BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of Vermont men’s lacrosse program has named Ben Cox, Ian MacKay, James Leary and Hayden Jenkins captains for the 2017 season. Head coach Chris Feifs made the announcement on Monday.
“I am pleased to announce these four student-athletes as our captains for the 2017 season as voted on by their teammates,” said Feifs. “All four of them bring unique leadership styles and embody the qualities that we want in our young men. As ambassadors for the program I could not be more excited to have them lead our team on and off the field.”
A native of Medfield, Massachusetts, Cox played in all 17 games last season as a junior. He chipped in a goal in the America East Championship Game against Hartford, also adding three assists on the season. During his sophomore season in 2015, the business administration major appeared in all 16 games, during which he set career highs in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (13).
Jenkins, a business administration major, redshirted the 2015 season after making 12 appearances during the 2014 campaign. As a freshman that year, he caused four turnovers and scooped 13 ground balls. He was a team captain at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts, where he started all 17 games during his senior season in 2013. His 29 goals and eight helpers led the team.
Earlier this month, MacKay was selected by the Canadian Lacrosse Association to represent Team Canada at a pair of exhibition games in Denver. He enters his senior season riding a 45-game point streak, sitting sixth among active Division I players. He also ranks sixth in program history in career points (171) and career goals (111) while holding eighth in the record book in career assists (60).
Now a junior, Leary was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team following his freshman season in 2015. A native of Seabrook, New Hampshire, he appeared in all 17 games last season and started 16. The community entrepreneurship major picked up 47 ground balls and caused a team-high 22 caused turnovers.
Vermont is coming off of a 2016 season in which the team recorded its most wins (9) since 2006 and advanced to the America East Championship Game for the first time in program history. The Catamounts are entering their first season under Feifs, who most recently served a seven-year stint as the defensive coordinator at North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels to the NCAA National Championship.