CUA meets Hood on Saturday in 2012 season opener

CUA meets Hood on Saturday in 2012 season opener

WASHINGTON – The CUA men's lacrosse team will lift the curtain on its 2012 season on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals head out to face Hood College.  CUA is coming off a season in which it won 11 games and qualified for its second consecutive Landmark Conference Tournament.

"Our fall and winter were the most productive we've ever had," explains 14th year head coach Brooks Singer.  "Our student-athletes are an absolute wonderful bunch."

He continued, "Their offseason work was terrific and they showed up ready to go; the attitudes have been wonderful and the coaches and student-athletes are equally excited about what we're building for this year."

CUA returns plenty of talent from last year's team, including preseason All-American Chris Fuccillo.  A first team All-Landmark Conference selection last year, Fuccillo scored 37 goals, handed out seven assists and also collected nine ground balls.

Like Fuccillo, Tom Scotto had a strong season in 2011, finishing 25th in the county in face-off percentage.  Scotto won nearly 62% in the X and also collected a team-high 112 ground balls.

Also returning for CUA is Brendan Englert, who was named the Landmark Conference and ECAC Rookie of the Year.  The sophomore scored 61 points in 2011, which came on 38 goals and 23 assists.

"We have a terrific senior class," Singer explains.  "We're excited about the leadership of Chris Fuccillo; we're excited about his fellow midfielder Tyler Catalani, who has been absolutely wonderful and equally important to the program."

He adds, "They are other guys in the mix, like attackman Marc Saxton, who did not play last season, Tom Scotto, who has been one of the best face-off men in the country, and our senior captain Ryan Doyle, who has been the core of the defense and a wonderful student-athlete."

The Cardinals also welcome in a large and talented group of newcomers that will be expected to contribute from the start.

CUA opens its season on the road for the third straight season, but that should not faze the Cardinals, who went 7-3 a season ago away from home.

Singer looked ahead to Saturday's opener and what he expects from this year's version of the Cardinals.  "The biggest challenge that we have given to the team is how we are going to fight through the season and battle through every piece of adversity that comes our way."

He added, "They have all the foundations to have a wonderful season, and if they work hard, keep committed and play quarter to quarter, I think they will have a good outcome."

Saturday's game gets underway beginning at 1 p.m.  Hood will have live stats available for the game.

Saturday is the first of three straight road games to begin the season for CUA.  The Cardinals home opener is slated for Wednesday, February 29 when they play host to Marymount beginning at 6 p.m.

Singer, who was recently elevated to full-time, gives his thoughts on moving into a full-time position, while also looking ahead to the Cardinals 2012 season in the video below.