Lehigh Lacrosse Vies for Third Straight Championship in 2014

Classmate Kurtis Kaunas ran primarily at second midfield last season, finishing with 10 points behind eight goals and two assists. The quick and shifty midfielder is tough to defend with one man. The local product scored a pair of goals at #11 Denver last February.

Junior Jack Bogrowski looks to break into the regular midfield rotation after seeing significant time at defensive midfield in his first year at Lehigh. Both he and senior Cody Ferraro are big, strong and can shoot extremely hard. Ferraro was primarily a man-up specialist in 2013, scoring four goals (three on the extra man). Ferraro is a good feeder as well who looks to break into the lineup.

Sophomore Ray Mastroianni is a highly-regarded midfielder out of New Jersey who sat out all of last season with an injury. The fastest player on the team, Mastroianni is a two-way midfielder who excelled in the 2012 Champion All-American Lacrosse Showcase. He was listed among the "10 Who Impressed" by Lacrosse Magazine.

Sophomore Alex Eaton and junior Klay Heston are expected to contribute in the midfield as well. As Cassese said, Eaton is "tough as nails, fearless and a quick dodger." Eaton scored a goal in the 2013 season opener vs. Saint Joseph's while getting into six games on the season. Meanwhile, Heston saw increased action as last season progressed, playing in seven games while scoring three goals and adding two assists. Owning a shot that can exceed 100 miles per hour, Heston converted five shots and three shots on goal into three goals, including a fourth-quarter goal against top-ranked North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

Defense
Souders is the leader of the defense as a big, strong, tough, physical, smart, athletic player and the team's best leader, according to Cassese. The local product out of Emmaus High School is a two-time All-Patriot League honoree and All-American who owns 95 career groundballs and 42 caused turnovers.

Sophomore Tripp Telesco looks to carry the momentum from a strong rookie season as a key member of the defense in 2014. He altered between close defense and long stick midfield as a rookie, posting 29 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers while earning two straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards during the season.

Senior Lukas Mikelinich returns after missing last season. The 2012 All-Patriot League honoree is a terrific cover defenseman with great takeaway ability and great feet who is strong in transition. Mikelinich finished with 17 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers to help an emerging defense in 2012.

Sophomore Casey Eidenshink should see increased time in 2014 after playing seven games as a freshman. Named as the #35 incoming defenseman by Inside Lacrosse, the La Salle College High School graduate posted four groundballs and a caused turnover. As Cassese said, Eidenshink is a "great position defender, intelligent player with terrific skills."

Defensive Midfield
Junior Dylan O'Shaughnessy leads the way at long stick midfield. Standing 6-feet-5-inches tall out of Chaminade High School, O'Shaughnessy is long and rangy and physical, owning great groundball skills while excelling in transition. He's posted 32 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers in 29 games over his first two seasons.

Eidenshink will slide to long stick midfield as well.

Named a preseason All-Patriot League honoree by Inside Lacrosse, senior Jimmy Cahill anchors the short stick defensive midfielders. Cassese identifies Cahill as tough as nails, fearless, physical and reliable. Cahill finished with 12 groundballs and seven caused turnovers last season and even added his first-career goal against Lafayette.

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2014-01-23



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