|Manhattan Names Four Captains For 2011 Season|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan College men's lacrosse program announced Wednesday that seniors Justin Jensen, Mike Llewellyn and John Llewellyn, and junior Chris Spillane have been named captains for the 2011 season.
For the first time in program history, two players (Jenson, M. Llewellyn) were selected individually by 14th-year Coach Tim McIntee while the second pair (J. Llewellyn, Spillane) received the customary team nomination.
"These players are great people from great families and you see that in the way they carry themselves on and off the field," McIntee said. "To have the opportunity to coach young men like this makes my job a lot easier."
Justin Jensen returns as the team's active leading scorer and top attacker. Appearing in 43 games, he has made 35 starts and compiled 67 points on 38 goals and 29 assists. The Bay Shore, N.Y. native also collected 31 ground balls and is a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team member.
"Justin embodies what it means to be a captain," McIntee exclaimed. "In four years he has worked hard to improve every aspect of his game and takes tremendous pride in being a leader of this program. An excellent student, I have no doubt he will be a success down the road."
Mike Llewellyn enters his fourth year of the program having played in 49 games, including 11 as a starter. In those contests he has totaled 16 goals and seven assists for a combined 23 points. The Brookhaven, N.Y. native has also been selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team twice during his collegiate career.
"Mike is someone who has defied the odds," McIntee said. "All of his life he was told he couldn't do things because of his size and he has proven many people wrong. He is the kind of person who wants to be first in everything and is truly the heart and soul of this team."
John Llewellyn, the twin brother of Co-captain Mike, transferred from Pace University after the 2008 season. In two years with the Jaspers, he has appeared in 30 games as a defender and defensive midfielder. He has collected 11 ground balls and created six turnovers in his time with the Green and White.
"John is another one of those fierce competitors who has excelled despite his size," McIntee said. "He is a guy who goes out and delivers each game. It is a great honor to be voted captain and he has earned it with his work ethic and the strong bond he has built with the team.
Chris Spillane made his collegiate debut in the season opener at No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 19, 2010. He played in 16 contests during the season. In those games he recorded 13 ground balls and added two shots.
"Being named a captain as a junior is the highest recognition someone can receive," McIntee said. It speaks volumes for what his teammates think of him and his approach to both lacrosse and life. He does everything the right way and has truly flourished as a member of this program."
The Jaspers open the season on Feb. 20th, against Big East Conference foe Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. It will be one of two local games this season featured on FIOS 1 digital cable television.