WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington University men's lacrosse team elected three captains for the 2016 season. Senior midfielder Tim Wetzel was elected for a second straight season, and is joined by senior defensemen Alex Santangelo and Jack Ferrell.
Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/ Cumberland Valley) has been a three-year starter for the Colonials and is expected to be a major contributor in 2016. He finished the 2015 season as the team's second leading scorer with 19 goals and 12 assists, while also scooping up 37 groundballs in 13 contests. Wetzel is studying mechanical engineering.
"Tim is your classic lead-by-example type of guy," says head coach J.D. Englehart. "He's a reliable, steady presence on the offense and has a knack for making the people around him better. Better yet, he's a great kid and always puts the program first."
Santangelo (Sudbury, MA/ St. Mark's) enters the 2016 season with 20 career games under his belf, but spent last season studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He was a starting defensemen as both a freshman and sophomore, and is expected to be the vocal leader of the defensive unit as a senior. Santangelo is studying political science, with minor courses of study in psychology and history.
"Alex's presence, both on the field and off, was sorely missed last season," Englehart says. "We're excited to have him back for us, and have high hopes that he'll step right back into the starting role he occupied in his first two seasons. In fact, he looked fantastic in scrimmage play this fall."2
Rounding out the trio, Ferrell (Avon, CT/ Northwest Catholic) has been a three-year starter on the defensive unit and has played in all 36 MCLA contests for the Colonials, racking up 48 career groundballs and 1 assist. Ferrell is studying electrical engineering.
Englehart adds, "Jack is Mr. Dependable. He has been the glue of the defense and someone I completely trust to be in the right place at the right time, nearly 100% of the time. He's fundamentally sound, coachable, and one of the hardest working players on the field. I've been fortunate to have worked with Jack going on four years, first as his position coach, and now as his head coach."
"All in all, these three young men have worked really hard to build a reputable program here at GW, and they are going to continue to do that this season and well into the future. I'm very excited for them and their teammates who elected them," Englehart said of the three captains.
The Colonials kick off their 2016 season with an SELC divisional game at perennially ranked Liberty University. The game is slated for 2pm on Saturday, February 27th in Lynchburg, VA.