Former La Costa Canyon defenseman Kyle Mummau, now a senior at Bryant University, was named a tri-captain of the 2017 Bulldogs. Mummau will lead the team alongside Tucker James (Essex Fells, N.J.) and Chas South (Lincroft, N.J.). After missing the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2012, the Bulldogs will rely on the guidance and leadership of their new tri-captains in their quest to return to the top of the Northeast Conference in 2017.
“As we end the semester and look forward to final exams and the close out of our offseason program, we couldn’t be more excited about the new year and the 2017 season,” said said head coach Mike Pressler in a press release. “As usual, our players have selected the leadership for our team, and I am very excited to announce our tri-captains for the 2017 season.”
“In their three-plus seasons here at Bryant, all three have been tremendous students in the classroom, incredible role models off the field and starters from day one,” Pressler added. “We have balance at both ends of the field, with one captain on offense joining two of our premiere close defensemen. Led by these three, our entire 2017 class is one of the best we’ve ever assembled from a leadership point of view.”
Mummau enters the 2017 season off back-to-back All-NEC First Team nods and joins James as a four-year starter. The leader of the defensive unit, Mummau has made a career of covering the opponent’s top offensive threat and has logged 48 ground balls with 28 caused turnovers. An equally strong leader off the field, he is a three-time NEC Academic Honor Roll selection.
“In my 33 years of college coaching, I’ve never recruited a better student,” said Pressler. “Couple that with the fact that he is arguably one of the best cover defensemen I’ve coached in my career, and Kyle Mummau makes for a strong choice to lead this team.”
Mummau’s bio from the Bryant Lacrosse website is presented below:
As a junior: All-NEC First Team … USILA Preseason Honorable Mention … Appeared in and started all 15 games for the Bulldogs at close defense … Caused 10 turnovers and picked up a career high 17 ground balls … Named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll.
As a sophomore: All-NEC First Team … NEILA Preseason All-New England Second Team … Started 10 games on close defense before suffering a season-ending injury in early April … Picked up 14 ground balls with seven caused turnovers as the team’s top cover option … Named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll.
As a freshman: NEC All-Rookie Team … Started all 21 games on the Bulldogs’ fifth-ranked defense and fourth-ranked man-down unit as a rookie … Picked up 17 ground balls and added 11 caused turnovers … Named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the NEC Academic Honor Roll.
Before Bryant: A 2013 graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, Mummau was a three-year varsity starter for the Mavericks … Led team to back-to-back league championships in 2011 and 2012 and a CIF Championship in 2012 … Team was ranked No. 1 in the West and No. 20 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse as a junior … Named a US Lacrosse and Adrenaline High School All-American as a senior … Named to the 2012 Under Armour West Team … 2013 all-league and All-CIF First Team selection … Earned all-league second team honors as a sophomore and junior … All-CIF Second Teamer as a junior … Named the team’s varsity rookie of the year in 2011 … San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team pick as a junior … Also lettered in football as a junior and senior … Named a first team all-league defensive back as a junior and senior … Most Inspirational Player Award winner as a senior … All-Academic Team for football as a senior … Senior captain in both lacrosse and football … NFF Scholarship … AP Scholar … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Mary and Kevin Mummau, Kyle Mummau was born August 2, 1995 … Has one brother, Jason … Cousin, Courtney Krouse, played soccer at Tulane.