Editor’s Note: Welcome to our NAIA lacrosse season-in-review series. Each day for the next month or so, we will be recapping last year’s NAIA lacrosse season in advance for the 2020 season. Today, we are looking at Concordia University out of the WHAC.
2019 Concordia University Review
In his first season at the helm, Coach Ty McGuire led the Concordia University program to a 4-9 (1-7) record. The season started off well with wins against Missouri Baptist and Clarke, but it struggled to notch another win until later in the season when it beat University of Michigan – Dearborn for the first time in program history 15-10. The Cardinals ended its third year eighth in the conference.
The program graduated only two players in starting goalie Austin Kelly and three-year starting midfielder Brendan Beerer. The midfielder was one of the programs first recruits and his leadership will be missed. Recent news about a wave of transfers from the program may make things tough for the 2019-2020 season.
2020 Concordia University Outlook
This should be Concordia’s year to make a splash. The entire defense will be back led by Collin Webb (Junior), a steady pole that matches up well with anyone. At attack, Devin Wolever (Junior, 26 goals, 14 assists) looks to break out and take his place as one of the best scoring threats in the WHAC. The midfield has plenty of depth and talent, but has struggled to consistently score in the past. Look for Ryan Iles, Jr. (Sophomore) and Mikes Riddell (Junior) to take on a bigger role in the offense. The big questions are can they find stability in net and at the faceoff X?
Way Too Early Prediction
The No. 5 and No. 6 spots in the WHAC are wide open this year. I expect the Cardinals to take the next step by beating two or three conference opponents and subsequently finding the post season for the first time.