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AU men's lacrosse team looks to improve upon last years performance

A year after going 10-6 - with the 10 wins representing the most at AU since the 1997 team went 10-4 - the men’s lacrosse team will look to crack the top half of the Empire 8 Conference standings and make a run at postseason play.

The Saxons (2-6 Empire 8 play a year ago) will be without leading scorer and four-year starting attackman Marc Zoyhofski, who graduated, but return four of its top six scorers from a year ago.

Two returning starters on attack - senior Stefan Dabkowski and sophomore Caleb McCaig - return. Dabkowski, in his first year at AU after transferring from SUNY Delhi, was second on the team in points (52) and goals (43). McCaig was third on the team in points (44) and second in assists (24). They will lead an attack that will look to boost the team’s offensive production (196 goals) from a season ago.

Joining Dabkowski and McCaig on the starting front line will be sophomore attack Brett Carroll. He saw action in eight games last year and had two goals and an assist. Others seeking time at attack are freshmen Riley Kinnane and Nicholas Wood.

The midfield will be strong, thanks to the return of junior Dave Malave. A starter his first two seasons, Malave missed the 2011 season with injury. In 2010, he scored nine goals, assisted on 10 and picked up 17 groundballs.

Senior Brendan Murphy (four goals, six assists, 18 groundballs) and sophomore Derek Green (17 points on 13 goals and four assists) also return and will be competing for starting nods.

Junior Matt Zon (7G, 1A, 13 GB) is the likely faceoff specialist after winning 19 of 29 draws last season.

Others competing for time at midfield include seniors Jay Whyel (11 points on 10 goals and an assist in 2011) and Justin Shultis (6G, 1A), junior Matt Hodnik (5G, 2A, 28 groundballs), sophomores Mark Almquist (two goals) and Ben DeMarco (transfer from Mars Hill), junior transfer John Aylward, and freshmen Connor Sullivan.

Adding depth at midfield are freshmen Fred Crilly and Rick Young.

The Saxon defense will be led by junior three-year starter Jake Spadoni and sophomore long-stick midfielder Pat Walsh. Spadoni was second on the team in groundballs last year with 49 and added two goals. Walsh had three goals and three assists to go with 44 groundballs.

Joining Spadoni on the starting defense are juniors Eric Jelen and Dave Konnick. Konnick played in nine games last season and had three groundballs; Jelen, a midfielder a season ago, had three groundballs and four assists.

Juniors Chris Frauenhofer (four groundballs) and John Mallon, sophomore Felix Perez (one groundball), and freshmen Mike Dombrowski, Brendan Mangino, John Storer and Mitch Wright add depth on defense.

Freshman Corey Lassman will serve as backup at long-stick midfielder.

Juniors Justin Becker and Theo Tomczak and freshman Cody O’Connor will compete for the starting goalie’s nod. Becker saw action in 14 games last season and went 7-5 with a .496 save percentage and 11.86 goals against average.

The Saxons, who went unbeaten (8-0) in non-league games in 2011, will look to reverse some close conference losses from a season ago (13-9 to Nazareth, 9-8 to Hartwick) with a goal of finishing in the top four of the conference standings and securing the program’s first-ever berth in the Empire 8 championship tournament.