Shreveport– The Centennial Lacrosse Program has announced its 2022 schedule as the Gents open their regular season at home against Cornell College on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.
The Gentiles are scheduled to play 12 regular season games, seven at home and five on the road. Centenary plays its first four games of the season at home and finishes with a pair of home games against Colorado College (April 10) and Dallas (April 13).
Centenary hits the road for the first time in late February to face Hanover College (February 26) in Hanover, Ind. and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (February 28) in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The Gents will face Huntingdon College (February 13), Hendrix College (February 15) and Southwestern on February 20 after their season opener. Centenary takes on Dallas on the road on March 9, then returns home to meet Edgewood College (March 16), then is back on the road to close out the month with games against Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. on March 25 and Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. March 27.
Centenary will begin a new chapter in its program’s history this season as the Maroon and White announced last summer that they had joined the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (HCLC) and would be joined by Colorado College, the University of Dallas and Southwestern. The Gents and their SCAC brethren will now compete in the HCLC in lacrosse with Anderson University, Earlham College, Hanover College and Mount St. Joseph University forming the North Division. The four new members will form the Southern Division. The top two teams from each division after the regular season will meet at a neutral location for the HCLC Championship. The winner of the HCLC Championship will earn automatic qualification for the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament as an HCLC representative.
The Gents’ 2021 season was marked by a two-game sweep of Dallas, the first a 7-4 win at home on March 7 on senior day. The victory was the first for Centenary since its reestablishment as a university program. Centenary placed five players on the All-SCAC team and three players earned SCAC Player of the Week honors during the season.
Centenary ended the regular season with a bang on April 24 as the Maroon and White scored a record number of goals in an impressive 18-8 rout of Dallas on the road. Centenary also made its playoff debut as a program on April 30 as the Gents faced Southwestern in the 2021 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship semifinals in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Sophomore midfielder Jordan Cook (Bryant, Ark.) headlines returning starters after being named SCAC’s 2021 co-newcomer of the year last season as a rookie. Cook had a fantastic rookie season scoring a team-high 15 goals and adding three assists (tied for third on the team) for a total of 18 points (second on the team). He ranked fifth in shots per game in the conference and took 72 total shots for the season with 37 shots on goal.
Junior M/A Kyle Comi (Allen, Texas) and second D Matthew Lulich (New Orleans, La.) are also back after each earning second-team All-SCAC spots last season. Comi had a superb second season with a team-high 13 assists and added five goals and tied Cook for second on the Gents with 18 points. Comi played four games during the season with multiple assists, including two games with three assists each. He ranked seventh in the SCAC in assists per game. He was on the all-conference team as a short-battery specialist. Lulich had a major impact in his first season as he started all 12 games for the Gents and hauled in 21 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.
Junior D Ethan Little (Tyler, Texas) started all 12 games for Centenary last season and was a stellar defender and also recorded an impressive 28 ground balls, which was the second most on the team, and led the Gents with 16 turnovers caused. Little took two shots and had six faceoff opportunities. Junior A John Mark Waniewski (Bossier City, La.) was one of the best offensive players in the conference as he scored 13 goals, tied ranked second on the team and added three assists for a total of 16 points (third on the team). He played and started 10 games and recorded six ground balls and a pair of turnovers. He took 35 shots, 23 on goal, and finished with 65.7%.
Eight freshmen are joining the roster this season and seven more comebacks will add depth and experience to the promising group of rookies. CJ Seling is entering his third season as head coach of the men’s lacrosse program in 2022. Seling was named interim head coach prior to the club’s 2018-19 season, then was named permanent head coach for the Centenary’s first varsity season in four years in 2019-20. Billy LeClair is entering his third season with the Gentiles and was promoted to associate head coach last summer. Former Gentois Thomas Siskron has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant after ending his superb career recently. Siskron earned second-team All-SCAC honors last season finishing the season with an impressive 193 saves and 314 for his career. Siskron led the SCAC in saves and ranked second in the league in saves per game (16.08) and ranked 19and in the nation in Division III in the category. His save percentage of .447 also ranked 10and in the countryside.
View the full Men’s season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/mlax/2021-22/schedule
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