Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2022 Season with Trip to Illinois

Wheeling, W. Va. – As they enter their second season of play under head coach Nick Anagnostis, the Wheeling University Men’s Lacrosse team (0-0, 0-0) is looking to start things on a strong note. They head to Chicago to open their season this weekend with a pair of games against Lewis University and Quincy University. The trip offers the opportunity for the growing Cardinal team to face some tough outside competition to kick off their season.

2021 was the Men’s Lacrosse team’s first season of competition under Anagnostis, as he built the team through a year of recruiting. He ended up with a roster of 23 guys, consisting mostly of freshmen and sophomores, competing in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). They finished the season 1-10 overall but played better and better as the season went on. Their lone win came in their second game of the year against Felician, and the offense scored at least four points in each of their final three games.

On the defensive side of the ball, Wheeling welcomes back junior defenseman Matt Anderson to lead the way. Anderson was Wheeling’s lone All-GMAC honoree last season and was the first for the program since 2018. Anderson led Wheeling last season with 48 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers over his 11 games played. He serves as one of Wheeling’s two team captains this year as he looks to help the program continue its growth.

On the offensive side of the ball, Wheeling is looking to their top scorers from last season Mike Andersson and Jacob Knippel to lead the way. Knippel led the team with 23 points last season, scoring 16 goals and leading the team with eight assists. He was second on the team with a .381 shooting percentage, finishing only a few percentage points behind Brody Fawver† Andersson also finished the year with 16 goals last season and finished one assist behind Knippel for the team lead. He had a .320 shooting percentage on the season and shot .680 on shots on goal.

Before G-MAC play officially begins, Wheeling has a tough non-conference schedule ahead of them as they prepare for the season. It begins this weekend with a pair of neutral site matches, before they come home for their home opener on Saturday, February 19th. They finish their beginning of the year non-conference slate with a trip to Roberts Wesleyan on February 26th before the conference slate officially begins on March 1st. A tough conference schedule will prepare them for what they are set to face in a tough G-MAC.

The Matchups

Lewis University: Saturday will mark the first time that the Cardinals and Flyers have met in school history. The Flyers began their season last week when they took on Seton Hill and fought for a 14-13 victory. Their first two events of the season were canceled due to inclement weather, and they came into Saturday’s game riding high. Wheeling will look to hand them their first loss of the season on the road.

Quincy University: Sunday will mark the first time that the Cardinals and Eagles have met in school history. Quincy also began their season a week ago and took a 21-9 loss to Rockhurst University. Much like Wheeling, Quincy is a newer program building from the ground up and are seeing growth on the field. It is a matchup of two young teams and Wheeling is hoping to come out on top.

The Details

Faceoff for Saturday’s season opener against Lewis University is scheduled for noon and Sunday’s game against Quincy is scheduled for noon. You can watch both games live Lord or follow along with Live Stats Lord

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