On the Hill with Hernandez – Men’s Lacrosse Preview

On the Hill with Hernandez – Men’s Lacrosse Preview

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Happy Friday, Griffin Nation. I’m Kris Hernandez, and it’s time for another
edition of “On The Hill With Hernandez”. Today will be my last preview of spring sports. Men’s Lacrosse is coming to the Central Atlantic
Collegiate Conference in 2018, but let’s take a look at their 2017 farewell season in the
East Coast Conference. The Griffins ended 2016 with a sour taste
in their mouth, finishing with a record of 4-4 and one game shy of the postseason. 2017 looks a lot more promising. With the closure of Dowling College, the team
is ranked fourth in the ECC preseason polls, and are in the playoff hunt. The departure of midfielder George Markey
takes some goal scoring away from the offense. Markey netted double-digit goals last season. He finished top ten in goals and assists in
the all time list. My offensive players to watch is the four
headed monsters of seniors Alec Dambach, Andrew Dooley, Tanner Fisher, and junior Dylan Klusaritz. Dambach is a highly decorated player at CHC. First all time with 53 assists, second all
time with 67 goals, second all time with 120 points. His play last year was phenomenal, tallying
57 points, setting the record for most in one season, entering a spot on the all-ECC
second team. In his first season from Junior College, Dooley
scored 13 goals, and ditched out 8 assists. Fisher sustained an injury, and did not play
in 2016, but he has the skills to wreak havoc on offense. He slotted 19 goals in 2015 – second most
on the team. Klusaritz is all about efficiency – scoring
27 goals last season, on 38% shooting. Remember these four names; they will carry
the offense. On defense, they lose Derick Darnulc. The former captain is fourth all time in caused
turnovers, and ninth all time in ground balls. He earned a selection on the all-ECC second
team last season. My defensive player to watch is senior Daniel
DePasquale. In my opinion, he was snubbed from last year’s
all conference team. He led the team with 42 ground balls, and
16 caused turnovers. The defender sits in the top 10 all time in
both of those categories. DePasquale is coming into 2017 with a huge
chip on his shoulder. I think he gets that all conference nod if
he stays with it. In the face-off circle, the Griffins have
the threat of seniors Joseph Pozniak and Tim Vilardi. Pozniak was the main man last season, and
is sixth all time in face off winning percentage. Vilardi used his 6′ 4″ frame to his advantage
in a shortened 2016, winning 49% of his opportunities. If I’m head coach Brian Dougherty and the
Griffins, I feel pretty optimistic when it comes to creating offensive possessions. My final prediction – the men clinch a player
birth – they go far in the post season, and they do challenge the top dogs for a championship. That’s all for today; thanks for spending
some time with me on the Hill. I’m Kris Hernandez, and enjoy your weekend!

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