Fahey, Hunziker, Karaska and Porzelt to help guide Minutemen during 2016 campaign
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and his team has elected the 2016 senior class to serve as team captains for the quickly approaching season. Seniors Bob Fahey, Kurt Hunziker, Kyle Karaska and Kevin Porzelt each earned the nod as captain for the first team with the team decision.
“These four have been strong leaders since their freshmen year and now have a chance to move this team forward,” Cannella said. “Bob Fahey, Kurt Hunziker, Kyle Karaska and Kevin Porzelt are great teammates and representatives of our university and its athletic department.”
The four-man senior class breaks down to three close defensemen — Fahey, Karaska and Porzelt — and one short-stick defensive midfielder (Hunziker). After two exhibition games, this quarter begins their senior season with a Sat., Feb. 13 contest at Army West Point at 11 a.m.
Fahey is expected to start on close defense for the third consecutive season in 2016. Last year, he provided 13 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers over the 15-game season, during which he only committed two turnovers. Through three completed season, Fahey has 37 appearances including 28 starts on defense.
Hunziker moved into the starting lineup as a faceoff midfielder and short-stick defensive midfielder as a junior in 2016. During the campaign, he provided five points on two goals and three assists, scooped up 13 groundballs, caused a pair of turnovers and won 27 faceoffs.
Karaska was pressed into a starting role on close defense three games into his freshman season in 2013 and has not relinquished the position since. The most veteran member of the team in terms of appearances (42) and starts (41), Karaska has played in all but one game — the 2013 season-opener — since his arrival in Amherst. He owns 58 groundballs and 29 caused turnovers through three years, including single-season personal bests of 25 and 18, respectively, in 2015. He collected NEILA All-New England and All-CAA first team spots last year.
Porzelt earned a starting spot at close defense in 2015 and produced 14 groundballs with seven caused turnovers alongside Fahey and Karaska. After playing off of the bench as a reserve in three of the opening five games of the year, Porzelt started the final 10, during which he produced all of his 14 groundballs and six of his seven caused turnovers.
Following their trip to Army West Point, UMass returns to campus to debut the newly renovated Richard F. Garber Field with a Sat., Feb. 20 contest against Ohio State at Noon.