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After finishing with a record of 13-3 in 2012, the NYIT Men’s Lacrosse team was on the outside looking in when it came time for the NCAA Tournament last May. This was the 4th straight year that the Bears Lacrosse team – National Champions in 2008 – missed the playoffs.  Coach Dunn, along with the core group of returning players led by Junior Defenseman Danny McDermott, knows it is time for the Bears to get back to winning ways in 2013.

“We have to get off to a good start in the early part of the season. Every game counts with many top ranked teams in that part of our schedule.” says Coach Dunn.  Opening the season with number seven ranked Seton Hill followed by three road games against tough out of conference opponents including St. Anselm, who the Bears lost to last season, and renewed rivals Adelphi, the Bears must have their “A-game” from the get go. “Considering this year’s team is a lot smaller in numbers than previous years, we must rely on both strong efforts from everyone during practices as well as leadership from the captains,” says McDermott. The Bears open East Coast Conference play on the road against Northern Boulevard rivals LIU Post who is always a tough opponent.  Other key ECC match-ups include Chestnut Hill and reigning National Champions Dowling, which will be NYIT’s final regular season game and Senior Day to be played on Saturday May 4, 2013.

The Bears come into the 2013 season with a deserved number six national ranking according to Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook, attributed to the outstanding play of All-American defenseman Danny McDermott, sophomore attackman Luke Miller who led the Bears with 27 assists and 45 points last season, and junior attackman Cory Triola who finished second in scoring last season with 21 goals. Coach Dunn believes it is crucial for leadership out of the senior group which includes A.P. Nist, Joe Fallon, Jake Ryan, and Mike Ross. On the other hand, Coach Dunn also says the freshman class will be put to the test immediately.  “Shawn Murphy has looked good with Miller and Triola on attack. At midfield Tom Hughes, Eric Talbot and Andrew Schweigert will be in the mix and Pat Fleming and Ryan Gaspari will be in wings if Fallon falters. We tell our freshmen that they have to play like sophomores, they were college ready when they got here, now live up to the billing,” says Coach Dunn.  He also adds that transfer Nick Pelella and freshman Steve Hartnett will battle it out at the face-off position, which is a crucial part of the game according to Dunn.

Along with the talent that Coach Dunn has on his roster, he believes it’s imperative to have luck on their side as well if the Bears are to make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament.  “Back in 2008, we won five one goal games including wins over Mercyhurst and CW Post. At times it is better to be lucky than good! That was our last time making the NCAA playoffs and our last championship,” says Coach Dunn.

With a little luck and a lot of good play from the entire squad, perhaps this year will mark a return to the post-season stage for the Bears Lacrosse team.

Photo Credit: NYIT Athlectics

 

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