Editors Note: We take a look at the MCLA DII No. 1 ranked Davenport Men’s Lax team headed into their first game of the season on Saturday against MCLA DI No. 6 Michigan State. Today’s feature is on the offensive unit, and we will cover the midfield, defense and goalies later.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Davenport University men’s lacrosse opens their season on Saturday afternoon in Pontiac, Mich. and this week we take a closer look at the team by breaking them down by position. Today’s focus is on the offensive unit. DU returns four of their top seven scorers and nine of the top 15 from a team that scored 378 goals in 23 games last season.
The offense will not be an area that head coach Bob Clarkson will have to worry about much as the team returns four of their top seven point scorers and nine of the top 15 from the 2011 campaign. Many of those guys in the middle of last year’s scoring will be looked at even more this season which includes Quintin St. Clair, Taylor Keyworth, Kyle Stelter, Jack Turcotte, Taylor Stark, and Nathaniel Adkins.
Leading the attack in 2012 will be a core of returning players that helped the Panthers to their first ever MCLA DII national championship a year ago. Jordan Richtsmeier will lead the way as the junior led the team in scoring last season with 108 points and was third in goals scored with 41. “Jordan is the team leader on offense, said Clarkson. He is a great stick handler from both sides and is a pure goal scorer.”
Davenport’s third leading scorer last year was freshman Dominic Boggiano as the first year player posted the second most goals (53) and second most assists (40). “Dom is a craft little performer who looks for the feed first and shot second, added Clarkson.”
The next group of players mentioned above will all look to add valuable minutes to the team this year and two of those had breakout sophomore campaigns in Cody Cross and Lyle Parks. Cross, who earned 1st Team All-CCLA and 2nd Team All-MCLA honors last season was fourth on the team in scoring with 51 points and Parks was just behind at 31 points. Clarkson commented on Parks saying “he is a tall attack man with a great shot” while Cross “is a big gamer and can be counted on to play hard during every shift.”
The attacking midfield group of St. Clair, Keyworth, Stelter, Turcotte, Stark and Adkins combined for 75 points last season all while getting just 14 starts. Nathaniel Adkins, who had 11 of those 14 starts, returns to lead a solid group of defensive middies but also will be looked at to score some in 2012. “Nate is an excellent short-stick defender who can lock off the other team’s best attacker, said Clarkson.
Newcomers to the attack group are freshman Tommy LaChance (Brighton, Mich.) and Alec Downing (Lowell, Mich.). Clarkson is very excited about these two stating, “Tommy is quick and shifty and is learning the college game every day. He still needs to improve on being more aggressive around the net while Downing is a left who can finish around the net but needs some experience at this level.”