Season Preview: NGU Men's Lacrosse 2020

Season Preview: NGU Men's Lacrosse 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Season Preview: NGU Men's Lacrosse 2020

The North Greenville Men's Lacrosse program will kick off its 2020 season on Saturday, February 1st against the Bulldogs of Wingate University. This year's program comes off an 8-9 2019 season that featured one of the toughest schedules in all of Division II, including seven nationally-ranked opponents. NGU began the year with a 2-8 record, but ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak and gained a Conference Carolinas quarterfinal victory against Barton College before ending the season with a loss to the Limestone Saints. Heading into 2020, the North Greenville Crusaders were picked 4th in the Conference Carolinas Preseason rankings out of eight teams. With last year's top two scorers returning as well as a veteran goalie in Braeden Dixon, the Crusaders look to have a breakout year in 2020.

Key Returners

Austin Dixon put together a memorable year in 2019, earning 2nd Team All-Conference honors and was also named the Spring Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Conference Carolinas. Dixon led the team with 33 goals and provided 13 assists. Of his 83 total shots, 53 were on goal for a .639 shot percentage. Defensively, Dixon caused 5 turnovers and recorded 28 ground balls.

Thomas Cecere had a productive freshman campaign in 2019, finishing 2nd on the team with 32 goals. He led the team in total shots with 105 as well as shots on goal with 56, and was in the running for Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year.

Chris Wieckhorst started 16 and played in all 17 games last season as a junior. As a The long-stick midfielder, he finished 3rd on the team with 41 ground balls and 2nd on the team in caused turnovers with 19. he also contributed offensively, posting 7 goals and 5 assists.

Taylor Lanzillo played in 14 games last season as a midfielder. He recorded 5 ground balls and caused 2 turnovers.

Colin Courtney made a solid impact as a freshman in 2019. A long-stick midfielder, Courtney picked up 28 ground balls and caused 8 turnovers. He also provided 2 assists for the year.

Blake Thompson played in 7 games last season but will look to have a much bigger impact in 2020. In his limited playing time, Thompson posted 2 goals as well as 2 assists.