April 20, 2006

Lacrosse Bobcats Focus on Positives From Season

Despite finishing the season with a 0-11 record, Head Coach Mat Edmunds '02 witnessed some positive aspects within his young program during the 2006 season. With a roster of twenty, half being freshman, the 2006 season allowed many players to gain some much needed experience.

"This past season was successful year both on and off the field. It has been a continuous learning experience for what was an immature team last fall. Even being 0-11, the guys played their hearts out game in and game out," commented Edmunds.

With aggressive recruiting this past year from Edmunds and Assistant Coach Jason Levesque, the future looks promising for the young squad. "As the year progressed, it was evident to the coaching staff that the team really began to buy into our system and have learnt what is to be the foundation of what is to come in the next several years. With a recruiting class that equals our team in numbers from a year ago, 2007 will be a giant leap for Lees-McRae Lacrosse," commented Edmunds.

Three Bobcats put their stamp on the Bobcat record books in 2006. Sophomore goalie Adam Canoy (Durham, NC) smashed the single season save record of 136 held by Nat Joiner '03, finishing 2006 with 201 saves. Canoy also moved into third place on the all time saves list with 274. Junior Tyler Stieber led the team with 30 points, scoring 15 goals while adding 15 assists in 2006, good enough for the fourth best single season total. His 15 assists was also the second most recorded in one season. Freshman Kirk Rogers (Casselberry, FL) also made a splash in his first campaign as a Bobcat with 27 points in his rookie season, good enough for the fifth best single season total in Lees-McRae history. Rogers' team high 20 goals were also the fourth best single season total.

"This has been a good year for our program, even though our record may not indicate such. I am proud to have had the opportunity to coach these young men this past season, especially our two seniors who were freshman during my senior season in '02. The leadership from both Jason Walker (Highland, MD) and Brad Dunn (Herndon, VA) will be sorely missed on and off the field, however they will forever be a part of the Bobcat family."