Mountain Hawks Look to Continue Lacrosse Success in 2013

Defense

Lehigh returns its core from a defense that rose onto the national scene in 2012, finishing second nationally in goals allowed (only behind Notre Dame). Junior All-American Ty Souders leads the way. The local product anchors the defense, posting 31 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers last season to earn Third Team USILA All-America honors. A preseason Second Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse, Souders owns 60 career groundballs and 23 caused turnovers in his decorated career.

Alongside Souders is senior Mike Noone, who came on last season as a Second Team All-Patriot League honoree. He finished with a career-high 40 groundballs (most among Lehigh close defensemen) and a career-high (and team-leading) 28 caused turnovers. Noone earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times in a four-week span, highlighted by a career-high six groundballs and four caused turnovers in a dramatic win over Bucknell.

Tripp Telesco is a freshman on defense who has been impressive since day one in the fall. Ranked 73rd in Inside Lacrosse's Power 100 freshmen and 21st in its top 40 defensemen, Telesco has enjoyed a strong preseason after an impressive fall campaign. He led Ridgewood High School (New Jersey) in takeaways and groundballs his final two seasons.

Also competing for playing time at defense are seniors Baxter Lanius and Nathan Hunt, and junior Andrew Mower.

Defensive Midfield

Senior Noah Molnar leads a strong group at short stick defensive midfield, which has been called "arguably the best defensive midfield this side of Loyola." Molnar was recently selected by Rochester in the Major League Lacrosse Draft as he, Fantoni and DiMaria became the first Mountain Hawks ever selected in the collegiate draft. Molnar finished 2012 with 21 groundballs and 21 caused turnovers (second on the team) while scoring two goals as well.

Alongside Molnar are veterans Jimmy Cahill (a junior) and Derek Bogorowski (a senior). Cahill had a breakout sophomore campaign, playing in all 17 games while scooping 16 groundballs, causing eight turnovers and playing rock-solid defense. Bogorowski has seen significant action from day one, playing 45 of 48 games over his first three seasons.

Sophomore Dylan O'Shaughnessy returns as the starter at long stick defensive midfield. He was in that spot for most of 2012, playing in all 17 games while posting 13 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers. He scored a big goal in the regular season against Army and actually owns the hardest shot on the team at 103 miles per hour.

Other candidates behind O'Shaughnessy include junior Sam Cunard, who returns to the lineup after sitting out last season due to injury. He came on in 2010, especially down the stretch when he played in 10 games with two starts, six groundballs and four caused turnovers.

Junior Bryson Craft hopes to return to the lineup after missing all of last season due to injury. Freshman Casey Eidenshink and Corey Eppley have been impressive at times as well.

Face-Off

Senior Ryan Snyder returns as the primary faceoff option after enjoying an up-and-down junior season. Two years ago, he won 62 percent of his draws and scooped a Patriot League record 118 groundballs while last year, he finished at 50 percent with 97 GBs. Despite struggling at times, Snyder had his fair share of highlights, which included a 13 of 20 effort against North Carolina and its All-American R.G. Keenan. Snyder bounced back from a tough outing in the regular season against Colgate to win 15 of 32 in the Patriot League Championship Game, including many clutch wins. He earned All-Patriot League Tournament honors, while also being named Second Team All-League.

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2013-02-05



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