Davenport has been a perennial top team in the MCLA D2 for the past several years, this year they have made the jump to the MCLA D1 and should be in for some great competition with a tough slate of games against their CCLA opponents and OOC games with #2 Arizona State, #10 Virginia Tech, #12 SUNY-Buffalo, #21 Simon Fraser, #23 Arizona and #24 Clemson.
Last year, the Panthers made a run back to Nationals to defend their National Title, only to lose to St. Thomas 11-15 in the Championship game. They will kick off their MCLA D1 campaign this Friday against CCLA opponents Central Michigan (4-6 in 2012) and Toledo (3-9 in 2012).
Davenport is the first MCLA D2 finalist to make the jump up to the D1 level since Montana won the title in 2007 and moved up to the PNCLL D1 the next year. This weekend should be a great gauge of how they will fare at the D1 level.
We will be hosting Davenport’s three-part season preview that is broken down by position. Today we will continue on with the midfield!
Grand Rapids, Mich., February 5, 2013 – The men’s lacrosse team opens their first season playing at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I level this Friday when they head to Central Michigan for their season opener. The Panthers also feature a new man on the sidelines as Chris Gervat begins his first season leading the program. We will take an in-depth look at each position this week beginning with the attack today. Thursday we will highlight the middies and Friday the defense and goalies.
Davenport University has always been one of the top teams at the Division II level of the MCLA highlighted by a national championship in 2011 when they defeated St. Thomas (Minn.) in a game played in Denver, Colo. Chris Gervat takes over the program from Bob Clarkson and the first year head coach will have some experience up front as they make the transition to the D-I level.
Jordan Richtsmeier returns for his final season in a DU uniform as he currently sits in second on the career list for points (278) and goals (122) while he is tops in assists with 156. The coaching staff is excited about the leadership for his final season stating “Jordan is a gifted lacrosse player and overall athlete. Our offensive success lies within his play calling and ability to read defenses.”
Joining Richtsmeier on the attack is junior Dominic Boggiano who finished second on the team in scoring last season with 38 goals and 30 assists. Boggiano, an honorable mention All-CCLA selection a year ago will play the “X” position in 2013 and the coaching staff expects him to use his creativity to give DU another offensive weapon.
While the top two attackers for DU have much experience, the remaining four that the coaching staff will rely on are fairly new to the system including sophomore Parker Horvath and freshman Jimmy Fata, Nicholas Henderson and Matt McCallum.
Horvath got his career off to a solid start in 2012 as he finished eighth on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists. “Parker is a great utility player who can play both attack and midfield, said the coaching staff. He understands the sport really well and we will look for him in key situations in 2013.”
McCallum, who comes to DU from Hamilton, Ontario, is one the coaches expect to make a big impact on the team with his ability to finish in close and his athletic ability is going to allow him to become a great lacrosse player. Fata, a 6’2 attacker from Lansing, Mich. also has great foot speed and is very athletic.
The 2013 attackers will look to get the offense back on track after DU suffered their lowest scoring output during 2012 (19.7 points per game). Head coach Chris Gervat will use his experienced front line along with a great set of midfielders (which we will preview on Thursday) to help get back the offensive form that led DU to a championship just two seasons ago.
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The countdown is now at one day until a new chapter is opened in the Davenport Men’s Lacrosse program as they open up their first season at the MCLA DI level on Friday when they travel to Central Michigan University for a 10:00pm faceoff. We will take an in-depth look at each position this week as today we feature the midfield and Friday the defense and goalies.
Davenport’s first year head coach Chris Gervat will have an exciting and experienced group in the midfield in 2013 which should allow for the team to be solid on both offense and defense. DU returns nine midfielders to the squad that is led by two of the team’s three captains in Cody Cross and Nathaniel Adkins as well as one of their main attackers in Lyle Parks who is the quarterback of the man-up. The three have been keys to the success over the last three years including runs to the Final Four in every season and a national title at the DII level in 2011.
Lyle Parks, who will see most of time on the attack, posted 45 goals and seven assists as a junior last year and he was closely followed by Cody Cross with 45 goals and five helpers. The two are part of an offense that will return 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season. Jack Turcotte is also among those in the midfield as the 6’2 junior finished fourth on the team in assists with10 last season.
Other offensive minded middies to watch out for in 2013 are junior Quintin St. Clair and sophomore Daniel Hume. Together they posted 20 points last season and coach Gervat expects both to be used in a large role this season because of their relentless work ethic and great athleticism.
Returning for his junior season and also voted as a team captain is Nathaniel Adkins. The coaches expect big things out of the third year player as he finished third on the team in ground balls last season with 67 and also chipped in four goals and four assists. “Nate is very athletic and displays relentless effort, said head coach Chris Gervat. He should have huge impact on the success of our team.”
One newcomer to the team is a local product in Nick Covert. The Forest Hills Central grad has high expectations according to the coaching staff and he will be looked at in the Faceoff and both sides of the ball. The long-sticks in the midfield will be sophomores Jimmy DeJaeger and Kyle Healy as well as freshman Kyle Oswald. Chapin White and Chad Schoch also will be looked at this year to provide both offensive and defensive help and
the coaches said White is in line to be a part of the first line of middies after posting eight goals as sophomore last season.
Together, the midfield group will be big strength of the 2013 Davenport squad as they have experience and some exciting young players that will learn under the leadership of the seniors.
Coming Friday, February 8th!