Men's Lacrosse 2009 Preview

Men's Lacrosse 2009 Preview

Farmingdale State Men's Lacrosse 2009 Preview

- Maxwell, Leone and Zuar to captain Rams -

Farmingdale, N.Y. – The Farmingdale State men’s lacrosse team opens up the season on March 1 and has many new faces on the roster. The Rams lost five games last season by a combined seven goals, on their way to a 3-10 record in Tuttle's first season. With ten players returning and a large recruiting class, Coach Tuttle hopes to produce more wins in ‘09.

The captains this year will be senior attackman Sean Maxwell (West Babylon, N.Y./NYIT), senior goalkeeper Teddy Leone (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) and sophomore midfielder Adam Zuar (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst). Both Maxwell and Leone were named Second Team All-Skyline in 2008. Maxwell scored 22 goals and Zuar was the teams’ top-faceoff man.

Joining the captains in leading this years squad are sophomores Joey Stroessenreuther (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) and Eddie Rifice (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon). After leading the Rams in scoring in ’08, both will look to step it up even more this season. Stroessenreuther, the teams’ #1 returning midfielder, scored 31 points last year, while Rifice, one of our go-to attackman, scored 20 goals in 2008.

Tuttle has a few key transfers to his roster who should bulk up the defensive end of the field. Junior midfielder Mike Maxwell (West Babylon, N.Y./NYIT), a 6-2, 200 pound transfer from NYIT, brings some size to the midfield, which Tuttle says was lacking a year ago. Freshman defender Bobby Lazos (Holy Trinity, N.Y./Molloy) is a good position defenseman with a great stick. Freshman defender Chris JapNgie (Massapequa, N.Y./Holy Trinity), is transfer from Alfred College who played football last year at Alfred, but returns to lacrosse in ’09 and will likely be seen as a crease defenseman.

The freshman standouts for Coach Tuttle in the fall were freshman defender/long stick Will Valasiadis (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore), freshman attackman/midfielder Eric Thompson (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park) and freshman goaltender Patrick Delventhal (Westbury, N.Y./Holy Trinity).

Coach Tuttle mentioned of these freshmen, "Valasiadis, an All-County defenseman, has great speed and could play down low or at the midfield, he checks hard and plays great position. Thompson, an Honorable Mention All-American in high school, stands at 6'3" and 210 pounds. He is a threat to go to goal every time, but he also sees the field well and can carry the ball to feed. Delventhal led Holy Trinity to two Catholic League Championships; he had a good fall season and will compete for the starting goalie spot with senior Teddy Leone."

The Rams open up their 2009 campaign at home on the new FieldTurf against Plattsburgh State on Sunday, March 1st at 1:00 p.m. They continue through March on a seven-game homestand, hosting teams such as Oswego State, Wesleyan and Division II Molloy College. Starting off the month of April, they will travel to play Dominican College (also Division II) and Richard Stockton, before coming back for another four games at home. They wrap up the regular season with a conference game away against Mount Saint Vincent on April 29th.