Men's lacrosse announces the program's first captains
The JU men’s lacrosse team has named sophomores Jake Ziegler, Jeremy Tissenbaum and freshman Cameron Mann as its first three captains in program history.

The Dolphins will look for leadership from their captains during a difficult inaugural schedule that includes Duke, Bucknell, Hofstra and North Carolina. The Tar Heels will be making the trip to Jacksonville for opening day.

“It gives us great pride to announce the first captains of JU lacrosse,” said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. “These three young men are all deserving after leading a young group this fall. We had 15 student-athletes receive votes by their peers, showing the tremendous leadership we have witnessed since September. However, Jeremy, Jake, and Cam all stepped to the front and we are confident that they will continue to lead by example.”

Tissenbaum, a midfielder from Pittsburgh, Pa., transferred to Jacksonville from Hobart College where he ended the 2008 season as a first-line midfielder during his freshman season and scored two goals in the fourth quarter in Hobart’s victory against Eastern College Athletic Conference Champion Loyola in 2008.

“Jeremy has proven all fall that he embraces the leadership role of this first year program,” said Kerwick. “The coaching staff rewarded him with the jersey number ‘53’ for his hard work and effort, a number formerly worn by JU basketball legend Artis Gilmore. Although he is only a sophomore, his competitiveness and ability will be noticeable to many by the end of the season.”

Ziegler, a defenseman from Webster, N.Y., transferred to JU from LeMoyne College after earning quality minutes last spring for the Division II national power. At Webster, Jake earned all-Greater Rochester accolades in 2007 and 2008 and twice received first team all-county honors.

“With such a young team it is great to have Jake on defense leading the way,” Kerwick said. “He comes from a great high school program and learned from one of the top college coaches in the game with Dan Sheehan at Lemoyne. He is a steadying presence and has a great understanding of the game.”

Mann, a midfielder from Hamilton, Ontario, was the number one overall pick in the Junior ‘A’ Canadian Box League last year for Burlington. The freshman played for Bobby Wynne at Salisbury School (Conn.) last spring earning New England All-Star accolades and was also a member of the U-16 and U-19 Canadian national teams.

“Cam has the potential to be one of the best two way midfielders in the game with his continued commitment and development,” said Kerwick. “He is a tireless worker and one of the best ground ball middies I have had the privilege to work with. It is a lot to ask of a first year player to be captain but his maturity and experience made this an easy decision. He is an everyday competitor and makes everyone around him a better player.”

The Dolphins will open up the JU lacrosse program against North Carolina on Feb. 6 at 2:30 p.m.