Southwestern U. Ready to Begin Inaugural Season

Georgetown, TX Southwestern University men's lacrosse Head Coach Joe Ernst announced his program opening 2010 schedule. The Pirates will play a 13-game season with three home dates. Highlighting the schedule is a program opening trip to California to play Whittier College, Grand Canyon University and Dominican University. The first home game is March 13th, and all home games will be webcast.

The Pirates take the field for the first time ever as an NCAA D-III program at host Whittier College on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Memorial Stadium. They next face D-II upstart Grand Canyon University on the campus of Whittier University on Friday, February 26th where Coach Ernst pits his new team against one of his graduates from Mercyhurst-North East, Scott Franks of St. Ignatius in Cleveland, OH and his new squad. Saturday is a travel day when the Pirates trek to Dominican University in San Rafael, CA to play the Penguins on Sunday, February 28th. Southwestern next travels to St. Louis, MO to take on Carthage College on March 5th and Fontbonne University on March 7th.

On March 13th the Southwestern Pirates host their first ever NCAA lacrosse game on their campus taking on Trine University. This game will be webcast marking the first time a Texas NCAA men's lacrosse program has been aired on the web.

Next the boys from sunny, warm Texas travel on their "Spring Break" to blustery Michigan to take on upstart Albion College on March 16th at neutral site Adrian College. They then compete against a strong Adrian team on March 18th.

The next weekend Southwestern hosts their only multiple game home stand when visiting Western Connecticut State University comes to Georgetown, TX on March 26th and the Pirates open their first ever SCAC season hosting Hendrix College on Sunday, March 28th.

The Pirates continue their SCAC schedule the following weekend traveling to power house Colorado College on Saturday, April 3rd. They then finish their inaugural NCAA season traveling to SCAC foes Birmingham Southern College on Friday, April 16th and Sewanee The University of the South on Sunday, April 18th.

Captains

This year is a historic moment for lacrosse in Texas. As part of the lacrosse tradition Head Coach Joe Ernst has announced his captains for the upcoming inaugural season.

"We are in a unique position for a new program in that we have some young men that have been with the club program for a few years and are in a position to guide our freshmen through their debut in college lacrosse." said Coach Ernst.

Connor Hanrahan, a senior midfielder from Albuquerque, NM, Thomas Mock, a junior midfielder from Weatherford, TX and Luther Faulk, a junior midfielder from Brownsville, TX have been members of the Pirates' lacrosse program since being first-year students at Southwestern and will help guide the young 'Bucs to a successful NCAA season.

"Connor is an outstanding athlete with great speed and is an outstanding young man. He participates in numerous on and off campus activities and is regarded as a leader across the entire campus. His maturity and poise under pressure will be a great asset to the young Pirates team. Thomas is a very charismatic young man with a positive attitude in pretty much any situation and will help keep us on track during both the ups and downs of our first year. Luther is a fiery kid that is an outstand ball player that will help this young team get fired up when the time calls for it." said Ernst.

"I couldn't be happier with this group of student-athlete leaders and know that with their help we will have a fun and productive inaugural season. Each brings something different to the table in regards to leadership style and together will form a basis for what it means to be a captain in this program"

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2010-02-19



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