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 Indiana Tech out of the WHAC.
2019 Indiana Tech Review
The Warriors had an outstanding 2019 season going 16-3 and winning the WHAC tournament. The boys in orange minted three All-Americans and were just one game away from competing for a national championship. The season may not have ended the way the Warriors wanted, but it was still a season for the history books.
Coach Seaman’s offense was outstanding in 2019 but was gutted by graduation for 2020. Indiana Tech loses its two leading scores in Noah Puckett (37 goals, 29 assists) and Chandler Peterson (64 goals, 33 assists). The loss of All-American attackman Peterson will be a tough hurdle to overcome in 2020.
2020 Indiana Tech Outlook
Defense wins championships, a motto the Warriors may need to adopt in 2020. The team returns two All-Americans on the defensive side of the ball in goalie Evan Schuester and LSM Jordan Reyes. Schuester made a name for himself in 2019 as he made 171 saves and posted a respectable 52 percent save percentage. Reyes also broke out in 2019 where he caused 41 turnovers and scooped up 66 ground balls. The boys in Orange will look to lean on strong defensive play in 2020 as they continue to set their sights on a championship.
Way Too Early Prediction
All good things must come to an end. The Warriors were contenders in 2019 but will take a step back in 2020 as they attempt to coach up their young team and look to 2021 to be their year. I am predicting a down year for the Warriors, but they will upset some good teams in 2020. They’ll finish in the top 4 in the WHAC, but no at-large bid.
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