Lehigh's Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney: A Lasting Impact

Last spring, Lehigh advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament which capped off an incredible year of Lehigh Athletics. Two of the reasons for Lehigh's success were twins Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney, who continue to make their mark after college.

The Lao-Gosneys were back on campus from Sept. 28-30 as part of Family Weekend and Young Alumni Reunion. They participated in the team's annual Alumni Game, while they (along with their 2012 teammates) were recognized at halftime of the football game vs. Fordham. The weekend wrapped up with the team banquet on Sunday when the Mountain Hawks received their Patriot League Championship rings.

"It's weird being considered an alumnus now, but it was nice to spend a weekend at Lehigh feeling like a student again, and to remember a great season with so many great memories," said Cameron.

"Being honored at the football game and at the banquet was a privilege, but I was most looking forward to seeing all the guys again," said Roman.

The Lao-Gosneys helped change the culture of the program into a winning one, not only last season, but also moving forward.

"They in particular made it okay for the members of our lacrosse program to do extra work on a regular basis," said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. "On a daily basis, they were doing extra shooting after practice and getting in an extra lift. They made it cool to care about lacrosse in such a way that helped others think that was the right way to do it."

"Last year's success set the bar pretty high and it would be pretty easy to get complacent after such an outstanding season, but I know the coaching staff and my former teammates won't be satisfied," said Cameron. "I'm sure that ingrained in everything they do this season is an inner force compelling them to take a step further. Especially with a great showing in the NCAA Tournament against the eventual runner-up Maryland, a National Championship is well within their capability."

Lehigh has been building to where it is today, advancing to the Patriot League Tournament in 2011 via a 7-9 record before turning that into a Patriot League Tournament Title and NCAA appearance last season in finishing 14-3.

"Last year was the closest team I've ever played on," said Roman. "We were honest with each other, which allowed every player to be accountable for everyone else. We knew what our goals were and we made sure we maintained a high standard throughout the year. I also believe that our chemistry on offense and our new, smarter defensive schemes strengthened our team on the field."

"The transformation our team had to undergo, on and off the field, in order to achieve the Patriot League Championship was unbelievable," said Cameron. "Change is an incredible challenge, in any context, and when nearly 50 individuals are able to do so, together, in the realization of a unified goal, it's special."

Individually, both Lao-Gosneys have continued their lacrosse careers, among a select group of players on a Major League Lacrosse roster. In June, Roman was selected by the Hamilton Nationals off waivers while Cameron signed with the Charlotte Hounds just days later. With only eight MLL teams and 25 members per squad on the active roster, there are only 200 spots available to play at the game's highest level.

It's a much different game in Major League Lacrosse, most notably a 60-second shot clock so there was a transition coming from the college game.

"It is very humbling to be surrounded by the best players in the world and I'm honored to continue playing lacrosse at the highest level," said Roman. "I like how teams push more in transition and how willing players are to take risks."

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2012-10-17



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