BU & Sacred Heart Named Captains for 2014

Burr, Irish, Johnston Named 2014 Men’s Lacrosse Captains
Trio will lead Terriers in program’s inaugural season

BOSTON – Boston University head men’s lacrosse coach Ryan Polley has named sophomore Elliott Burr, freshman Casey Irish and freshman Ryan Johnston captains for the program’s inaugural season.

“I’m very excited to announce Elliot, Casey and Ryan as our captains,” Polley said. “They each bring a different type of leadership individually and they represent the type of student-athlete that we want at BU.”

Burr came to BU after spending last season at national runner-up Syracuse, where he took two faceoffs in four games. He will be one of the Terriers’ key faceoff men, as evidenced by his performance against England on Oct. 23. He won 12 of the 13 draws he took and collected a team-high nine ground balls.

“Elliott is a very vocal leader,” Polley said. “He’s done a tremendous job of bringing a winning culture to our program. He understands the work ethic that is needed to compete at the highest level and he’s done a very good job of coming in and being someone whom the guys can ask questions on how to play at the this level.”

Irish is a 2013 US Lacrosse All-American defenseman who hails from Orlando, Fla. He captained Lake Highland Prep to the 2013 state title and was instrumental in two other trips to the state championship, including a win in his sophomore season.

“Casey brings a tremendous work ethic to BU and I think that’s why his teammates voted him so high and why we selected him as a captain,” Polley said. “He comes to work every day with a blue-collar attitude and is not only doing a very nice job on the field, but his thing is that he leads by example. Everything he does is hard and efficient.”

Johnston is the lone Canadian on the roster and played for Hill Academy in Ontario, helping Hill advance to finals of North American Lacrosse Invitational as a senior, before coming to BU. He had a hat trick and also collected a ground ball in the Terriers’ 11-8 exhibition win over England.

“I don’t think anyone cares more about this program or his teammates than Ryan,” Polley said. “He’s done a tremendous job of being a great player on the field and doing all the right things off it. He’s been a pleasure to coach and work with and he’s done a tremendous job of acting the right way.


SHU Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2014 Captains

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart men’s lacrosse coach Jon Basti announced on Wednesday the four student-athletes chosen as captains for the upcoming 2014 season.

Seniors Jared Carrier (Crownsville,Md.), Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.), Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.), and Andrew Newbold (Loveland, Ohio) will be the team captains for 2014. Carrier and Newbold lead the Pioneers’ defensive group into the new season. Newbold was a First-Team All-Northeast Conference Defender in 2013 after collecting 40 groundballs and causing a career-high 22 turnovers. He also scored three goals last season while playing in all 14 games. Carrier also played in all 14 games in 2013, causing four turnovers with 19 ground balls.

Mawdsley and Gannon look to lead the Sacred Heart attack in 2014. Gannon had a career year in 2013 for the Pioneers, leading the team with 37 assists and 44 points. Twenty-seven of his points came against NEC opponents. Mawdsley scored 26 goals in 2013, third-most on the team. He enters the season with 84 career goals and 96 career points.

“All four of these men have shown great leadership ability and have set a standard for the rest of the team on how they should play and how hard they should go,” said Basti on the 2014 captains. “They lead by example, lead with encouragement, and are a vocal presence which inspires their teammates. As a group they hold themselves to a higher standard in every aspect which allows them to hold their teammates to the same standard.”

“Their leadership off the field has been tremendous as well,” Basti added. “Not only are all four great on the field, but they are also very good students and do a lot for our effort to serve the community as best we can.  As a program, we are making an effort to do things the right way by holding ourselves and our teammates accountable and these men have demonstrated just that. We look forward to what they will bring to the table and where they can lead us.”