By Angel Ospina
Kean’s Men Lacrosse team looks to build on its success of the past, as the season is quickly approaching. Shelley Sheiner is entering his 12 year as the head of coach the Cougars. He’s earned over 100 wins in his tenure here at Kean.
“I am looking forward to another excellent season.” said Sheiner. “We should continue our winning ways and complete a decade of 10 consecutive winning seasons and playoff appearances.”
The team is coming off a 15-3 season, which matched the team record for most wins in a season. When Sheiner was asked about which of his returning players he is most excited to coach this year he spoke highly of his team’s juniors.
“My top players include juniors Matt Speciale and Anthony Carpenter on offense, both had breakout seasons in 2014 and they will lead our attack this year,” said Sheiner. Mid- fielders and team captains, Senior Dave Hobson and Junior Anthony Perrotta look to lead the team both on offense and on defense.
“Being a junior captain is a great honor,” said Perrotta. “We are looking to continue the family bond our team has and we really stress the importance of being in shape both physically and mentally.”
The Cougars are on the hunt for the Skyline Conference Championship, which they haven’t won in six years.
“We are a young and hungry squad with only three seniors on our roster, but Hobson, Mike Cristitello and Jamar Thigpen have us going in the right direction,” said Sheiner.
Student Assistant Coach, Marc Zolchonock is also looking forward for the season to begin as this will be his first year on the coaching staff. Zolchonock spent the last four years at Kean as a long-stick defenseman and he is looking forward to applying his experience to the younger student-athletes.
“I am most excited about working on the staff and helping our 2015 defense be as strong as our previous defenses,” said, Zolchonock.
The season starts with a home game on Tuesday, February 24 where they will be taking on Arcadia University.