2015 Men's Lacrosse season reviewApril 21, 2015
BREVARD, N.C. – The 2015 Brevard men’s lacrosse team set out a goal at the beginning of the season to finish its second year in existence with a winning record and make it to the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Tournament. Both of those goals were achieved as the Tornados finished with an 8-7 regular- season record while reaching the conference quarterfinals as the sixth seed in the tournament.
The team was a young group with 14 freshmen and just one senior along with seven sophomores and a junior. Brevard started seven freshmen consistently, including four on the offensive end. The offense was led by SAC Freshman of the Year, Adam Weidemann, who head coach Kevin Anderson said exceeded all of his expectations of the young attacker.
“His impact was huge. He surpassed everything that we thought any freshman can do during the first year,” said Anderson. “You don’t expect them to lead the conference in points and points per game and rank nationally as one of the best freshman. He was matched up against every team’s top defensive player and would play them as hard as he could and continue to compete at a high level.”
Weidemann paced the offensive attack with 37 goals and 35 assists for 72 points. For a majority of the year, he led the conference in all three categories and ranked in the top 10 among Division II players in points and assists per game.
Classmate Anthony Alfonso was second on the team with 30 goals while sophomore Matthew Dropuljic had 28 goals. Freshman Sam Postma, who was honored by the conference on the honorable mention team, had 27 goals and 11 assists.
In goal, senior Andy Reilly, who was named Astroturf All-SAC Defensive Player of the Year on three separate occasions, led the conference in saves with 217 and had the third best save percentage (53.7 percent). He was a strong contributor to the defense and for coach Anderson, it is a huge spot to fill for next year.
“Obviously it’s a big hole to fill. Any time you lose a senior, especially at that position it’s tough. We have a top recruit coming in next year to compete for the job and we’ll make a decision from there. Our defense will be older, which will help with the continuity and then we’ll get some additions so our defense will be even better next year.”
On the defensive side, sophomore Tyler Curtin led the squad with 20 caused turnovers while freshman’s Jaron Greenidge and Josh Nicholson had 19 and 18, respectively.
The Tornados will look to take it one step further in their third year and move past the first round of the conference tournament and build upon the success they had in 2015.