Emmanuel Names Inaugural Team Captains

BOSTON, Mass. Emmanuel announced the appointment of its three inaugural captains in senior Eddie Thy (Portland, Maine), senior Jeff McMahon (Madison, Conn.) and sophomore Brian O'Regan (Milton, Mass.). The trio will look to lead the Saints in their first season of varsity competition at the NCAA Division III level and in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

Head Coach Brendan McWilliams believes that the three captains have all worked very hard to set the tone for the first season while understanding the importance of building a strong foundation.

"On top of being a first year program, we're also very young so it was imperative to find captains that were ready to lead by example and I'm confident that these three guys will do a great job of that," said McWilliams.

Thy, McMahon and O'Regan all played four years of high school lacrosse and are ready to take their lax careers to the next level. The transition, like in all college sports, will take some time but the captains are ready to lead the way.

"My coaches in high school always told me to take things one step at a time and control the momentum, so far this has helped me out with my collegiate experience," said O'Regan.

McMahon and Thy are a few years removed from their high school teams but are just as anxious to get back out there and compete for the Saints.

"Like all things, it's not easy to just pick the sport back up," said McMahon. "Throughout my playing years it was always stressed to our teams how hard we had to work if we wanted not just to maintain a level of competitiveness, but to improve as well. Working hard is something that has helped me make up for the time I've lost not playing at the collegiate level, but there is always more work to be done."

All three expressed lots of excitement in being picked as the first-ever captains for the program and looked at the appointment as not only a privilege but also an honor.

"The thing I'm most excited for about being one of the first captains of Emmanuel Lacrosse is that I get to help instill the traditions and mentality of hard work and excellence into the program," said McMahon.

Thy added that, "I am excited about captaining this year's inaugural lacrosse team because as captains, we basically get to set the standard for the future. What we do in terms of leading this team will hopefully be a precedent for future captains which is really exciting to think about."

The trio certainly will have their hands full leading the young pack of Saints but they're ready for the challenge and have already begun devising some leadership tactics and strategies to help the program get off the ground and running.

"My fellow captains and I have reached out to our first-year teammates to assert that we mean business and want to dictate what happens on and off the field," said O'Regan. "As for the strategy, I plan on being loud and vocal. It is important to be assertive and straight forward."

"The most important part of captaining the squad, [to McMahon], is that we understand that our team is a unit. In other words, we are only as strong as our weakest link, and we must all push each other to work harder," said McMahon.

Thy's approach seems to be a combination of his counterparts. "In terms of strategies, I think that it is important to lead players by example. I think that in any sport, all players are so different that leaders must adjust to the player and identify what motivates them best. Some players like to have captains be loud and in their face, while others need small, quiet pep talks on how to improve," said Thy.

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