Patrick Johnston, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Emmanuel College, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Lions during the 2013 season. Emmanuel College competes in the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Emmanuel College Lax homepage.
|What are 3 words that describe your team this year?|
|Young, determined, hungry|
|How many players tried out for the team this year?|
|Roster size by position|
|– Attack: 4
– Midfielders: 9
– Defenders: 6
– Goalies: 3
|Roster size by year in school|
|– Freshmen: 20
– Sophomores: 1
– Juniors: 1
|Where do the majority of your players come from?|
|All over. The team consists of over ten high school team captains, and players hail from nine different states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia) and two different provinces (British Columbia and Ontario).|
|Justin Mills, Attack/ Midfield (Dorman HS; Roebuck, South Carolina): a 5’10”, 160 pound midfielder and three year letterman at Dorman High School, Mills played for the 2012 South Carolina State Championship under coach Matt Lindner where tallied 34 goals, 13 assists, and 54 groundballs. He earned the Dorman HS Coaches Award, 1st team All-Region, 1st team Upper State, and 2nd Team All-State. Mills played for the Carolina Cannons club lacrosse team as well. Mills led the team in points this fall with 17 goals and 6 assists.
Shawn Sagraves, Attack (The First Academy; Winter Garden, Florida): a 5’9”, 170 pound attack who played for coach David Oliver’s TFA Royals. A captain and four year letterman, Sagraves racked up 87 Goals, 51 Assists, and 178 Ground balls in his career while being named to the 2012 Orlando East-West All-Star Game. Sagraves led finished one point behind Mills in the fall with 16 goals and 6 assists.
Alan Troutman, Goalie (Greenbrier HS; Evans, Georgia): Troutman, a 6’ and 260 pound goalie, started three years for coach Jeff Becker at Greenbrier High School. A captain in football, basketball, and lacrosse; Troutman earned 1st Team All-County and 1st Team All-Region in football for 2010 and 2011. Between the pipes, Troutman set a school record with 198 saves (56% save percentage)and earned GHS Defensive MVP and 1st Team All-County honors in his junior year. In 2012, he held a 68% save percentage while making another record setting 420 saves and allowing an average of only 6.7 per goals per game. Troutman served as a two-year captain, and was named the 2012 County Player of the Year in lacrosse and The Augusta Chronicle’s Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year . Troutman led all three goalies this fall with a 65% save percentage.
|Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?|
|With 2012-2013 as Emmanuel’s inaugural season, we are looking to be competitive throughout the season. We played a lot this fall, and we played some tough competition in teams like Clemson, Virginia Tech, SCAD, and Kennesaw State to name a few. We felt like we could play with them (the average margin of loss was only 5 points), but we had moments of inconsistency that kept us from beating them. We deliberately are playing a tough schedule this spring, so our main goals are to be consistent and to be competitive in each game. We believe we’ll have a chance to win each game by hitting these marks:1. Goals per Game– 12
2. Shots per Game – 40
3. Goals Against Average – 8
4. Shots Against Average – 30
5. Scoring Percentage – 30%That’s easier said than done.
|What’s one thing you’re most excited about?|
|The team is excited to face four teams ranked in the final 2012 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Division II Coaches Poll (Coastal Carolina, Sam Houston State, Elon, and Kennesaw State) and every SELC regular season Regional Champion from 2012 (PBA, CCU, KSU, and Elon). Plus, we will get to square off against two NCAA DII programs (Coker and Shorter).We would also be lying if we did not say that we are excited to go to South Florida for PBA’s 4th Annual Sailfish Shootout for spring break.|
|Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?|
|We have the toughest region in the SELC DII with Kennesaw State, Tennessee Wesleyan, Reinhardt, and Emory. But we are also heading to play the back to back reigning SELC DII Champs Elon in their barn so we know we will have our hands full with that.|
|Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?|
|You can put in the same field as most NAIA programs (in the SELC, you have EC, SCAD, TWC, Reinhardt, and St. Andrews) — we offer student-athletes scholarship, we function as a varsity inter-collegiate athletic team in our athletic department, and we have a full time coach. I think what separates us from a lot of other lacrosse programs is that we are a distinctly Christian liberal arts college that prides ourselves on academics, athletics, and service.|
|What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?|
|St. Thomas, Grand Valley State, North Dakota State, & Elon (I have to show my SELCers some love)|