by Dan Dawley, Men's Lacrosse
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team has named five captains for the spring 2013 season.
Senior defenseman Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), senior midfielder Brendan Dalton (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS), junior attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and junior midfielder Jordan McPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) will serve as captains this spring.
"We look forward to 2013 and the spring season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We have improved from the top to the bottom over the past few years and are looking to keep that mentality. We have played well during the past two years, but we have also played poorly on occasion. We are striving to be more consistent in practice and in games. Our main goals for the upcoming season are to compete in the Little East Conference, and host a playoff game or two."
Mahoney talked about each of the captains. "Ryan Holbrook is a returning captain from last year's team," said Mahoney. "He will be a four-year starter, and he has led by example throughout his career. He has consistently been matched up against one of the top players on the other team, and has done very well. We have asked a lot of him during his time at UMass Dartmouth, and he has stepped up each year.
"Brendan Dalton enters his fourth year in the program, and is one of the hardest workers on the team," said Mahoney. "He brings positive energy every day and leads by example. He has played a variety of roles on the team, seeing action both at attack and midfield "
"Nick Thayer has been a two-year starter for us, and been instrumental in the success of the program over the past two years," Mahoney said. "He is a true leader and works hard in every aspect of the game. He is the leader of the defense, and is very vocal in the cage. Nick was a second team All-Conference last year. He has improved every year, and we look forward to having him back in 2013."
"Adam Niden has been a two-year starter for us and is coming into his own," Mahoney said. "He was second team All-Conference for us at attack, and is working hard to become a complete player."
"Jordan MacPherson is returning from an injury, and we are excited about his return," said Mahoney. "The time he missed due to his injury gave him a chance to watch and learn. He has been both an offensive and defensive midfielder in the past, and has grown in both roles. He should be 100 per cent ready to go in February, and we can't wait. "
The Corsairs were 10-6 last year and advanced to the semi-finals of the LEC Championships.
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