All-New England and All-NESCAC First Teamer in 2012, finished fifth in NESCAC with a team-high 42 goals and added eight assists for 50 points last season, while Hebert had 19 goals and eight assists last season. Sophomore Matt Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the Bantams in assists as a rookie with 13 to go with 15 goals, and junior Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) has been a valued scoring threat off the bench for two seasons and has continued to improve. Junior Bobby Gallahue (North Andover, Mass.) and sophomores Jack Castelli (Huntington, N.Y.) and Joe Mancini (Manhasset, N.Y.) will also be offensive contributors this spring.
Face-Off Magazine Pre-Season Division III Top 20
5. Rochester Tech
12. Trinity (Conn.)
16. Ohio Wesleyan
17. Washington College
18. Western New England
20. St. Lawrence