Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's lacrosse team, under the direction of seventh-year Head Coach Michael Higgins, finished the 2017 season with a 5-10 overall record and a 1-9 mark in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action to finish tenth in the conference.
Trinity opened the season against the Williams College Ephs and battled to the finish but came up three goals short in a 15-12 loss. The Bantams bounced back to pick up their first win of the spring with a 12-7 victory at Skidmore just three days later. Junior goalie David Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) made 17 saves for his first career victory against the Thoroughbreds while junior attackman Jack Stallman (Barrington, R.I.) and classmate Jack Sharrio (Marblehead, Mass.) combined for five scores. Trinity finished the first month of the season with a 2-5 record with its second victory coming against Emmanuel, 12-6. Nine different players netted at least one goal for the Bantams who were led offensively by sophomore Ben MacShane (Concord, Mass.) who finished with a pair of goals and two assists.
After a pair of losses to Bowdoin and Connecticut College to open the month of April, Trinity knocked off Roger Williams, 14-7, for its third win of the spring. Rookie Teddy Myers (Washington, D.C.) paced the Bantam offense with four goals and an assist while sophomores Max DeLaMater (Irvington, N.Y.) and Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) tallied three scores each in the victory. The Bantams fell in two more conference matchups before rattling off two-straight wins towards the end of the season to improve to 5-9 overall. Knaus scored a season-high six goals against Lasell in the 13-7 win. In a 14-6 win at Hamilton, it was DeLaMater who topped the Bantam attack with two goals and two assists. Caraviello, Knaus, sophomore Troy Hanlon (New Vernon, N.J.) and first-year Matt Gardiner (Washington, D.C.) scored two goals each as well in the team's first conference win of the year. Trinity wrapped up the season on the road with a hard fought, 13-10, loss to the Mammoths of Amherst College.
Knaus led the squad with with 33 points on a team-best 27 goals and six assists. Caraviello and Sharrio also both surpassed the 20 point mark as Caraviello finished with 22 on 14 goals and eight assists while Sharrio tallied 21 points with 13 goals and eight assists. Gardiner and Myers both had solid starts to their Trinity careers as Gardiner finished with 19 points on 11 goals and eight assists while Myers was just behind him with 18 points via 10 scores and eight helpers. DeLaMater, MacShane and Hanlon each finished with double-digit points for Trinity as well.
In the cage, Hamilton had a breakout season in his first spring between the pipes. Hamilton finished the season with 195 total saves and a 56.4 save percentage, both of which ranked third-best in the NESCAC. He also posted a 10.72 goals allowed average which was fourth-best in the conference. Hamilton finished with 14 or more saves, eight times this spring, highlighted by a career-high of 20 in a 13-7 loss at Wesleyan on April 11.
Defensively, senior captain Aidan Keohane (Westwood, Mass.) and classmate Reid McCool (Gulf Stream, Fla.) led the team with 15 and 14 caused turnovers, respectively. McCool also scooped up 34 ground balls which was second on the team while Gardiner tallied 28 ground balls and Knaus and sophomore defender Matthew Barker (Sudbury, Mass.) each had 26.
In the face-off circle, sophomore Scott Morgan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had a great second season for the Bantams. He finished ninth in the conference in faceoffs won (116) and scooped up 56 ground balls which ranks tops on the team.
The Bantams also had a successful year in the classroom as Hamilton, MacShane, Senior captain Brendan McDermott (San Francisco, Calif.), junior Jack Walsh (Needham, Mass.), and sophomores Jack McInnis (North Andover, Mass.) and Alex Notman (Wellesley, Mass.), Billy Strassman (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Matt Picard (Lyme, Conn.) were all named to the NESCAC All-Academic team after the season. McCool represented the team on the All-Sportsmanship team as well.
Stefan Pappas (Millstone, N.J.), Henry Pierandri (Ridgefield, Conn.), Gus Ackley (Upper Arlington, Ohio), McCool, McDermott and Keohane completed their Trinity College lacrosse careers in 2017 having helped the team compile a 18-42 record during their time in a Bantam uniform.