Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/11/21
From Press Release
With the 2022 season on the horizon, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team has announced its captains for the upcoming campaign.
The five Quakers selected to lead the Red and Blue as team captains are: Ben Bedard, Piper Bond, Dylan Gergar, Sam Handley, and Theo Lenz.
“This class of 2022 is a special group,” said Head Coach Mike Murphy. “They have been through a lot over the past two years and have emerged better for it and they are prepared to lead this team in a very positive direction. From a leadership standpoint, this group is outstanding, and that is why we have more captains than usual. I’m excited to see where they can take this team and to help them reach their potential as leaders, as student-athletes and as young men.”
Ben Bedard comes back for his fifth season as a Quaker in 2022. In 2020, he started three of the team’s first five games before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has scored five goals and appeared in 33 games in his career. Last spring, he had two goals in Penn’s lone contest.
Piper Bond has played in 20 games over the last two season for the Red and Blue. He has recorded 23 groundballs and caused six turnovers while firing seven shots on goal.
Dylan Gergar had a breakout season in 2020. In just five games, he set new career highs in goals (19), points (23) and groundballs (7). He scored seven goals and added two assists in Penn’s win over Cabrini in 2021. Gergar has appeared in 22 games and started each of the last six for the Quakers. He’s scored 43 goals to go along with 11 assists for 54 career points.
Sam Handley made a splash on a national scale in 2019. As a freshman, he was a First Team USILA All-American, First Team Inside Lacrosse All-American, the Inside Lacrosse Freshman of the Year, the unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year, a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, the ECAC Rookie of the Year and a CollegeCrosse.com All-Freshman selection.
During his first year with the Red and Blue Handley also set Penn freshman records in goals (35), assists (26), and points (61). His 61 points rank No. 4 all-time by a Quaker in a single season. The Portland, Oregon native missed most of the 2020 season due to injury. In his one appearance for the Quakers, he scored three goals and added two assists at No. 4 Maryland.
Theo Lenz enters his fourth year with the program. He made two appearances for the Quakers during his freshman season.
Penn opens the 2022 campaign at Franklin Field on Saturday, February 19 at noon against Georgetown.