Men's Lacrosse Archives

Monday, July 2, 2012

"Walsh Appoints Jason Fautas Lacrosse Coach"

Walsh University Director of Athletics Dale Howard has announced that Jason Fautas has been hired to direct the men’s lacrosse program. Walsh is a member of NCAA II (candidacy year two) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League for men’s lacrosse. The league will begin play with the 2013 season.  Fautas replaces Ron Meiser who coached the squad for three years as a club sport.

“As the men’s lacrosse program at Walsh transitions into the NCAA II and the ECAC lacrosse league, Walsh is excited to welcome Jason as our first full-time lacrosse coach,” exclaimed Howard.  “Having played and coached lacrosse at some of the highest levels, Jason brings the necessary experience and passion to elevate the program to the next level.  He is a coach who can hit the ground running and has already been very active in laying the groundwork for the upcoming year.”

"I would like to thank President Jusseaume and Vice President for Athletics/Athletic Director Mr. Howard for this great opportunity to be a part of Walsh University as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach,” stated Fautas. “I would also like to thank my family and mentors that have guided me to this point in life. I look forward to working with the student-athletes of Walsh University to build a competitive environment not on the lacrosse field, but as well as in the classroom."Fautas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Hartwick College in 2007 and proceeded to earn his master’s degree in sports leadership at Northeastern University in 2008.

For the past five years, Fautas has worked as an assistant lacrosse coach at the college level. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Hartwick in Oneonta, N.Y. following his graduation and remained there until 2010 when he became the First Assistant Coach and defensive coordinator at Division I Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Fautas accepts his first head coaching job here at Walsh University.

During his playing career, Fautas was a four-year varsity member and team captain in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he was the Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year. In 2007, he was the Harry Mosher Memorial Award and Rich Allen Dawkins Award winner.He was also a three-sport athlete at Sachem High School, in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY.


ECAC Announces New Division II Conference for Men’s Lacrosse; Walsh to Join

CENTERVILLE, Mass. (March 27, 2012) – Commissioner Rudy Keeling Tuesday announced the formation of a new eight-team NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse conference that will be officially called the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League. The league will begin play with the 2013 season.

The founding members based in four states include Alderson-Broaddus College (Philippi, W. Va.); Lake Erie College (Painesville, Ohio); Lindenwood University (Saint Charles, Mo.); Mercyhurst College (Erie, Pa.); Ohio Valley University (Vienna, W.Va.); Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pa.); Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio); and Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, W.Va.).

“We are excited to bring this new eight-team league under the ECAC umbrella,” Commissioner Keeling said. “Not only does the addition of the Division II Lacrosse League add quality schools to our membership, it increases our presence in Division II and dramatically expanses our footprint. I – like our new members – can’t wait to start the 2013 season.”

Alderson-Broaddus, which is affiliated with the Baptist Church and has a long tradition of excellence in academics and athletics, is “proud to join the other schools in the ECAC Division II Lacrosse League,” Battlers head coach Bob Bennett said. Bennett is leading the team in its first varsity season, starting with fall practices during the non-traditional period.

Lindenwood is transitioning to the NCAA Division II level after being a member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association since 2003. The Lions have won 136 games over the past nine seasons and advanced to six MCLA national tournaments. Coach Derek Schaub is currently in his third season at the helm in 2012.

Lake Erie is in its third year of men’s lacrosse this spring.  After winning three contests in its inaugural season, with a roster comprised almost entirely of first-year college players, the Storm improved to 7-7 a year ago.  Head coach Greg Stocks, who played on a national semifinalist team at Mercyhurst College, has built the program from the ground up since he accepted the job in December 2007.

Mercyhurst won the 2011 NCAA Championship by defeating Adelphi, 9-8, to finish with a 14-2 record last season, capping a five-year run that has seen ‘Hurst go 60-12 overall. Chris Ryan was named 2011 USILA Division II Coach of the Year.  After starting men’s lacrosse in 1999, Mercyhurst has become one of the premier programs in Division II, landing 33 student-athletes on All-America teams. 

Ohio Valley is a small Christian school with an academic emphasis on the liberal arts.  OVU boasts 13 athletic programs that compete at the NCAA Division II level. While the men’s lacrosse program is still young, OVU is excited to be one of the eight teams to establish the ECAC Division II Lacrosse League.  The coaching staff and players are looking forward to playing some of the best competition that Division II lacrosse has to offer.

The 2012 season will mark the eighth year for the Seton Hill men’s lacrosse program. Griffins head coach Brian Novotny enters his seventh season directing a program that has quickly developed a reputation for being nationally competitive, with several national rankings, five all-conference performers including a league player of the year, two USILA All-America selections and a pair USILA All-Star Game participants over the past five seasons to their credit. 

“Walsh University is thrilled to be joining the ECAC Division ll Lacrosse League,” Cavaliers athletics director Dale Howard and coach Ron Meiser said in a joint statement.  “The ECAC is a perfect fit as we elevate our program.  We are pleased to be joining like institutions as our program continues to grow and look forward to fostering relationships with new institutions, while renewing some old rivalries.” Last year, Walsh had a 10-3 record, and is currently 5-2 with three regular season games remaining.

Wheeling Jesuit has competed in the East Coast Conference before changing conference-affiliation to the ECAC. The program was established in 1999, and is now led by fourth-year head coach Jay Sothoron. He posted an 8-4 record in his first year at the helm and spearheaded Wheeling Jesuit’s transition from independent status to the ECC. “I’m excited about joining the ECAC because it is the best fit for us after NCAA regional realignments,” said Sothoron. “The ECAC looks to be just as competitive as the ECC.”

Mercyhurst is the defending national champion and is currently ranked No. 1 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches’ poll with a 5-0 mark. Seton Hill – with a 4-3 record – also appears in the national rankings picture at No. 9.

About the ECAC®

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and only multi-divisional conference in the country with approximately 300 Division I, II and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado.  Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 27 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and more than 2,000 student- athletes are recognized annually through the public relations arm of the conference.  Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse.


"Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Cavs Close Regular Season with Road Win"

(Bethany, WV) Walsh (7-3) closed the regular season with a 20-3 win at Bethany College today.  The Cavs are now awaiting their opponent for the upcoming CCLA Division ll Playoffs.

Mason Axline (So., Green, OH/HS) and Ben Stephens (So., Murrysville, PA/Franklin) paced the Cavs’ attack.  Axline had six goals and an assist, while Stephens had five goals and an assist. Cody Stoll added two goals and one assist and John England (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta) had four assists.  Seven other Cavalier had a goal apiece.

Nick Szobody (Fr., Erie, PA/McDowell) dished out three assists and won seven faces offs and Ian Maurer had four assists and won five face offs.  Jeff Balzano (Jr., Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) had four first half saves and Jason Lockwood (Jr., Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) blanked Bethany in goal in the second half.


Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Axline Scores Seven Goals in Home Finale Win"

Walsh improved to 6-3 on the season with a 16-8 win over Siena Heights University (6-2) today.  The Cavs close the regular season at Bethany College on Wednesday (5 pm).

Mason Axline (So., Green, OH/HS) led the offensive attack with seven goals and two assists.  Ben Stephens (So., Murrysville, PA/Franklin) had two goals and an assist and Joe McCarthy had two goals.  John England (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta) scored once and handed out two assists.  Ian Maurer (Jr., Jackson Twp., OH/Jackson) and Nick Szobody (Fr., Erie, PA/McDowell) each had a goal and an assist.  Maurer won 11 face offs and Szobody six.  Jason Lockwood (Jr., Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) had five saves in goal.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"John Carroll Stops Cavs Win Streak"

(University Heights, OH) John Carroll University handed Walsh a 13-12 defeat to stop the Cavs (5-3) five-game win streak tonight. The Cavs close the home season on Saturday against Siena Heights University at 3 pm.

Mason Axline (So., 5-8, Green, OH/HS) led the Cavs attack with four goals and two assists.  Ben Stephens (So., Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) and John England (Fr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta) had three goals each.  Ian Maurer (6-2, Jr., Jackson Township, OH/Jackson) had ten face off wins.  Keeper Jeff Balzano (Jr., 6-0, Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) recorded ten saves.



Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Cavs Cruise By Aquinas 19-3"

Walsh easily took care of Aquinas as it dominated from start to finish and won by a count of 19-3 Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (5-2) are now on a four-game win streak and have won three games in five days. The Saints (4-5) have now lost three straight.

Mason Axline (So., 5-8, Green, OH/HS) continues to have a stellar year as he totaled nine points in today’s contest with four goals and five assists. Ian Mauer (6-2, Jr., Jackson Township, OH/Jackson) added a hat trick of goals, an assist, and had two face-off wins. Other players who scored multiple goals included John England (Fr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta), Josh England (Fr., 6-2, North Canton, OH/Hoover), Nick Szobody (Fr., 5-11, Erie, PA/McDowell), and Josh Jacobs (So., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Hilliard Darby) with two each. Szobody also tallied four face-off wins.

Solo goal scorers for Walsh included Joe McCarthy (Jr., 6-2, Villerica, MA/Central Catholic), Nick Colston (So., 6-1, North Canton, OH/Hoover), Zev Dekoff (Fr., 6-4, Park City, UT/HS), and Maroun Estephan (So., 5-9, Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney)

Jeff Balzano (Jr., 6-0, Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) had a strong game in goal with seven saves on 10 shots faced. 

Walsh is next in action on Wednesday win it travels to John Carroll with a 7:30 p.m. start.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

“McCarthy Scored Five Goals in Road Win at Carnegie-Mellon”

(Pittsburgh, PA) Walsh defeated Carnegie-Mellon (2-3) 20-15 tonight in Pittsburgh.  The win raised the Cavs record to 4-2.  The Cavs are home to Aquinas College at 3:30 pm tomorrow afternoon.

Joe McCarthy (Jr., Billerica, MA/Central Catholic) turned in a big night for the Cavs with five goals and two assists.

Ben Stephens (So., Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) and Mason Axline (So., Green, OH/HS) each had the “Hat Trick” with with three goals and two assists.  John England (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta) also scored three goals, as did Nick Szobody (Fr., Erie, PA/McDowell).  

Ian Maurer (Jr., Jackson Twp., OH/Jackson), Cody Stoll (Jr., Jackson Twp., OH/Jackson), Nick Colston (So., North Canton, OH/HS) and Josh Jacobs (So., Columbus, OH/Hilliard Darby) each scored a goal.   

Maurer won 15 face offs and Szobody seven.  Jeff Balzano (Jr., Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) had 12 saves in goal.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Axline Scores Game-winner in Double Overtime"

Walsh won a close contested battle with visiting Grove City in exciting fashion with a 10-9 decision in double overtime. The win puts the Cavaliers (3-2) back over .500 while the Wolverines (4-4) are even once again.

Mason Axline (So., Green, OH/HS) was the star of the night with his game-winning goal early in the second overtime period. In addition to the golden goal, Axline scored a pair in regulation to earn the hat trick and also tallied two assists. John England (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) and Josh England (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) also scored multiple goals for the Cavs with two each.

Others scoring goals for Walsh were Joe McCarthy (Jr., Billerica, MA/Central Catholic), Josh Jacobs (So., Columbus, OH/Hilliard Darby), and Ben Stephens (So., Canton, OH/Jackson).

Defensively, Walsh was led by Mat Milano (So., North Canton, OH/Hoover), who also had an assist on the evening. Goalie Jeff Balzano (Jr., Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) made eight saves between the pipes.

Walsh will return to action on Saturday, March 24, at Carnegie Mellon University. Game time is set for 6 p.m.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Cavs Rebound With 11-7 Win at Tennessee Wesleyan"

Walsh defeated Tennessee Wesleyan by a score of 11-7 on the road today to close out a three-game road trip. The Cavaliers (2-2) are back up to .500 on the short season. The Bulldogs drop to 2-2.

Mason Axline (So., 5-8, Green OH/HS) led the way for the Cavs with a hat trick and an assist for four points. Ben Stephens (So., 6-0, Murrsville, PA/Franklin Regional) and John England (Fr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta) also scored multiple goals for Walsh with two each. Both also had an assist.

Joe McCarthy (Jr., 6-2, Billerica, MA/Central Catholic), Nich Colston (So., 6-1, North Canton, OH/Hoover), Ryan Choong (Fr., 5-7, North Canton, OH/Hoover), and Brandon Crues also scored goals for the Cavs. Jeff Balzano (Jr., 6-0, Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) made 10 saves in goal and Matt Milano (So., North Canton, OH/Hoover) led with 11 ground balls.

Walsh is off until Wednesday, March 21 when the Cavs play host to Grove City College at 5 p.m.


Monday, March 5, 2012

"Axline Scores Eight Goals in Loss at Shorter"

(Rome, GA) Mason Axline’s (So., Green, OH/HS) eight goals were not enough for Walsh (1-2) in a 18-14 loss at Shorter University today.

Shorter (3-4) led 3-0 after the first period then exploded for eight goals in the second to take an 11-5 lead into halftime. Shorter built an 11-3 lead before Walsh scored the final two goals of the half to cut its deficit to six.

The Hawks opened the second half four quick goals to take a 13-5 lead. Shorter outscored Walsh 6-3 in the third frame to go up 17-8 after three quarters.

Walsh scored five straight to start the fourth period to make things interesting. Three of those goals came with Walsh a man up and Axline, who led all scorers with eight goals, tallied four of his strikes in the fourth period alone. His goal with 5:54 left made it 17-13 in favor of the Hawks, but Shorter snapped the run with a goal at the 4:53 mark to swing the momentum back in Shorter's favor and put the Hawks up 18-13.

Shorter controlled much of the game thanks to a dominant performance on face offs. The Hawks won 23 of 33 face offs -- 14 of 17 in the first half -- and also killed 10 of 15 man up opportunities for the Cavaliers (1-2).



Saturday, March 3, 2012

"Walsh Routes UNC Charlotte 19-8"

Walsh lacrosse evened up its record with a 19-8 route of hosting UNC Charlotte. The Cavaliers are now 1-1 while the 49ers remain winless at 0-5. The Cavs will continue its three-game road trip with a scrimmage at Shorter University and a regular season match against Tennessee Wesleyan on Monday and Wednesday. Both games will be played in Rome, Georgia.

The Cavs had excellent team play as 13 different players registered points. Leading the way was John England (Fr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Hoover/Marietta) with four goals and one assist. Other players scoring multiple goals included Ian Maurer (Jr., 6-2, Jackson Township, OH/Jackson) with three, Mason Axline (So., 5-8, Green, OH/HS) with two, Nich Colston (So., 6-1, North Canton, OH/HS) with two, and Josh England (Fr., 6-2, North Canton, OH/Hoover) with two.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Cavs Fall to UD in Opener"

Walsh (0-1) fell 20-11 to the third ranked University of Dayton Flyers (3-0) in the season opener today. The Cavs started strong, and led 6-2 after the first quarter. UD scored four second period goals and led 10-9 at the half.  The Cavs' stellar defensive effort in the first half was led by Nick Sabatino (5-10, 165, So., Canton, OH/Jackson), Matt Milano (6-3, 200, So., North Canton, OH/Hoover), Gabe Weaver (5-7, 150, Fr., Canton, OH/Jackson) and goalkeeper Jeff Balanzo (6-0, Jr., Chesterland, OH/West Geauga).  The Cavs hung tough, and stayed with the Flyers trailling 11-9 heading into the fourth period.  However, penalties and the expereinced Flyers proved to be too much for Walsh in the final period as they outscored the Cavs 9-2.


Walsh is at UNC-Charlotte on March 3 at 3 pm.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

"Cavs Win Pair of Scrimmages, Prepare for Opener"

Walsh defeated Mercyhurst College 9-6 and Thiel College 11-8 in two scrimmages today.  Walsh opens the season at home against the University of Dayton next Saturday at 3 pm


September 12, 2011 

"Youngblood Talks to Lacrosse Team"

NFL Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood was in town and was of his stops included Walsh University, where he met with the Lacross Team.  Youngblood talked about wihat it takes to be successfull on and off the field.