2016 Men's Lacrosse team
First row: Joseph Furnstahl, Joshua Cramer, Collin Perry, Kyle Mullins, Icle Freeland, Michael Julius, Joshua Berey-Wingate, Dante Victum
Second row: Efrain Rodriguez, Tyson Svoboda, Dante Gardner, Connor Kern, (), Branden Mueller, Jacob Olsen, (), Head Coach Kasey Burst
2016 Season Statistics
Under first-year head coach, Kasey Burst, the Spartans finished fifth-place in the CCIW conference with a 2-11 overall, 1-4 record in the CCIW conference.
The Spartans just missed out on the final spot in the four-team CCIW tournament after falling to Elmhurst College, 12-6, in the season finale. With a win, the Spartans would have qualified and left Elmhurst out.
Three Spartans were among the statistical leaders during league play with freshman midfielder Michael Julius finishing second in assists per game (2.40) and points per game (4.20), midfielder Joshua Berey-Wingate pacing the CCIW in ground balls per game (11.20) by a wide margin, and 2015 All-CCIW goalkeeper Kyle Mullins leading in total saves (59).
UD played arguably their best two games to conclude the season with their largest win in school history on Senior Day against Carroll, 17-1, in the penultimate game, followed by a close defeat to Elmhurst. The Spartans hung tough against a Bluejay squad that had lost to the trio of CCIW frontrunners by eight goals combined.
Burst, who started both men’s and women’s lacrosse programs at Clarke University, faced his former team in their first-ever collegiate game in a 9-8 season-opening defeat at UD.
Freshman midfielder Michael Julius paced the team with 36 points, including 17 goals and 19 assists. The Aurora, Ill. native scored three goals with a school record 10 assists in win over Carroll.
-Spartans split a pair of games in first-ever Spring Break trip to Texas and Louisiana in March
-Six players scored in win over Carroll, included an own goal by the Pioneers
-Both men's and women's lacrosse braved the elements in 2016 after playing games through snow, rain, and sunshine
-Berey-Wingate led UD with 102 ground balls, nearly doubling next highest, also won 117 of 247 faceoffs (47.4%)
Roster Makeup – 14
Freshman – 4
Sophomore – 5
Junior – 3
Senior - 2
Team Stats (13 games)
Goals per game: 5.9
Shots per game: 23.5
Goals allowed per game: 12.4
Shots allowed per game: 43.7
Goals: Tyson Svoboda (20)
Asts: Michael Julius (19)
Pts: Julius (36)
Shots: Joshua Berey-Wingate (70)
Ground Balls: Berey-Wingate (102)
Faceoffs: Berey-Wingate (117-247, 47.4%)
Saves: Kyle Mullins (194)
Record: Mullins (2-9)
Icle Freeland, Connor Kern
2015 Men's Lacrosse Team
Front Row: Britton Harris, Tyson Svoboda, Colin Grever, Josh Berry-Wingate, Dante Victum, Joshua Cramer, Brandon Jagitsch, Icle Freeland, and Alex Jameison.
Back Row: Head Coach Tyler Simmons, Kyle Mullins, Connor Kern, Andrew Poncer, Andrew Mayfield, Efrain Rodriguez, Collin Perry, Mike Utley, and Asst. Coach ?.
Men’s Lacrosse Earns First-Ever Win and All-Conference Performer in Second Season
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Mullins anchored the Spartan defense and captured All-CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) honors in leading the University of Dubuque men’s lacrosse team to their first win in program history, a 2-10, 1-4 CCIW record good for fifth-place in the conference.
With only two seniors, Mullins led a youth movement for the Spartans in their first year of conference affiliation. Tyson Svoboda paced the team with 15 goals while Britton Harris added 10 goals. Josh Berey-Wingate, the faceoff specialist, dished out a team-high seven assists and won a team-best 78 of 185 faceoffs to go with 53 ground balls.
Mullins garnered second team All-CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) honors after leading the conference and the University of Dubuque men's lacrosse team with 85 total saves in five CCIW games. The freshman stopped 182 shots over the course of the entire season and his second-team nod was the first-ever conference honor for the Spartans. The Lakewood, Colo. native started 11 of 12 games and finished with a 15.86 goals against average. He totaled 10 or more saves in 10 of 12 games while facing 607 shots and concluding 2015 with a 2-9 record.
Mullins' 85 saves in league play was more than double the next highest total (34) and one less than the next three goalkeepers combined.
Mullins collected seven saves and Icle Freeland, Tyson Svoboda, and Colin Grever each scored twice as the Spartans defeated Defiance (Ohio) on March 21, 8-4, for their first-win in school history. It was a team effort after UD faced a 4-0 deficit early in the game.
Two games later, UD won its first CCIW game after extending a 4-0 lead into a 12-4 triumph on March 28 over Carroll University (Wis.) in their first conference road game. Freeland, Svoboda, Britton Harris, and Josh Berey-Wingate represented the scoring with three goals each. Freeland and Berey-Wingate added two assists as well. Mullins finished with 13 saves.
“Overall, I felt we had a solid 2015 season,” added Head Coach Tyler Simmons. “We were able to hang tough with some quality opponents, especially early in the season, and we were able to pick up the first win and first conference win in program history. The guys did a great job fighting through with lower numbers than some of the bigger programs. After winning our first games, we will need to take the next step forward and this upcoming off-season will be crucial for us to take another step forward in 2016.”
GK Kyle Mullins
Icle Freeland, Collin Perry, Andrew Poncer, Andrew Triantos, Joshua Berey-Wingate
2014 Men's Lacrosse Team Roster
#2-Alex Jameison, #4-Tyson Svoboda, #6-Colin Grever, #10-Joaquin Cruz, #11-Connor Kern, #12-Deroulo Cadet, #13-Jonas Steinborn, #15-Isaac Hernandez, #17-Andrew Poncer, #18-Javez Vargas, #19-Eric Frank, #21-Nathan Pomorin, #23-Josh Berry-Wingate, #24-Louis Levine, #25-Chad Whitford, #26-Brandon Smoot, #29-Efrain Rodriguez.
Head Coach: Tyler Simmons (1st Season)
The Spartans faced a learning curve after going winless (0-12) as an independent team in their inaugural season. Coach Tyler Simmons’ squad gained valuable experience and were led by sophomore Brandon Smoot who scored a team-high seven goals and three assists. Twenty-eight of his 59 shots were on goal as he started nine of 12 games.
Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Deroulo Cadet was a staple between the posts after starting 11 of 12 games. Cadet faced 626 shots and recorded a save percentage of .413. Expect those numbers to fall behind a more experienced defense and seasoned frontline. On the backline, junior Jonas Steinborn led the charge after causing a team-high 26 turnovers and scooping up 29 ground balls.
Faceoff specialist, freshman Josh Berey-Wingate, won in the trenches with 83 faceoff victories. Smoot also had 57 ground balls as both statistics led the team.
The Spartans will compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) starting in 2015.
The University of Dubuque announced the appointment of Jake Olsen as head men's lacrosse coach for the Spartans on December 23, 2011. The Spartans will competed in their inaugural season of Lacrosse in 2013 as a club team before joining the NCAA in 2014. There are currently 189 Division III Men's Lacrosse teams and 201 Division III Women's Lacrosse teams competing in the NCAA. UD will compete in 2014 as an independent.