Coast Guard Looks to Break out with the 'Old Bay' Crew

In addition, he ranked #36 in points per game nationally and had big games against D1 UConn and in the 4OT thriller against PCLL D2 Champion Stonehill College. He was a highly effective scorer either in one-on-one isolation situations or in the team unit as evidenced by balanced goal and assist statistics. In addition to his lacrosse accolades, Ennis plays linebacker for the Bears football program. In 2008-9, he led all NCAA Division III schools with 7.43 solo tackles per game. Ennis will spend his summer aboard USCGC KINGFISHER, another 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat out of Jacksonville, FL.

Epitomizing the term student-athlete, Chase and Ennis were both named to the 20-member 2009 MCLA Division 2 Academic All-American team chosen from across the country. As Electrical Engineering majors, Chase earned a 3.30 GPA while Ennis earned a 3.52 GPA for the 2008-9 Academic Year. Incidentally, the team's fall semester grades just came out. The team earned a 3.02 average, with ten guys over 3.5 and not a single player under 2.0.

In addition to the Class of 2011 foursome, Coach Krautler's roster consists of several other veteran contributors from the state of Maryland, including senior Craig Velencia (Columbia/Atholton) and sophomores Nick Zablotny (Annapolis/Broadneck) and Brian Muldoon (Solomons/Patuxent). Moreover, the "Old Bay" pipeline keeps flowing as Coast Guard welcomed native-Maryland newcomers Andrew Ray (Ellicott City/Wilde Lake), Michael Cooper (Baltimore/Boys Latin School), and Austin English (Stevensville/Kent Island).

"English and Ray have been huge additions to this team with their versatility," said Chase. "They've taken a lot of pressure off me and Kyle to score goals because defenders have to pay them equal attention with their ability to pass and score."

Due to the large number of roster players hailing from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, the Bears will once again travel over Spring Break (March 6 & 7) to face NCLL club teams from that region. Club teams from Towson State University, the United States Naval Academy and the University of Maryland - Baltimore County make up this year's competition. Last year, NCLL Division I Navy tied for 1st place atop the always tough Chesapeake Division and competed in the NCLL National Tournament.

Coach Krautler is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play in Maryland, saying "I grew up in the Annapolis area and learned how to play the game there. It was tough to leave Maryland to go play college lacrosse at the Coast Guard Academy, in Connecticut, but I knew it was the right decision. With about a quarter of our team hailing from the area, it just makes sense to make the trip back to Maryland each year and play in front of friends and family. It's a real thrill for the team and the coaches to get back to Maryland and play lacrosse."

Bernstein and the rest of his teammates believe that they have a promising future as they start the season, but they recognize that "it all starts in Maryland."

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