Lycoming men’s lacrosse has an experienced crew for 2018 season

In 2017, it took a heartbreaking overtime goal in the season’s final game to keep the Lycoming men’s lacrosse team from reaching the postseason for the first time in three years. But fifth-year coach Chris Scanlon hasn’t needed to use it for motivation as Lycoming gets set for its 2018 season opener when it hosts Susquehanna today.

The Warriors, brimming with 22 returners, including four of the top five scorers from 2017, an all-conference goalkeeper and three defensive starters, have begun to gel into one of the most experienced corps in the MAC Commonwealth, and with that experience has also come a steadiness and a desire to get the team back into the conference championship picture after going 5-9 with a youthful team that had just six upperclassmen in 2017.

“We are really excited to keep moving forward and build on the hard work put in to date,” Scanlon said. “We are not as green this year and can lean on returners to set pace. Some of the things that in the past our guys struggled with, this year, with a more mature group, has moved much more smoothly.”

The Warriors return plenty offensively in Drew Collins, Nick George, Aiden Kirkendall, Andrew Ream, Connor Riorden and Tyler Thompson, to name a handful.

One local player is Lewisburg grad Jack Spaulding, a freshman who could see time.