First-year head coach Michael Hofmeister announced on Tuesday that seniors Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade), Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris), Jack Kiess (Glen Rock, N.J./Ramapo) and Kieran Pues (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) have been named University of Scranton men's lacrosse team captains for the 2018 season.
"Each of these guys are terrific representations of what we want our men's lacrosse student-athletes to be on and off the field and I could not be more pleased with how this group will lead our team," Hofmeister said.
Carey has been a key part of the Royals' lineup as a two-way midfielder over the past three seasons. He has played in 47 career games with 24 goals and 14 assists, along with 145 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers.
"Conor leads by example and is what we want each of our guys to become," Hofmeister said. "His ability to impact our program in a variety of ways leads everyone on our team to look to Conor to see what he is doing. He is what we want our culture to be about."
Carfaro has been a key part of the offensive attack over the past two seasons despite being slowed by illness this past spring. In 21 games over the past two years, he has 27 goals and 17 assists while taking 57 shots, 38 of which were on goal.
"Matt is never satisfied and always pushing himself, asking for more responsibility," Hofmeister said. "He has the ability to connect with each member of our team and bring the best out of them. He is a leader offensively that will be a key component on that end of the field for us this spring."
Kiess has played in 31 games as a reserve midfielder, stepping into a larger role last season when he contributed four goals and an assist along with 19 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Of his 14 shots last season, 10 were on goal.
"Jack is the vocal leader of our team," Hofmeister said. "I have never coached anyone that cares as much as Jack does. He is extremely dedicated and would do anything for the good of the team. His commitment to our men's lacrosse family will be a factor to our success this spring."
Pues has been a defensive force in his three seasons in the purple and white, playing in 46 games, including 26 as a starter. He has 15 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers in his career.
"Kieran is a hard worker and the leader of our defense," Hofmeister said. "His work ethic to strive to do the best he can at everything he does allows for him to set the standard for our guys on the field, in the classroom, in the weight room and in the community."
The men's lacrosse team will open its 2018 campaign Wednesday, Feb. 14, when the Royals travel to Edwardsville, Pa. to take on Wilkes at 4 p.m.