Five Mountain Hawks Named Team Captains Ahead of 2022 Season

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh’s men’s lacrosse trainer, Kevin Cassese, announced Thursday the captains of the Mountain Hawks, which will consist of five individuals – a pair of graduate students and three seniors. Teddy Leggett, James Spence, Cole Kirst, Matt Marker and Tommy Schelling will lead Lehigh into a highly anticipated 2022 season.

“Congratulations to these Lehigh lacrosse men who have been chosen to be team captains by their peers,” said Cassese. “I look forward to working with these five men and their classmates as we tackle the 2022 season. This is a team with a seasoned presence, with senior executives at both ends of the field and in between. We will need this high-level leadership every day if we are to achieve the high goals we have set for ourselves this spring. “

Leggett is a returning captain (along with Andrew Eichelberger and Matt Douglas from last season’s NCAA tournament team). Leggett was named a Senior CLASS Award Finalist (and Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American) and has made a name for himself with everyone and everything he has come into contact with during his college career. On the field, he was named to the All-Patriot League for the third time in as many seasons (receiving the second-team award). He led the Mountain Hawks by causing 15 ball losses while adding 43 groundballs (good for second place, just behind pass specialist Mike Sisselberger). Leggett’s 209 career groundballs and 63 caused sales entering the season are both ranked sixth in program history.

Spence, a four-year-old in gate starter, emerged as a Senior to receive an Honorable All-America Mention from USILA, Inside Lacrosse Media, and USA Lacrosse Magazine. He finished the season in the nation 14th in savings rate (56.0) and 15th in goals against average (9.83), hitting double-digit saves in nine of his 12 games (and with a 10- 2 record ended). One of his greatest accomplishments was a career high with 17 saves (with just six goals) in a 10-6 win over Loyola to win the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and a spot on the USILA National Team of the Week .

Kirst was involved with Lehigh from the start and enjoyed his strongest season as a junior to date. He finished second at the Mountain Hawks in goals (26) and third in points (34) to gain second-team recognition in the All-Patriot League. As a member of the US U21 national team, Kirst consistently scored multiple points in all 12 competitions, including eight multi-goal games and five hat tricks. He started the season with seven consecutive multi-goal games.

Marker was a junior midfielder in 10 of Lehigh’s 12 games, scoring five goals and three assists. But his influence on his environment goes far beyond any statistic. A local product from Allentown Central Catholic, one of Marker’s goals scored in the Patriot League semifinals against Colgate to break a 2-2 tie as Lehigh wouldn’t leave the rest of the way.

Schelling was named the first team in the All-Patriot League last season and leads the Mountain Hawks in assists (24) and points (48). He finished third in the league (19th national) in assists per game (2.18), fourth in the league (21st national) in points per competition (4.36) and sixth in the league (48th national) in Goals per game (2.18). Schelling was included in the watch list of the Tewaaraton Award and was a two-time offensive player in the Patriot League (after victories at Colgate and vs. Navy). He goes into his senior season with 63 career goals and 48 assists for 111 points.

Lehigh returns in 2022 with a strong core, including his top five goalscorers and most of his defense, led by Leggett and senior Anthony Tangredi. Sisselberger, a first-team All-American team, returns to the face-off circle after a record NCAA season and won 79.5 percent of its face-offs (225 of 283) with 160 groundballs.

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