Trine Lacrosse 2010 Season Preview

If lacrosse fans enjoy high speed, high intensity lacrosse, they will like what the 2010 Trine Thunder lacrosse team has in store. Entering their third season, the Trine University men's lacrosse team is under new management. Vinnie Lang, hired in July to take over the reins is looking to lead the Thunder to future success in the newly formed Midwest Lacrosse Conference.

After two highly successful years at the University of Dayton, the 2006 CCLA Coach of the Year led the Flyers to within one win of the National Championship game. Upon arrival in Angola the first job was to find an assistant. Enter Scott Morrison. Morrison was the head coach at Arizona and the defensive coordinator for the two time defending National Champion Michigan Wolverines. After a successful fall season, both coaches are cautiously optimistic for the spring. Both agree that as long as the team executes and stays healthy, a conference title is not out of the question.

If the Thunder are to make a run at the Midwest Lacrosse Conference championship, they will rely heavily on a four man rotation at attack, an explosive midfield unit and a defense that enters the season with a point to prove.

AT ATTACK

Lang likes to play up tempo and create offense all over the field, but there's no denying that the attack unit must perform at the same level it did last season, when returners Cory Childs, Andy Lauer and Sean Hitz combined for 83 goals and 36 assists.

Childs is entering his third season as a starter and has been named the inaugural Midwest Lacrosse Conference preseason Player of the Year. He racked up 44 goals and 23 assists last season, good enough to place him 8th in the nation in points per game.

Lauer burst on the scene a year ago and scored 14 goals and 7 assists. He is an excellent dodger and his ability to finish in tight and find the open man makes him a difficult matchup.

Hitz spent his freshman year as a middie but he made his mark a year ago as he established himself as a reliable finisher at attack as he totaled 10 goals and 3 assists. He has found a role as crease threat, making him the perfect complement to Childs, Lauer and new comer Andrew Laycock Laycock led the team in scoring this fall with 9 goals and an assist has already proven that he is ready for college action and should help provide plenty of scoring punch for the Thunder.

AT MIDFIELD

The unquestioned heart and soul at midfield - and perhaps the entire team - is sophomore, do-everything, iron man, Eric Thompson. Thompson was second on the team in minutes played (587), was the Thunder's top face-off man (122-247/49%), top groundball man (59) while chipping in 5 goals and 4 assists. He will get plenty of help from preseason all conference selection Junior co-captain Dan Giorgis who finished last season with 20 goals and 1 assist. Speedster Blaine Stahley finished third on the team in scoring last year with 16 goals and 6 assists. Ben Montalvo, 3 goals, 1 assist, will be looked to pick up some of the scoring slack at midfield after an impressive fall.

Junior Dan LaFond and Freshmen Brendan Kestler, Sean Robb and Ryan Chait could provide the nucleus of the second midfield, although all four could also see time with the first unit.

AT DEFENSE

The Thunder never found their comfort zone on defense last season and struggled against several of the top offenses they faced. All that will change as Coach Morrison takes over as the defensive coordinator.

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2010-02-23



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