2013 Preview Salem State University Vikings

Salem State University Vikings

The Salem State University Vikings finished the 2012 season with a 4-12 record. The expectations for the Vikings in 2013 are to be competitive and get back to the Little East conference tournament. Leading the Salem State University lacrosse team in 2013 will be Head Coach Trevor Eaton. Coach Eaton is entering his 8th year as head coach. He led the Vikings for two years when they were members of the MCLA, and the past six years as members of the NCAA Division III ranks.

Coach Eaton is expecting big things from the following student-athletes in 2013: on the offensive side, Frank Lento, AJ Robertson, Matt Whited and Max Gansenberg, while Jesse Fentross, Sean Dougherty and Ian Abrahamson will lead the defense.

Frank Lento is a junior attackman. Lento finished 2012 with 4 goals and 14 assists.

AJ Robertson is a senior attackman. Robertson had 20 goals and 9 assists in 2012, as well as 5 man-up goals.

Matt Whited is a sophomore midfielder. Whited finished 2012 with 9 goals and 6 assists.

Max Gansenberg is a sophomore midfielder. Gansenberg had 2 goals and 2 assists as a freshman in 2012.

Jesse Fentross is a senior midfielder. Fentross finished 2012 with 6 goals, 3 assists, 27 groundballs and 4 caused turnovers.

Dougherty is a junior defenseman. Dougherty had 37 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers in 2012.

Ian Abrahamson is a sophomore long stick midfielder. Abrahamson finished 2012 with 4 goals, 2 assists, 58 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers.

According to Coach Eaton, the favorite looks like Keene State in the Little East. He notes, “They are always the favorite because they have such a high powered, fast offense.” Coach Eaton tells us that there isn’t necessarily a dark-horse in the Little East; that the conference is broken down into two tiers, Tier 1 is Keene State and Eastern Connecticut State, and Tier 2 is everyone else. According to Coach Eaton, anyone in Tier 2 can beat each other as well as Keene State and Eastern Connecticut State. Knowing that besides the top two teams everyone is equal, makes for a great season in the Little East.