Growth and Success Continue for Kiski Lacrosse Program
The Varsity Lacrosse team entered the season looking to continue the success the program has enjoyed over the past three seasons. The Cougars, 55-21 during this time, have been highly ranked in the final Pennsylvania poll in two of the last three seasons. Kiski once again played a schedule that provided maximum exposure and competition for our student-athletes. The Cougars played games in Canada, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.
The 14-8 record from this past season is deceptive as a standalone figure. The Cougars lost many close battles throughout the season that could have resulted in a larger number in the win column. That record also does not reflect the outstanding accomplishments of the students either.
6 of 7 seniors will go on to compete for an NCAA Lacrosse Program:
Quinn Commandant – Rochester Institute of Technology (Div.III)
Hunter Dunlop – Rochester Institute of Technology (Div.III)
Ben Gardner – Hamilton College(Div.III)
Peyton Manko – Mercyhurst College (Div.II)
Wilson Smith – Montclair State University (Div.III)
Matt Weichers – Rochester Institute of Technology (Div.III)
The students joining the RIT Program will join three Kiski Alumni (Ben Tackett ‘14, Trevor Smyth’14, Zach Ursu’13). RIT has gone 80-7 over the last four seasons and competed at Gillette Stadium for the 2017 DIII NCAA Championship.
Christian Spahn ’20 became the first athlete in Kiski history to be named to the Midwest team for the Under Armour All-American games. He started at Long Stick Midfielder in the five games and also played close defense. This is an incredible feat, especially taking into account that Christian did this as a freshman.
At the capstone event of the season, the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (MSLCA) Tournament, the Cougars placed 4th out of 16 extremely competitive teams. An even more impressive feat is that 10 players from the team earned honors while at the tournament.
First Team All-Midwest:
Quinn Commandant ’17
Matthew DeGirolamo ’17
Hunter Dunlop ’17
TJ Spahn ’18
Matthew Weichers ‘17
Second Team All-Midwest:
Ben Gardner ’17
Wilson Smith ‘17
Caleb Commandant ‘20
Peyton Manko ‘17
Christian Spahn ‘20
Lacrosse at Kiski continues to be one of the most successful and dominant sports at Kiski. In turn, the program also continues to send athletes on to compete at the college level. The Cougars will look to continue their winning ways under the direction of Coach Chris Spahn, now entering his 14th season as the Cougars head coach. Coach Spahn will continue to prepare the young men of Kiski for the academic and athletic rigors that await them in college, while also providing them with one of the most challenging schedules on the east coast.
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