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Top 10 Program Previews: #6 St. Marks

03/08/2018, 11:15am CST
By Editor

The Lions come roaring back for 2018.

2017 Recap 
2017 was a solid year for the St. Marks Lions.  In Hayward Lee’s first year back as HC the Lions made it all the way back to Sunday of the Super Regionals.  They dropped a close one to the Woodlands Highlanders for a shot at the Final 4.  The Lions finished their season with wins against Highland Park in 3OT, Plano West, and Lake Travis.  The Lions will be tough in 2018 as well.

Key Losses
Jake Vaughn Attack – Sewanee
Nehemiah McGowan LSM – Amherst
Luke Rogers Midfield
Greyson Feick LSM - Culver

Committed Players
Garrett Mize – Washington & Lee
John Gunnin – Colgate
Jonathan Taylor - Villanova

Rising Stars
Colin Campbell 2020 – Attack / Mid
Titus McGowan 2020 – Mid

Keys to the Upcoming Year
Adding Offensive Depth:  For St. Marks, seniors Garrett Mize and Sam Schroeder provide much of the leadership on that end of the field.  For St. Marks ball movement and execution will be crucial.  Also contributing on offense you’ll see Willy Wood, a tremendous inside finisher.  Wood is an excitable player who can fill it up when he gets opportunities around the cage. Connor Cheetham and Colin Campbell will also be looked upon to round out the offensive effort.  John Burton, will look to add crucial possession time to the offense at the Face Off X.

Team Strengths
Team Defense:  The Lions are stout on the defensive end of the field.  John Gunnin in cage provides stability for them to build out of.  Down low you have players such as Jonathan Taylor and Blake Rogers provide the foundation with Henry Kistler and Davis Malouf.  Plenty of quality athletes to make things tough on the opposition as Will Kozmetsky makes plays in between the lines.  The talented LSM will help bolster the defensive unit up top.  If this group can continue to take strides with their chemistry and communication they can really be disruptive.


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In Question
The biggest question for the Lions will be production.  Jake Vaughn at attack, and Luke Rogers at the midfield generated goal-scoring opportunities with a mixture of athleticism and skill.  Multi sport, do it all SPC athletes, these marksmen could ball.

Projection
St. Marks will continue to improve all season as they look to peak late.  The amount of skill and understanding Coach Lee & his staff are able to layer into their players is worth noting.  They are not the players right now that they will be by the end of the season.  We know the Lions will be competitive late and make a push to play on Mothers day weekend.


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