Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's lacrosse team will look to a deep group of upperclassmen and a host of fresh faces, as the Bantams embark on their first season under Head Coach Jason Tarnow (1st Season), who came to Hartford after highly-successful runs in Ohio at Wooster and Baldwin-Wallace. Trinity welcomes back nearly its entire offense along with a cast of experienced defenders, led by senior tri-captains John Caraviello (Wellesley, Mass.), Woody Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.), and Ryan Tassan (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). Trinity will take to the field for the first time at Roger Williams on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. before hosting Skidmore in its home opener on Tuesday, March 6 at 4 p.m.
"When people look at this team I hope they see the culture we are developing," said Tarnow. "We want to have elite people in our program. People that on a daily basis try to make not only a difference on our team but also academically and as contributors to both the Trinity College Community and the lives of others. We want to be elite people who, when opportunities present themselves, are there to make a difference. We will act as opposed to deferring that chance to others."
Trinity's midfield features a bevy of talent and experience in 2018. On the offensive end, the 6-foot-5 Caraviello returns as a potentially lethal scoring option after totaling 34 goals and 15 assists over two springs. Other veteran scoring threats in the midfield include speedy left-hander Max DeLaMater (Irvington, N.Y.) and Ben MacShane (Concord, Mass.) who combined for 19 goals and 15 assists as sophomores. Senior Jack Walsh (Needham, Mass.), juniors Morty Fearey (Duxbury, Mass.) and Max Herman (San Francisco, Calif.) are also in the mix, while promising sophomores Andrew Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) and Ben Ferrucci (Essex, Conn.) look to build on solid rookie campaigns.
Tassan anchors Trinity's defensive midfield group and has impressed Coach Tarnow in pre-season. Junior Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) is a proven asset at the position, although the Bantam coaching staff will have to wait until the end of the ice hockey season to blend him in. First-year Alister Matule (Charlestown, Mass.) is an exciting defensive middie who wil make an immediate impact. At long stick, senior Brian Crowe (Cranbury, N.J.), who has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries after registering 18 ground balls and nine caused turnovers as a first-year in 2015, and junior Alex Notman (Wellesley Hills, Mass.), who excels in transition, give Coach Tarnow a steady pair of veterans. Jack McInnis (North Andover, Mass.), an All-New England indoor track hurdler for the Bantams, adds speed and athleticism with his move to the position from short stick this spring.
In the Bantam attack, junior Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) is one of the league's the top returning finishers with 33 points on 27 goals and six assists to go along with 26 ground balls in 2017. Versatile junior Teddy Myers (Washington, D.C.) has settled in as an offensive weapon in his second year on campus, after transferring in from Furman and notching 10 goals and eight assists last season. Sophomore Matt Gardiner (Potomac, Md.) made an immediate impact last season with 11 scores, eight assists, and 28 ground balls, while senior Jack Stallman (Barrington, R.I.) has shined in pre-season after scoring eight goals last spring, and junior Troy Hanlon (New Vernon, N.J.) is another veteran option.
There has been spirited competition among the Trinity defensemen in pre-season, and a trio of sophomores have played their way into significant roles as the season begins. Kevin Boland (Dover, Mass.) and Will Hay (New York, N.Y.) both missed virtually their entire rookie seasons but are back at full strength and playing at a high level, and classmate Will Simpson (Darien, Conn.) has been solid after transferring to Trinity from Colorado College. Senior Matthew Barker (Sudbury, Mass.), the lone Bantam field player to start every game last spring, and junior Matt Fleishmann (Cincinnati, Ohio) are dependable veteran defenders, and sophomore Matt Bicknese (New Vernon, N.J.) gained valuable experience last year. Barker had 26 ground balls and seven caused turnovers in 2017.
Hamilton returns for the Bantams in net after emerging as the starter last spring and as a team leader as a senior. Hamilton started all 15 games last year and finished with 195 saves in over 840 minutes played for a .564 save percentage and 32 ground balls. Coach Tarnow expects Hamilton to be among the league's best backstops this season. Three other goalies are embroiled in a battle for the backup spot. Junior Scott Morgan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) has won faceoffs and scooped up 56 ground balls over two years as the Trinity starter, and has continued his consistent play in his third year. Rookie Liam Fitzgerald (Skillman, N.J.) will push Morgan for playing time, along with sophomore Jake Mores (Parkland, Fla.).