CASTINE, Maine – The Maine Maritime Academy Men's Lacrosse Team is proud to announce their 2017 schedule and captains.
Grant, a long stick midfielder and Marine Engineering Technology major, appeared in 14 games last season, scoring two goals and tallying two assists. The 2015-16 North Atlantic Conference Winter/Spring All-Academic Team selection scooped up 57 ground balls and caused 20 turnovers in 2016.
"Alec brings an intense level of competitiveness to both lacrosse and his studies," said Maine Maritime Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Bob Aronson, "He takes a personal responsibility to win every match-up, and has the agility to keep his position and has a knack to come up with tough ground balls. As a junior carrying an impressive GPA in the MET program, we are fortunate to have his intelligence on the defensive end and pushing transition."
Grant-Roy, a midfielder and Marine Engineering Technology major, appeared in 15 games last season, tallying 15 goals, and nine assists. Grant-Roy also scooped up 68 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers.
"Alex possesses a combination of qualities making him a midfielder any coach would want on their team," said Aronson, "His athleticism, strength, skill, and understanding of the game will bolster a midfield group we expect will give defenses problems."
Kretzmer, a defender and Marine Engineering Operations major, started in all 15 games last season, scooping up 37 ground balls and causing 16 turnovers.
"Leadership seems to come easy to Justin, not only on the field but also on campus among his fellow students," said Aronson. "As the only returning defenseman, he has done a masterful job of modeling a work ethic and degree of toughness that will benefit the freshmen as they are introduced to the college level."
Samuelson, an attacker and International Business & Logistics major, appeared in 13 games last season and led the Mariners with 41 goals, including a single-season record 12 man-up goals, and 18 assists. The two-year captain also scooped up 48 ground balls and caused nine turnovers.
"It is a luxury to have Dean back for his junior year, given his 106 career points and year of captaincy last year as a sophomore," said Aronson. "We're looking for him to continue to quarterback the offense, and make those around him better."
The Mariners will kick off their 2017 campaign on the road at Gordon, on February 22, before hosting the University of Maine Club Team for an exhibition game on February 25 at 1:00 pm. Maine Maritime heads back on the road to take on Southern Maine on March 4, before returning home to host the Fourth Annual Maritime Classic with matchups against SUNY Maritime on March 10 and Massachusetts Maritime on March 12.
"We are very excited to get the 2017 season underway," said Aronson. "We are returning a unique combination of experience and points on the offensive end, but have had some fresh faces ready to embrace the challenge of coming in immediately and making an impact on defense. We will be tested with a strong out of conference schedule including the Maritime Classic and going on the road for our tilt at NESCAC's Colby College."
Maine Maritime opens up North Atlantic Conference play on March 18 when they host Lyndon State College at 1:00 pm, in a rematch of last year's NAC Quarterfinal matchup. The Mariners will host Castleton on March 25 before hitting the road for four games against Norwich, Johnson State, Colby College and Green Mountain.
Maine Maritime will host Thomas College on March 19, before traveling to face the defending NAC Champions, New England College on March 22. The squad will wrap up regular season play on April 24 when they host conference rival, Husson University at 7:00 pm.
"Making a deep run in the playoffs is not a hope, but an expectation we have been working toward since last fall," added Aronson.
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