Despite a bitterly cold fall, and the frost that already lingers on top of Bremner Field, the University of New Hampshire’s Men’s lacrosse team is on track with their season and ready to compete for a PCLL Championship and a shot at the National Tournament.
This fall, Coach Jake Sullivan and his squad elected an entirely new cabinet filled with several positions that the club has never seen in the past as well as the standard heirarchy. Midfielder Dan Milano (Reading, MA) was elected as the team’s president, and Tom Nazzaro (Braintree, MA) was voted into the Vice President spot. Also receiving the nod into office was another former Reading Rocket, as Mark Cochrane took over as Treasurer and newcomer Tim Harrington will handle the secretary duties for the Wildcats. But that’s where things stop being normal.
Sullivan also elected the envious jobs of Equipment Manager in rookie Tyler Markley, and fellow rook TJ Burkish to manage the field before and after games. In addition to that, another freshman, Sam Elmes is now charge of Alumni Relations and getting former ‘Cats to attend games and donate to the program.
But beyond that, James Rubio (Randolph, NJ) and Ian Osgood (Bow, NH) were elected as Fundraising and Conditioning Coordinators, respectively. “Oz” will be in charge of keeping the team in shape in personal workouts outside of practice and gym time.
The Wildcats are captained by midfielder Tim Oleson (Chester, NH), who will be in his second year at the helm as well as attackman Michael Violandi (Marshfield, MA) and defenseman Danny Crisafuli. Sullivan made his decision based on several factors including leadership, conditioning, dedication and attitude.
Most importantly, however, there is one member who runs the entire show for the Wildcats, and does it completely behind the scenes. Returning for her second season, the team is thrilled to welcome back the beautiful and talented Whitney Pilsbury who handles the duties of team manager. Keeping stats, setting up meetings, scheduling everything, and handling all of our preseason logistics, Whitney is a vital asset to the 'Cats who would be lost without her undying efforts.