The Genesee Community College men's lacrosse coaching staff recently announced captains and spring schedule for the upcoming 2017 season. Awarded the honor of leading the defending national champion Cougars this spring is sophomores Darin Eakins (Hamburg, Germany), Chase Neibert (Hilltop, California), Pat Van Bortle (Fairport, NY), and Sherman Williams (Silver Creek, NY)
Eakins started 16 games in goal last year and was selected as the NJCAA All-Tournament Defensive MVP, as well as All- Region III Second Team. Darin played almost 800 minutes in net with a 62% save percentage and only 6.58 goals against average, which was fourth in the country. Eakins also started in net for Team Germany in the European Championships this past summer.
Neibert, a close defender, played in 12 games last year for the Cougars. Chase brings a tremendous amount of leadership and experience to the team. He will be looked upon to lead a young defensive unit.
Van Bortle started all 19 games at attack last year. He was selected to NJCAA All American First Team, NCJAA All-Tournament Team Offensive MVP, and All-Region III First Team. Pat led the country in goals last season with 69, was third in assists with 49 and second in points with 118. Van Bortle had the national championship game-winning goal in OT against Onondaga CC.
Williams, a midfielder, played in all 19 games last year. He finished the season with 28 goals and 13 assists for 41 points. Sherman was selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team, helping GCC win the National Championship with three goals in the national semi-finals and four goals in the national championship.
Genesee is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) and Region III. This year's schedule is highlighted by games against CCBC- Essex (home: 3/11), Monroe CC (home: 3/15), Onondaga CC (home: 3/25), Nassau CC (away: 3/18) and Howard CC (away: 4/8).