Quick Sticks: Clemson Names 2013 Captains



Greenville SC: The 2013 Clemson Men’s Lacrosse team will be led by 4 senior co-captains, elected at the close of the fall season. Ryan Conlon, Mike DiRocco, James McLoughlin, and Brian Murphy were elected by vote of the players and coaches.

“I’m very pleased by the selection of these men,” said head coach Buff Grubb. “Each is richly deserving of the honor and I’m sure will embrace the obligations that come with leading this team this spring. We expect that senior leadership will be a key ingredient to our success and these guys have what it takes to succeed.”

Conlon, from Woodlands, Texas, is a 4 year starter at midfield and already holds the all-time Clemson record for assists by a midfielder heading into his senior year with 34 to date. Conlon was selected to the All SELC team his sophomore and junior seasons as well named an MCLA Scholar Athlete. “Ryan has a no-stop motor that runs full throttle all day,” says Grubb, “we have to ration his time on the field or he’d run himself into the ground for the team. He’s one of our catalysts on offense in both settled and transition situations.”

DiRocco, from New Canaan, CT, joined the team as a sophomore and played attack his first year, scoring the game winning goal in Clemson’s double overtime victory over arch-rival South Carolina. Converting to defense in 2011, DiRocco worked his way up the depth chart to become a starter and provides a physical presence at the defensive end of the field. “Mike’s a lead by example type of guy,” said Grubb, “He’s evolved into an impact player on our defense, the kind of guy who makes the signature big-time play that gives the team a lift.”

McLoughlin hails from North Beach on Long Island and brings a lifetime of lacrosse experience to the field. A transfer from Nassau Community College where he was a starter on attack, McLoughlin’s Clemson career got off to a great start in 2011, tallying 29 points in 7 games before suffering a torn ACL. He missed the 2012 season while rehabbing the injury and returns to lead the Tigers’ offense. “James is a veteran, heady player who consistently plays at a high level and I’ve never seen him intimidated. He’ll bring a toughness to our offense and help us stay on course,” states Grubb.

Murphy was a high school All American defenseman from Bel Air, MD and has been a member of the All SELC team on each of his first three years at Clemson as well as an MCLA Scholar Athlete. He missed the 2012 season while interning in California. “Since he was a freshman, we’ve matched him against the opposition’s leading threat,” says Grubb, “and he’s more than held his own. Brian’s a great clearing defenseman and brings the possibility of scoring every time he brings the ball up the field. We don’t have records to prove it but I’d be surprised if any defenseman at Clemson has scored as many or as timely goals as Brian has produced.”

Clemson’s 2013 season kicks off on Sunday, February 3rd with a scrimmage vs. Limestone College. The Tigers will play 7 non-conference foes, including 5 teams that qualified for the 2012 MCLA National Championships. “With our schedule, we’re going to need the kind of leadership these men can provide,” says coach Grubb. “I’m confident they will exceed expectations.”

For more information on Clemson Men’s Lacrosse, visit the team website.