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Lacrosse Dominates In Exhibition Match

By L. M. Hughey

Sticks checked mercilessly on the freshly plowed turf Saturday during the men’s lacrosse pre-season scrimmage against the Plymouth State College Panthers. Despite the subzero wind chill and sideline snow drifts, the Engineers defeated to Panthers “A lot to a very little!” said defenseman Christopher K. Wilmer ’02.

Head Coach Walter Alessi , while searching through the white mounds after the game for lost balls, said the score was, “around 12-6, or something like that. Once you’re already winning, the goal is to learn and work on strategy.”

The scrimmage served as a promising note for the men’s lacrosse 2001 spring season. “The team should be pretty strong offensively since our top six scorers returned,” said Alessi.

Previous four-year starter and league all-star goalie Justin M. Verdirame G is now a graduate student and serves as assistant coach.

The year’s new starting goalie, Timothy P. Nolan ’01, “has shown signs of brilliance ... and is anxious to prove himself,” said Alessi.

Brent M. Schreiber ’03, who is also a starting middle linebacker on the football team, is the single returning starting defenseman and is “one of the hardest hitters we have ever had,” said the coach.

The two leading scorers from last season, co-captain Pascal F. Rettig ’02 and Matthew P. Van Horne ’02, have returned and are armed with firepower.

However, midfield is clearly the team’s strongest position in terms of depth and it is led by Eli J. Weinberg ’02. Weinberg has been an all-league player for two years and was an all-New England as a freshman.

The season should be a competitively wild one and Coach Alessi is ready: “All in all, this should be an exciting and challenging season, and I can’t wait to play the games!”

Want to see some brutal checking and cannon shots? Come watch the team’s first official season game against Tufts University on the turf at 3:30 p.m., Thursday March 15th.