Lehigh's Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney: In It Together

By Justin Lafleur, Lehigh Sports Media Relations

Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney are not typical teammates. The Lehigh co-captains are fraternal twins who started playing lacrosse in high school at Hebron Academy in Maine. They were the first recruits of fifth-year head coach Kevin Cassese and have helped transform the program into a contender not only in the Patriot League but also nationally. Through hard work and determination, the Lao-Gosneys have created a culture of winning. And through thick and thin, they've been in it together.

The twins' father was in the Navy, which forced the family to move quite a bit. While living in Maryland, the Lao-Gosneys played hockey. Ironically, after moving to Raymond, Maine, the brothers also took up lacrosse at their high school.

"It was freshman year and I remember talking with my hockey coach, who directed me to lacrosse," said Cameron. "Roman and I picked it up pretty quickly. We used mini lacrosse sticks to just throw a ball at each other as hard as we could. We picked it up and started loving lacrosse. It caught on; we used to be hockey players and loved playing hockey, but we got better at lacrosse and stuck with that."

The twins were rapidly improving, but felt they needed more seasoning, so they went to Avon Old Farms, a well-renowned prep school in Connecticut. After playing hockey, soccer and lacrosse at Hebron, they focused on lacrosse at Avon while playing Varsity B hockey.

Cameron and Roman enjoyed success, playing in numerous All-Star Games, including one at the University of Maryland in the summer of 2007. Coach Cassese was still recruiting for Duke, where he was assistant coach, when he saw the Lao-Gosneys in action. He went back to Durham liking what he saw, but a few days later, Cassese accepted the head coaching position at Lehigh.

"Very quickly, I put on my Lehigh hat and called them to see if they wanted to come visit campus," said Cassese. "I knew they were the type of players that I wanted in my program, whatever program that might be."

In Cassese's first week on the job in Bethlehem, the Lao-Gosneys visited campus for a unique and atypical visit in which neither side was too familiar with the university.

"I still had no idea what I was looking at [on campus]," said Cassese. "But regardless, I knew I wanted them to play for me. Meeting them and their mother Julie, I just knew they had the core values and the right attitude to build my team around."

The visit certainly had its impact; on the long car ride home to Maine, the twins called Coach Cassese to verbally commit to Lehigh.

"I remember coaches at other schools being very adamant about the timeframe for us to commit verbally," said Roman. "They'd be like 'by Friday, you have to commit to here or we're going to move on.' Coach Cassese never said that. He wanted us to choose a school where we wanted to be. On the way home, we were driving with our mom and knew we liked it, so we called him to commit."

There's one question you naturally have to ask. Did the two always want to play together?

"I don't think we ever talked about whether we wanted to play together," said Roman. "We started getting recruited by the same schools, so we said why not because he's my brother and we get along. Let's do it."

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