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Bulldogs Welcome a Talented New Class - Look Forward to Fall Ball

By Noah Myers, 09/14/18, 7:45PM CDT

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The Bulldogs are following up a historic season with even bigger goals this year. They recently welcomed a talented freshman class and began preparing for upcoming fall ball games. 

The UMD Men’s Lacrosse team went deeper in the national tournament than ever before last season, and they are looking to build on that success this fall. After finishing with a record of 12-6 and making it to the final four at the MCLA national tournament, the Bulldogs are proud of what they have accomplished but know they have more to prove.

With eight seniors graduating last May, there is plenty of room for players to make their mark on and off the field. Former captain Alex Horras was a vocal leader and core of the defense, his presence will be missed. Branton Fleischman was an All-Conference, All American LSM and his absence will be noticed. Brian Tramonte was also a stellar attackman throughout his tenure at UMD. These holes are quickly being filled by the incoming class of freshmen and transfer players. Listed below:

 

#1 Jackson Paradise

Year: Freshman

Height: 5' 11''

Weight: 170

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

High School: Lakeville South High School

Jackson is looking forward to “Beating the Gophers and going to nationals” this season.

 

#9 Henry Thomas

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 0''

Weight: 200

Hometown: Brick, NJ

High School: Brick Memorial High School

Henry said he chose UMD because “I grew up in New Jersey and didn’t really like it that much, and I have family here that I don’t see much. It’s also a lot cheaper than anywhere on the east coast”

 

#14 Andrew Carlson

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 1''

Weight: 170

Hometown: Ham Lake, MN

High School: Blaine High School

Andrew said he is looking forward to “competing for a national championship and beating the Tommies” this season.

 

#16 Peyton Krause

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 0''

Weight: 180

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

High School: Washburn High School

Peyton said he is looking forward to “spending time with the boys and making new friendships” this season.

 

#17 Austin Shaw

Year: Junior

Height: 5' 11''

Weight: 185

Hometown: Elk River, MN

High School: Elk River High School

Former College: Northwestern (MN)

Austin is looking forward to “starting a new year with the boys, getting back into it, and bonding with the guys” this season.  

 

#18 Brock Penton

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 1''

Weight: 160

Hometown: Prior Lake, MN

High School: Prior Lake High School

Brock chose UMD because “it’s a beautiful city and I love the campus.”

 

#20 Matt Friesen

Year: Freshman

Height: 5' 7''

Weight: 190

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

High School: Lakeville North High School

Matt chose UMD because “I like the area, it’s really nice.”

 

#21 Nick Holter

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6' 0''

Weight: 170

Hometown: Hudson, WI

High School: Hudson High School

Nick is looking forward to “getting better and winning a championship” this season.

 

#35 Nicholas McCullen

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 1''

Weight: 200

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

High School: John F. Kennedy High School

Nicholas said he chose UMD because “I love the city and heard about a good lacrosse team.”

 

#37 Ethan Skophammer

Year: Freshman

Height: 5' 11''

Weight: 195

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

High School: John F. Kennedy High School

Ethan chose UMD because “I love Duluth, the people are great.”

 

#40 Connor Nadeau

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 0''

Weight: 205

Hometown: Blaine, MN

High School: Blaine High School

Connor said he chose UMD because “It’s a good school, a beautiful city, and I enjoy the camaraderie.”

 

#42 Ben Serstock

Year: Freshman

Height: 6' 3''

Weight: 230

Hometown: Golden Valley, MN

High School: Hopkins High School

Ben chose UMD because “I love the culture, I love Duluth, and it’s a bonus I can play lacrosse.”

 

#48 Jack Rinzel

Year: Junior

Height: 6' 1''

Weight: 215

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

High School: Holy Family Catholic High School

Former College: Stevenson (MD)

Jack is looking forward to “competing for a national championship” this season.

 

The new players are hard-working and diverse in their talents on the field. Many of them have played for great high school programs such as Brock Penton, who won a state championship this past season at Prior Lake.

“We feel very strong with the incoming class of guys,” Recruiting Coordinator & Assistant Coach Pat Shelso said, “They all have a great base set of skills, and lots of potential to become outstanding lacrosse players.”

After the team was announced, the Bulldogs finished the weekend participating in some age-old team traditions, and then refreshing their offensive and defensive sets. The coaching staff also implemented some new strategies that could be game-changers in the upcoming fall ball scrimmages.

The first of these scrimmages will be taking place in less than two weeks when the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers travel north to play the Bulldogs in Duluth. The game will be on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 pm on the UMD campus. It will be a great opportunity to see how the incoming players adapt to the new level of play, as well as how they use their own talent and creativity to be successful. UMD and the U of M have historically had a passionate rivalry and very evenly-matched contests. Those factors will surely be on display in this scrimmage.

Looking forward to late in the fall ball season, UMD will also host NDSU and St. John’s for scrimmages the weekend of Oct 6. Later that month, the Bulldogs will travel to Lindenwood University, outside of St. Louis, to scrimmage against a few NCAA opponents.

“We really want to challenge ourselves this fall and push it to that next level,” coach Alex McNamara said. “We know that's the only way we're going to achieve the big goals we have set for ourselves this season.”

 

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