Awards and Accolades for the 2019 season

Published by Ben Vaupen at 4:50 pm

This past year was an outbreak year for Purdue Men’s lacrosse as we earned the 1 seed in the UMLC conference tournament for the East and we took down our rival school, IU 8-7 in double overtime. The year overall had its ups and downs and provided opportunities for both graduating seniors to make a leaving statement and for new players to show that they are here to ball out for the next 4 years. With all of our success this year, we managed to rack up some accolades and awards. If you’d like to read the articles for each, the links to the MCLA articles will be attached at  the bottom of this post.

All Conference Athletes:

First Team

  • Grayson Gardner, Attack
  • Eli Honebrink, Short Stick Defensive Midfield
  • Brendan Donahue, Defense

Second Team

  • Brad Backlund, Midfield
  • Matthew Streit, Long Stick Midfield

Honorable Mention

  • Evan Sattler, Attack
  • Wade Jenison, Defense
  • Hugh Ross, Defense
  • Spencer Kline, Goalie

Rookie of the Year

  • Brad Backlund, Midfield

Performance of the Week Athletes:

  • Spencer Kline, Honorable Mention (Feb 26th)

“The Boilermakers took a pair of losses, but Kline stood tall against Pittsburgh and Boston College, making 28 saves against 15 goals (65.1 sv%).”

  • Brad Backlund, Honorable Mention (Mar 26th)

“The rookie midfielder struck for two goals and three assists in an overtime loss to Kansas before adding seven points (4g, 3a) in a win over Illinois State.”

  • Spencer Kline, Honorable Mention (April 9th)

“Kline stood tall in the Boilermaker net against archrival Indiana, turning away 21 shots in the 8-7 overtime win for Purdue (75.0 sv%).”

  • Grayson Gardner, Honorable Mention (April 16th)

“In a 1-1 week for the Boilermakers, the attackman combined for nine goals and five assists as Purdue wrapped up the top seed in the UMLC East.”

Purdue Club Sports Awards:

Coach of the Year

  • Dan Sahm, Our Fearless Leader

We, as a team, have improved leaps and bounds since Dan Sahm has come into the Coaching role. He managed to earn Coach of the Year for his work ethic and determination throughout his inaugural coaching season. Each week, we would have a film session where he would really take the time to break down strengths and weaknesses and made sure everyone understood him. Along with these film sessions, we would receive intricately made scouting reports for all of our upcoming opponents that came from hours of intensive research and scouting. He also made the commute from Indy to West Lafayette regularly which is not to be overlooked. He truly made such an impact for our team both on and off the field, and we are looking forward to see what he has in store for his second year as Purdue Men’s Lacrosse’s head coach.  

LINKS:

All-Conference Athletes

Spencer Kline (Feb 26th)

Brad Backlund (Mar 26th)

Spencer Kline (April 9th)

-Grayson Gardner (April 16th)

Purdue Seeks Offensive and Defensive Coordinators

Published by Dalton Garrett 5/19/2019 at 2:55 pm

The Purdue University men’s lacrosse team is looking for qualified candidates for the offensive and defensive coordinator positions for the 2019-2020 season.

The Boilermakers compete in MCLA Division I as members of the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference. They’re looking for staff additions that will help them reach their goal to qualify for the 2020 MCLA National Championship powered by Under Armour in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Job Requirements:

– Lacrosse experience and previous coaching experience at the high school or collegiate level

– A passion for coaching student-athletes and promoting whole person development on and off the field

– Willingness to work with the head coach and officers of the team to improve team performance, university recognition, and coordinate an effective practice and game schedule.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– Individual player development

– Formation of practice plans

– Ability to effectively communicate ideas

– Player feedback

– Formation of game plans

– Assisting in game day facility set-up

– Mentorship of young men

– Assisting in recruiting process

– Respecting the academic commitments of the players

– Building a demanding schedule for the Fall and Spring seasons

The Purdue Men’s Lacrosse team is highly competitive within the UMLC and is looking to compete at the national level. The team consists of highly-motivated student-athletes who share a passion for lacrosse, and hold themselves to Purdue’s high academic standard. Therefore, the team is looking for assistant coaches who can make the team better, but keeps the team values paramount.

Each applicant will remain in contact with the officers and head coach of the team and will undergo multiple interviews. In addition, it is asked that a resume be provided by each applicant.

Salary will be ultimately determined by the officers, who will make the decision based on the feedback of the team as a whole. If interested, contact President Dalton Garrett (daltong@purdue.edu) and Head Coach Dan Sahm (dsahm.pml@gmail.com).

Purdue Men’s Lacrosse Graduating Seniors 2019

Published by Ben Vaupen at 11:00 AM

As the year comes to a close and summer begins, it is important to highlight what our graduated seniors are moving onto now that their collegiate lacrosse careers have ended.

Eli Honebrink – Eli was awarded 1st team all conference for short stick defensive midfield for his final season as a boilermaker. This Minnesotan graduated with a degree in Agricultural engineering and now is going on to tackle some unfamiliar terrain in the Big Apple while he looks for a job!

Rory Fegan – Rory had a fantastic senior year as he battled through some injuries. He racked up double digits in both goals and assists, and served as a fantastic captain and influencer for the team this year. He will be returning home to Chicago as he looks to put his Mechanical Engineering degree to use with Siemens as an associate consult in the digital factory sector.

Evan Sattler – Evan was unstoppable this year racking up over 20 goals for his fourth consecutive year. He has made such an impact to this program over his collegiate career as a player and a leader. Post-graduation, Evan loved Carmel so much he decided to return home as he begins work at MISO Energy as a Quality Process Analyst.

Henry Pluss – Henry Pluss will be stepping away from his jawbreaking career at Purdue to travel back to the great state of Texas and live with his girlfriend in Austin as she attends law school at the University of Texas. Henry does not have job yet but he is actively looking for an Industrial Engineering job and possibly a coaching job in the Austin area.

Sachin Khadse – Sachin is happy to graduate from Purdue but is sad his lacrosse career is over. He only played for one year but his impact is not to be overlooked. He jumped between midfield and attack, and overall stepped into whatever role the team needed him to be. He is currently still looking for a job in mechanical engineering, but eventually his goal is to go onto management and start his own business.

Connor Sullivan – Connor, or as he is known on the team, “Sully” , just couldn’t get enough of school and is now moving on to graduate school at either IUPUI or Manchester University as he begins work as an athletic trainer. Looking forward to seeing you at alumni weekend!

Jake Conrad – It wasn’t until just now when I am writing this article that I learned Jake’s real name. For as long as I can remember, everyone (friends, teammates, coaches, teachers, etc.) called him Chops. Regardless of name, Chops was such a big influence on team morale both on and off the field. We will truly miss you Chops, but wish you the best of luck as you begin your career at R.K. Conrad inc. General Contracting (Construction).

We hope you all had a fantastic graduation and we know you are all going to do big things in the real world.

Spencer Kline noticed for commanding performance in Pittsburgh

Published by Ben Vaupen at 3:00 pm

This past weekend the Boilermakers traveled to the University of Pittsburgh to take on Pitt and Boston College in a jam-packed day of lacrosse. We played both of our games and unfortunately came out with two losses from two excellent games (5-9 vs. Pitt & 3-10 vs. Boston College). While not everyone on the team was playing well, one person in particular shined this weekend. Spencer Kline by making 28 total saves and only allowing 15 goals between the 2 games earned an honorable mention for the MCLA’s Pearl Goalie of the Week. Keep up the great work Spencer and the rest of the goalie crew.

Spencer Kline


Link to MCLA article: http://mcla.us/news/2019/02/asu-s-perlite-named-goalie-of-week

Boilers Win Opener in Honor of Tyler Trent

Published by Dalton Garrett at 1:33 pm

A month after the tragic death of Purdue super-fan and American icon Tyler Trent, the Boilermakers were able to pay tribute to their fallen classmate by winning their season opener on February 2nd in a tight battle against the Vanderbilt Commodores with a score of 15-14. It was a game of ups and downs, as both teams had big runs throughout the game to keep it close. The offense was led by senior attackman Evan Sattler, who tallied 3 goals and 2 assists, while the defense was backed by a strong showing from junior goalie Spencer Kline, who had 15 saves on the day. Other impact players included 2 goals and 2 assists from junior attackman Grayson Gardner, and a hat trick in his debut from freshman midfielder Brad Backlund.

Purdue will be back on the road when they travel to Pennsylvania to play tough opponents in University of Pittsburgh at 12 PM and Boston College at 6 PM on Saturday, February 23rd in the Pitt Sports Dome.

When hearing about the death of their classmate, the team wanted to pay tribute to the American icon. During the game, and throughout the rest of the season, Purdue will be wearing on their helmets a “T2” sticker, which was Tyler’s signature. When the game came down to the wire, they used the courage that Tyler Trent had to be able to come out strong and finish the game. There was a major void left in the hearts of not only the students in the West Lafayette campus, but in the hearts of many people throughout the country when the news spread of the passing of Tyler Trent. The inspiration that he provided to so many people is why he and so many throughout the country are proud to call themselves “Boilermakers”. Having that sticker on their helmets will be a constant reminder for what Tyler stood for and motivate the team as they continue to make strides towards returning to the MCLA National Championships.

#TylerStrong

A Brief History of The Purdue Men’s Lacrosse Club

From the perspective of Club Founder David L. Hoof,

In January 1969 I came to Purdue out of Cornell to study chemistry.In the spring of 1970 we had organizational meetings to determine the level of interest. Thirty undergrads attended. One, Scott Sumner, was crucial to getting  the club going. Here you need to know that “going” involved a difficulty that I didn’t know about. When I met with the Director of the Corecreational Gym, George Haniford, he shocked me with an opener, “The last thing that Purdue needs is a lacrosse club.”

Now since you don’t argue with the boss, I just asked, “How can you be so sure of that?” At this point we trekked from his office to a hallway downstairs. He opened a storage closet that was littered with abandoned lacrosse equipment. Sticks, balls, helmets, gloves, arm pads, goal mesh. With smug confidence he said, “It’s been tried and didn’t work out, and I took a lot of heat for buying all of this… stuff.”

I said, “Maybe I could change your mind. I’m not the guy who dropped the ball the first time.”
He said it was pointless. End of discussion.

At our next organizational meeting I mentioned the impasse and opened the floor for ideas. This was the moment when the club became that wellspring of brilliant player ideas. Scott Sumner, eventually a midfielder on the second unit, said that his fraternity roommate was George King’s son, and George King was at that time the Director of Athletics. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sets the agenda for the Corecreational Gym. King reversed Haniford, who came to me fuming with, “Don’t you ever try anything like that with me again.”

“Yes, sir, ” I said, thinking I wouldn’t need to.

George King not only got us permission to play, but had goals made, fields assigned to us. I got us scheduled with Michigan, Illinois, Ball State, Ohio State, Chicago Lacrosse Club, anyone with a lacrosse team, including Lake Forest College in Chicago, where our hosts stole all of our wallets from what we were told we secure locker  rooms. Guys who’d never seen a stick of ball before spent the fall of 1970 building skills from scratch. We funded our own uniforms, helmets, sticks and balls.

Haniford liked this not and said as much. And more: “If you guys don’t have a winning season your first year out, you’re finished.”

This was the deal he struck with George King: Full support, then assessment of performance. Haniford reckoned the chances of inexperienced players beating established clubs was slim to none. What kind of guys filled out the roster? I’ve got a list of names and will send it along as an attachment. Ours were guys too short for Big Ten basketball and too light for Big Ten football. We had some great athletic talent who worked like hell to get their stickwork down, including Jerry Withered, who over the summer mocked up a field behind his home from the restraining line to the goal area, and practiced and practiced putting balls in the corners. We had a few guys like Tom Owens, attack, from back east (Baltimore) who was our top scorer. Our first team goalie was a former All American goalie from Delaware, then a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, Dick Garrett. He was still sharp and fast, stopping one shot when it got caught in the cross bars of his mask (play stopped, ball removed, face-off held behind the goal (the rule)). We had grad students from lacrosse schools like Carl Beta (Hopkins), Gordy “Bronx” Smith (RPI), Jim Culver (Denison) and me (Cornell).

Our neophytes were good at two things: running and quickness. We had cross country runners, milers, quarter milers. We assembled four midfields, used every one in quick rotation. The idea was to run the opposition off their legs. Mostly it worked, if used in conjunction some other tricks. Lacking players with good stickwork in the first year, I advised to get control of the ball. I showed how. At the faceoff then, there was a trick. Your opponent will almost always pivot and sweep left with pressure. With woodies (wooden sticks) the structure of the crosse allowed you to simple flip your stick back flat, offering no resistance. The other guy’s cross pushes the ball down, lifts his crosse hard and sweeps, but the ball is stopped in your crosse, against the gut netting that catches it like a fish. Then you sweep left away from him, pick up the rolling ball and begin a 4 on 3 break. If there is a ground ball, I advised one man take the ball and his closest teammate take out the competition. 2 on 1 wins ground balls. Then it becomes a possession game. Hold the ball, run it or if doubled pass it to the open man, who should be showing you his raised stick. If you have the ball, the opposition cannot score. If they can’t score, they can’t win.

We began to draw crowds, or at least packs of curious onlookers. The word got out. More interest was drummed up because I wrote coverage (with pictures) for the Purdue Exponent under the pseudonym “Hugh Jardon,” which most folks didn’t get. I didn’t know about the King-Haniford deal when I phoned up our schedule: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Illinois, Chicago Lacrosse Club, Lake Forest College, Ball State, Wittenberg, every team with game experience. We’d play anywhere, any time, any weather. At least four games in 1971- 1974 were played in blizzards. We made friends with the weather. One day we were practicing and saw a funnel cloud descend due north, in Kokomo. We kept practicing, betting that the tornado, like most would track northeast at forty-five degrees. It did. We played on.  

We did post a winning first season 6-4 and the club continued. The worry about another collapse in organization once I got my Ph.D. and left for a postdoc at Georgetown was solved by Bob Hartmann, who expanded the organization of the club to include undergraduate club officers and was even able to sweet talk into allowing us to use Purdue vehicles for travel and other perks. Bob’s intrasquad exhibition game, played at Wisconsin in the mid 70s, invoked a letter of gratitude from the university’s president and resulted in Wisconsin launching its own lacrosse program. Bob gets full credit for this, just as John Milam, a defenseman on the first squad, gets credit for starting the lacrosse club at Indiana, while he was a grad student there, after getting his Purdue degree. Every time you have a struggle with Indiana, you can blame John. Guys who’d never seen a stick or ball before spent the fall of 1970 building skills from scratch. We funded out own uniforms, helmets, sticks and balls. Our home jerseys were gold, away was black. These were snappy outfits and they guys looked great in them.
Memories. Playing Ohio State in the horseshoe. They gave us football practice locker rooms with showers, a masseuse, an assistance who tapped feet, full-sized broad lockers with the names of all of the players that I’d mailed ahead to Ohio State’s Director of Athletics. We lost 14-1 but saw what a team with resources and a program could become. During a time out in the Notre Dame game, 215 pound defenseman Jimbo McCormack (Annapolis, MD) asked, “If I’m clear at midfield, do I still pass off?” I said, “You’ve got the ball, a six foot stick and they’re not interested?  I they don’t pick you up, take it all the way in and shoot.” He did and scored. On an even more superb moment Jim had taken the ball away from an opposing attackman and two of them were harrying him to get it back. They trapped him in a corner behind out goal and Jim screams out, “Gilmor!!” then lines a rocket pass cross field to Tom Owens, who’s been left alone. Tom took the pass (dead on) on a run, spun away and went in for three fakes before he put the goalie out of his misery. Don Harley was known as “The Shot” for his sidearm/underhand shot. It came off his stick in a blur from twenty yards out and either one-bounced low or kept descending and went in. Opposing coaches always asked the ref to check his stick. Don knew this was coming and so gave his strings a tug before handing his stick for inspection. The ref checked it, and it passed fine. Greg Nelson developed a reputation as a midfielder for never losing a ball once it was in his crosse. Head fakes and shifts, spin moves but often just an acceleration into and through traffic.

Rich Leary, Notre Dame’s coach of this era, complimented me on a man-down defense I called the “box and chaser.” It works this way. Resume play after the penalty with one man on the ball carrier picked up only when he’s inside the restraining line. Behind this one man are four other defenders, arranged in a square box tight on the goalie. Two of them guard the corners of the goal, picking off passes from behind and knocking down dodgers trying to turn the corner. Two other defenders stand out front in position to form a square with the guys on the posts. Here’s the trick: As the ball rotates, as it always does on man-up systems, the defender in the square closest to the attacker receiving the pass reacts immediately to advance on the ball carrier, checking all the way. The outside man now moves in to fill the closest him while that position shifts to fill the one vacated by the new chaser. This way there’s always pressure on the ball but no one defender is ever always “chasing” It’s a sticks-up, heads-up square, with the long sticks better able to knock down or intercept passes that might be tried in order to find an attacker moving to the center of the square. The center of the square must be owned by the defense. If someone cuts into it, then when the pass comes, his stick should be checked and he should be leveled. The lesson is that if you try to violate the (four cornered) fort, you’re going to pay a price. At worst an attacker can both lose the ball and get injured. The box-and-chaser works because nobody likes to enter a place where they might be hit by four big guys at the same times. That can be eight hundred pounds of unfriendly contact. Anyway, Rich said he never quite figured it out, and he’s a smart guy. He called it “The Hoof Man-Down,” but let’s stick with box and chaser.

The classroom academics for this group of lacrosse players were always adequate, often superior. They were serious-minded. One even said he stayed in school because of lacrosse, didn’t want to let his “friends” (his word) down. Some never got the knack of woodies, where each stick has its own length, fulcrum, crosse construction (details). When the aluminum and plastic sticks came in, the uniform build of the stick enabled these guys, like Otis Keay, to stop dropping balls and chasing them, and allowed him to blossom as a feeder from behind the net.


Enjoy your experience. More so even than a fraternity, the lacrosse team gives you and opportunity to make friends and know classmates who have all chosen to value the game, and want to work with you as a teammate to make the group better. Thanks to everyone, Purdue lacrosse is now in its 47th year. We are all looking forward to the 50th anniversary.

PURDUE FUNDRAISES FOR CANCER AWARENESS

Published by Dalton Garrett at 11:19 pm

Beginning in late October, the Purdue men’s lacrosse team joined the Lax Stache Madness campaign powered by the Headstrong Foundation in order to promote cancer awareness and raise funds for Nick’s House, a place where families affected by cancer can stay while seeking treatment.

In a collective effort, the Boilermakers reached out to family, friends, and even spread their initiative through social media, eventually breaking into the top 25 teams in the nation for fundraising and far surpassing their initial goal of $1,500. During this time, Purdue was selected to enter the tournament to compete against other college teams from around the nation, where they would compete to see who could earn the most money each week. The team outmatched Binghamton and Chestnut Hill College, but eventually fell to Brown University in the third round of the contest.

At the closing of the campaign, the Boilermakers raised $2,331 and ended up ranked 30th in the nation among other college lacrosse teams of all divisions. However, Purdue’s efforts will not end here. During their home game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on April 13th, each player will be wearing Headstrong shoelaces and socks to raise cancer awareness and support Nick’s House. For the team, this fundraising effort has hit home. With the recent publicity of fellow Boilermaker Tyler Trent, Purdue lacrosse is looking to add to his momentum while making their own impact on campus and in the community.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: BEN SEHL

Published by Dalton Garrett at 11:22 pm


2018 graduate Ben Sehl, a four year Purdue Lacrosse player, has recently been announced as the head coach of the Chesterton High School Lacrosse team in Indiana. After working with some of the players this summer, Ben decided to take the coaching spot for this upcoming season. As a Boilermaker, Sehl racked up the following accolades: Honorable Mention All-Conference FOS (2016), Scholar Athlete (2017), 2nd Team All-Conference FOS (2017), Honorable Mention All-Conference Midfield (2018), 1st Team All-Conference FOS (2018).