December 5, 2012

Veteran Trio to Lead Men's Lacrosse Team in 2013

SAINT LEO, Fla. – A trio of veteran leaders has been selected to captain the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team's eighth season, Head Coach Brad Jorgensen announced Thursday.  On the cusp of the 2013 campaign, the Lions have selected three captains who display heart, dedication, and commitment to Saint Leo both on the field and in the classroom.

Senior Beau Besancenez, and juniors Robert Hutchinson and Matt Obermeyer have been given the nod to captain the Lions in 2013, providing veteran leadership both on and off the field.

"I am really proud that our team has recognized the fantastic leadership that Beau, Matt, and Robert have provided us," said Jorgensen.  "All three of these players are fantastic students, players, and citizens of the Saint Leo campus. While we expect all of our players to lead and to excel in all phases of their lives, the passion and commitment that these three guys have for Saint Leo Lacrosse is phenomenal."

Besancenez earns the nod after an impressive junior campaign in 2012.  The St. Louis, Mo. native started all 14 contests for the Lions, and was a key component to the Lions' midfield unit.  Besancenez was second on the team in ground balls with 49 on the season, and caused eight turnovers.  An essential element in the midfield, Besancenez helped the Lions earn a .782 success rate on clears, and was an important member of the team in both on and off the field.

Hutchinson, who earned Deep South Conference Player of the Week (4/2/12) and Saint Leo Athlete of the Week (4/9/12) accolades last season, competed in all 14 contests for the Lions in 2012, starting eight.  The Islip Terrace, N.Y. native scored eight goals and added five assists in his sophomore campaign, adding a team high 79 ground balls and earning a .557 faceoff percentage, winning 107-of-192 attempts.  Hutchinson was a vital member of the Lions' midfield crew, a produced in all areas of the field.

Obermeyer earns the title of team captain after an already prolific two-year career with the Lions.  In his sophomore campaign, the Winter Springs, Fla. native earned All-Deep South Conference First Team honors, was the DSC Offensive Player of the Week (3/19/12), earned Academic All-District First Team credit, and was the recipient of the Excellence Core Value Award.  In 2012, Obermeyer led the team in goals scored with 38, and tacked on six assists for 44 points on the season, good for second best on the squad.  Competing and starting in 13 games, Obermeyer set a new program record for goals in a season and goals per game in a season with 2.92.  He added 19 ground balls and caused five turnovers on the season, and was indispensable to the Lions attack unit.

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