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M e n ’s L a c r o s s e

2011-2012

Men’s Lacrosse

CHarles Harreys JIM FERRIS


2011-12 Quick Facts General

School Name.........................................Wittenberg University Location............................................. Springfield, Ohio 45501 Founded..........................................................................1845 Enrollment......................................................................1,950 Nickname......................................................................Tigers Home Field.......................................... Edwards-Maurer Field Capacity.........................................................................3,000 National Affiliation...................................... NCAA Division III Conference.......................... North Coast Athletic Conference President................................................Dr. Mark H. Erickson Alma Mater...................................................Princeton, 1977 Athletics Director...........................................Garnett Purnell Alma Mater....................................................Cheyney, 1973 Athletics Phone............................................. (937) 327-6450

Coaching Staff

Head Coach...................................................... George Harris Alma Mater........................................................Ithaca, 1989 E-mail.............................................. gharris@wittenberg.edu Record at Wittenberg...........................49-32 (2006-present) Career Record........................66-53 (1993-95, 2006-present) Assistant Coach.................................................Mark Morrell Alma Mater................................................ Wittenberg, 2007 Men’s Lacrosse Office.................................. (937) 327-6451 Athletic Trainer................................................. Ellen Crosbie Assistant Athletic Trainer.............................Greg Schneider Assistant Athletic Trainer........................... Mary McDonagh

Men’s Lacrosse History

First Year.......................................1968 (records begin 1983) All-Time Record.........................................................150-236 NCAC Conference Championships....................................2 NCAA Tournament Appearances........................................2 Last NCAA Tournament Appearance............................ 2011 Result........................... W, 8-7 (OT) vs. Adrian (First Round) ..................................... L, 4-11 at Dickinson (Second Round)

ELLIOT AVIS

Team Information

2011 Overall Record........................................................14-2 2011 NCAC Record (Finish) ................................. 4-1 (T-1st) Letterwinners Returning....................................................15 Alex Previte, Jack Bornhofen, Tyler Hall, Jim Ferris, George Gion, Michael Cocking, Jimmy Luckino, Lynn Crum, Spencer Baker, Martin Park, Hunter Bastian, Tucker Bond, Elliot Avis, Charles Harreys, Will Emery

Letterwinners Lost............................................................. 11 Matt Lord, Brady Christensen, Chris Gipson, Mitch Cohagan, Matt Snider, Danny Johnson, Kevin Pfotenhauer, Mark DeOliveira, Ryan Spain, Dan Gaines, Adam Ansel

Starters Returning................................................................2 Michael Cocking, Elliot Avis

Starters Lost.........................................................................8 Matt Lord, Brady Christensen, Matt Snider, Danny Johnson, Mark DeOliveira, Ryan Spain, Dan Gaines, Adam Ansel

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MICHAEL COCKING

CREDITS: 2011-12 Team Viewbook designed by John Strawn ‘07, assistant sports information director Photography by university photographer Erin Pence ‘04


Coaching Staff Head Coach George Harris After three years as the first assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Harvard University, George Harris was selected as Wittenberg University’s men’s lacrosse head coach in July 2005. In his first three seasons in Springfield, Harris led the Tigers to six wins each year, including backto-back 6-6 records that marked the first time the Tigers had reached the .500 mark since 2000. The 2009 season set the bar higher for Harris and his program as Wittenberg enjoyed its first winning season in a decade with a 7-6 mark that set the stage for a breakout 2010 campaign in which the Tigers captured the first NCAC title and reached the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history. Harris was named NCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to their best record ever at 10-5, including a mark of 4-1 in the conference. The following season turned out to be even better, as the Tigers broke into the national rankings while ripping off 11 straight wins to open 2011. Wittenberg won its second straight NCAC title and won its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament game before falling to sixth-ranked Dickinson in the Round of 16. Under Harris’ tutelage, goalkeeper Mark DeOliveira became the first Tiger to earn NCAC Player of the Year honors, and he and Matt Lord went on to earn All-America honors and berths in the annual North/South Game, also a first for the program. Harris, who now owns the Wittenberg record for men’s lacrosse coaching victories, brought an impressive resume to Springfield, first as a student-athlete and later as a coach. A 1989 graduate of Ithaca College,

Harris was a four-year starter for the perennial powerhouse Bombers, and he served as team captain his final two intercollegiate seasons. He returned to his alma mater in 1992 and served as a graduate assistant coach for the Ithaca women’s lacrosse team the following spring, helping the Bombers to a No. 5 national ranking and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals. That experience earned Harris the men’s head coaching position at Skidmore College. After three seasons leading Skidmore, he headed to the Division I ranks as an assistant at Colgate University in 1996. Harris helped the Raiders to two East Coast Athletic Conference championship game appearances and the 1997 title while serving as the teams offensive coordinator and goalkeepers coach from 1996-2001. He then moved on to Cornell University for the 2002 season, helping the Big Red to an NCAA tournament appearance and a No. 6 national ranking as the teams second assistant coach. After his time at Cornell, Harris moved on to Harvard as the first assistant coach. For three seasons, he served as the team’s offensive and recruiting coordinator, and he was recognized for his outstanding work with the 2004 Harvard University Department of Athletics Merit Award, given to one assistant coach among the university’s 42 varsity teams each year in recognition of professional commitment, dedication and overall program advancement. Harris, who has a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1989 and a master’s degree in physical education from Ithaca in 1993, resides in Springfield with his wife, Gerin.

Assistant Coach Mark Morrell Mark Morrell joined the Wittenberg men’s lacrosse program as a graduate assistant coach in 2008 after a four-year career as a defender for the Tigers Lacrosse team. He helped the team to an 6-6 record in his first year as a coach, including a 2-3 mark in the NCAC, which was good for fourth place - Wittenberg’s best conference finish in four years. Since then, he has played an important role in the Tigers’ emergence as an NCAC title contender, helping the Tigers to their first back-to-back winning

seasons, including a mark of 10-5 in 2010. That season included the program’s first-ever NCAC title and NCAA Division III Tournament berth. During his tenure as a student-athlete, Morrell scooped up a total of 89 ground balls, and he finished with a faceoff record of 78-152, good for a .540 winning percentage. At the end of his senior year, he was given the Coaches Award in 2007 for his outstanding work ethic. Morrell is from St. Louis, Mo., where he attended high school at Christian Brothers College.

Head Coaching Ledger Name

Seasons

Tot. Seasons

G

W

L

T

Pct.

Steve Ritzenthaler

1983-93

11

109

28

81

0

.257

Bruce Reid

1994-00

7

97

37

60

0

.381

Vinnie Lang

2001-05

5

70

20

50

0

.286

George Harris

2006-Present

6

81

49

32

0

.605

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Campus Wittenberg’s stunning 95-acre, rolling, wooded terrain is situated in the heart of Springfield, Ohio. An impressive blend of traditional European classicism and contemporary architecture is abundant amongst the 26 buildings throughout campus.

The University

ADMISSION Wittenberg consistently selects academically strong students. Of entering freshman, approximately 65 percent graduated in the top fifth of their high school classes. Each new class combines National Merit Scholars, Ohio Academic scholars and Lutheran Scholars. STUDENTS What strikes most people when they visit Wittenberg is the genuine friendliness and welcoming nature of the campus and its residents. There are more than 1,950 full-time students currently enrolled, representing more than 37 states and approximately 23 foreign countries; 45 percent of students are male, 56 percent are female. Faculty Wittenberg’s 195 outstanding classroom instructors all consider students their top priority. With an average class size of 20 and a student-faculty ratio of 12-to-1, Wittenberg faculty and students have numerous opportunities for meaningful interaction both in and out of the classroom. PROGRAMS OF STUDY Wittenberg has more than 60 majors, minors and special programs from which to choose. Among these majors are such outstanding interdisciplinary programs as East Asian Studies, Russian and Central Eurasian Studies and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.

MYERS HALL OFF-CAMPUS STUDIES Wittenberg encourages off-campus opportunities that complement the classroom experience: pursuing an internship, studying abroad, and getting involved in the community through volunteer programs and community service. STUDENT LIFE More than 150 campus organizations offer opportunities not only to have fun, but to gain management and leadership experience while at Wittenberg. These include 11 national fraternities and sororities, the Outdoors Club, WUSO radio station, Residence Life, Campus Ministries, Student Senate, Pre-Health Club and many more. ATHLETICS Wittenberg enjoys a long-standing reputation as an athletics powerhouse, fielding winning teams in many different sports. Wittenberg competes annually against the best competition that NCAA Division III has to offer. The athletics department offers 23 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women.

THE HOLLOW

RESIDENTIAL LIFE Wittenberg students live on campus in residence halls their first two years. Upperclassmen may choose to stay in the residence halls or move into Wittenberg’s campus housing, which includes apartments, houses and fraternity and sorority houses. FINANCIAL AID More than 98 percent of students are awarded financial aid at Wittenberg, thanks to the generosity and loyal support of more than 26,000 living alumni.

www.wit tenberg.edu

WEAVER CHAPEL


Athletics Facilities

ROSENCRANS FITNESS CENTER

EDWARDS-MAURER FIELD

Wittenberg Athletics Facilities The Wittenberg athletic facilities, a unique blend of old and new, provide opportunities for a wide variety of recreational and fitness activities. The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center (HPERC) is the centerpiece of athletic activity. The main unit can be converted to three full-sized basketball courts, three volleyball courts or three tennis courts. It seats 3,000 spectators for intercollegiate athletic events, and 4,300 for concerts and other public events. A second unit houses six raquetball courts with an upper balcony for instruction and a 25-meter by 25-yard swimming pool with one- and three-meter diving boards, and a spectator viewing area. An athletic training room, locker rooms and team rooms are also located in the HPERC, which connects to the Wittenberg Field House, home of the Tigers since 1929, which houses offices and a state-of-the-art weight training facility. A 4,622-square-foot extension off the front of the HPERC opened in August 2005. The Bob Rosencrans Hall of Honor Fitness Center includes a wide range of weight training and cardiovascular equipment.

PAM EVANS SMITH ARENA

Edwards-Maurer Field and Earl F. Morris Track were renovated in 2005. EdwardsMaurer Field has a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface and Earl F. Morris Track is a 400-meter track outfitted with a similarly cutting-edge surface. The entire complex is lighted, and also serves as home to the Tiger football, track, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. The David and Georgianna Albright Tennis Complex, a $2 million project completed in 1997, houses 12 lighted tennis courts with a Dynaflex surface. Six of the courts are lighted, including two sunken center courts with space for seating. Situated a few blocks from campus are Bill Edwards Field, which offers playing and practice fields, and Betty Dillahunt field, home of the Tiger softball team. Less than two miles from campus Carleton Davidson Stadium, which opened in 2004, is the home of Tiger baseball. Owned and maintained by the City of Springfield, Carleton Davidson Stadium has seating capacity of 1,061, nearly half of which is under cover, a media center, locker rooms with showers and secured storage.

HEINZEN STRENGTH CENTER

CARLETON DAVIDSON STADIUM

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SCHEDULE/RESULTS

Feb. 19 at Washington & Lee W, 7-6 Feb. 26 vs. Sewanee + W, 6-5 Mar. 2 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH W, 12-7 Mar. 5 CONCORDIA (WI) W, 21-1 Mar. 12 vs. Birmingham Southern % W, 14-8 Mar. 19 FONTBONNE W, 15-3 Mar. 26 at Adrian W, 16-9 Apr. 2 KENYON* W, 11-6 Apr. 9 OBERLIN* W, 8-6 Apr. 16 at Denison* W, 9-8 Apr. 22 at Wooster* W, 11-3 Apr. 27 OHIO WESLEYAN* L, 6-7 Apr. 30 at Washington & Jefferson W, 9-1 May 3 at Otterbein W, 13-4 May 11 ADRIAN # W, 8-7 (OT) May 14 at Dickinson # L, 4-11 * NCAC Game + at Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn. % Spring Break Trip to Clearwater, Fla. # NCAA Tournament

North Coast Athletic Conference regular season CO-champions

2011 Season

WILL EMERY

POSTSEASON AWARDS

NCAC Player of the Year: Mark DeOliveira (GK) All-NCAC First Team – Brady Christensen, Mark DeOliveira, Dan Gaines, Dan Johnson, Matt Lord, Alex Previte Second Team – Michael Cocking, Chris Gipson, Matt Snider, Ryan Spain Honorable Mention – Mitch Cohagan, Adam Ansel USILA All-America Honorable Mention – Matt Lord, Mark DeOliveira North/South All-Star Game Matt Lord, Mark DeOliveira

ALEX PREVITE

In 2010-2011, the Wittenberg Tigers... • Won 5 North Coast Athletic Conference regular season championships in field hockey, football, volleyball, men’s golf and men’s lacrosse • Finished in the top 5 in the final North Coast Athletic Conference standings in 18 of 23 sports • Finished 2nd in the final standings for the NCAC Dennis Collins Memorial All-Sports Trophy • Earned 4 NCAC Player/Performer of the Year trophies • Earned 6 NCAC Coach of the Year trophies • Placed 109 student-athletes on All-North Coast Athletic Conference teams • Placed 18 student-athletes on all-region teams and 12 on All-America teams • Earned 7 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District awards and 2 Academic All-America awards • Finished 59th in the NACDA Director’s Cup (all-sports comparison) thanks to postseason appearances by 6 teams and 2 individuals

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2012 Season 2012 Men’s Lacrosse Schedule 2/25 vs. SEWANEE ^

1 p.m.

3/3 at CONCORDIA (WI)

1 p.m.

3/7 vs. DeSALES #

6:30 p.m.

3/10 vs. SUSQUEHANNA # 3/17 at ST. VINCENT

Noon 1 p.m.

3/21 WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON 4 p.m. 3/24 ADRIAN

1 p.m.

3/31 at KENYON*

1 p.m.

4/4 at MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

7 p.m.

4/7 at OBERLIN*

1 p.m.

4/14 DENISON*

1 p.m.

4/21 WOOSTER*

1 p.m.

4/25 at OHIO WESLEYAN*

7 p.m.

5/1 OTTERBEIN

7 p.m.

*NCAC Game

^ Nashville, Tenn.

SPENCER BAKER

# Spring Break (Fla.)

To schedule a home game visit, contact Coach Harris at gharris@wittenberg.edu or 937-327-6451

GEORGE GION

STATS AUDIO LIVE VIDEO

Wit tenberg MEN’S LACROSSE

EVERY HOME GAME

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Statement of Responsibility for Balance Between Academics & Athletics

Wittenberg Athletics Philosophy

Student-athletes are primarily responsible for balancing academics and athletics. However, recognizing the pressure that studentathletes face from competing time demands placed upon them by both professors and coaches, we establish the following statement of responsibility. The statement assumes that the student’s primary responsibility is to academic coursework and that practice sessions are always subordinate to class attendance. Students should work with advisers to schedule courses so that practices and contests are not in conflict with academic courses. Student-athletes are expected to contact professors in advance in order to resolve conflicts between class attendance and participation in athletic contests. It is recommended that student-athletes miss not more than four sessions of any class in a semester for regular season athletic contests. Permission of a Faculty Athletic Representative is required before additional excused absences will be permitted. Coaches will, as necessary, establish and maintain communications with the professors of team athletes regarding academic progress. Professors should feel free to contact coaches regarding the academic responsibilities of student-athletes.

The Wittenberg Athletic Department is an integral part of the university that strives to achieve the same standards of excellence that exist within various academic disciplines at the university. Further, the athletic department embraces the concept that the student-athletes are first and foremost students, possessing individual rights, academic abilities, personal interests and ambitions comparable to those of other members of the general student body. Wittenberg University is committed to the principles and practices of amateurism, student-athlete welfare, gender equity, sportsmanship and fair play, cultural diversity and overall athletics excellence, and this commitment shall reflect in every aspect of the athletics departmental operations.

TIGER UP!

The North Coast Athletic Conference and Wittenberg University work together to encourage good sportsmanship on the court, on the field and in the stands. The Wittenberg Athletics Department expects all competitors and spectators to help maintain an open, accepting and competitive environment in order to promote positive, enjoyable experiences for all involved with Division III athletics.

2012 Wittenberg University Men's Lacrosse Team Viewbook  

2012 Wittenberg University Men's Lacrosse Team Viewbook