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2019 Season Review

Signature wins: The Haverford College men's lacrosse team was at its best playing against some of the top teams in all of Division III. That big game experience shined through when the Fords defeated top 10 opponents Dickinson and Ursinus on the road this spring. Both of those wins came by 12-9 final scores. Those two victories represented just the second time in program history that the Fords have beaten two top 10 teams in the same season. The only other occasion came in 2010 (3 top 10 wins) when the Fords captured the program's first Centennial Conference Championship.

Ethan Donlon was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week and a member of the USILA National Squad following each of those contests as he made 23 saves against the Red Devils and 19 more two weeks later against the Bears. Hat tricks from Garret TrucksessStephen DeLeo, and Sean Mowatt-Larssen led the attack in the win against Dickinson while Mowatt-Larssen scored four goals at Ursinus as one of seven players who found the back of that cage that day. Those wins kept the Fords in the playoff hunt up until the final day of the regular season as they played in an always-challenging conference which ended up sending three teams to the national tournament.

Season Notes: Haverford now has 11 wins in program history against teams ranked in the top 10 … The Fords also had one top 10 victory every year from 2004 through 2009 before the breakthrough 2010 season … Haverford played the ninth-toughest schedule in all of Division III … In addition to the three teams from the Centennial Conference on its schedule, the Fords also played NCAA Finalist Cabrini and NCAA qualifier Stockton throughout the regular season … Haverford won a total of five games under first-year head coach Nick Taylor, also picking up victories against Kenyon, Gwynedd Mercy, and McDaniel … Ben Frost became just the 11th player in all Centennial Conference sports to earn back-to-back Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, an award presented to the junior or senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA among players who also earned All-Centennial Conference accolades for each conference sponsored sport … Frost was also named the William W. Ambler '45 Award recipient for having the highest GPA among all Haverford senior student-athletes … Classmate Dylan Slack was named an Ambler Scholar-Athlete for having a top 16 GPA among senior student-athletes … Ethan Donlon took over the starting goalie position midway through the season but still garnered All-Centennial Conference accolades … Five of Haverford's last six starting goalies have now earned All-Centennial Conference accolades at some point during their careers … That list includes All-Americans K.C. Peterson '07, Joe Banno '12, and Eric Caliendo '16 … Haverford led the Centennial Conference with a program-record 22 student-athletes named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor … Senior Stephen DeLeo '19 recorded the 100th point of his career on Senior Day against Swarthmore, capping his career with 68 goals and 33 assists … Rob McLallen's 25 assists this year were the most since Zack Cohen '12 also had 25 helpers during the 2010 season.

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Looking ahead: The Fords graduate 12 players from this year's team but have plenty of returning talent looking to push the team back into the postseason in 2020. In addition to rising junior Donlon, Sean Mowatt-Larssen led the team with 28 goals and 36 points during his rookie season. Rising junior Brian Geffroy also scored 14 goals and assisted on 13 more while Blake Brinster started 11 contest for the Fords in the midfield during his first-year. Anthony Vizzoni and Colby Ferrigno also saw significant time in the starting lineup. Haverford is slated to return 28 players from this year's team, with 20 of those individuals having at least two more seasons with the Fords.

 

2019 Season Preview

The Haverford College men's lacrosse team made its first playoff appearance since the 2011 season last year and will look to replicate those same feats this spring under first-year head coach Nick Taylor. The Fords graduated 13 players who were instrumental in guiding the Fords back up the conference standings. Nevertheless, the program has a solid foundation as 12 seniors on this year's team (the largest class on the team) step into the leadership role. Haverford will also be bolstered by 11 incoming first-years.

Attack: Seniors Stephen DeLeo and Garret Trucksess have each started games throughout their first three years with the Fords. DeLeo has found the back on the net 47 times during his career while adding 20 more assists. The Fords' captain led the team in both goals (21) and points (30) a season ago. His goals always seem to come in key moments as DeLeo ranks fifth in school history in game-winning goals.

Trucksess has scored 14 goals and assisted on 17 more, making 18 starts over his 41 career appearances. He made a career-high nine starts last year and racked up a season-best 18 points during the 2016 campaign. Junior Noah Hollander has also appeared in each of the first 30 games of his career, making five starts. He has scored six career goals and added eight more assists. Classmate Connor Braun has played in six career games and will look for an increased role in the attack as an upperclassman.

Newcomers on attack: Jordany BaltazarWyatt FeinbergSean Mowatt-Larssen

Midfield: With the most returning experience, the Haverford middies have seven different players who have started throughout their careers. This group includes half of the team's senior class with Jake EphronBen Frost, and captain Rob McLallen. Each of those three players have made over 40 career appearances. Frost was a second-team All-CC attacking middie who was especially dangerous on man-up tries as he led the team with four such goals, finishing the year with 21 in total. McLallen moved into the starting lineup last spring, scoring eight goals and assisting on eight others. He has scored 24 goals and dished out 30 assists throughout his career. Fellow senior Ryan Tetro adds another scoring dimension with eight career goals, while sophomore Brian Geffroy scored 10 goals during his rookie campaign.

Zack Cohen will be a welcomed back addition as he holds the sixth-best face-off percentage in program history. He had won 70 percent of his face offs last year before missing the vast majority of the season. Charlie Russ has also seen time at the face-off X during his career. Defensively, Ephron – a long pole – caused a career-best nine turnovers last season in his first year as a full-time starter. Fellow LSMs Anthony Vizzoni and Matt Culkin also gained key experience during their rookie seasons. Vizzoni emerged as a starter late in the year and finished the 2018 season with 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Ben Fujinaga is another sophomore who expects to figure prominently in the Fords' plans as he appeared in ten games last spring. Senior Han Mahle provides another upperclass member of the middies looking to make an impact during his final season.

Newcomers in midfield: Blake BrinsterGabe DursoKeegan HoagWill JuhlinGray PollockNate RuhlJacob Shiff (LSM)

Defense: In a unit made up primarily of sophomores and juniors, seniors Ben Forde (22 career appearances) and Quinn Glabicki (18 appearances) will provide the veteran leadership and look to fill some of the void left by graduation losses. Junior Griffin Brooks is the most experienced defender with 26 career appearances, joining the top line late last season on his way to collecting 14 ground balls and causing six turnovers. Sophomore Jonathan Frost also started seven games during his rookie season, while classmate Colby Ferrigno collected 10 ground balls and caused four turnovers in just seven appearances (two starts). Juniors Brendan NarkoGabe Moon, and Jeremy Akin, along with sophomore Grayson Hamrick will also have opportunities to fill some of the void left by the Class of 2018.

Newcomers on defense: Max Elliott

Goalie: Captain Dylan Slack was a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection last season and will head into the season as a third-year starter. He set new career bests in both goals against average (8.22) and save percentage (59%) during his standout 2018 campaign. His 8.23 career GAA is the fourth best mark in school history. With Slack seeing the vast majority of the time in the goal, Ethan Donlon appeared in two games last spring and stopped over 58 percent of the shots he faced. Senior Will Fox has played in two contests during his career and has yet to surrender a goal. Junior Kyle Buseck and sophomore Joe Weisberg provide even more options for a very deep unit on the Haverford roster.

Schedule: Fans will have plenty of chances to catch the Fords at home this season as the team plays nine of its 15 games during the regular season on Swan Field. After starting the 2019 season at Cabrini, the Fords open their home slate on Wednesday, February 20 against Gwynedd Mercy.