Southern Connecticut State: 2013 Season Outlook



William Wezenter, the assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Southern Connecticut State University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Owls during the 2013 season. SCSU competes in the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Southern Connecticut Lacrosse Page.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Execution, no excuses
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 4
– Midfielders: 9
– Defenders: 6
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 11
– Sophomores: 6
– Juniors: 3
– Seniors: 1
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Tim Albert – Attack from Lindenhurst Long Island. One of the few players to have been with the program since it started, and our sole player from outside of Connecticut. Tim has a knack for finding the cage, he will also see some time in the midfield taking faceoffs. This is his 2nd year as a captain.

Ben Velardi – Midfielder out of Amity high school in Woodbridge, CT, Ben is a sophomore in his 2nd year of ever playing lacrosse. Despite having never played before college, Ben has gone on to start for us as a freshman and is now a captain as a sophomore. Ben is a vocal leader who does his best to work hard on the field and is a student of the game off of the field.

Tyler McNamara – Tyler is a junior from Shelton, Connecticut. “Mac” has been a 3 year starter at Defense and LSM for SCSU and has improved in his time at Southern, going from a football player who played lacrosse in the off season, to being a lacrosse player in his own right. Tyler continues to work hard towards his goal of making the PCLL All-Star game.

Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Improve our skills
Hard Work
Commitment to Excellence
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I am most excited for our new group of offensive talent. We have some great stick handlers entering SCSU for the 2013 season
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
The PCLL is tough, I have trouble picking one team out. Briarcliffe, Coast Guard, and Stonehill are each nationally acclaimed teams and will each be difficult in their own right.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
St Thomas