The 2011 season looks promising for the Maine Maritime Lacrosse Team as they begin their quest to compete for their first NAC championship. The team is led by Head Coach Mike Capotosto, who is entering his 3rd season at the helm of the Mariners. The Mariners return an experienced group of players and have brought in a talented and deep recruiting class.
Offensively, the Mariners will boast one of the top attack lines in the conference. The return of senior Chris Keiley (Holliston, MA) and junior Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, CT) will help the Mariners in 2011. Keiley is a 2nd Team All Conference selection after scoring 44 goals and 26 assists in 2010 while DiSalvo was named the NAC Player of the Year in 2010 after scoring 39 goals and 37 assists.
The return of junior Brain Corain (Berwick, ME), who missed all of 2010 with an injury, will make an immediate impact on the offensive end of the field and give the Mariners another potent scoring threat. Coach Capotosto also expects senior Richard McKee (Plymouth, MA) to contribute to the team's success after scoring 15 goals and collecting eight assists before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the year in 2010. The Mariners also return the NAC Co-Rookie of the Year, Tom Houle (Manchester, NH), who had 27 goals and 26 assists 2010.
The Mariners return two of the top midfielders in the NAC, senior Wade Mondoux (North Berwick, ME) and senior Todd Murphy (Middlesex, VT). Mondoux contributed with 26 goals and 2 assists, while Murphy had 10 goals and 22 assists in 2010. Juniors Nick Lund (Alfred, ME) and Ryan Williams (Cumberland, ME) will play bigger roles this year while newcomers Alex Hermes (Fallingston, PA), Trace LaCour (Charlottesville, VA), Nick Snelling (Colchester, VT) and Geoff Gezik (Columbia, MD) will bring talent and depth to the Mariner midfield in 2011.
Defensively, the Mariners return 3 starters from last year's team in sophomores Jason Smith (Portland, ME), Alex Grant (Stratham, NH) and Scott Baribeau (North Haven, ME). All three had productive freshman years and combined for 138 groundballs, 80 caused turnovers, and four assists. Juniors Emmett Huber (Portland, ME), Ryan Geist (Trappe, MD) and sophomore Ivan Haugstad (San Antonio, TX) will provide competition and depth.
The Mariners will have someone new in the pipes for the 3rd year in a row. Erik Milles (Bangor, ME) has the only collegiate game experience while newcomers Gavin Cote (Biddeford, ME) and Oscar Adams (Alexandria, VA) will provide competition for the starting spot.