Saint Rose Set to Embark on Inaugural Campaign

ALBANY – A new era begins at The College of Saint Rose when the men's lacrosse team heads to upstate rival Le Moyne College Saturday afternoon for its 2012 season-opener. Game time is set for noon at Niland Athletic Complex in Syracuse.

The Golden Knights thus embark on their inaugural campaign with a chance to pick up a point in the year-long ‘Upstate Challenge', a head-to-head competition between the two schools. From a broader perspective, Saint Rose will play its first season on the Dr. R. Mark and Kathleen Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex. The Golden Knights will participate in 13 regular-season contests with seven dates on its home synthetic surface.

"We are going to be forced to play a high tempo, high level game early on in the season," said head coach Tim Robbins. "We are getting thrown right into the mix. We want to compete at a high level from day one."

Taking on Saturday's foe represents a tall task. The Dolphins (1-0) are ranked sixth in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Preseason Poll. Le Moyne, which recorded an undefeated record in Northeast-10 Conference play for the 11th time in 12 years last spring, is coming off of a 15-10 win at #11 Seton Hill last Saturday.

Saint Rose has assembled a roster of 30 student-athletes that includes 25 freshmen. Senior midfielder Joe Pompo (Fairmount, NY/West Genesee), the lone team captain, is a former America East Conference All-Rookie pick at the University at Albany. He is expected to draw a lot of attention after finishing tied for fourth in scoring for the Great Danes with 19 points as a junior.

Sophomore midfielder Brett McAuliffe (Watertown, NY/Watertown) and freshman attack Kevin Fleming (Owings, MD/Northern) are also expected to provide scoring opportunities for the Golden Knights. McAuliffe is a big, strong lefty who arrives via the U.S. Military Academy. Meanwhile, Fleming is an explosive scorer who graduated as the all-time points leader at Northern High School in Maryland.

Sophomore goalie Nick Longo (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) comes to Saint Rose from Towson University. Longo achieved All-American status at Shoreham-Wading River during his career and will quarterback the clearing efforts for the Golden Knights.
"We want to create a nice team culture," said Robbins. "We want the guys to be there for each other. Right now we are taking it one game at a time. Our hopes are to establish a team that will be at the top of Division II and battle for a national championship."

The Dolphins return a pair of players that earned Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America honors. Graduate midfielder Tyler Sennett (Syracuse, NY/Nottingham) was fifth on the squad with 18 points a year ago when he was a USILA second-team All-America selection. Junior defender Alex Cameron-Carter (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) picked up 15 ground balls and caused six turnovers on the way to garnering second-team All-Conference plaudits.

Looking ahead, Saint Rose is scheduled to host Dominican College in its home-opener on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at Sullivan Field.


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