Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/16
From Press Release
Six former Lehigh men’s lacrosse standouts are making significant impacts in Major League Lacrosse this summer as the Mountain Hawks’ presence continues to grow in the league. In total, Lehigh has alumni on four different teams, led by veterans Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney who are in their fifth year in the league. Major League Lacrosse is coming off its All-Star Break with the postseason beginning in less than a month.
“The development of Lehigh Lacrosse men centers around a constant drive for excellence on the field, in the classroom and as citizens in the community,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese, who former MLL standout himself. “Helping these young men become professionals in life has always been a priority, and the ability to become professional lacrosse players has become a huge bonus for a select few. I’m proud that our players have found sustained success in the MLL and plan to continue to groom student-athletes who are ready to compete in the pros with the very best players our sport has to offer.”
Roman Lao-Gosney has played in all nine games this season for Florida, posting six goals, three assists and 11 groundballs. After beginning his MLL career as primarily a defensive midfielder, he has played more offense over the last two seasons while continuing to make an impact defensively. Last season, Lao-Gosney accumulated a career-high 17 points behind 14 goals and three assists. Meanwhile, Cameron has been a mainstay for Florida as well, entering his third season with the franchise. He owns a goal and three groundballs in five games this season while serving as a steady presence defensively.
The New York Lizards also feature a pair of Lehigh alums in Dylan O’Shaughnessy and Matt Poillon. O’Shaugnessy has played in five games, scoring a goal while adding 12 groundballs and a caused turnover. He scooped a career-high five groundballs against Charlotte while adding four groundballs and a caused turnover at Atlanta. The former long-stick midfielder at Lehigh scored his first professional goal on May 7 at Florida. Ironically, it came against former (and current) teammate, Poillon in goal. In that game, Poillon had been picked up by Florida and made his MLL debut between the pipes for the Launch, recording 15 saves. Since, Poillon returned to New York and has served as Drew Adams’ backup goaltender.
Noah Molnar and Mike Noone (La Salle) are also making an impact on their teams, Molnar for the Denver Outlaws and Noone for the Ohio Machine. Molnar has played in nine games this season, scoring twice while adding 13 groundballs and nine caused turnovers, which is tied for the team high. Noone has played in 10 games, recording 13 groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Roman Lao-Gosney, Poillon and Noone were all named All-Americans in their time at Lehigh while Cameron Lao-Gosney received All-Patriot League accolades. Molnar was named a preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse entering his senior season.
The final MLL regular season games are set for Saturday, Aug. 6 while the semifinals are Aug. 13 and championship game on the 20th.
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