AUSTINTOWN -- Under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Bill Schmoldt, and in just their third year of competition, the men's lacrosse program at Heidelberg University will look to their core for leadership heading into the 2019 spring campaign. Schmoldt welcomes back four of his top six scorers from a year ago, while Ryan Sinnema and Chris Storrs return to sure up the backline.
A key foundation of juniors will be heavily relied upon this season. Patrick McCarthy who tallied 27 goals and 14 assists last season will once again suit up for the Tricolor this season. Brock Hodson will hope to add to his 17 goals and 8 assists, while Hunter Edwards will see an expanded role to further his 15-point tally a year ago during his primary defensive role. Additionally, Storrs will be leaned upon for added leadership in the defensive third of the field.
Supporting the attack will be sophomore Liam Weaver, who contributed 21 goals and 11 assists last season. Schmoldt will rely on the crafty midfielder to provide a spark to the offense this season.
As a senior captain in the middle third of the field, Jacob White will look to support the midfield contingent.
Defensively, Edwards and Storrs combined for 144 ground balls while contributing to a team GAA of 10.75 last season.
"In our third year, I'm looking for our guys to play smart this season," said Schmoldt. "We're going to rely on our athleticism and our defense as our strengths to compete this year."
Schmoldt will also look at a strong incoming class at key positions – particularly at the faceoff and goalie spots.
2019 CAPTAINS (from assistant coach Sam Kuhn): These men have embodied leadership on and off the field and we are happy to have them represent Heidelberg Lacrosse.
Jacob White, Sr., M, West Dundee, IL
After transferring from Clark University, White started on defense for Heidelberg in 2018, and will make the transition to the offensive side this spring, and has already proved to be a valuable weapon on the other side of the ball. White has one of the best lacrosse IQs on the team, and he has the ability to play both sides of the ball and make an impact in his last year in the Black and Orange.
Chris Storrs, Jr., D, Cleveland, OH
The junior defensemen from Benedictine in Cleveland brings valuable experience to the table, having played in all but two games since he has stepped onto campus. Storrs is the only player in team history to receive an All-Conference nod, and he will look to add to his awards this season. Storrs will be a part of an experienced, smart defense and he has the ability to run the field in transition.
Hunter Edwards, Jr., M, Ashland, OH
After playing football and baseball throughout high school, in two years, Edwards has transformed into one of the better defensive midfielders in the conference. This year will present another challenge for Edwards as he takes on more of an offensive role. The junior has a motor that does not stop, and he will look to be a leader on both sides of the ball this spring.
THE SCHEDULE: The Student Princes will look to kick start their season this Saturday at home, February 16 as they welcome former assistant coach Travis Brown and Westminster College to Hoernemann Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. After seven non-conference games to start the season, the Berg will begin OAC play on March 23 at home vs. Marietta. The season will wrap up with a road contest at Muskingum University on April 27. In total, Heidelberg will play a 17-game season.
IN THE POLLS: The Berg was selected in the preseason Coaches Poll to finish eighth in the OAC this season. Heidelberg was selected to finish above Wilmington and newcomers, Marietta. Ohio Northern and John Carroll tied on points as the favorites to win the league, but the Polar Bears held the advantage with six first-place votes compared to JCU's four.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 2019 spring season will begin with 26 men on the roster. By class -- four seniors, 12 juniors, two sophomores, and eight freshmen. By hometown -- 19 Ohioans, two from Pennsylvania, two from Illinois, and one a piece from Indiana and Michigan.
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