SAINT LEO, Fla. - In the midst of a quiet fall season where Head Coach Brad Jorgensen looks to intertwine 23 new faces to his Deep South Lacrosse Championship-winning squad, the Lions were recently featured in an article in Lacrosse Magazine where Jorgensen was featured discussing last season's challenges, and what lies ahead for Saint Leo Lacrosse.
FALL BALL BLITZ
Team: Saint Leo
2010 Record: 12-3 (4-1 Deep South)
2010 In Review: It was a superb season for the Lions, in which they set a school record for wins and won the Deep South Conference title. Even with an impressive win over Northeast-10 Conference champion Merrimack, a 13-goal loss to Limestone ended any NCAA aspirations.
Goodbye… Kyle Marceau. This one’s pretty obvious. Marceau led the Lions in goals (35) and assists (20). He netted the game-winning goal in half the team’s triumphs. The middie was also the MVP of the Deep South tournament after scoring five goals and setting up three others in two games.
Hello… Matt Obermeyer. The high school All-American out of Orlando is expected to contend for a spot on the attack. Jorgensen was loath to pick just one out of his huge freshman class -- “We’ve got more freshman than we have returners” -- because he expects there to be a lot of contributions from rookies, but he did point out Obermeyer’s potential.
Offseason Developments: The Deep South Conference expands this year with the addition of Lenoir-Rhyne (Hickory, N.C.), pushing the league to seven teams. It continues next year when Florida Tech (Melbourne, Fla.) becomes the eighth squad in the DSC. In addition to the expansion, the league gets deeper in 2011. Catawba, which fell in the DSC tourney to Saint Leo, returns a huge chunk of its roster, while Mars Hill only loses a couple of key guys. Rollins and Florida Southern should also be better this season, so the conference championship is very much up for grabs, although the Lions are still the favorites.
Big Question: How long will it take the Saint Leo youngsters to get up to speed? With the graduation of 17 seniors and the addition of a 23-player rookie class, the entire coaching model that Jorgensen and his staff use will have to be revamped. “We can’t make any assumptions on what they know,” said Jorgensen. “Every day, we have to operate under the premise that they don’t know anything. That’s very tough going from a veteran-heavy team where you can make some assumptions day in and day out, to having that many new guys that you have to go through every single bit of terminology because there are more guys that are new to it than guys who know it.”
Fall Schedule: “I’m not a big believer in playing folks in the fall that we’ll see in the regular season,” said Jorgensen. As a result, the Lions will be traveling the MCLA circuit this fall. It’ll be Florida State on Oct. 2, Central Florida on Oct. 9 and South Florida on Oct. 10. All three of those teams are members of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) in MCLA Division I. “During the fall, I’ve never worried about being game ready,” added Jorgensen. “It’s more for the guys than for me.”