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Men's Lacrosse

2104 Men's Lacrosse Team
Head Coach: Doug Seites (1st year)
Assistant Coach: James Burkhardt (1st year)
Student Manager: Jake Ringer (1st year)

2013-14 Record: 9-3, 1-1 CCLA DII West

Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
Season Review | Post-Season Awards | The Field
Statistics: 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2013-14 Schedule & Results

Sun., March 2 vs. Oakland @ Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills, MI W 18-6  
Sun., March 9 @ Wofford Spartanburg, SC W 22-4  
Mon., March 10 @ UNC Charlotte Charlotte, NC

L 9-12

Wed., March 12 @ Davidson Davidson, NC

W 12-9

Fri., March 21 vs. Wheaton Grand Rapids, Mich. W 17-5  
Sun., March 23 @ UM Dearborn @ West Bloomfield HS West Bloomfield Twp, Mich. W 13-3  
Tues., March 25 vs. Grand Valley State Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-15  
Sat., March 29 vs. Lourdes Grand Rapids, Mich. L 10-18  
Wed., April 2 @ Northwood Midland, Mich. W 26-2  
Sun., April 6 vs. Central Michigan Grand Rapids, Mich. W 13-10  
Fri., April 11 vs. Lawrence Tech Grand Rapids, Mich. W 18-6  
Sat., April 12 @ Taylor Upland, Ind. W 26-6  
Tues., April 15 @ Ferris State Big Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sat., April 19

WHAC Championships hosted by Aquinas

vs. Indiana Tech (3rd Place)

Grand Rapids, Mich. 2:30 p.m.  


No. Photos Name Yr. Pos Ht. Hometown/High School (College)
2 Christian Van Drie Christian Van Drie So. LSM 5-7 Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
3 Tim Hansen Tim Hansen Jr. M 6-0 Diamondale, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
4 Ben Majeske Ben Majeske So. M 5-8 Holt, Michigan/Holt/Michigan State
5 Alex Rosema Alex Rosema Jr. A 5-11 Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven/Muskegon Community College
6 Will Comai Will Comai So. M 5-8 Battle Creek, Michigan/Pennfield
7 Matt Mulcahy Matt Mulcahy Fr. D 6-0 Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
9 Nate Cantin Nate Cantin Fr. M 5-9 Novi. Mich./Detroit Catholic
10 Mark Evans Mark Evans Sr. M 5-9 Rochester Hills Mich./Notre Dame Prep.
11 Alec Rasegan Alec Rasegan Jr. G 6-3 South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon
12 Matt Scheffler Matt Scheffler Fr. M 6-1 Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh
14 Chris Rowe Chris Rowe So. M 6-1 Flushing, Mich./Flint Powers
15 Mitch Ringer Mitch Ringer Jr. D 6-0 Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh
16 Ryan Ruschmann Ryan Ruschmann So. M 6-6 Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
18 Jimmy Watt Jimmy Watt Jr. G 5-9 Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/OCC
19 Don Boyer Don Boyer Jr. D 5-10 Howell, Mich./Hartland
20 Zack Brancheau Zack Brancheau Jr. A 5-7 Adrian, Mich./Tecumseh
21 Jacob Giddings Jacob Giddings So. D 5-11 Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake
24 Jack VanWieren Jack VanWieren So. M 5-11 Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
26 Austin Phillips Austin Phillips So. D 6-6 Rockford, Mich./Rockford
27 Chris Wilder Chris Wilder Fr. A 6-3 Plymouth, Mich./Gabriel Richard
32 Lance Siegel Lance Siegel Fr. D 5-11 Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
33 Austin Ensing Austin Ensing Jr. LSM 6-1 Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian
37 Dylan Oxender Dylan Oxender Jr. LSM 5-8 Haslett, Mich./Haslett
55 Liam Ryan Liam Ryan Fr. M 6-0 Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett Catholic
62 Jake Auyer Jake Auyer Jr. A 6-0 Kalamazoo, Mich./Mattawan
66 Kyle Foley Kyle Foley So. A 6-1 Chicago, Illinois/Lane Tech
77 Gerrit Boone Gerrit Boone Fr. M 5-9 Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
99 Grant Holloway Grant Holloway So. A 6-3 Royal Oak, Mich./Royal Oak/Oakland Communtiy College


Doug Seites Doug Seites Head Coach -- Coach Seites played three years of lacrosse at Aquinas College, playing midfield and taking face-offs. A graduate of Kent City High School in Kent City, MI this former basketball and baseball star found his way to the lacrosse field while at college and became a two-year captain. A 2010 graduate, Coach Seites majored in History with a minor in Writing. Since graduation, he has played with the Westside Blue Dragons Post-Collegiate team, and is a member of the Grand River Lacrosse Club. Coach Seites has also given his time to coach lacrosse at the Grand Rapids YMCA.
James Burkhardt James Burkhardt Assistant Coach -- Coach Burkhardt begins his first season as Defensive Coordinator after a decorated career as a Saint. After an All-State prep career at Warren De La Salle Collegiate, Burkhardt became a 4-year starter and 3-year captain at Aquinas. While at Aquinas, he was twice named All-Conference, and was named both All-America and Academic All-America his senior year. James has coached 7th and 8th grade lacrosse at Grand Rapids Catholic Central for the past three years and currently works for Wolverine World Wide. James plays post-collegiately for the Grand River Lacrosse Club. 

Season Preview

The 2014 edition of the Aquinas College men’s lacrosse team is looking to build on a third consecutive CCLA playoff appearance by taking the next step and challenging for the CCLA crown. The Saints return 18 members of last year’s squad, including nine of ten starters.  Seven talented freshmen will look to infuse talent and depth to a maturing roster, while two talented transfers and a new addition will look to make big contributions right away.



The Saints will have no shortage of scoring options at the Attack position, where they return the team’s three leading scorers from last season. Juniors Jake Auyer (20g-17a) and Zack Brancheau (24g-18a) posted honorable-mention All-WHAC seasons last year, and look to key the attack again this spring. Sophomore Kyle Foley (13g-14a) led the team in assists per game last season, and continues to become a more assertive player.

Three additions to the attack rotation will give the Saints plenty of high-scoring options. Junior Grant Holloway returns after a year away to give the Saints another viable scoring option. Holloway posted 24 points as a freshman in 2012, and is looking to get back to his productive ways.  Junior Alex Rosema brings a physical style of play to the Saints’ offense and is a solid dodger from X. Freshman Chris Wilder has great size and potential and will push the upperclassmen.



Games can be won or lost at the faceoff-x, and luckily the Saints feature some of the league’s best.  Junior Tim Hansen won over 63% of his faceoffs last season on the way to an honorable-mention All-CCLA and All-WHAC season. Hansen led the Saints with 98 groundballs and added 16 goals. Senior Mark Evans was no slouch either, winning 62% of his attempts. Evans was named honorable-mention All-CCLA as a defensive midfielder. Freshman Nate Cantin was an All-State faceoff-man in high school and will contribute on the offensive end as well.

Sophomore Ryan Ruschmann returns to help lead the offensive midfield after scoring 14 goals last season. Sophomore’s Ben Majeske (5g-8a), Will Comai (9g-4a) and Jack VanWieren (6g-3a) are all capable of putting points on the board and look to make a jump in production in their second seasons. Sophomore Chris Rowe joins the Saints this season and adds athleticism to the defensive midfield.  Newcomer Gerrit Boone will add scoring punch to the Saints’ offense. Freshman Matt Scheffler is a threat to score and will help in the clearing game. Another freshman, Liam Ryan, will push for playing time on both ends of the field.



The Saints return four players at close defense, including three players with significant starting experience. Junior Mitch Ringer is a tough, physical defender and a team leader.  Fellow junior Don Boyer is a versatile defender who continues to improve. Sophomore Austin Phillips is an imposing figure on the backline and came into his own this fall.  Sophomore Jacob Giddings will look to use his aggressive style to create turnovers for the Saints. With his size and skill, freshman Matt Mulcahy should contribute right away and give the Saints another solid defensive option. Another freshman, Lance Siegel, is a heady defender who positions himself well and will push for playing time.

Longstick-midfielder should be a position of strength for the Saints this season.  Junior Austin Ensing and sophomore Christian Van Drie split time starting last season. Ensing is a good athlete who can match up with top offensive threats. Van Drie has great speed and is a terror on ground balls. Joining the LSM forces this year is Dylan Oxender. The junior is switching from short stick defensive midfielder, and his speed and stick skills give the Saints a weapon in transition.



The Saints return both of their goalies from last season. Junior Alec Rasegan is new to the position but has made great strides. Rasegan has good size and will look to push for more time this season. Junior Jimmy Watt is the defense’s vocal and emotional leader. The two-year starter was named All-WHAC Honorable Mention last season, and is re-writing the Aquinas record books. The Saints will look for Watt to come up big and shut down opposing offenses.


Post Season Awards

Most Valuable Player Award
2013 Connor Sutton
2012 James Burkhardt
2011 Nate McCorry
2010 James Burkhardt
2009 Nick Avendt
Most Valuable Offensive Player
2013 Zack Brancheau
2012 Nate McCorry
2011 Tyler Rosema
Most Valuable Defensive Player 2013 Jimmy Watt
2012 Connor Sutton
2011 James Burkhardt
Most Improved 2013 Jake Auyer
Rookie of the Year 2013 Christian VanDrie
100 Career Points 124 - Ty Rosema 2009-2012
122 - Nate McCorry  2009-2012
107 - Mike Matych 2009-2011
CCLA Honors
2013 Connor Sutton (2nd Team Defense), Mark Evans (HM D-Mid), Tim Hansen (HM FOS)
2012 James Burkhardt (2nd Team Defense), Ty Rosema (HM Attack)
2011 Jacob Jeffers (HM FOS)
2010 James Burkhardt (HM Defense), Mike Matych (HM Attack)
2009 Nick Avendt - 1st Team Goalie (CCLA D2 Goalie of the Year)
WHAC Honors 2013 Jake Auyer (HM Attack), Zack Brancheau (HM Attack), Tim Hansen (HM Mid),

Connor Sutton (HM Defense), Jimmy Watt (HM Goalie), Jack VanWieren (WHAC Champion of Character)

MCLA Honors 2013 Connor Sutton (HM All-America)
2012 James Burkhardt (HM All-America) (Academic All-America)

The Field

Aquinas College Athletic Field (At left:) With synthetic turf installed during summer 2007, Aquinas becomes the first member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) to have an artificial playing surface for lacrosse and soccer.