Hobart College Head Lacrosse Coach Greg Raymond recently announced that senior midfielder Cooper Stefaniak will serve as the team captain this season. One of three team captains last season, he is just the second Statesman to serve as a solo captain since 1995.
“Cooper served as a captain his junior year, and learned a great deal about the complexity of this role,” Raymond said. “He returned this year with a knowledgeable approach on a healthy way to hold this team accountable. Cooper has accepted responsibility for his teammates, and in turn has become a most trusted leader.”
Stefaniak played in all 14 games last season, producing 11 goals, three assists, a team-high 43 ground balls, and three caused turnovers. He notched hat tricks in back-to-back games against Georgetown and Canisius. Stefaniak collected a career-high six ground balls in a 7-6 overtime Northeast Conference win at Robert Morris.
In 30 career games, the Lancaster, N.Y., native has 25 goals, nine assists, 63 ground balls and four caused turnovers. Stefaniak was the 2015 recipient of the Crook Family Award, for leadership, outstanding play, sportsmanship, and superior all-around value to the Hobart lacrosse team. In 2014, he received the Lt. John Vandeverg ’50 Memorial Award as the Hobart lacrosse team’s most improved player.
The last time Hobart had just one player serve as captain was 2010 when Kevin Curtin led the Statesmen.
Hobart opens the 2016 season, its 114th varsity season, on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Penn State.