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

"I think it was just assumed," said Cameron. "We always had a good relationship, obviously as twins. We've always enjoyed playing with each other and had a connection on the field."

"I made it clear from the beginning that I wanted them both," said Cassese. "I was recruiting both of them equally as hard. There did come a point when I asked if they were okay going to the same school and there was an emphatic and simultaneous yes from both of them as only twins would do."

There's talk about certain teammates owning great chemistry, but for brothers (never mind twins), that chemistry extends to another level. It's especially beneficial considering they run together at midfield.

"Like brothers would, you know where the other's going to be and what he's thinking," said Cassese. "You have that mental connection just because you've spent so much time together."

"On the field, when he sets up a defender, I know exactly what move he's going to do," said Cameron. "I can tell the way he's playing and how he's feeling mentally too. We can always help each other and pick each other up. We know what to say if we're struggling."

The two have enjoyed strong careers in the Brown and White. Cameron's point totals have increased each of his first three seasons (24, 30 then 35), and Roman has bounced back from an injury as a freshman to own 41 career goals and 60 career points heading into Saturday's Senior Night game vs. #18 Bucknell. Roman has turned it on this year, owning a career-high 14 goals with two regular season games and possible postseason contests still remaining.

The twins have taken on increased roles as senior leaders, making up two-thirds of the team captains, along with defenseman Blaise Fullen.

"The biggest difference as senior captains is accountability," said Roman. "When you're a junior, sophomore or freshman, you're not so concerned with being accountable for everyone on the team. But as a senior captain, if someone's not working their hardest, someone's goofing around or they need help, you have to be there, tell them what to do and hold them accountable."

Fullen is more of the vocal leader while the Lao-Gosneys lead by example. However, there are opportunities when the twins speak up.

Following a 17-7 defeat to Villanova on Feb. 18, the Mountain Hawks held a players' only meeting. The team got any and all problems out in the open, essentially calling each other out. But it was a productive meeting that served as a wakeup call and proved crucial in the school-record nine-game winning streak that followed. No one was immune from criticism.

"Blaise, my brother and I took a lot of [criticism]," said Cameron. "We didn't have a good presence as captains. Part of that was playing poorly, but I can't let that get in the way of my leadership capabilities.

"But the meeting was good; it wasn't as negative and bad as it may sound," he continued. "It was the deepest conversation we've ever had with each other - something so truthful. I think we got more comfortable with each other. We'd been letting little things slide in the past, but the more you do that, the more it compiles."

"I wouldn't say the players' only meeting was the big turnaround. It's been a long time coming - four years of hard work," said Roman. "But it was one of the sparks that got us going in the right direction. A number of the leaders took the brunt of it for being the captains and the faces of the team. We needed to step up; some of our classmates told us to our faces that they needed us more.

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2012-04-13



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