Ketcham and Larrick Named Captains at Colorado Mesa

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Former Westview High School teammates Calen Ketcham and Connor Larrick will lead the Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse team as captains this season.  Ketcham and Larrick are both juniors.  

Ketcham played in 28 games for the Mavericks in his first two seasons.  He saw time in all 17 games a year ago, and earned a starting position three games into the season. Ketcham has 38 career goals, including 28 last season, second best for the Mavericks. He picked up 25 ground balls last season, leading all offensive players for the Mavericks. Ketcham was named to the All-RMAC team in 2016, as well as the All-Academic team in 2016 and the WILA All-Academic team in 2015.

Larrick helped lead one of the best defenses in the country last season as a short stick defensive midfielder. Often times guarding the best midfielder for the opponent, Larrick has made his mark with the Maverick team by his hard-nosed blue collar approach. He has played in 24 games as a Maverick, registering a career-high 14 groundballs in 2016. Larrick also registered a career high, 8 caused turnovers and 3 assists in his sophomore season while also registering his first career goal in the season finale against Rockhurst University.

The full press release is presented below:

After completing one of the best seasons in the program history, Colorado Mesa University lacrosse coach Vince Smith announced the captains for the Mavericks 2017 season.

Senior Brady George will serve as a captain for a second straight season, while the remaining captains are all first time captains, coming from the class of juniors. Junior high school teammates, from Westview High School in San Diego, California, Calen Ketcham and Connor Larrick were named captains, as well as junior Reece Callies and redshirt junior, Scott Foster. The five captains were the result of team voting and the coaches staff accepting the voting.

“The 2017 team selected great leaders and mentors for our program. Brady, Cal, Connor, Reece and Scotty were all players that were well deserving of this recognition and we are excited as a program to see where they lead us in 2017,” said Smith, who begins his third year as the leader of the program. “Each player selected possesses great character, solid work ethic and the respect of their teammates. Each guy provides a spark for our team in their own way, by providing leadership and are a great representation of the Maverick lacrosse program and what our players should embody,” added Smith. These five captains, a strong senior class, and a tough group of juniors and sophomores, have a lot of experience that will help us during the 2017 season.”

A two-time captain, George has appeared in 42 career games, being named a starter in 32 of those games, including all 17 contests last season. He is listed in the top 5 defensively in career caused turnovers with 36. He had a career-best 19 caused turnovers in 2016, while also recording 58 ground balls in his career. A Fairfax, Virginia native, George has also been named to the All-Conference team during his sophomore and junior year, while also earning All-Academic accolades during his sophomore season in 2015.

Ketcham, one of the best attackers in the RMAC, has played in 28 games for the Mavericks in his first two seasons, starting in 15 of those games, including 14 last season in his sophomore campaign. He saw time in all 17 games a year ago, leading one of the best offensive attacks in the RMAC. Ketcham, who comes from San Diego, California has scored 38 career goals, including 28 last season, second best for the Mavericks. Last season, Ketcham also picked up 25 ground balls, leading all offensive players for the Mavericks. During his career Ketcham has scored a total of 51 points and recorded 31 ground balls.  Ketcham was named to the All-RMAC team in 2016, as well as the All-Academic team in 2016 and the WILA All-Academic team in 2015.
Another product of Westview High School in San Diego, California, Larrick help lead one of the best defenses in the country last season as a short stick defensive midfielder. Often times guarding the best midfielder for the opponent, Larrick has made his mark with the Maverick team by his hard-nosed blue collar approach. He has played in 24 games as a Maverick, registering a career high 14 groundballs in 2016. Larrick also registered a career high, 8 caused turnovers and 3 assists in his sophomore season while also registering his first career goal in the season finale against Rockhurst University.

Callies, from Langley, British Columbia, played in all 17 games in his first season with the Mavericks after transferring in from High Point. Callies helped lead the Mavericks offense in 2016 by scoring a total of 33 points playing both midfield and attack. Callies, who is also the team’s strongest player in the weight room, is the offensive vocal leader. Callies also grabbed 8 ground balls last season, while earning 2nd team All-RMAC honors in his first season, while also being recognized as an All-Academic player and a member of the All-Tournament team.

Foster, a native of Grand Junction, Colorado, played in all 17 games last season during his second season with the Mavericks. Foster helped lead the Maverick offensive attack while contributing on both the 1st and 2ndmidfield lines in 2016. During the 2016 season, Foster registered a career high with 11 groundballs during the Maverick season. Foster has tallied a career total of 10 points and 13 groundballs in his two seasons with the Mavericks. Foster is also an All-Academic team member being recognized during both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

The Mavericks open the 2017 season on the road with a neutral site game versus Notre Dame de Namur, at Aliso Niguel High School in California on January 10th, at 7 pm (PT).

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