Saint John’s University: 2013 Season Outlook

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Photo by Steve Sanner
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Photo by Steve Sanner

Derek Daehn, the head men’s lacrosse coach at St. John’s University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Johnnies during the 2013 season. St. John’s competes in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Johnnies on the St. John’s Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Athletic, Blue-Collar, Resilient
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 7
– Midfielders: 20
– Defenders: 11
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 15
– Sophomores: 12
– Juniors: 8
– Seniors: 5
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Mike King – Senior – Rockhurst HS, Kansas City, MO – Mike returns as a second year captain, having earned both 1st All Conference & All American Honors.Steve Johnson– Senior – Mahtomedi HS, MN – Barring Injury Steve will be the 1st 4 time 1st Team All American in SJU History.Billy Jaffee – Senior – Edina HS, MN – Billy will lead our athletic midfield group determined to take the the team past the quarterfinals in Greenville.

Jake Helmer – Junior – Mahtomedi HS, MN – Jake returns as a 1st team All Conference & Honorable Mention All American. Jake will pull the best defender every game and looks forward to the challenge.

Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Win UMLC, Clinch Automatic Bid, and adavance towards semifinal and beyond.
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
March 23rd in Chicago as we face off against Dayton University who knocked us out of Nationals last year.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Defending National Champion University of St. Thomas
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?