AMHERST, MA - Amherst College head men's lacrosse coach Jon Thompson is pleased to announce that senior Gabe Mann and junior Evan Redwood have been named the team's two captains for the upcoming 2011 season.
Mann, a senior defenseman also served as a captain during the
2010 season. Redwood will serve as the alternate captain for the
Lord Jeffs this season for the first time.
"These two scholar-athletes have earned the right to wear the Amherst College captain's C," said Thompson. "The responsibility that comes along with serving as a captain will prove to be a great challenge, and as Gabe and Evan will discover, it is a terrific reward."
As a starter at defense and a team captain as a junior, Mann often covered opponent's best attacking player last spring. Mann proved to be up to the task, shutting down some of the best offensive players in the country. "Gabe has surpassed every goal I had for our leadership lineage during the transition from one coaching staff to the beginning of my tenure at Amherst," Thompson said. "He has proven that he has earned every bit of trust from his teammates, his coaches, and the entire Amherst lacrosse family."
Mann started all 14 games for the Lord Jeffs last season, and has been a regular in the starting lineup for the last two seasons. Mann has averaged 1.00 ground-balls per game during his career at Amherst, and will surely help form the foundation of the team's defense once again this spring. Mann was a 2010 NESCAC All-Academic selection as well.
During the first team meeting this fall, Redwood was unanimously
selected as the team's new alternate captain. The alternate captain
at Amherst is an honor that only one young man can earn. A USILA
Honorable Mention All-American in 2010, and a pre-season
All-American this year, Redwood clearly has garnered national
recognition as well as institutional respect.
"Evan is exceptional athletically; there is no question about that. More than his athletic ability however, it has been his intellect, his ability to prepare, his willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the team, that has impressed me most," Thompson said.
A First Team All-NESCAC selection as a sophomore last year, Redwood finished the team year as Amherst-s third leading point scorer. With 20 goals and a team-high 16 assists, Redwood finished the year with 36 points. Redwood earned a reputation as a clutch performer, scoring the game-winning goal for the Lord Jeffs on three occasions last year.
Mann, Redwood and the Lord Jeffs open the 2011 season against the defending national champions from Tufts University in March.