Photo Credit: United States Coast Guard Academy
Da Bears have selected three leaders for the 2013-14 lacrosse season. This year is the last season that the USCGA will compete in the MCLA DII, as they make the jump to NCAA DIII next season. All three captains are first timers. The team finished 12-3 last year with only one regular season loss.
COAST GUARD ACADEMY MEN’S LACROSSE
ANNOUNCES 2014 TEAM CAPTAINS
New London, Conn. – Fresh off the announcement from the U.S. Coast
Guard Academy Division of Athletics that it will elevate the Men’s
Lacrosse Program to varsity NCAA D3 status (effective with the 2014-15
academic year), Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Gary
Weller announced that attackman Cadet 1/c Stu Carley (Houston,
Texas/James E. Taylor), midfielder Cadet 2/c Patrick Dreiss (Wantagh,
NY/Holy Trinity) and long stick midfielder Cadet 1/c Nick Fredericksen
(Nashua, NH/Nashua South) were selected by the coaching staff and a
vote by their teammates to serve as team captains for the 2014 season.
This is the first time any of the three have served as a captain.
“One of the most unique aspects of the Coast Guard Academy, and the
reason I love coaching at such a place, is that we have leaders of
character up and down the roster. Our cadets are immersed in a
culture of discipline, leadership, and service to others. While this
makes being selected as a team captain particularly noteworthy, our
team looks to everyone on the roster to step-up, make plays and play
with 100-percent heart and integrity. This, more than anything, makes
for team atmosphere that I am proud to be a part of.”
Carley had an outstanding 2013 campaign at attack – increasing his
offensive output almost three-fold from 2012 and leading the PCLL in
goals with 39. Coming in second in the PCLL in points (54) and third
in Points per Game (3.8), Carley was a key member of one of the most
prolific attack squads in the MCLA. Together with Austin English and
E.J. Schmid, this group produced 172 points in 15 games (almost 11.5
ppg) and led the Bears to the 2013 MCLA National Tournament in
Greenville, SC. Thanks to these statistics, Carley was chosen to the
2013 All-PCLL Second Team. 2013 First Team All-American Austin English
has graduated and headed off to Flight School, but the tandem of
Carley and Schmid will return for the 2014 spring campaign to menace
PCLL defenses for another year. Carley spent his summer training
period aboard America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE, training
younger cadets to put navigation, engineering, and other professional
theory they have previously learned in the classroom to work in a
“real world” environment. Carley is currently serving as the Charlie
Company Executive Officer (XO) – the second in command.
Dreiss was a mainstay of Coast Guard’s midfield offense last season
(18 g/17 a) and earned the rare honor of selection as a team captain
as a junior. He was fifth on the team in scoring (35 p) and ground
balls (34) and was also a key member of the Bears’ extra-man unit.
Dreiss spent a majority of his summer training period as Swab Summer
Cadre for the newly arrived Class of 2017 – “Swab Summer” is the
initial boot-camp style indoctrination period. He started his summer
with the Cadet Aviation Training Program and was exposed to Coast
Guard aircraft and missions at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile,
Ala. He also had the opportunity to sail around New England with
classmates as part of the Coastal Sail Training Program. He is a
Civil Engineering major and is serving as the Honor Department Master
at Arms this semester. Over Parent’s Weekend 2013, Dreiss won the
RADM Thomas T. Davies (USN) Proficiency in Navigation Award presented
to the second class cadet deemed most proficient in the art of
navigation during their first two years at the Academy.
A tenacious long stick midfielder, Fredericksen was an integral part
of a defense that allowed just 8.2 goals per game and held 12 of 15
opponents to ten goals or less. Fredericksen led the team with 56
ground balls and 25 caused turnovers to his credit. He is adept at
jump-starting the Bears’ transition game and has been a key
contributor as a wide-receiver for the Coast Guard Academy Football
team. Fredericksen also excelled at wing-play on faceoffs – the big
question on campus is whether he will remain at LSM or move to close
defense. Fans will have to stay tuned. Fredericksen is an Operations
Research and Computer Analysis major and is serving as the Alcohol
Abuse Division Head – responsible for educating cadets on responsible
alcohol use. He spent part of his summer training period aboard the
87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat USCGC Narwhal out of Newport Beach, Calif.
before reporting aboard USCGC EAGLE – where he spent some quality time
with team captain Stu Carley on America’s Tall Ship.
The Bear’s pre-season preparations have been underway since returning
from Summer Training programs in mid-August. At the time of release of
this article, the MCLA PCLL schedule has not been drafted. Fans can
anticipate a schedule to be announced by the end of November 2013.
For additional information – check out: www.coastguardlax.vicid.net
As the smallest of the five U.S. service academies, the Coast Guard
Academy offers the elite higher education, rigorous professional
development, and honor and tradition of a military academy but with a
more personalized approach.
The Coast Guard Academy offers an integrated life experience which
emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership, in
order to graduate officers of the highest caliber. Graduates go
directly to positions of leadership in “The Shield of Freedom,” one of
the most admired organizations in the world. The Academy also features
an impressive teacher-student ratio and picturesque waterfront campus
that instills a traditional small college feel.
Cadets devote themselves to an honor concept and graduate to work at
sea, on land, in the air, and even in space, in meaningful careers of
selfless service to others.