2011 Washington & Lee Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

"Jack is among the hardest-working players on the team and I expect him to compete for the starting position as an X attackman," quipped McCabe.

Junior Sam Mott and sophomore Will Garrett are also expected to see time at the position. Mott has played in 16 games over the past two seasons, while Garrett had two goals and one assist in six games during his rookie campaign.

The offensive midfield is a position group that features plenty of competition for playing time. The Generals have several established players returning who will be pushed by a talented corps of youngsters hungry for playing time.

"There is a lot of competition for the first 6-8 spots on the midfield," noted McCabe. "We have a host of players who are capable of playing in all areas of the field."

Among the most established offensive middies who will lead the group are seniors Drew Koeneman and Mark Wachtmeister, who have combined to play in 90 games over their first three seasons.

A team captain, Koeneman has seen action in 50 contests over the course of his career, totaling 43 goals and 25 assists. He missed a pair of games last season and battled a back injury for much of the year while registering 12 goals and nine assists.

"Drew is a returning starter and the leading returning scorer from the midfield," said McCabe. "He is back healthy this year and is in the best shape of his life. He will draw the long-stick midfielder this year and will hopefully continue to produce points on a consistent basis."

Wachtmeister has played in 40 games over his three seasons and has 25 goals and eight assists for his career. A knee injury suffered late in his sophomore year impacted his 2010 season as he totaled just six points in 17 games.

"Mark is fully recovered from his ACL surgery and he had a phenomenal fall season," said McCabe. "He is shooting the ball well and he is ready to have an impact year."

Senior captain Gerard Savarese moves from d-middie where he played in 47 games over his first three seasons. Among the fastest players on the team, McCabe believes that Savarese will have a solid impact on offense as a senior.

"Gerard provides us with tremendous athleticism and play-making ability," McCabe exclaimed. "He excels at defense but he has worked very hard to be a complete midfielder and we are going to take advantage of that."

Junior Luke Walter (5 G in 2010) and sophomores Cooper Brown (4 G, 5 A) and Luke Heinsohn (2 G, 2 A), a First Team All-ODAC running back for the football team last fall, are also expected to compete for a spot on the first two midfield lines, with seniors Justin Donati (49 career games played) and Drew Mancini (33 career games played on attack) making significant cases for time as well. Sophomores Dylan Chou and John Rehberger could also factor into the mix.

"Walter has a ton of ability and his really come into his own," said McCabe. "Cooper is an exciting, dynamic and explosive playmaker all over the field and Luke is a strong and explosive player with the ability to take a game over."

The faceoff X has always been a strength for the Generals' midfield unit and this spring should be no different. Junior Rob Look returns as one of the team's top options and he will be spelled by senior Jeff Roberts, Rehberger and first-year Jared Mitchell.

Look played in all 17 games a year ago, winning just better than 63 percent (84-133) of his draws. Like Heinsohn, Look is a starter on the ODAC Championship football team.

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