Lacrosse aims for first playoff victory

Lacrosse aims for first playoff victory

LYNDON CENTER, VT- The Lyndon men’s lacrosse team will begin their 2016 season on February 29th as they face-off against St. John Fisher College in Clearwater, Florida.  The team will travel south on February 23rd, for a week of spring practice.  “The team’s ability to travel south will allow for extended practice in addition to continuing to build team cohesiveness in preparation for the season,” said Lyndon coach Kevin Pezanowski as he returns for his second year at the helm.

The team will look to follow up last year’s playoff run with another one this year.  “Expectations this season are to once again return to the post-season in the hopes to get the programs first playoff victory” said Pezanowski. The Hornets posted a 3-5 record in conference play in 2015 (4-8 overall).  Which was good enough for the fifth seed in the NAC playoffs.  They will look to improve on where they left off with key additions to both the offense, and the defense.  The Hornets start the season with the largest recruiting class in the history of the program.  “I feel that a number of freshman on both sides of the ball will make significant contributions.  They’re prepared and ready for the season” added Pezanowski.
The Hornets will also return key players that helped contribute to last year’s playoff run such as, sophomores Ian Pelkey and Kevin McCarthy.  “I believe Kevin and Ian will pick up where they left off and add to what looks like to be a balanced offense,” said Pezanowski.  Pelkey ended the 2015 campaign leading the team in scoring with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists).  McCarthy added 26 points with 24 goals and 2 assists.  
 
The team is focused on improving their defense this year as well.  They have added many key players that will contribute to solidifying the Hornets defense.  “We should expect to see more depth and greater consistency on defense this season,” commented Pezanowski.  
The Hornets open NAC conference play on March 26th with a rematch from last year’s quarterfinal playoff game against Husson University.