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Northeastern Lacrosse: 2023 MCLA Season Preview

The Northeastern Men’s Lacrosse program completed a perfect in-conference season and only lost to national runner-up, Georgia Tech, going into the CLC DI Final. They ultimately lost the game and were arguably one of the best teams to miss out on an at-large bid. Going into this season, they were voted the best team in the CLC DI preseason poll and look to make their sixth MCLA National Tournament and their first since 2017.

Head Coach: Tom Duca (5th Season)

Overall Record: 13-2

Conference Record: 3-0

Returners: Gage Dunchon (32G, 8A) – Bradley Peterson (21G, 20A) – Anton Pace (51GB, 1G, 1A)

Losses: Trevor McNamara (35G, 10A) – Zeb Tilton (18G, 14A) – Chris Balicki (17G, 17A)

Newcomers: Ryan McCarthy (Union Transfer) – Max Gorman – Dan DeLaus

This past season was their best since 2014 where they went 10-3, and it didn’t feature a loss until their tenth game of the season. The Huskies started off flying all the way to Texas where they beat Southern Methodist and eventual LSA DI Champions, TCU. The following weekend at home they won a close one to Buffalo, then handled Bridgewater State easily. After just one weekend off, they had another long road trip to Tallahassee where they dominated South Florida and beat Florida State by one. Next, they beat CLC DII Champions, Rhode Island, by nine goals. The Huskies then toppled two very good teams in NC State and Temple down in Philadelphia.

Powerhouse Georgia Tech made their way up to Columbia Point and defeated the Huskies by two goals, giving them their first loss of the season. To finish the season they beat UConn, Boston College, and New Hampshire to go undefeated in CLC DI and secure the No.1 seed in the tournament. After handling UConn in the first round, they fell to Boston College in the finals by one and unfortunately missed out on an at-large bid.

Despite the tragic end to the season, spirits are very high on Huntington Ave. They return a First Team CLC, Second Team AA, and CLC OPOY, midfielder Gage Dunchon. The Huskies also maintain First Team CLC attackman Bradley Peterson, and Second Team CLC Chris Wilk, on offense. They will also bring back Max Gorman and Dan DeLaus who both missed last season.

On defense they return Honorable Mention CLC LSM Anton Pace, Honorable Mention CLC long-pole Mark Sauerland, Second Team CLC SSDM Alex Tunik, and First Team CLC goalie Sam Bellomy who put up 167 saves and 63.5% save percentage. Second Team CLC Faceoff guy Matt Hiller should also have a huge impact for the Northeastern Men’s Lacrosse program this spring.