BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott men's lacrosse team embarks on its 2018 season this Saturday against Stevens at home (12 PM). Here's a preview of the upcoming season for the Gulls.
RETURNING CAST (ROSTER): The Gulls will look to repeat as conference champions in 2018 behind the strong play and leadership of reigning CCC Short-Stick Specialist of the Year Hayden Souza (West Hartford, Conn.) and All-CCC Third Team selection and goalie Grant Thompson (South Hamilton, Mass.). The Gulls will also rely on All-CCC Second Team honoree Grant Garrity (Duxbury, Mass.), Will Clark (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), Matthew Faucher (Western Springs, Ill.), A.J. MacDonald (New Fairfield, Conn.), Cole McGarrigle (Norwell, Mass.), Joshua Heidrick (Littleton, Colo.), Charles Goulburn (Basking Ridge, N.J.), and Colin Fahey (Boxford, Mass.).
MARK YOUR CALENDAR (SCHEDULE): Endicott will play eight home games this season, and will also navigate one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country with games against the likes of Stevens, Union (N.Y.), Bowdoin, Springfield, Amherst, Bates, Tufts, and Middlebury.
The Gulls' non-conference schedule alone boasts a group of teams that went 95-44 (.683), while Bates advanced as far as the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Meanwhile, Springfield, Amherst, and Tufts all advanced to the Second Round or further in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 as well.
Senior Day for Endicott will take place on Wednesday, Aprill 11 against Gordon at 7 PM.
PRESEASON PLAUDITS (CCC POLL): The Gulls were picked to finish second in the CCC behind Western New England. Endicott also is ranked No. 10 in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.
2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: Endicott won its ninth CCC Championship in program history behind a 10-8 overall record and perfect 8-0 mark in conference play. The Gulls eventually concluded their season in the NCAA Tournament with a 17-6 loss to No. 8 Cortland State. It marked the tenth NCAA appearance in program history for Endicott.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)