Liberty men’s lacrosse officially on the map after 2012 season
Liberty, who upset top seeded Coastal Carolina in the Tournament before falling to eventual Champion Elon University, had a tremendous amount of success in 2012 with a roster made up primarily of freshman, sophomores and juniors.
Sophomore Attack Kurt Tobias led the SELC in goals (37) and points (56) while fellow sophomore, Daniel Forbes, was not far behind with 39 points on 27 goals. Freshman midfielder Will Perkins also had a solid year finding the back of the net 25 times, more than any other freshman in the SELC.
Liberty also garnered many postseason awards.
Head Coach Kyle McQuillan was selected as Conference Coach of the Year while Tobias was selected to 1st team All-Conference attack. Perkins was named to 1st team midfield alongside sophomore Nate Lowmaster who made 1st team Defense and sophomore Travis Briggs, 1st team Long stick midfielder. Senior Mike Zumpano made 2nd team defense while sophomore Derek Haywood and senior Jarrett Chambers received honorable mention.
McQuillan is proud of his programs season and although they did not achieve their goal of a conference championship, they can be proud of the reputation they have established going forward.
“This past season was great, and I am really proud of what we were able to accomplish.” McQuillan said in an email. “We took some very big steps this past year, and I think we went a long way in putting Liberty Lacrosse on the map”
The Flames (8 – 4 / 3 – 1) were a championship contender in the conference in just their second year and look to be one of the favorites in the highly competitive SELC heading into next season.
Coach McQuillan could return up to 24 players from this year’s roster, bolstering the potential for even more success in 2013.
“This program is growing so rapidly that it is not out of the question to expect a SELC championship next season and to make our first ever appearance at nationals.” McQuillan added. “Again, not to take anything away from our guys and what they accomplished this season, but the bar is set very high for Liberty Lacrosse and everyone embraces that.”