Men's Lacrosse

Transylvania University Selected by Coaches to Win Men's ORLC Title

Transylvania University Selected by Coaches to Win Men's ORLC Title

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Transylvania University was selected as the preseason favorite for the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) season, according to the 2018 ORLC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released Friday along with the league's players to watch list.

The Pioneers and head coach Terry Justice received nine of a possible 11 first-place votes and totaled 116 points.

Transylvania finished the 2017 season 13-4 overall and posted a 7-0 league record.  The Pioneers captured the third ORLC men's tournament crown with a 12-1 win over Saint Vincent.

Transylvania is followed by Saint Vincent in second, which claimed one first-place vote and accumulated 104 points. Washington and Jefferson totaled 94points to finished third, followed by Thiel College in fourth (87), Hanover in fifth (68), Grove City in sixth (64), Westminster in seventh (63), Chatham in eighth (48), Bethany College in ninth (40), Mount St. Joseph University in tenth (22), and Earlham College (20) rounded out the poll.

The 2018 ORLC Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament will feature a four-team field, with the high seed hosting each tournament match. On Wednesday, May 2 the two conference semifinals will take place on the campus of the high seed. The tournament's title match will be contested on Saturday, May 5.

For the second year in a row, the winner of the men's championship tournament will receive one of just 24 automatic qualifying bids to this year's NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship. The 34-team championship bracket is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, May 6 with first round games scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9. 

The 2018 season will get underway on Saturday, February 10.

 2018 ORLC Men's Preseason Coaches' Poll Results 

School (first-place votes) Points
1. Transylvania (9) 116
2. Saint Vincent (1) 104
3. Washington & Jefferson 94
4. Thiel 87
5. Hanover 68
6. Grove City (1) 64
7. Westminster 63
8. Chatham 48
9. Bethany 40
10. Mount St. Joseph 22
11. Earlham 20


ORLC Men's Players to Watch in 2018

Bethany College
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
William Gatling Jr. M Baltimore, Md. / Northwestern
Sean Rhodes Sr. GK Indiana, Pa. / Area Senior
Caleb Staudenbaur Jr. D Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston
Nick Melita Fr. M Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax
Chatham University Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Ben Neal Fr. LSM Minneapolis, Minn. / South
Alex Vissotski Fr. M Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny
Tyler Hayes Fr. M Bristow, Va. / Patriot
Earlham College Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Tony Boutwell Fr. Attack/Midfield Sandy, Utah
Nori Kasai Fr. Attack/Midfield Aurora, Ill.
Wil Frye Fr. D/LSM Cincinnati, Ohio
Grove City College Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Ben Dumm Sr. G Westerville, Ohio / Cols. St. Francis DeSales
Sam Calhoun Sr. LSM Earlysville, Va. / Albemarle






Hanover College
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Joe DeLeo Sr. Attack Waterford, Mich. / Harrison
Noah Dubrava So. GK Centerville, Ohio / Centerville
Sam Green Jr. M Beaumaris, Australia / Pope John Paul II
Andrew Trachtman So. D Carmel, Ind. / Carmel
Mount St. Joseph University      
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Mike Weil Sr. GK Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder
Seth Poirier So. Attack/Midfield Somerville, Ohio / Talawanda
Jesse Purdy So. Attack/Midfield Lexington, Ky. / Dunbar
Cameron Mueller Sr. D Cincinnati, Ohio / Northwest




Saint Vincent College
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Jeremy Kennedy Jr. Attack Gibsonia, Pa. /Pine Richland
Anthony Hogeback Sr. Attack Jeffferson, Md. / Brunswick
Michael Grus Sr. D Frederick, Md. / St. John's Catholic
Frank Casile So. Midfield New Kensington, Pa. / Plum



Thiel College
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Murphy Wood Sr. D Austin, Texas / LC Anderson
Shawndel Evans II Jr. M New Haven, Conn. / Notre Dame
Brennen O'Shea Sr. M Cranberry Township, Pa. /Seneca Valley
Jared Saffer Sr. M Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills




Transylvania University
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Trenton Sneed So. Attack Milford, Ohio / Milford
Trenten Toivonen So. D Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood
Josh Mesmer Sr. Attack Lexington, Ky. / Lexington Catholic
Brandon Heller Sr. D/Midfield Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern
Washington & Jefferson      
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Ben Ward So. Attack Canonsburg, Pa. / Canon-McMillan
Noah Cohen So. GK Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett
Mark Mandak So. Midfield Enola, Pa. / Trinity
Westminster College      
Name Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Carter Hall Jr. GK Zeeland, Mich. / Zeeland
Adrian Culp So. Midfield Gaithersburgh, Md. / Quince Orchard
Ryan Shorts Jr. Midfield Westlake Village, Calif. / Oak Park
 Matt Trella Jr. D Moon Township, Pa. / Moon Area