2011 Captains: Princeton, Yale, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross

Announcements about new team captains can come out almost any time from immediately after the close of the one season to the beginning of the next. In releases for Division I received so far, captains have been named at Princeton, Yale, Quinnipiac, and Holy Cross.

Princeton

In the last 18 years, there have been four juniors who have served as captain of the Princeton men's lacrosse team. Of those four, one is already is the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a second is about to be inducted, and a third is a lock to join them one day. The fourth, while not a future Hall of Famer, is one of the leading scorers in program history.

Come the spring of 2011, there will be another junior who serves as a captain for the Tigers. Clearly, he will be joining some serious company with that honor.

John Cunningham, who will be a junior next season, will be one of Princeton's captains for 2011, along with seniors-to-be Jack McBride and Tyler Moni. Those three will lead a team that went 11-5 in 2010 and has seven returning starters as well as 18 returning players from the 23 who played against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.

Cunningham, a longstick midfielder, will be the fifth junior captain since 1993, joining Kevin Lowe (already in the Hall of Fame), Scott Bacigalupo (induction this fall), Ryan Boyle (will be there one day) and Jason Doneger (seventh all-time at Princeton with 105 goals). Cunningham was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection this past season, but that doesn't begin to explain his impact on the team.

After starting on defense in the beginning of the season for the injured Chad Wiedmaier, Cunningham moved back to his natural longstick middie position after six games. He'd finish the season with five goals, the most by a Princeton longstick in at least 25 years, as well as a team-best 54 ground balls. His 13 caused turnovers were second on the team.

McBride has been a first-team All-Ivy attackman for each of the last two years, and he has twice earned All-America honors as well after being the Ivy Rookie of the Year as a freshman. He finished his junior year with a two-goal, three-assist performance that accounted for all of Princdton's goals in its 8-5 loss to Notre Dame; this came one game after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Cornell at the Ivy tournament.

McBride led Princeton in goals each of the last two years (35 each year), and he will enter his senior year with 89 career goals, already 15th all-time at Princeton. Should he get another 35 goals next year, he'd move up to fourth place.

Moni will be the first Princeton resident to serve as team captain since Trevor Tierney in 2001. Moni began the 2010 season as an offensive middie, but he moved to defensive middie in midseason and helped shore up that position for the Tigers.

He began his season with consecutive two-goal games, against Hofstra and Johns Hopkins. His goal-scoring went down with his move to defense, but he still finished with eight on the season. He also had 30 ground balls, many of which came from the wings on face-offs.

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Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Patrick Coleman, a junior long-stick midfielder, has been voted captain of the 2011 Yale men's lacrosse team.

Coleman, who played in all 14 games this season, was second on the team in ground balls with 48 while helping the Bulldogs finish 10-4 and share the Ivy League Championship.The 6-2, 175-pound Eli was a key part of his team reaching its first post-season game since 1992.

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