ASU lacrosse positional breakdown: Midfield By Trey Lanthier
Breaking down the midfielders for ASU lacrosse in the 2014 season after the transfer of Ben Martynec and graduation of Zach Scarano.
A year ago, it would have seemed that the loss of Ben Martynec would’ve substantially limited the effectiveness of Arizona State’s midfield. Now, it’s a small footnote compared to the larger picture, thanks to 2013 break-throughs from Kyle Denis and Cooper Pickell.
Returners: Logan Quinn is the superstar of this ASU midfield. He was a finalist for the MCLA Preseason Player of the Year, and brings a deep skill set to the Sun Devils’ offense. The senior has been to three MCLA Final Fours, and will be one of four captains to head the team’s leadership in 2014.
ASU lacrosse positional breakdown: Defense By Trey Lanthier
Since head coach Chris Malone arrived, Arizona State lacrosse has consistently found its way into the top 10 of defensive statistics in the MCLA, most notably in the goals allowed per game category.
Will this year’s defensive unit live up to that legacy?
Returners: The core unit for the Sun Devil defense heading into the 2014 season could be what separates this team from any other team in the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. Ian Connell and Zach Mendoza were among the premier defenders in the MCLA last year, and both will be returning with the experience of three consecutive Final Four appearances.
Having two defenders that can immediately take the duties of covering each team’s best and second-best scoring threats will single-handedly make it difficult for opposing teams to stick to their traditional offensive gameplan.
Connell is a ground-ball machine (he recorded a career-high 63 in 2013) and earned his way onto the MCLA’s 2nd All-American team. Mendoza, known for his aggressive on-ball stick defense, was a 3rd team All-American.
Sun Devils play 2013 MCLA champion and runner-up, both on the road by: Trey Lanthier
On Sunday, the MCLA schedules were released. While Arizona State is poised for another successful season after returning a hefty majority of their core from last year’s Final Four team, the road won’t be easy.
The toughest part will be a two-week stretch in early March. During that span, ASU is scheduled to play four road games, including three that will be extremely difficult against longtime rival Chapman, Colorado and Colorado State. All three teams will likely be ranked in the top five to open the season.
“We want to play the best teams that we can every year,” Arizona State head coach Chris Malone said. “It was a big priority to get both Colorado and Colorado State on the schedule this year.”
Tempe, Az. - The Arizona State men's lacrosse team and head coach Chris Malone welcomed back the 2013 seniors that helped the Sun Devils reach the MCLA tournament for the 6th straight season and the MCLA Final Four for the 5th straight season, on Sunday, December 8, for the annual awards banquet.
The highlight of the afternoon's awards was the presentation of the Team MVP Award, which was given to Senior attackman Payson Clark, who earned first-team All-America honors after leading the team and the MCLA in goals with 66 and finishing the season with 21 assists.
The "Hard Devil" Award, given to the player that displays a tremendous work ethic, tough mentality and physical presence. The 2013 award was given to Senior defenseman Jon Little, who started every game for the Sun Devils during his career. Jon was a two time captain and this is the second straight year he has receive the Hard Devil award.
The coaches said The “Most Improved Award” was the toughest award to figure out. That is why they had two award winners. Junior Justin Straker and Sophomore Kyle Denis were given this award. Justin finished 2012 with 28 points and finished the 2013 season with 70. A 42 point difference. Kyle finished the 2012 season with 6 points and had 36 in '13.
Other awards given out in honor of individual accomplishments throughout the 2013 season were:
Player of the Year Award Payson Clark
Hard Devil Award Jon Little
Most Improved Award Justin Straker
Most Improved Award Kyle Denis
Unsung Hero Award Nick Hillier
Unsung Hero Award Jenson Cruse
Freshman of the Year Award Preston Anderson
Defensive Player of the Year Award Ian Connell
Midfielder of the Year Award Logan Quinn
Attackman of the Year Award Payson Clark
December 4, 2013
Logan Quinn has been nominated by Lacrosse Magazine for Pre-season player of the year.
Eighteen New Sun Devil Recruits Will Help Immediately
“Dominant,” “rowdy,” “tenacious,” “fast,” and “impressive,” were all words used by the incoming freshmen to describe this year’s team.
With 18 new faces making their way onto the field, the Sun Devils have increased their depth and are looking forward to a promising season.
By simply looking at the roster, it is easy to notice the overwhelming number of underclassmen. In fact, only four seniors are listed on the roster.
“We always try to bring in as many guys as we can, I don’t really have a number. I mean we don’t want to bring in 40, that doesn’t make sense, but we generally look for 15 to 20 guys,” coach Chris Malone said.
SUN, FEBRUARY 10, 2013 AT 10:38 AM BRETT COWETT
Arizona State held off a late charge from the Whittier Poets to win narrowly, 9-8. Characterized by abrupt momentum swings, the game was a preview of what’s usually seen from ASU in the regular season.
And to think, this was only a scrimmage.
After giving up a goal early in the game, the Sun Devils responded phenomenally well, going on a 5-1 run to end the first quarter. However, the second quarter was much slower paced, with only two goals being scored to make the score 6-3 going into the half.
“The energy level pretty much went down after that first quarter,” said ASU head coach Chris Malone.
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June 10 2012
Videos from the 2012 MCLA National Championships. For Full Game go to MCLA.us
June 7, 2012
The Sun Devils finish the 2012 season ranked #4 in the country. ASU was consistently between #7 and #8 all year but with winning the SLC Championship over #5 Chapman and making it to the MCLA Final Four for the 4th straight season the Devils were able to climb the polls to #4 in the final IL/Nike MCLA Coaches Poll.
The Sun Devils defeat Chapman 10-4 to win their 2nd SLC Championship in 3 years. With the win, ASU claims the #4 seed in the 2012 MCLA National Championships held May 14-19, 2012 in Greenville, SC.
April 22, 2012
The Sun Devils are featured in the latest MCLA We're Everywhere video.
April 22, 2012
ASU v U of A Highlights
The ASU Sun Devils visit the Laxcat Coliseum to take on the Arizona Laxcats. ASU went on to win, 9-3, over the rival Laxcats to take the SLC South title. Presented to you by Sun Devils Sports Night.
April 21, 2012
MCLA Notebook: Mickey-Miles and Malone: A Lacrosse Story set in the Great American Desert
If you’re real deal, real steel in the MCLA, your season is far from over. However, there are many teams across the nation who have either played or preparing to play their last lacrosse contest of the 2012 collegiate season. In the meantime, there are of course some bubble teams who may be expected to make an early exit in a conference tournament; these guys are now in positions where they either have to prove they’ve done enough or ultimately steal a bid to Greenville.
On their way to a 9-8 win over Michigan State, Sun Devil goalie Dylan Westfall scores a goal.
January 16, 2012
Arizona State Has a Presence in Goal
You want to play poker against Dylan Westfall. Trust us. You may not know how to play the card game and you might not know Westfall, but you're going to win a lot of chips if the Arizona State senior goalie sits across the table. Why? Because you'll always know when he has a good hand.