2019 Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

2019 Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

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LANCASTER, Pa. - The 2019 men's lacrosse season begins Saturday with a home matchup against No. 19 Lynchburg. Franklin & Marshall, ranked No. 17, lost 11 crucial pieces of the team in the offseason to graduation, but an even larger incoming class and a returning core provide the Diplomats with a good chance for another great year.

Click here to meet the 2019 men's lacrosse team.

Head Coach Todd Cavallaro led the team to another successful season in 2018, as the Diplomats tallied double-digit wins for the third consecutive year, one of which was Cavallaro's 100th career win. Cavallaro became only the second F&M coach to reach this total in the team's 70+ year history. In addition, six players were named All-Americans, the most ever for one season in F&M men's lacrosse history.

Click here to find out what Cavallaro has to say about the upcoming year.

Attack

Although F&M lost its third-leading goal scorer and second-leading passer in Sean Rogers '18, the roster still holds a wealth of offensive talent.

Junior Kevin Mollihan continued his incredible career with an equally impressive sophomore season to follow his 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign. The CC and Mid-Atlantic Region Offensive Player of the Year garnered All-America recognition, leading the team in scoring and ranking second in the Centennial in goals (62) and total points (76). Mollihan is on pace to shatter the program's all-time scoring record.

Sophomore Luke Keating, along with Mollihan (2017), became the second Diplomat in back-to-back years to receive the CC Rookie of the Year award. Keating sat right behind Mollihan at third in the Conference rankings for goals scored (55), led all freshmen in points, and was an All-American Honorable Mention.

After a strong fall, first-year Blake Target figures to see action at the attack, in addition to senior Shane McBride and junior Kyle Scheuerle.

Midfield

Two-time All-American George Briggs enters his final season with the Diplomats and looks to lead the team on the offensive side of the field. Briggs registered eight goals on the year to go along with 27 assists, good for second on the team. His contributions earned him All-CC Second Team honors. Versatile senior Tucker McBride will be the other centerpiece of the midfield and looks to build upon a strong junior year in which he scored 11 goals, dished out seven assists, and scooped up eight ground balls.

A.J. Rigsby will look for his role to increase significantly in his second year with the team, and juniors Ronan Garcia and Nick Crennan will make valuable contributions. Freshmen Will DeMuth, and Spencer Hall all have a strong chance of seeing playing time in their first seasons.

Long Stick/Short Stick Midfield

Junior Jarrett Donaghy was named to the All-CC First Team and led the team with 59 ground balls, scored eight goals, and notched 11 assists in an all-around fantastic 2018 season. Senior Ellis Llewellyn will see plenty of time at LSM after competing in every game last year and earning All-CC Second Team honors. He caused the second-most turnovers on the team (23) and scored seven goals.

Senior John Sommi, along with junior Kip Wyrough, and sophomore Jamie Spruance look to contribute significant minutes at SSM, while Holden Kammerer will play a large role at LSM. Freshman Tristan Lynch figures to get involved on the defensive end as well.

Close Defense

The F&M defensive unit that caused the second most turnovers in the CC returns three starters from last season. Tommy O'Connor enters his final season with the Diplomats after a phenomenal year for which he earned All-American Honorable Mention accolades. The All-CC First Team defender caused a team-leading 37 turnovers, good for second in the CC, and finished 14th in ground balls (51).

Doug Mongiardo will feature alongside O'Connor after a strong sophomore campaign in which he ranked third on the team with 13 caused turnovers. Andrew Fine is the third returning starter from last year's core.

Sophomore Erich Della Volpe and freshman Noah Isaacson have looked great and will likely get their names called early and often throughout the season.

Face-off

Junior Timmy Hoarty looks to get the initial nod in what will likely be a committee approach throughout the season, with sophomore Jack Beatty and senior Daniel Zlevor also seeing time at the X. Hoarty led the three last season, going 70-for-136 in faceoffs which ranked 10th in the CC.

Goalie

Scott Hatch returns to the cage for his senior season. Hatch started in all nine games he appeared in last season, coming away with a 7-2 record on 61 saves. Division I transfer student Luke Mutterer will also play a role in goal in his first season with the Diplomats.

Rankings

F&M enters the season ranked 17th in the USILA coaches poll. Gettysburg (6th), and Dickinson (10th) are the only other CC schools ranked. F&M was picked to finish third in the CC Preseason Coaches Poll. Gettysburg and Dickinson received the top two spots.

Schedule

Another strong schedule faces the Diplomats for the 2019 season. Similar to last year's, the road to the NCAA Tournament features six teams ranked in the preseason top-20, including meetings with No. 5 Amherst (March 15) and No. 10 Denison (March 16) on the campus of Stevenson University, as well as CC foes No. 6 Gettysburg (March 27) and No. 10 Dickinson (April 24). No. 12 Washington & Lee (March 2) and No. 19 Lynchburg (Feb. 16) also appear on the Diplomats' schedule. 

CC play opens on the road against Swarthmore on March 23 at 3:00 p.m., while Conference Semifinals are slated for Wednesday, May 1 with the CC Championship occurring that following Saturday.

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Follow at Home

All F&M home contests are streamed in HD video, free of charge at GoDiplomats.com/Live and simulcast on the Centennial Conference Digital Network (CCDN). Fans can also follow the action through the live stats page, found here.

Centennial Conference Digital Network (CCDN)

The Centennial Conference announced a partnership with Stretch Internet to become the conference's digital network provider and establish a central location for all CC athletic events. Broadcasts that are present in the Stretch portal are exclusively produced by each of the 11-member institutions of the conference.

In addition to its Roku channel, the Conference will have three new over-the-top (OTT) applications to make broadcasts available – Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Android TV. Home broadcasts that are produced by all 11 members will be available on CentennialConference.TV and the OTT apps.

Follow Along (Social Media)

All of your favorite Diplomat athletic teams are available on social media. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, like them on Facebook and subscribe to the Diplomats YouTube page for frequent highlight videos of games throughout the season.