Davenport Lacrosse Gears up for the 2011 Campaign

Chapin White An all state midfielder from Clarkston High School (Clarkston, MI). Chapin is a big fast midfielder who will see time on the offensive and defensive midfield units. Chapin has a great shot off the dodge and should score goals for the Panthers.

Nik Keene A Flint Powers Catholic product (Grand Blanc, MI) who will see time at long stick midfielder. Nik earned all state honors while in high school and was a spark plug for his team. He is an offensive minded LSM who we expect will start our fast breaks.

Daniel Bailey Yet another Ohio Product from Canal Winchester who earned All Ohio honors and was his team's captain. He is 6'3'/200 lbs kid who was a stand-out lacrosse and football player. Dan's a great kid and fun to have on the team.

Scot Bradley Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (Grand Rapids, MI) player who has done it all. Scot was a four year starter, all conference, all state, and team captain. Scot is a big strong close defender who is very quick. He plays a lot like Brandon Piersma and should contribute to our already solid defense.

Quintin St. Clair - An All State Attacker from Grand Blanc High School (Grand Blanc, MI). He played on the USA West team at the World Games in Manchester England. Quintin has been very impressive since arriving on campus and will compete for playing time.

Schedule

The 2011 Panthers are taking on their toughest schedule so far with games against 8 of the 16 teams from last year's National Tournament. The 17 game schedule opens with indoor games in Pontiac, Michigan against Aquinas College and Saginaw Valley State on the weekend of February 12 and 13.

From there Clarkson takes his squad south with games against SELC opponents Tennessee Wesleyan, Emory, and Elon University to finish the month out. DU will lay its first home game on March 12 vs. new conference foes Indiana Tech. The season really gets going from their with an away game against Grand Valley State University. Davenport and Grand Valley state are familiar foes having played each other three times last year. Grand Valley won the first two while Davenport took the one that counted at Nationals.

Davenport then returns home to face Northern Michigan on March 19 under the new lights at DU Turf Field. "This will be our first home game under the lights added Clarkson". The Panthers then trek to the Pittsburgh area to play Grove City College and Briarcliff. Both teams went to the National Tournament in 2010. March comes to a close with a home game vs. divisional opponent Northwood University.

April 2 will see Davenport on a road trip to Dayton, Ohio to play the University of Dayton. Davenport is 0-3 against Dayton with last year's game seeing Dayton beat Davenport with .3 seconds on the clock. Davenport has something to prove against this talented team. The next road trip isn't any easier with the Panthers traveling to Minnesota to play St. Thomas, St. John's, and Missouri State April 8-10.

"This will be a gut check for us," said Clarkson. All three teams went to the Nationals, and St. Thomas has won the National Championships the last two years. The season comes to a close with an away game against Hope College on April 14 and a final home game against Ferris State on April 21.

"This schedule represents a step up for us not only in the quality of opponents but also in that we are playing these teams on the road," added Clarkson. "This schedule will prepare the Panthers for the daunting conference and national tournament. Schedules like this either make you a champion or expose your weakness."

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2010-12-01



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