Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/24/14
From Press Release
Seniors Dan Taylor and Lukas Mikelinich have been named Lehigh men’s lacrosse team captains, as announced by head coach Kevin Cassese on Thursday. Taylor and Mikelinich have emerged as leaders of the offense and defense, respectively. They will lead the 2015 Mountain Hawks, who are eying their third Patriot League Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years.
“Overall, this senior class has done a great job leading this team so far this year,” said Cassese. “All of them have taken ownership and have invested their time and energy into making this as cohesive a group as we’ve had around here in a long time.”
Taylor emerged as quarterback of the offense last season after the graduation of attackmen David DiMaria and Dante Fantoni. Taylor made the most of the opportunity, developing into of the nation’s top attackmen. He led Lehigh and the Patriot League with 76 points, which also stood seventh nationally and tops among Canadians in Division I Lacrosse. The Calgary, Alberta native posted seven or more points on five occasions, reaching double figures each of the last eight games and 13 of his 17 games for the season. He was stellar down the stretch, earning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week the last three weeks of the regular season. He went on to record eight points in the Patriot League Semifinals against an Army team that owned the nation’s best goals against average.
Mikelinich returns to Lehigh for a fifth year as the veteran leader on the Mountain Hawks’ defense. After not playing in 2013, Mikelinich came back to start all 18 games in 2014 while recording career highs in groundballs (37) and caused turnovers (18). He has played an integral role in turning the Lehigh defense into one of the nation’s best. Last season, the Mountain Hawks finished second in scoring defense, allowing just 7.22 goals per game (just 0.01 behind the nation’s leader). Lehigh allowed just 6.61 goals per game in 2012, a season which saw Mikelinich start 11 games and earn second team All-Patriot League honors.
“Through the team nomination process, Dan and Lukas emerged as the leaders among leaders,” said Cassese. “I look forward to working with them as we continue to work towards our team goals and program mission.”