PREVIEW: Men’s Lacrosse ready to ‘make a difference’ in 2018

PREVIEW: Men’s Lacrosse ready to ‘make a difference’ in 2018

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College men's lacrosse team is looking to improve in 2018 after collecting four wins in 2017.

"From our first day of practice this spring, I've been very impressed with the intensity, focus, commitment and effort from our team," said 10th-year head coach Bill Gorrow. "We haven't really had a bad practice all spring and everyone on the team is driven to make a difference on and off the field this year."

The offense will be led by junior midfielder Josh Wassum. Wassum led the team in scoring in 2017, totaling 38 points with 29 goals and nine assists. Senior attacker Joe Fingles, junior midfielder Zach Farnell and sophomore attacker Leo Kelly also return for the Wolverines. Fingles recorded 14 goals and 12 assists while Farnell and Kelly each registered double-digit goal totals in 2017.

Senior Chris Smith, junior Zach Weitzel and sophomore Adam Tewey will also compete with several freshmen and newcomers for spots on the offensive side of the ball.

The defense will be paced by sophomore goalkeeper James Cella. A former Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Defensive Player of the Week, Cella led the CAC last year in saves with 238. Senior Zach Darnell and juniors Ben Mitzel and Joshua Short return to be factors in the defense for the Wolverines. Mitzel tallied 34 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers to rank second on the team in 2017 while Darnell and Short both caused 11 turnovers respectively last season.

The Wolverines placed ninth in the CAC Preseason Coaches Poll. Two-time defending national champion Salisbury was picked to win the conference.

The Wolverines open the season on Wednesday when they hit the road to face the Rosemont Ravens. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.