Oct. 22, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Warne announced that graduate student midfielder Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca), senior defender Nic Mahaney (Portland, Maine/Deerfield) and senior midfielder Corey Parke (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) will be team captains for the 2016 season. Team captains are selected by members of the team.
"I'm really excited about who the team selected as their captains," Warne said. "Each one of them bring their own unique qualities and style to our leadership group and I look forward to continuing to watch them develop as leaders on and off the field."
Bucci, a two-time team captain, was selected to the post prior to the 2015 season while battling back from a season-ending injury in 2014. He made a strong return to the field, finishing sixth on the team with 12 goals, while providing a young squad with stability on both sides of the field. His 28 ground balls was also fifth on the team
"It is a great honor to be selected as a captain for the second year in a row," Bucci said. "We have a great group returning and it is a privilege to be able to lead them for another year. I am looking forward working with Corey and Nic to build off of the success of last season and carry that into 2016."
Mahaney, who converted from midfield to defense following his freshman season, has become a staple of GU's man-down units in addition to receiving starts at close defense during his time on the Hilltop. The two-time BIG EAST Academic All Star finished with seven ground balls and two caused turnovers last season.
"I'm honored to have been selected by my coaches and teammates as a captain for the 2016 season," Mahaney said. "The captains and leaders of previous teams have been great role models for all of us, and I know the whole team hopes we can follow in their footsteps this spring."
Parke worked his way into the Hoya midfield rotation, playing in all 16 games during his junior season. He finished with five goals and one assist during his junior season.
"It's definitely an honor and a humbling experience to named captain," Parke said. "There are many leaders in this group, and to be selected by my teammates and coaches means a lot to me. We return a lot of key players from last year, and it is clear that a lot of other guys were working all summer and improved in order to contribute this spring. This year's team is a very motivated group, and I am looking forward to working with them and the coaching staff to help us achieve our goals on the field."
The Hoyas will play its final scrimmages of the fall on Sunday, when they take on Delaware and Yale at University of Delaware.