The month of May in NCAA college lacrosse usually means a push for the post-season. Teams are preparing for conference championships with the hopes of reaching Memorial Day weekend. This is when the NCAA holds their lacrosse championships. Championship Weekend will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
This year, four former Scots will begin their trek to Philadelphia. Those four players are Alex Newhouse ‘15, Brandt Guldin ‘15, Conlan O’Hara ‘16, and John Staten ‘18. All were a part of Saint Andrew’s 2015 team that made a run all the way to the FHSAA Final Four in Coach Tony Seaman’s first year at the helm.
Alex Newhouse is a member of the class of 2015. Newhouse is a senior faceoff man at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is studying Biomedical Engineering. Newhouse has garnered many accolades while at Union, earning spots on both the Liberty League All-Academic Team as well as being recognized for his play on the field the last two seasons. Newhouse found many similarities between his experience as a Scot to his at Union. “If our fate is anything similar to my senior season at SA, we should continue playing well into the NCAA tournament.” This will be Alex’s first trip to the NCAA Playoffs. Union will host SUNY Cortland in the opening game of the NCAA Division III tournament at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8.
Brandt Guldin, a classmate of Newhouse, is a midfielder for the Stevenson Mustangs in Owings Mills, Maryland. It will be the fourth time that the Mustangs have reached the NCAA Playoffs during Guldin’s career. A Business Administration major, Guldin will graduate later this month and will be entering the workforce. His most memorable moment as a lacrosse player at Saint Andrew’s happened during his senior season against Douglas in the playoffs, avenging an early-season loss. “I scored the dagger to put us up two goals with under a minute left and (Keith) Mahler almost dragged me to the ground celebrating with me. I will never forget that moment!”
Stevenson punched their ticket to the playoffs by winning the MAC Commonwealth League tournament. The Mustangs will play at Franklin and Marshall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8.
Conlan O’Hara was a class of 2016 graduate from Saint Andrew’s. The junior is presently playing long-stick midfield at Washington and Lee University in the very challenging Old Dominion Athletic Conference while majoring in Accounting. The Generals earned a bid to the NCAA tournament by winning their league tournament. This is O’Hara’s second trip to the NCAA tournament. Washington and Lee will host Piedmont College at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8.
John Staten and his Queens University teammates are preparing to play in the NCAA Division II tournament. Staten is a freshman defenseman who is majoring in Business Administration. His team earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large after falling short in their South Atlantic Conference title game to Belmont Abbey, a nationally-ranked team they beat during the regular season.
Upon reflecting on his experience thus far, Staten shared this information, “Playing for Queens has been an amazing experience so far, and I look forward to finishing the season strong and then heading home to some serious fishing this summer.” The Royals will hit the road to play the University of Indianapolis at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8.
It is great to see so many former student-athletes achieving success at the collegiate level! Let’s hope a Scot will return to Boca Raton this summer with an NCAA championship. Go Scots!