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D&E men’s lacrosse team opens season today at home

Senators will look to seniors to lead the way

The Inter-Mountain file photo The Davis & Elkins College lacrosse team begins the season today when No. 7 Seton Hill visits Nuttall Field for a noon contest. The Senators return six seniors, along with two of their top scorers in sophomores Trevor Kennedy and Nolan Morrison.

ELKINS — Looking to build on a 2019 campaign that showed improvement and signs of success, the Davis & Elkins College men’s lacrosse team will jump right into a challenging schedule in their season opener today.

The Senators will face seventh-ranked Seton Hill at Nuttall Field beginning at noon.

D&E remained in the G-MAC for men’s lacrosse as an associate member. Picked to finish fifth in the league’s preseason poll, the Senators have put together a challenging schedule which includes two of the top-10 programs in the USILA Coaches Poll.

Evan Merrill begins his second season at the helm for the Senators. D&E returns two of their top goal scorers from last season in sophomores Trevor Kennedy and Nolan Morrison.

The Senators will lean on an experienced senior class of six players to form the nucleus of this year’s team.

David Thorne will serve as the Senators primary netminder, having played under the tutelage of two graduated goalkeepers in 2019. Seniors Matthew Dyck, Jordan Waddell, Mike Holstein, Kyle Durec, Aidan O’Dwyer and Bryce McBee have all seen significant minutes over the last three years, combining with some talented underclassmen to challenge in the G-MAC during the 2020 campaign.

“There’s a lot to be excited about this season for us,” Merrill said. “With returners stepping into leadership roles and impact freshmen and sophomores, we’re hoping to take a big step forward in 2020.

“Our schedule will challenge us early with two top-10 programs on the schedule and Seton Hill to open up, but the team is ready and motivated to achieve results right away.”