West Lafayette, IN – The Purdue University Men’s Lacrosse team has announced its schedule and captains for the 2013 season. The Boilermakers season includes 12 games, featuring four home contests in West Lafayette, three in nearby Indianapolis, and five road matches.
The competitive season begins February 9th and 10th with the Boilers making a trip to Clemson, SC. Once down in Tiger territory, Purdue will have games against SELC opponents NC State and Clemson.
Next up for the Boilers is another set of non-conference games. The Boilermakers will be playing against the University of Kentucky on March 1st and Ohio University on March 3rd. Both games are set to be played in Indianapolis, IN.
Purdue then takes a road trip to Madison, WI to take on the Mavericks of MSU-Mankato on March 23rd and the University of Wisconsin Badgers on March 24th.
The next weekend, Vanderbilt and Central Michigan will be traveling up to West Lafayette to take on the Boilers in their first home stand of the season.
The final four games of Purdue’s season are GRLC Division I East conference games. The conference season begins for Purdue with a game against Miami (OH) in West Lafayette on April 6th. The following weekend, the Boilers take on their in-state rival Indiana University on a neutral site on in Indianapolis, IN, on April 13th. The following day the Boilers travel to Normal, IL to take on Illinois State University Redbirds to finish out their road season.
The final game of conference play, as well as the season, is a home match-up for the Boilers against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini on April 21st.
The Boilermakers selected their captain selection for the upcoming season. Cameron Kilar, Reed Kennedy, Palen Rhodes, and John Bowie were chosen by the coach and players to lead this years Purdue squad.
Cam Kilar, (Boxford, MA) is multi-year starter, and Captain, for the Boilers close defense. He is a shut-down defender who is critically important in clearing and transition for the Boilers. After suffering an injury that side lined him last season, Cam is looking to lead the Purdue defense, who returned every starter from the previous season, to victory in the GRLC.
Reed Kennedy, (Chanhassen, MN) joined the team in Spring, 2011. After only playing a short time, Reed has emerged as an emotional, motivating leader of the Purdue team. After an inspiring first goal last season, Reed is looking to lead the Boilermakers to another GRLC conference playoff berth and a conference title.
Palen Rhodes, (Wooster, OH) is a two-year starting attackman for the Boilermakers. Palen is looking to build off his success from last year. After playing in a handful of games in 2011, Palen had a breakout 2012 season, being named GRLC 1st Team All-Conference Attack, MCLA Scholar Athlete, and MCLA Honorable Mention All-American Attack. IN the 2012 season, Palen also led the GRLC in goals, points, and points per game.
John Bowie, (Granger, IN) is a starting midfielder and one of the top athletes for the Boilers. John missed the 2011 season pursing academic interests in chemical engineering, but made an impressive return to the Boilers in 2012. After being one of the most consistent playmakers for Purdue last season, the young team will be looking to John to be a leader in the midfield ranks this upcoming season.
Find out more about the Boilermakers at PurdueLacrosse.com.