Lacrosse (M)

Three Earn Preseason SAC Men's Lacrosse Honors


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba placed three players on the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Men’s Lacrosse Teams, while the Indians were tabbed to finish seventh in the coaches poll.  Lenoir-Rhyne took seven of the first place votes and are the preseason favorite.

Senior Connor Eakes was the lone Catawba Indian on the first team.  Named as a specialist, Eakes was the second-best face-off man in the country last season, winning 73.6% of his attempts.  He scored four goals and scooped up 140 ground balls.

Second team honors went to senior goalie Ryan Applegate and junior defender Gus Weber.  Applegate totaled 177 saves over 864 minutes between the pipes.  He had a 10.06 goals against average.  Weber caused nine turnovers and picked up 17 ground balls while scoring a goal.

The 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse schedule is set to get under on Saturday, Feb. 4.  Catawba opens its season on the road at Young Harris on Feb. 7.  The Indians will open at home on Feb. 10 against Belmont Abbey at 4 pm.  The 2017 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championship is slated for April 25, 27 and 29 with quarterfinals at campus sites and the semifinals and finals at Queens University.

Preseason Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (7), 77
2. Queens (1), 69
3. Wingate (1), 64
4. Tusculum, 44
5t. Mars Hill, 37
5t. Lincoln Memorial, 37
7. CATAWBA, 34
8. Coker, 31
9. Brevard, 14

Preseason Men’s Lacrosse All-SAC
First Team
A – Garrett Sadler, Queens
A – Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
MF – Dallas Wade, Tusculum
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Anthony Crisera, Wingate
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Connor Eakes, Catawba
GK – Jacob Ormerod, Wingate

Second Team
A – Austin Murphy, Wingate
A – Dima Ferriera, Mars Hill
A – Ben Boyd, Tusculum
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Nathan Stewart, Mars Hill
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Gus Weber, Catawba
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK – Ryan Applegate, Catawba

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