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Arcadia opens season today under first-year coach Mita (Conestoga)

Saturday, 6th March 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/6/21
From Press Release

The Arcadia University men’s lacrosse program begins a new era today when it opens its 2021 season against Hood at Jean Lenox West Field, the team’s first season under head coach Paul Mita (Conestoga, Villanova grad).

The Knights aim to continue their upward trajectory after a strong start to the shortened 2020 season, and are poised to do so with a strong core of returners and a skilled rookie class.

Paul Mita

“This program has a lot to be excited about heading into the start of the 2021 season,” said Mita, a member of Conestoga’s 2009 PIAA finalist squad. “We’re looking forward to seeing how all the tireless behind-the-scenes work and preparation our student-athletes have put in translates to the on-field product over the course of the season.”

The Knights return their top-six goal scorers from a season ago, including fifth-year senior Clo Muscara who ranked in the top-five nationally with five goals per game at the time the 2020 season came to a halt. Senior Brady Manion joins Muscara in the attack unit and will continue to be a key offensive facilitator after leading the Knights with 20 assists in seven games last season. The two combined for 72 of the Knights’ 174 points a season ago.

The Knights look to seniors Jack Menet and Brian Moulton to anchor the defensive unit that held opponents to 66 goals in seven games last season. The two combined for ten caused turnovers in the shortened season and aim to take on a bigger role as senior leaders.

Saturday’s season-opener marks the first of six home dates for the Knights, including two against nationally-ranked opponents in No. 9 York (March 31) and No. 18 Stevens (April 14). Arcadia begins its eight-game MAC Freedom slate on March 17 against FDU-Florham from Jean Lenox West Field.

Mita, who has coached in the Duke’s Lacrosse Club program, was an assistant at Cabrini (three years) and then Dickinson (2020) before being named head coach at Arcadia.

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