Colonials Fall Ball Round Up: five scrimmages and many more new faces

WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington University men's lacrosse team wrapped up their six week long fall season by knocking off local rival Northern Virginia Community College (NJCAA) in a scrimmage game at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex on Saturday, October 24th.

The contest rounded out a fall scrimmage schedule that included contests against American University (NCLL), the University of Richmond (NCLL), Liberty University (MCLA), and Randolph College (NCAA), the latter three occurring at a play day hosted by Liberty on Saturday, October 17th.

"The purpose of the fall season, for us, is to get everyone on the same page and playing together," says second year head coach J.D. Englehart. "With so many new players coming in, it's really about getting them acclimated. For the returners, it serves as a way to shake off the summer rust and start preparing for the spring season."

Here's a look at the new players, with some thoughts from Coach Englehart:

Ian Belliveau - Attack - Long Beach, CA - Servite

"Ian is an athletic player who showed he can grasp the speed of the college offense. I think he was continue to work hard and learn how to be a contributor at this level."

Daniel Chertock - Attack - Raleigh, NC - Enloe

"Dani is a smart player with great vision and patience in the offense. I think he'll be a major contributor for us this season."

Arthur Cronin - Defense - Hershey, PA - Hershey

"Arthur is a quiet worker with a knack for finding the ball and landing checks. He was consistently a top performer in small game situations and competitions this fall."

Trent Hunter - Attack - Randolph, NJ - Randolph

"Trent is a shifty attackman who can get open inside. He's been around the game and shows he knows the flow of offense."

Jon Matthews - Attack - Princeton Junction, NJ - West Windsor-Plainsboro South

"Jon was a prolific scorer in a very talented high school conference, and is the rare breed of attackman who can dodge to feed and finish, but also work in tight spaces around the cage."

Shawn Petrilli - Defense/LSM - Norton, MA - Bridgewater-Raynham

"Shawn is an aggressive pole who can really harass midfielders. Unfortunately, he's dealing with a lingering hip injury and we didn't get him out on the field for more than a few practices."

Josh Okoro - LSM - Scotch Plains, NJ - Portsmouth Abbey

"Josh has had great coaching, and it shows, because he is a smart, savvy player with exceptional athleticism. He was probably the overall best player at our play day at Liberty."

Jesse Rabaglia - Midfield - Oyster Bay, NY - Friends Academy

"Jesse is a grinder at the face off X, and will continue to develop his stickhandling and offensive ability so he can become a complete contributor."

Daniel Rolen - Defense/LSM - Louisville, KY - Louisville Collegiate

"Daniel is a rangy, six foot four inch long-pole with a solid stick and great footwork and positioning. His length will make him an asset on the wing and in the transition game."

Osaze Wilson - Midfield - Brooklyn, NY - Greenwich

"Osaze is a truly gifted athlete who will contribute between the lines for us as a face off specialist and transition middie. He also showed that he can dodge hard, so we're going to develop him into a total midfielder."

Cael Wylam - Defense - Scranton, PA - Scranton Prep

"Cael is a man-child, yet has the savvy and footwork of a position defender. I think Cael will be able to push around attackman, and I expect him to compete for a starting role from day one."

 

Rounding out the new faces is new offensive assistant coach Joe Wood, who will support offensive coordinator Mackie Avis, returning for his second season. Wood is a 2014 graduate of Washington & Lee University, where he was a four-year starter as an offensive midfielder for the Generals, a perennially -ranked NCAA Division III program.

Joining him as a first year assistant is Kyle Webb, a 2015 graduate of GW and two-year starting goalkeeper for the Colonials. Webb is currently pursuing a one year graduate certificate in civil engineering as part of his Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship, and will focus his coaching efforts with the team's four goalkeepers.

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.