Tallahassee, FL (CSTV U-WIRE) -- What do you think of when you hear the names Jeff Goren, Nate McFadden, Blake Anderson and D.J. Romanchuk?
How about the likes of Seth Woods, Bryan Waters, Nick Geppert and Brian Corrente?
Okay, so I could probably reel off the name of each player encompassing the Florida State men's lacrosse roster and somewhere along the line, you'd recognize one of them as being a fellow classmate or perhaps an acquaintance at a party. Either way, chances are strong you wouldn't distinguish that person as being a member of a certain FSU team that just so happens to be a serious championship contender.
Yes, I said championship.
You see, the Garnet and Gold lacrosse squad is for real, and even the most avid Seminole sports nut doesn't know anything about it.
For instance, did you know that the Tribe was one victory away from earning a National Championship berth last season? The team also boasts a lacrosse venue that strongly rivals some of the top Division I fields in the country. Harkins Field, located next to the Bobby E. Leach Center on the FSU campus, also provides an area for the Florida State Marching Chiefs and FSU football program to practice on.
But while in the Fall those units are utilizing the field - which is named after men's lacrosse coach and chief financier of the site Bill Harkins - it is all about lacrosse in the Spring. In the opening two games of the 2006 season thus far, the 'Noles have felt right at home on the turf, defeating the University of Auburn and Division II Mars Hill by a combined score of 40-17.
Against Mars Hill (a team comprised of scholarship athletes unlike those of both FSU and Auburn), the Seminoles, who are currently ranked No. 6 in the country, ran away with a 22-8 victory in what was their very first contest ever on the recently constructed field. Pretty sweet considering the fact that their games used to be played on the Intramural Fields - come to think about it, however, they still dominated the competition there as well.
So what about some of the athletes responsible for the early supremacy?
Goren, a senior starting in goal for the fourth consecutive year, paces the defense. The Orlando native is widely considered to be one of the top goalies in the entire Southeastern Lacrosse Conference and, perhaps, the country. His defensive running mates such as McFadden and Anderson aren't too shabby either. (Translation: they'll hit some folks - hard.)
Offensively, the Tribe boasts a freakish freshman and a standout senior. The latter, Romanchuk, is the squad's top returning goal scorer from a season ago. The first-year star is Corey Noonen " an Oviedo native that has already accounted for a team-high 16 points in the 'Noles" two victories to begin the season.
While I could go on about the various compelling characteristics of the nearly 35 players that don the garnet and gold lacrosse uniform, I will simply leave it at this: Go watch them play. Next up is a showdown against the University of Georgia Friday night at 8 p.m.
I promise, you won't be disappointed. If you somehow manage to leave the game either a) not entertained b) not satisfied with the representation of the Seminole name by some hardworking athletes or c) find Harkins Field to be a little too nice, find me, write me, do whatever.
I am that confident in these guys. I am that impressed with Coach Harkins. I am that certain they can make some noise nationally - again. I am that positive that this team is the best you've never seen.
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