HIRAM, OHIO -- The historical first season of Hiram College men's lacrosse is quickly approaching with the first game set for Saturday, Mar. 9 against Houghton (N.Y.) College at Charles A. Henry Field.
Hiram will be one of two new programs competing in the North Coast Athletic Conference this spring. DePauw (Ind.) University also will add lacrosse to its list of varsity sports. With the addition of Hiram and DePauw, the NCAC will now consist of eight teams and will join other schools that include: Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wittenberg University, The College of Wooster and Oberlin College.
"We're very excited about starting this new program for the school," said first-year Head Coach Brian Jenkins. "Our goals for this season are to play our hardest in every game and establishing a lacrosse base to build on for upcoming years."
Jenkins, a veteran lacrosse coach, came to Hiram after 14 seasons at Shenandoah (Va.) University where he helped turn the program around and record one of the largest single-season turnarounds in NCAA lacrosse history. In 2007, Jenkins' team recorded its most successful season in school history with nine victories and then followed that with a nine-win season in 2008. Also during his tenure at Shenandoah, Jenkins' team qualified for its first-ever conference tournament and was named the conference coach of the year that same season.
The 2013 roster will consist of 19 players with two seniors, three sophomores and 13 freshmen.
"We will be pretty solid at the midfield position led by freshmen Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary's) and John Deegan (Lakewood/St. Edward)," said Jenkins. "We also be good on the defensive side of the field anchored by sophomore Matthew Hare (Rocky River), freshman Matthew Pozderac (Mount Vernon/Centerburg) and goalkeepers Sawyer Lott (Sunbury/Big Walnut) and Michael Malloy (Norristown, Pa./Norristown). On attack, we will be looking for help from senior Caleb Capron (Salem/West Branch) and freshman Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name).
Hiram is scheduled to play a total of 12 games in its inaugural season, including a seven-game NCAC schedule. The Terriers will play its first conference game on Mar. 23 against DePauw (Ind.) University in Greencastle, Ind.
"I'm excited to get back on the field and coaching," said Jenkins. "We look forward to moving the program in the right direction. The school and administration have been behind us the entire way and we want to represent Hiram well throughout the season."