Niagara Gazette — Joining Brennen Ferguson, who pushes 6-foot-3, as an integral component is his brother, junior midfielder Seth Ferguson. He’s a versatile player who can just as easily play long pole. Schiffert pins him as a candidate for having a breakout year.
Joining Brennen Ferguson up front is a pair of returning senior starters, Ryan Koch and Mitch Pittman. They have move up to attack positions to replace voids left by graduated standouts Rob McMicking and Zach Dubuc.
Senior Joe Kelly is a co-captain and is slated to start at midfield. Junior defenseman James Stenzel makes up the other third of the captaincy and is plenty dependable on the back end. As is the fifth and final senior in the lineup, defender Cory Gatto.
There are young guys ready to complement the strong core of upperclassmen, too. Schiffert expects sophomore Kyler Kilgour to make some plays from his midfield position, and the same goes for Dan Bissell, a sophomore long pole player.
With the Falcons possessing a surplus of competence on the defensive side, John Anderson has been moved up to midfield after starting at long pole in 2013.
The move delivers even more roster balance to a team that holds, almost exclusively, players who have played in at least one of the finals versus Hamburg. Schiffert is leaning on that familiarity winning out as the season progresses.
“Just the idea that we’ve been there, we’ve been in big games. We have a senior-laden team that’s played a lot of lacrosse,” Schiffert said. “That helps. It has to help psychologically. Hopefully there’s no cracking under pressure. You hope that’s going to maintain and hold true.”
Lakemen coach Kris Brayley knows the importance of utilizing available resources.
For him, that’s meant tapping into the rich lacrosse culture at Niagara-Wheatfield. He was an assistant there before coming to Wilson, where he has spent 12 years on the coaching staff, the last eight as the head man.