SAINT LEO, Fla. – Building upon last season’s incredible run to a Deep South Conference Championship, the 2009-10 lacrosse team was selected to finish first in the competitive DSC this spring, it was announced Monday morning by Face-Off Yearbook Magazine.

The Lions, which are headed by fifth-year Head Coach Brad Jorgensen, return 11 starters from their conference championship team of one season ago, including 2008 All-DSC members Kyle Marceau, Mike Del Buono, and David Erdman.

Overall, the Lions fell one game short of an out-right Deep South title as they closed their conference schedule 4-1, one game behind Mars Hill (5-0).

However, the Lions avenged their lone loss of the conference season in the DSC Tournament Championship by defeating Mars Hill 15-12 to conclude the 2009 season as conference tournament champions.

Helping the Lions in their efforts to reach their projected first place finish are five preseason DSC All-Conference members. Luke Baruch, the Lions fourth-leading scorer last season with 34 points, was named one of the three attack men, while Marceau’s 2009 effort of 25 goals and 20 assists earned him a top midfield selection.

Mike Del Buono was the lone faceoff member named to the team. The specialist won 140 faceoff’s during the 2009 campaign and totaled 59 ground balls.  And helping lead one of the best defenses in the country is Pat LoGiudice. The senior played in all 14 contests for the Lions and accumulated 34 ground balls. Saint Leo also had the only goalie named to the team in senior Erdman. The cage minder ended 2009 ninth in the country in goals-against-average (8.29) and 11th in the NCAA in save percentage (.571).

These five, along with a talented complimentary cast, look to lead SLU to another DSC Championship, as well as the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament. 

Following a February exhibition contest with Hartwick in Jacksonville, the Lions will open the 2010 season on the road against conference rival Rollins from Winter Park, Fla.  The Green & Gold will kick off home action against St. Andrews Presbyterian College on March 5th at 7:00 p.m.
 
DSC Preseason Rankings

  1. Saint Leo
  2. Mars Hill
  3. Wingate
  4. Catawaba
  5. Florida Southern
  6. Rollins

Preseason DSC All-Conference

  • A - Danny Farmer, Mars Hill, Sr.
  • A - Marty Tuohy, Catawaba, Jr.
  • A - Luke Baruch, Saint Leo, Sr.
  • M - Kyle Marceau, Saint Leo, Sr.
  • M - Tyler Farmer, Mars Hills, Jr.
  • M - Angus Derbyshire, Wingate, Sr.
  • F/O - Mike Del Buono, Saint Leo, Jr.
  • LSM - Andrew Vossler, Rollins, So.
  • D - Chris Cudmore, Mars Hill, Sr.
  • D - Chase Juelich, Fla. Southern, So.
  • D - Pat LoGiudice, Saint Leo, Sr.
  • G - David Erdman, Saint Leo, Jr.