Experience and Depth of 2012 Men's Lax Expected to Reap Rewards as Season Unfolds
With 34 returning players and eight starters back from 2011, Wesleyan is looking for a return trip to the NESCAC Championship, and its fifth bid to the NCAA tournament in 2012. The team ended with a 10-5 record, making it the eighth time in the last nine seasons Wesleyan has had 10 or more wins. Included were some really memorable victories over #8 Middlebury, #18 Bowdoin, and a great come-from-behind win over Conn. College, which was ranked #10 in the preseason.
Wesleyan opens the 2012 campaign with a pair of NESCAC matchups, visiting Williams Sat., March 10 before opposing the newest playing member of the conference, Hamilton Sun., March 11 in Clinton, N.Y.POSITION PREVIEW FOR THE 2012 SEASONAttack
- Leading the way on attack are Teddy Citrin ’12 and tri-captain Max Landow '12 (#15, photo insert left side). Both have been key players for us for the last two seasons, and both have the ability to make big plays when needed. Chris Walsh ’13, Remy Lieberman ’14 and Graham Macnab ’14 all return with a season under their belt. There are three new faces on attack who this season. Matt Prezioso ’15, David Murphy ’15 and Jake Turkowski ’15 are all very talented freshmen who will help the Cardinals this season. Like the midfield there is great competition, and depth in this position. Midfield
- Tri-Captain John Froats '12 (#6, photo insert upper right), DJ Bernatavitz ’12 and Aidan Daniell ’14 were key contributors last season and will give the offense a boost with their return. They have worked very well together and they all have different skill sets. There is tremendous competition with six or seven returning players vying for spots, led by the talent of Joe Porcelli '13. Look for contributions from all of them. We have also have four freshmen midfielders who are very talented and will look to break into the lineup. Look for Christian Kennedy ’14 to make his mark this spring as he transferred in from Georgetown, and can really shoot the ball. Joe Del Visco ’12 returns as the top faceoff man from last season. Also looking to make an impact facing off is Jeff Giocondi ’13 who was injured most of last season but is back to full strength, and transfer Jasper Kubasek ’14 should be in the mix as he was the #2 FO man at Hobart last spring. LSM/Defensive Midfield
- Brendan Hanley ’13 is a big, athletic player who can be a game-changer. Much like second-team all-NESCAC choice Gabe Kelley '11, who just graduated, Hanley has a motor that won’t quit. Bennett Sluis ’14 will use his 6-2 frame to tie up midfielders and has a real knack around the ball. The team has to replace John Olbeter '11 and Pete Modera '11, who were two excellent short stick defensive midfielders. Being a short stick D-mid, you have to have a fireman mentality - Don’t ask questions, just get in there and put the fire out. When you’re done just go out and do it again. The Cards have a bunch of players that are looking to fill this role, and it will be very important for the squad to be good in this area.Defense
- Last season five or more players rotated as defenders during the course of a game at the close defense position. The good news is that the five top players return this spring. Second-team all-NESCAC choice Mike Robinson '13, Elliot Albert ’14, Lex Johnson ’13, Matt Meade ’12 and Brett Cabriele ’13 all have tremendous game experience, and will be counted on to be the rock of the team. Jimmy Doyle ’13 and Nick Albrecht ’13 also are very strong defenders and will push for time. Wesleyan added a few talented newcomers who will press to get on the field. They continue to live up to the strong tradition of athletic defenders at Wesleyan. Goalie
- Returning starter and team tri-captain Grant Covington '12 (#35, main photo) had a great season and was a tremendous leader for the Cardinals. He is extremely active, and is the backbone of the defensive unit. He is also excellent around the cage, and was one of the team leaders in ground balls last season. Mark Simmons '12 returns after starting 12 games his freshmen season. Simmons is a very athletic player and has the ability to make remarkable saves. JD Dieterich ’13 can always be counted on to come in when needed and get the job done. In addition, several freshmen will be looking to push for the #2 spot.