Preview: Wesley men’s lacrosse hungry for 2017 season

Preview: Wesley men’s lacrosse hungry for 2017 season

DOVER, Del. - The 2017 Wesley College men's lacrosse team will look to improve on their 2016 season, in which they battled injuries and ended their season with a 5-7 overall record and a 1-7 record in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

Ninth-year head coach Bill Gorrow looks to build for the future with his young roster. "With the roster we have this year, the team has shown significant improvement in the preseason and the guys are working for each other," Gorrow stated. "With some of the close losses in 2016, I want to turn into wins and make the conference tournament."

Coach Gorrow and his second-year assistant Chris Fisher have high expectations for the 2017 season and they will prepare for every game of the season like it is the most important one.

The Wolverines will lean on the leadership of the upperclassman to carry the younger talent into the future. On offense, the Wolverines will be paced by senior midfielder/faceoff specialist Nate Gemmato, senior midfielder Hunter Coho and junior attackers Joe and Will Fingles.

Gemmato ranked sixth in the CAC in ground balls (94) and seventh in faceoff wins (118-286) last season. Gemmato also had the third-most points on the Wolverines in 2016 (35) with 16 goals and 19 assists.

Will Fingles came back late in 2016 after sustaining an injury early in the season to tally 17 points. "Will is really becoming a force for our team, now that he is 100 percent healthy," Gorrow expressed about Fingles.

Coho also registered 17 points in 2016 with 14 goals while Joe Fingles also collected double-digit points a season ago. Both Coho and Fingles will look to improve their numbers in the upcoming season.

The Wolverines will rely on junior Zach Darnell and sophomore Alex Collins to run the defense. Coach Gorrow proclaimed that Collins has made "significant strides in his game and will impress many people this season."  Collins recorded 27 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers in 2016. Darnell battled injuries last season and will look contribute to the Wolverines.

The Wolverines open the 2017 slate at home on Saturday when they host the Shenandoah Hornets. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.