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Clemson men’s lacrosse season preview 

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Clemson men’s club lacrosse will start its season on Feb. 5, 2022.

Clemson men’s club lacrosse will play its home opener on Feb. 5 against West Virginia. This will mark the first of a total of 14 opponents that the Tigers play across the Atlantic Lacrosse Conference and the SEC. Last season, Clemson boasted a 6-5-1 record under head coach Buff Grubb.

Clemson is led offensively by graduate student Garret Brennan, an attacker who averaged almost three points per game last spring with 17 goals and two assists. His scoring was responsible for 15% of all points scored by Clemson in 2021. He undoubtedly will be a valuable asset to the team in the upcoming season.

Taking the majority of faceoffs in the circle will be junior Jack McSally, who recorded 75 victories in 2021. Right behind him is junior Alec Frank, who had 66 victories of his own and an impressive .717 faceoff win percentage last season.

In the midfield, dominated by long-stick midfielders Kevin Ritter and Gavin Santizo, fans can expect to see impressive up-field movement. The objective of long-stick midfielders is typically to create movement and recover groundballs, so although they may not boast many recorded statistics, they are an essential part of the team.

Defensively, the team is in good hands as well. Led by graduate student Nathan Brown and senior Charlie Padgett, the duo has accumulated over 200 saved ground balls in their time at Clemson. The short stick defenders are a formidable threat this year.

On the same end of the field, guarding the net is senior Danny Laible, who saved .543 of attempted goals last season, and senior Lad Howell with a similarly impressive .500 save percentage.

Spectators are always welcome to watch the Tigers on LoConte Field in Seneca, South Carolina for their home games on Feb. 5, 12, 13, 27, and April 1, 3, 14.

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