Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's lacrosse team, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Jason Tarnow finished the 2018 season with a 4-11 overall record and a 1-9 mark in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action to finish tenth in the conference. Despite its final record, Trinity played in six games decided by two or less goals and saw numerous impressive individual performances that should set the team up to compete for the league crown for years to come.
Trinity opened the season at Roger Williams University and came away with a 12-8 triumph thanks largely in part to six goal second quarter. Bantam rookie Andrew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored four times in his collegiate debut while sophomore Andrew Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) recorded his first career hat-trick to lead the way. Trinity hit a three game losing skid after its opening day victory, with two of the three losses coming in one-goal games. The Bantams bounced back with a 15-0 dismantling of Emmanuel College on March 19th with Kozub leading the way once gain with four goals while senior tri-captain Woody Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) needed to make just a pair of saves in the shutout. Trinity took No. 4-ranked Tufts University to the wire on March 24th, but fell late in the fourth quarter, 16-14. The squad once again bounced back in the form of a 13-12 win versus Babson behind four goals by junior Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) and 13 saves by Hamilton, before falling to Bowdoin, 10-7, to close out the first month of the season.
The Bantams dropped a 10-4 game to in-state NESCAC rival Connecticut College to open the April slate before defeating the Hamilton College Continentals on April 7th, 14-9. Trinity trailed Hamilton, 4-1, after the first quarter but finished the game on a 13-5 run to come away with the victory. Kozub set a career-high of five goals while Hamilton made 12 saves between the pipes. Junior Scott Morgan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) won 14 faceoffs against the Continentals, one of seven games this spring that he won double-digit faceoffs. Trinity finished the season with four-straight losses, two of which came in one goal games.
Trinity's offense was spread out this year as four players finished with 25 or more points and five players scored ten or more times. Junior Teddy Myers (Washington, D.C.) paced the squad with 42 points on 16 goals and 26 assists (10th in NESCAC) while Knaus finished second on the team with 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists. Kozub made an immediate impact as a first-year, leading the team with 26 goals while Collins enjoyed a breakout sophomore season with 27 points on 22 goals and five assists. Junior Max DeLaMater (Irvington, N.Y.) added 17 points (8g, 9a) and sophomore Ben Ferrucci (Essex, Conn.) chipped in 15 points on 11 scores and four assists as well.
In the cage, Hamilton had another solid spring in his second season as a starter. Hamilton finished the season with 155 total saves and a 49.8 save percentage. He also posted a 11.56 goals allowed average and finished with double-digit saves in 11 of the team's 14 games, highlighted by a season-high of 15 versus the Jumbos.
Defensively, senior Matthew Barker (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Ryan Tassan (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) led the way with 12 caused turnovers apiece, and 23 and 22 ground balls, respectively. Classmate Brian Crowe (Cranbury, N.J.) was second on the team 40 ground balls in a solid senior campaign while Knaus was the sixth Bantam with 20 or more ground balls on the year. Tassan was rewarded for his strong play by being named to play in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All Star Game this summer.
In the face-off circle, Morgan continued to prove himself as one of the better faceoff players in the conference. The Michigan native finished sixth in the NESCAC with 105 ground balls and tied for seventh with 162 faceoff wins, good for a .568 percentage. Morgan also scored three times this season, a new career single season high.
The Bantams also had a successful year in the classroom as Hamilton, senior Jack Walsh (Needham, Mass.), juniors Ben MacShane (Concord, Mass.), Jack McInnis (North Andover, Mass.), Alex Notman (Wellesley, Mass.) and Billy Strassman (Yorktown, N.Y.) and sophomores Matt Bicknese (New Vernon, N.J.) and Will Simpson (Darien, Conn.) were all named to the NESCAC All-Academic team after the season. Morgan represented the team on the All-Sportsmanship team as well.