March 9, 2003
Southampton College Lacrosse Team Begins 2003 With Winning Results
Season Starts Strong with Three Straight Wins
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The Southampton College lacrosse team has begun playing despite the layers of snow that, until recently, covered the athletic field. With many returning players, the Colonials hope to put their experience and skill towards a winning season in 2003. So far, they have succeeded; the team stands 3-0 after this weekend's games against Saint Anslem's College and Merrimack College played on the artificial turf at Stony Brook University.
Some strong talent has come back to Southampton College this season. One of these stars is Jamie Fabian, a junior midfielder who led the league last year for points scored with 4.4 points in 10 games and came in second in assists. He was also named to the NYCAC All-Conference second team. Returning junior attackman D.J. Ortiz scored 26 goals in 10 games and won an ECAC Division II award for Player of the Week in 2002. Senior goalie Jay Selleck had a .557 save percentage for 10 games. Both Ortiz and Selleck received NYCAC Player of the Week titles in 2002.
Southampton College's lacrosse team attracts some of the Northeast's most talented players and is perennially ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. Last season's star, Chris Schiefer, had 29 goals in ten games, putting him at the top of the league. Four-year-starting goalie Larry Falkman received first-team All American honors in 2001 and was quickly drafted by the Long Island Lizards, a professional team that won the Major League Lacrosse title the previous year. Southampton College plays in the country's premier Division II league, the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference, with other national powerhouses: Adelphi, CW Post and NYIT.
Ralph Pepe, in his 11th year as head coach, has had only two losing seasons as a Colonial. He has led his team to three playoff appearances, and two ECAC titles. "We've gained a lot of respect in the lacrosse community," said Pepe. "Our players and coaches take a lot of pride in that."
Blayney McEneany brings his defensive expertise to the Colonials for a ninth season as assistant coach. "When a player gets individual instruction from Blayney, it really improves his skill on defense," Pepe said. "He also has an exceptional knowledge of game strategy."
The Colonials are ranked 12th in the 2003 Division II preseason poll, making them a team to watch this year.