Diplomats' Preview for the 2013 Season

LANCASTER, Pa. With eight returning starters, an athletic roster and team full of depth at every position, coach Todd Cavallaro expects big things for the Diplomats in 2013.

"Every year we get bigger, faster and stronger," said Cavallaro. "This year we added more depth at every position and this team is by far the most athletic team I've had here at F&M."

F&M put together the best season since 2003 last year with a 10-5 mark and has improved its record every season for the previous three seasons. The Diplomats had three games decided by two goals or less go the other way last season and the key this season will be turning the close losses into victories.

"If we can continue to focus on the little things this year and get better everyday, it will be exciting to see where this team finishes," commented Cavallaro.

Below is a position-by-position breakdown of the 2013 Diplomats.

Goalies

Cameron Setian returns in goal for the third-straight season. The junior started in 28 games in the past two seasons and ranked third in the Centennial Conference (CC) with a 7.36 goals against average and the second-best save percentage at 58.2 percent. He finished the year with 138 saves and a 9-5 record.

"Cameron gained valuable experience over the previous two seasons and he will be looked upon to run the defense from the cage this year," Cavallaro said.

Sophomores Timothy Mattessich and Jeffrey LaForge played well in the fall and will look to earn time between the pipes.

Close Defense

Senior captain Scott Beury along with juniors Carlos Pelaez and Josh Kanter will anchor the defensive unit that was second best in the conference, giving up only 7.33 goals per game.

Beury is coming off a strong junior season in which he led the team with 18 caused turnovers and collected 38 groundballs. Kanter caused 16 turnovers with 37 groundballs and will move from long stick to close defense. Pelaez battled through some injuries last season, but still played in 12 contests and ended with 18 groundballs and eight turnovers.

Junior James Lamb and freshman George Raum will also see time on defense.

Long Stick Midfield

James King will be a four-year starter on defense and moved from close defense to long stick midfield. The senior had 22 groundballs with 14 caused turnovers and tallied a goal last season.

Sophomores Vann Jorgensen and Connor Melillo along with freshman Wesley Rhudy moved from short stick to long stick and all three should see action this year.

Short Stick Defensive Midfield

Seniors Tim Gaines, Jordan McLean and Kier Blevins make up the short stick defensive midfield rotation.

"This is the toughest position in lacrosse and we are very fortunate to have these three at that position," Cavallaro said.

Gaines (17gb, 3ct) and McLean (11gb, 8ct) saw action is all 15 contests last season while Blevins collected 35 groundballs, mainly from the wing position on face-offs.

Faceoff

Replacing four-year starter and All-American Andrew Setian will not be an easy task and will be done by committee.

Senior T.J. Tynan, junior Nils Hansen and freshman Mike Sanzone all bring a different skillset to the X and all three will be called upon this year.

Midfield

The group with the most depth is the midfield position led by seniors A.J. Reichert and Jordan Barr along with sophomore Ben Ross.

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2013-02-19



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