SPRINGFIELD, Mass., December 21, 2006 – Springfield College men’s lacrosse Head Coach Keith Bugbee, who will be directing the Pride for his 24th season in the spring of 2007, has announced his captains for the upcoming year. They are seniors Kyle Cloutier (South Hadley, Mass.), Joe Malvezzi (Wilbraham, Mass.), Paul Voegeli (Cheshire, Conn.), Drew Ginsberg (Takoma Park, Md.), and junior Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.).
Cloutier, a graduate of South Hadley High School, has been honored as a Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Honorable Mention All-American according to Inside Lacrosse, as the senior goalkeeper has been named a Pilgrim League All-Conference First Team selection for the past two seasons.
Sharpe, an alum of Pinkerton Academy, is the lone junior on this year’s team to be named a captain, much like Sharpe was the only junior captain on this season’s 10-2 SC football squad. The long-stick midfielder was named a Pilgrim League All-Conference Second Team selection and a New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III All-New England Second Team honoree as a sophomore.
Sharpe, who is the quarterback for the Pride football team which made it to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Division III Football Championship, recently won the Melberger Award, an extremely prestigious honor given to the top overall player in all of Division III.
Malvezzi, a graduate of Minnechaug Regional, is a defender on coach Bugbee’s squad. Malvezzi played in 16 games last season for SC, starting in 14, while recording one assist.
Voegeli, an alum of Cheshire High School, is another defenseman on the team who played in all 18 games and started in 17. Voegeli scored four goals and added five assists for a total of nine points last season, adding 39 ground balls.
Ginsberg, a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School, is an attacker who scored three goals and added five assists for eight total points of offense in eight games during his junior campaign.
The Pride, who finished its 2006 season with a 13-5 overall record, looks to return to the NCAA Division III Tournament yet again in ‘07. SC defeated cross-town rival Western New England College (WNEC) in the finals of the Pilgrim League Tournament last year, 12-11, in double overtime for its fourth straight conference title.The highlight of the Pride’s 2007 schedule will come on March 17th when SC takes on defending Division III champion SUNY Cortland at the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University as a part of a men’s lacrosse tripleheader. In other action that day, the Division I Orangemen will host Johns Hopkins University at 4:00 p.m., and defending Division II champion Le Moyne College will take on C.W. Post at 7:00 p.m. The match-up between the Pride and the Red Dragons will kick off the March 17th tripleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.