Kyle McQuillan, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Liberty University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Flames during the 2013 season. Liberty College competes in the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Flames Athletics Lax homepage.
|What are 3 words that describe your team this year?|
|Determined and confident|
|How many players tried out for the team this year?|
|Roster size by position|
|– Attack: 6
– Midfielders: 14
– Defenders: 8
– Goalies: 2
|Roster size by year in school|
|– Freshmen: 10
– Sophomores: 6
– Juniors: 10
– Seniors: 4
|Where do the majority of your players come from?|
|NY = 5, MD = 4, VA = 4, NC = 4|
|Mike Zumpano– Mike has been a captain and our team president since lacrosse was brought back to Liberty in 2010. He is also our only senior captain this year. Mike is from Clinton, CT and he plays long stick middie.Nathan Lowmaster– Nathan is from Horseheads, NY and plays long pole. He has a very long history with lacrosse and this will be his second season with Liberty after earning first team all-conference last season. He will be a senior next season.
Derek Haywood – Derek is another player who has been with our team since our rebirth in 2010. He is from Columbia, MD and plays middie. Derek is also coming off a big year earning first team all-conference at the SELC playoffs. He will be a senior next year.
Kurt Tobias – Our last captain is yet another player who has been around since 2010, but this is his first season as a captain. Kurt plays attack, and he is coming off a year where he led the league in points. He is from Fairfax, VA and I think he is going to have another great year.
|Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?|
|Our team goal is very simple… to win the SELC and earn our first appearance at Nationals. Although we are a relatively young team in only our 3rd season, we are very confident that we can be the best team in the SELC. We are also planning on a move to Div1 in the very near future so we need to make the most of this time and be as ready for the transition as possible.
|What’s one thing you’re most excited about?|
|I am really excited about our freshman players. In particular, we have added Ethan Kamholtz in goal, Brice Mrakovich at midfield and Ryan Miller at attack. I think all of these players are going to make a huge impact their freshman season and surprise a lot of people. He have continued to add to our team every year and this year is no different as we enter the season with the best team we have had at Liberty to date.I am also excited about our first ever midnight game against Tennessee Wesleyan. This will be the first of our annual “Blackout Games” held at Liberty and I think they are going to be a lot of fun. We are expecting large numbers in attendance to be in the thousands.|
|Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?|
|SCAD – I have a lot of respect for this team and for what Coach Cummings has done with this program. They are a very classy team and have been to nationals the past 2 seasons. I think that SCAD is the team to beat in the SELC this year.Elon – This is our biggest rivalry at Liberty, and a game that we circle on our calendar every year. It is a divisional game for us, and we played them twice last season. Both times we lost by one point, the latter being in the semifinals of the playoffs after which they went on to win the SELC. I love the rivalry we have created and I look forward to our rematch|
|Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?|
|What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?|
|St. Thomas, GVS, Westminister, Dayton.|