Tigerville, S.C. – Head men’s lacrosse coach Corey Struss has named Chris Carpenter, Alex Proly, Sky Dupree, and Zach Randolph the team captains for the 2017 lacrosse season.
Carpenter, Proly, Dupree, and Randolph played in all 15 of NGU’s games last season with 45 starts between the four. The group led North Greenville to a 5-10 record overall in 2016, improving on its 2015 season by four wins.
Carpenter was one of the team’s top scorers in 2016, netting 12 goals on 26 shot attempts on goal. The Oviedo, Florida native finished the season with 19 assists and 31 points. The 6-3, 195-pound sophomore also registered 21 groundballs and caused three turnovers.
Alex Proly was also an offensive threat for the Crusaders, scoring 22 goals, good enough for second on the team. Proly, a sophomore from Lake Mary, Florida was also second on the team in points last season with 39 points. The fleet-footed midfielder also helped NGU out on defense collecting 46 groundballs while causing 17 turnovers.
Struss also selected two defenders as team leaders this season in junior Zach Randolph and sophomore Sky Dupree. Randolph is one of a handful of players returning for a third season at NGU played in 15 games last season and collected 19 groundballs. As a third-year starter for the Crusaders, the Las Vegas native led the team with 20 caused turnovers from his defensive position.
NGU’s final captain for the upcoming season is sophomore Sky Dupree from Mableton, Georgia. Dupree was a major contributor for the Crusaders in his first season in Tigerville, starting in 15 games as a freshman. As a two-sport athlete in high school, Dupree found his niche as a defender for the Crusaders, collecting 31 groundballs while forcing 13-turnovers.
“These four young men have been voted as captains by their peers for the 2017 season, and I am pleased that the team has noted their leadership as I have seen it since they walked in the door,” remarked head coach Corey Struss. “Zach is a member of our first class in history, and he is now a junior and has been an integral part in the growth of the program. Sky, Alex, and Chris may be considered ‘underclassmen’ still on paper but I have never seen them as that. They hold their teammates accountable and keep both the short-term and long-term goals of this program in mind in everything that they do. These aren’t ‘lead by example’ kind of guys, they are the captains that we need to speak up, organize and mobilize this team, and set high standards each and every day. I look forward to seeing their growth in this leadership role throughout the 2017 season.”
The Crusaders begin their quest for the program’s first trip to the Conference Carolinas playoffs on February 11th with a non-conference matchup with the University of Alabama at Huntsville.