2014 Lacrosse Season Preview

2014 Lacrosse Season Preview

Let's Get It Started
The 24th season of Clark University lacrosse opens up on Saturday, March 1 with a road contest at Wentworth before the Cougars head to Florida for a pair of neutral site contests against DeSales University and Misericordia University. The Scarlet and White opens up their home slate on Saturday, March 15 against Skidmore College.

Cohen Has Cougars On The Rise
Entering his fifth season at the helm of the Cougars, head coach Jeff Cohen has already won 25 contests and a pair of Pilgrim League Coach of the Year awards (2010, 2012). Clark is coming off of the first non-losing season in program history (7-7) and returns three all-conference honorees in 2014.

Welcome Back
After a nine year hiatus, Clark, Babson, MIT, Springfield and Wheaton return to the NEWMAC along with Emerson and affiliate member, Massachusetts-Maritime, giving the league seven teams. Conference contests officially return on March 29 with the first league games and the league tournament will begin on April 30 with the semifinal games, followed by the championship on Saturday, May 3.

Freshman Focus
2013 league rookie of the year, Rob Holden (Longmeadow, Mass.) is back for his sophomore campaign after a freshman campaign that saw him finish second on the team in goals (23), assists (14) and points (37).

Maselek Makeover
After a season that saw him finish third on the team in scoring (21 points, 12 assists), Jacob Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) remade his body, dropping 30 pounds. Maselek scored a team-leading seven man-up goals in 2013 and had four games with three goals or more.

Poll Position
Clark was picked to finish fourth in the NEWMAC preseason poll. Six-time defending league champion Springfield College was the unanimous pick as the league favorite. Babson was second, while Wheaton was picked third. The Cougars travel to face Springfield on Wednesday, April 23.

Friday Night Lights
The Cougars will play six of their 14 scheduled contest at home in 2014. They will play a home contest on a Friday night for the third season in a row when they host league rival Wheaton College on Friday, April 11. Of their other five remaining home contests, three are on Wednesday evenings and two are on Saturday afternoons.

The More, The Merrier
The addition of 20 freshmen makes the 2014 edition of Clark University the largest team in program history with 42 student-athletes – 16 more than 2013.

Two Of The Best
In addition to Cohen's coaching prowess, he and top assistant coach Chris Johnson, both rank in the program's top five in scoring. Cohen ranks fifth all-time with 130 career points (66 goals, 64 assists), while Johnson is fourth with 145 points (97 goals, 48 assists).

Brothers In Arms
The arrival of a pair of freshman truly makes the 2014 season a family affair. Assistant coach Chris Johnson welcomes his younger brother, attackman Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.), while senior midfielder Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.) will play alongside his younger brother Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.).

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