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Men's lacrosse team hungry for 2011 season

Mark Murphy '12 is one of three juniors among five team captains who have set a competitive tone ever since the 2010 season came to a close.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The 2010-11 Bates men’s lacrosse team got back to work the day after the 2010 season ended. Small group skill sessions during team members’ Short Term, summer league and tournament play indicate this is a motivated group. The team’s five captains -- senior attacker Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine), junior defender Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.), junior defender Mark Murphy (Duxbury, Mass.), senior faceoff man and midfielder Cody Newman (Montclair, N.J.) and junior goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) -- began putting their stamp on this team immediately. They continue to set high expectations and demonstrate their commitment with daily action.

Head coach Peter Lasagna starts his 11th season at Bates with a core of driven, committed juniors and seniors. Behind the upperclassmen he sees a sophomore class that provided immediate impact in 2010. Lasagna and assistant coaches Kevin Warnock and Tom Fournier also believe that members of a talented and deep Class of 2014 will be ready to contribute this spring. "We're still young," says Lasagna, "but our juniors and sophomores played major roles, in tight games, against many of the best teams in the country last year. Everyone is a year older and hungry to win those one-goal games."

The Bobcats will continue to turn the heat up on defense and push transition at every opportunity. "These young men have gained valuable playing experience over the past few years, and this offense will be fast-paced and exciting to watch," said Warnock.

Lasagna believes that there is more competition, at every position, than at any time in his Bates tenure. "Our older people are focused. Our newcomers are pushing the veterans. Competition makes good teams great."

The 2010-11 Bobcats look forward to their first season playing on the newly renovated Garcelon Field, moving over from their former home at Campus Avenue Field. "Garcelon provides a spark every time you walk by," Lasagna said. "Our men will be practicing and playing on the nicest facility in the NESCAC, right in the center of campus. This is perfect timing."

The Bobcats begin practice next week, and face their first tests with scrimmages at Endicott (Feb. 20) and Western New England (Feb. 26). The regular season begins March 2 at Keene State (4:30 p.m.), followed on March 5 by the team's home opener at Garcelon against Lasell (1 p.m.).