by Marc DeMartis ’21
The Providence College Men’s Club Lacrosse team is entering their 2019 season as the defending champions of the National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL). After defeating the Westchester
Golden Rams 12 – 9 in the National Championship last Spring, the Friars have set the bar high for their upcoming season. Returning junior Ryan Barrett ‘21 said, “As we head into this season, we are expecting to protect our title and continue our success. Last year’s graduating class left us with the right mindset and the boys came back from the off season feeling dangerous this year.”
Tryouts for the team this year were held on Sunday, September 29 from 7-9 p.m. As expected, there was a great turnout according to the Vice President of the club, Teddy Allen ’21. He was pumped to see all of the new faces looking to join the team on their quest for another championship this season.
Allen said, “The first night of tryouts was absolutely phenomenal, it honestly could not have gone better. I saw no shortage of talent out on the field, I’m really looking forward to the season with the guys that we have.” With the talent the team currently has, any additions will only improve the success of the team in the coming year.
Another member of the team, Ryan Gayman ’21, spoke on his thoughts regarding the team’s ability on the field. Gayman stated, “Coming back this season off of a championship, the offense is juiced up as were returning all and necessary firepower… shooters everywhere. Defense has also been buzzing around during the first couple of weeks of practice. Checks are flying hard enough to break sticks.” It seems the team has their heads held high and their goals set for the year ahead. They are entering their fall season with plenty of confidence in their fellow players and this chemistry seems to be extremely valuable to the team.
Although the seniors that started the team only four years ago graduated last year, President John Buckley ’20, Allen, Captain Connor Corrod ’20, Captain Dauzia Etete ’20, Treasurer Kevin Flaherty ’21, and Marketing Manager JohnPaul Adams ’20 have returned as a hardworking group of leaders to kick off the year with new energy. This group of leaders have led multiple practices with a mixture of organization and unmatched positivity. Considering that the club team was only founded in 2016, to already have a national championship under their belt is quite an achievement.
The Club Lacrosse Team’s home opener is against Fairfield University on Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. The boys all seemed thrilled to kick off the season and get the ball rolling.