Missouri Announces 2011 Team Captains
The University of Missouri Men’s lacrosse team is proud to announce their four team Captains for the upcoming 2011 season: (From left to right) Junior long stickmidfielder Josh Nelson, Senior defenseman Eric Chole, Senior midfielder Cory Kaufman, and Junior goalie Sean Hogarty.
Junior Josh Nelson (#33) is in his second year as a Captain. Last year, Nelson led the nation in ground balls (92) and was also among the top 3 players in the country for goals (3) and assists (5) at the long stick midfielder position. He was nominated for All-American and received 2nd Team All-Conference honors. “Josh is a true leader of the team. His attitude, drive, and work ethic are second to none. He really sets the bar for the team and drives everyone to be better”, said Head Coach Keith Euker. “The guys really look to him for guidance, particularly the freshman.”
Senior Eric Chole (#32) is also in his second year as a Captain of the Tiger’s squad.Chole is a 4-year starter for the Mizzou defense and is consistently covering the competition’s most lethal Attackman. Eric was nominated for All-America honors,and received 1st Team All-Conference honors during 2010. Coach Euker had this to say; “Eric is a true leader by example. He gets the job done. His nimbleness, speed,and athleticism are uncanny for someone with his frame and strength. In high school, he bench-pressed 410 lbs…that’s scary.”
Senior Cory Kaufman (#9) will look to build upon his breakout season last year.Cory lead the Tiger’s in assists and was second on the team in goals, earning him
All-Conference honorable mention. “Cory is an extremely intelligent lacrosse player”, said Euker. “He has the ability to see things before they happen. He is the quarterback of the offense and does a great job of managing the game.”
Junior Sean Hogarty (#4) will be between the pipes again this year for the Tigers.During the 2010 campaign, his save percentage was consistently above 60%, giving up only 9 goals or less in all but two games (Texas State with 12, Wisconsin with11). Coach Euker described Sean as “A very intelligent lacrosse player. His quick grasp of concepts both defensively and offensively make him a leader on the team.He is very vocal which is what you want in a goalie. He’s made some of the craziest saves I’ve seen, both in games and in practice. We feel very comfortable having Sean in the goal.” Hogarty will look to anchor down an already solid defensive front againthis year.