On October 28 the BC men's lacrosse team wrapped up its fall 2017 preseason with a scrimmage against Missouri Valley. The Raven's fell to the Vikings however there were positives.
"When you lose the way we lost, we feel like we lost that game, they didn't necessarily beat us but we beat ourselves," said second-year head coch Ben Coughlin. "Two-thirds of this team are freshmen and sophomores so this is still a very young team, but we see the talent there. With our few upper classmen and returners from last year we really do feel like we have a solid unit."
With the conclusion of the fall practice season, Coach Coughlin has announced his captains for the 2017 season. They are are Senior Dan Langenfeld (2nd year), Junior Chris Gerken (1st year) and Sophomores Kyle Tomc (1st year) and Ryan Heinser (2nd year).
"I'm very pleased with how the voting turned out," Coughlin said. "The guys did a great job choosing those that best represented what kind of team we want to be."
Seniors such as Brendan Boh, Patrick Schmitt, Zach McGuff, Paul Meihaus and Langenfeld all played significant minutes last year and have been around for a while. All will see the field plenty again this year.
"This is it for the seniors," Coughlin said. "It has only been two years for them but even in that short period of time they have invested so much."
Gerken will be a major piece of this team this year.
"Since Gerken got back on campus he has really taken the reigns of this program," Coughlin said. "He has a lot of passion for what he's helping build here and expects everybody to work as hard as he is."
Coughlin expects the new freshmen to make an immediate impact.
"The freshmen class will add instant value to the team," Coughlin said. "Guys like Tyler Santini, Peter Girard, Jack Kandoth and Nick Elllis will add depth and talent which is imperative over the course of 13 games."
Last year's recruiting class, the first in the programs history, are now sophomores and will continue their development. The team's leading scorer, Remy Dujakovich, returns along with other sophomores such as Ethan Novacek, Scott Taylor, Connor Slimp and Tomc. Also is the return of Ryan Heinser, sophomore from Massachusetts.
"Ryan was missed last year after he suffered an injury to his arm after our third game," Coughlin stated. "He was having a great year even 3 games in and then he went down. Ryan is looking better now than he did last year so, at this point, we are very optimistic."
The Ravens have 13 games this year with the season opener on Feb. 18, at NCAA Div. III 3 Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. The home, and conference, opener is March 4, with St. Ambrose University. Last year the Ravens beat the Fighting Bees 10-9 after starting the fourth quarter down 9-5.