University of Scranton men's lacrosse head coach Michael Hofmeister announced today that seniors Kasey Carroll (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), juniors Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and Mike Modesti (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), and sophomore Jalen Holmes (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) have been named captains for the 2019 season.
"These five individuals have stepped up and will do a great job leading our team," Hofmeister said. "We have big goals for our team this year and much of our success will fall on the leadership of these five young men, how they lead and the others follow. I have no doubt as a team we can make it happen."
Carroll returns after playing in eight games, five as a starter, on defense last season. The Royals went 6-2 in the games he played in, and he finished with three caused turnovers.
"Kasey is very approachable and is able to relate to each individual on our team, which has helped him as a leader and to serve in a big brother, mentor role," Hofmeister said. "He is the guy on our team who everyone looks to as an example of what they should be doing. His preparation for every team activity has helped guide our team in the correct ways in everything we do. Kasey will be a leader on the defensive end of the field this spring."
Dolan had a breakout season in 2018, playing in 17 games and starting 16 times while scoring 30 goals with 12 assists for 42 points, all career highs. A second-team All-Landmark Conference selection, he also had 25 ground balls and three of his goals came in man-up situations.
"Timmy leads by example and, because of this, he has the respect of everyone on our team," Hofmeister said. "He does everything the way it should be done and makes it all look so easy. He's a hard worker, great player and great student. He came back this fall bigger, faster and stronger, and his game improved. I'm excited to see what he does offensively for us this spring."
Elefonte returns after his sophomore season was affected by injury. He played in 10 games as an offensive midfielder, scoring 15 goals with 13 assists for 28 points.
"Mike is the vocal leader of our team," Hofmeister said. "He plays hard from the first whistle to the last and demands the same approach from his teammates and holds them accountable. He has the ability to take over a game in multiple ways and will take on a huge role for our team this spring. After he missed conference play last year, I'm excited to see Mike this spring after he had an outstanding fall season."
Modesti was a first-team all-conference honoree last spring as a short-stick midfielder. He was a key part of the defensive unit that held opponents to eight or fewer goals on 10 occasions, and he contributed offensively with two goals and six assists for eight points.
"Mo loves playing lacrosse and competing. He plays with tremendous passions and I admire the emotion he brings each day," Hofmeister said. "He plays with confidence and makes big plays that do not always show up in the stats. He demands a lot from his peers because he will do anything the team needs for us to succeed, whether it's playing offense, defense, wing on a faceoff, man down or anything else we ask of him."
Holmes made an impact in his first collegiate season last spring, playing in all 17 games, including seven starts, in the midfield. He scored seven goals and collected 14 ground balls.
"Jalen is one of our hardest-working players and it's noticeable to the entire team that he has earned this role," Hofmeister said. "He has endless amounts of fun being a part of our program and enjoys the hard work needed to improve each day. It's great to have such a sophomore who is a vocal individual of high character that the entire team sees as a leader."
The men's lacrosse team will open its 2019 season on Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Royals travel across town to face Marywood at 1 p.m. The team will play its home opener the next day, Sunday, Feb. 17, against King's at 3 p.m. at Weiss Field.