Lacrosse (M)

Fifth in Preseason Poll, Men's Lacrosse Opens Season on Saturday


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba was slotted into fifth place in the 2019 South Atlantic Conference preseason men's lacrosse coaches poll. The Catawba Indians placed two players on the preseason all-conference teams with senior Joe Barber earning first team accolades and senior Cole Fanzo taking second team honors.

Barber, a middie, was second on the team in points a season ago. He had 45 points, scoring 27 goals and equaling a team-best 18 assists. He added 38 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Fanzo, an attack, scored a team-leading 34 goals in 2018 and added four assists. He grabbed 17 ground balls.

Lenoir-Rhyne was picked to finish first in the poll, grabbing seven first-place votes. Wingate took the other two first-place nods and was second in the poll.

The 2019 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse schedule got under on February 2.  Catawba opens its season at home on Saturday against Belmont Abbey at 1 pm, The 2019 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championships is scheduled for April 23, 26 and 28 with quarterfinals at campus sites and the semifinals and finals at Wingate University.
2019 SAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (7), 71
2. Wingate (2), 66
3. Queens, 56
4. Lincoln Memorial, 52
5. Catawba, 40
6. Tusculum, 35
7. Coker, 32
8. Mars Hill, 28
9. Newberry, 16

2019 SAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference
First Team
A – Joe Buduo, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Myles Moffat, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Joe Barber, Catawba
MF – Conor Gronbach, Wingate
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Tyler Bane, Lenoir-Rhyne
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Drew Flack, Queens
GK – Anthony Valenza, Queens

Second Team
A – Dylan Mansur, Newberry
A – Cole Fanzo, Catawba
A – Bobby Padden, Wingate
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Ethan Irizarry, Coker (T)
MF – Justin Swick, Queens (T)
D – Kyle Dozzi, Mars Hill
D – Brad Chambliss, Newberry
D – Jake Coleman, Queens
LP – Reese Orman, Wingate
Spec. – Wyatt Weiseman, Wingate
GK – Chris Hagy, Coker

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