Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Captain's Halloween Scrimmage

The Berry College Men's Lacrosse team ends the Fall season with their first Captain's Halloween Practice in costume!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall ball Highlights 2011

Check out this highlight reel from scrimmages against UGA and Mercer from earlier this semester!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Berry Welcomes 19 Newcomers for 2012 Season

Berry College Men’s Lacrosse Coach Chris Delfausse is excited to introduce nineteen new members to the Vikings squad for the 2012 season. The class includes 17 Freshmen and 1 Transfer. This group has garnered many accolades both on the lacrosse field and in the classroom. As the 2011-2012 season gets under way these newcomers are looking to help build on Berry’s very successful inaugural season.

Cory Hall (5’ 10” 175, Suwanee, Ga)
Cory attended Peachtree Ridge High School where he graduated as the all time leader in points (222), Goals (125), and assists (97). His senior year he was named the County Player of the Year for Gwinett County, 1st Team All-State, and 1st Team All-County. He also earned 2nd team All-County in 2010. Cory was named an Adidas All-American and played his club ball with the Copperheads and Atlanta Elite.

Ian Gittings (6’3” 210, Roswell, GA)
Ian attended Blessed Trinity Catholic High School where he played lacrosse and football. He was the Titans leading scorer his junior and senior year, won the Coach’s Award and was a captain his senior year. He also played for the Trident Lacrosse and Brothers of War club teams.

James Holekamp (5’7” 135, Chattanooga, TN)
James attended Baylor School where he helped his team win the 2010 State Champions.

Kyle Lombardi (Fr. M, Charlotte, NC)
Kyle attended Ardrey Kell High School where he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team for three years and captained the team his senior year. Kyle earned 2nd Team All State Long Stick Middie (2011), 1st team all Conference Long Stick Middie, 1st Team All District Long Stick Middie (2011), 2nd Team All Conference Long Stick Middie (2010). Kyle was also a participant in the Great 38 all star game his senior year. He also received the Top Achiever in Physics award and was a member of the national Honors Society.

Grant Phillips (5’10” 190, Orlando, FL)
Grant attended Lake Highland Preparatory School where he was a member of the lacrosse, football, basketball, and swimming teams. He received a letter in football and swimming, and three years in lacrosse. Grant helped Lake Highland win the FHSAA Lacrosse State Champions in 2011. He also played on the Florida possums (2009), Braveheart Lacrosse Club (2008-2011), and Team Florida Lacrosse (2010-2011) club teams. He was on the honor roll all four years of high school.

Maxwell Smerka (6’1” 165, Newnan, GA)
Max attended Northgate High School where he played lacrosse and basketball. He received a letter each of his four years for lacrosse and one year for basketball. He earned the County Player of the Year for Coweta County (2011), All-State Honorable Mention (2011), 2nd Team All Region (2010), and All Region Honorable mention (2009). Max played with the Copperheads club team. Max was also a member of the Beta Club and SGA.

Kevin Bennett (6’6” 215, Peachtree City, GA)
Kevin attended McIntosh High School where he was a member of both the lacrosse and cross country teams. Received a letter each year of his high school career. Kevin was team MVP (2011), named All Region (2099-2011), and member if state runner up team (2008). He also played for Team Georgia, Copperheads, Atlanta Elite, and Georgia Select. Kevin was also a member of the Beta Club.

Davis Lyons (5’ 11” 171, Kennesaw, GA)
Davis attended Harrison High School where he was a member of the lacrosse and cross-country teams. He was a 4 year letter winner and helped lead his team to the Regional Championships all four years of his high school career. Davis helped Harrison earn State Runner Up honors in 2009 and 2011. He graduated with honors.

Dalton Guynn, (6’0” 170, Cumming, GA)
Dalton attended West Forsyth High School where he was a member of the lacrosse and swimming teams. His team was named 1st Team All County (2010 and 2011). He also played on the Atlanta Rage, Team Trident, and FCA South club teams.

Clayton McGlasson, (6’0” 180, Nashville, TN)
Clayton attended Ensworth High School and was member of the lacrosse and football teams. He helped lead his team to the football state championship his senior year.

Al Harding (6’2” 160, Ponte Vedra, FL)
Al attended Ponte Vedra High School where he was a key contributor on face offs. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, received honors for Academic Excellence (2009-2011), an AP Scholar (2011), Key Communicator (2011), and boys state participant (2010).

Jack Chase (6’0” 170, Marietta, GA)
Jack attended Walton High School where he helped lead his team to a state championship his senior year. Jack earned 1st Team All-State (2011), 1st Team All-County (2011), 2nd Team All-State (2010). He also played on the Atlanta Rage and Georgia Select travel teams.

Patrick Towner (6’3” 220, Roswell, GA)
Patrick attended Blessed Trinity Catholic where he played lacrosse and football. He was voted Most Improved his junior year for lacrosse and earned Defensive Player of the Week for football during his senior year. He also played for the Adidas All-American team (2010) and Copperheads Lacrosse (2006-2011).

Cole Howard (5’11” 220, Wilmington, NC)
Cole attended Cape Fear Academy where he was a member of the Varsity Swimming and Varsity Lacrosse teams. He was the recipient of the Coaches Award in Swimming and Lacrosse. Played for the Coastal Carolina Lacrosse ‘Cudas, Viking Pride, and Wilmington Pride club teams.

Nate Mayer (5’ 11” 185, Palm Harbor, FL)
Nate attended Palm Harbor University High School where he was a member of the football, swimming, lacrosse, and soccer teams. He received a letter for football, swimming, and lacrosse. Received All-league honors from 2009-2011 in lacrosse. He graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Jake Lane (5’ 7” 155, Kennesaw, GA)
Jake attended Harrison High School where he was on the lacrosse and football teams. He received the Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week award for football and was the captain for the lacrosse team his senior year. He was on the principal’s list all four years of his high school career and was the Cobb County Scholar Athlete of the Year for football.

Michael Harper (5’11” 175, Marietta, GA)
Michael Attended Walton High School where he helped lead his team to the 2011 State Championship. He received a letter all four years. He was named 2nd Team All-State (2011), and All County (2011), Honorable-Mention All State (2010), He also played on Team Trident (2009) and Georgia Select/Atlanta Rage (2010). He graduated with honors.

Logan Smith ( 6’0” 180, Marietta, GA)
Logan comes to Berry from Mercer University where he was on the Dean’s list and member if varsity lacrosse team. Prior to Mercer Logan attended Kell High School where he was a member of the football and lacrosse teams. Received two football letters for both lacrosse and football. He also received the Captain’s Award and 11th Man Award. He was a member of the Latin Honor Society (2008-2010) and the National Society of High School Scholars (2010).

Brandon Sanders (5’ 10” 165, Ocoee, FL)
Brandon attended Ocoee High School where he was a member of the lacrosse and bowling team. He was was named Florida High School Athletic Association All State Academic Athlete and male Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011), 2nd Team All-District his freshman year, and received the Coach’s Choice Award (2008), He graduated 4th in his class.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Conference Gets A Name: Southern Athletic Association

The new 8 member conference Berry College is joining finally has a name.  The new Conference will be known as the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).  The SAA will be made up of Berry, Birmingham-Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, Rhodes, and Sewanee.

We are also proud to announce that the Conference's new logo was designed by Berry College's own Ellie Fox, a Sophomore Graphic Design student.  Her design beat out many summited designs from professional firms.

Conference Play will start during the 2012-2013 academic year with a conference tournament and champion in the inaugural season.  A link to the conference website can be found on the right hand tool bar on this blogs main page.  This is an exciting time for the Men's Lacrosse program and all of Berry Athletics

Monday, June 13, 2011

Berry Joins New Conference For All Sports

It's exciting times for Berry College Athletics, as they have joined with seven other southeastern institutions to form a new athletic Conference.  Berry is teaming up with SEWANEE, Birmingham-Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Oglethorpe, Millsaps, and Rhodes to form this new conference.  To date there is no official name for the conference, but the schools are working under the temporary name, College Athletic Conference (CAC) which was the original name of the SCAC conference. 

Here is a link to the press release put out by Berry College:

We are thrilled with this latest development and what it will mean for Berry Lacrosse moving forward.  Starting in 2011-2012 all 8 schools will sponsor Men's Lacrosse, with conference play starting in 2012-2013 academic year.  We look forward to the start of many great rivalries.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oglethorpe University Highlights

Some highlights from the 15-4 victory against Oglethorpe University on April 6, 2011.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Centre Highlights

Here are some highlights from the Vikings 13-5 victory over Centre College, on March 25th.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Vikings Excited to Meet Steve Forbes

The Berry College community was lucky to have Steve Forbes speak during the Shatto Lecture Series on March 31st.  Steve Forbes is the CEO of Forbes Inc., editor and chief of Forbes magazine and a former candidate for Presidant of the United States.

In the crowd was the men's lacrosse team, and they were lucky enough to meet Forbes and have their picture taken with him after the speech.  Forbes spoke on the topic of capitalism and his views of capitalism as the savior for the American economy. It was a sold out event that was attend not only by the Berry student body but other members of the Rome community.  Below is a picture of a couple of the Berry Lacrosse players and Steve Forbes.

Here is a link to a write up on Steve Forbes visit that also includes some video highlights:

The Shatto lecture series is always a highlight each semester.  Other speakers in the Shatto Lecture series have been Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Superbowl winning coach Tony Dungy, and renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The Gloria Shatto Lecture Series was created in memory of Berry College President Gloria M. Shatto,who made history in 1980 as Georgia's first female college president.  Shatto believed strongly that there is more to a college education than what can be learned in the classroom.  The Shatto Lecture Series honors her vision by bringing to Berry speakers who have stood at the crossroads of history.

Spring Break in Longhorn Country

The boys had a fast paced and busy trip to Texas for their spring break trip.  While the Vikings didn't get the results they wanted on the field, falling to Southwestern and Concordia, they certainly had their fun off the field.  The guys traveled to both Austin and Dallas and hit some good food in both cities.

One of the highlights was a trip to Saltlick BBQ.  This is one of the restaurants highlighted on Man vs Food.  While the wait for seating was long the food was well worth it, and the wait was helped by some live music in the patio/garden area.  While some guys went with the basic ribs and brisket, we had a hand full who wanted to test themselves with the endless meat bucket.  While we don't have anyone who can compete with the gentleman form Man vs Food, the vikings certainly did their own damage to the meat supply.  Below are some great pictures of the grill and the massive amount of meat being cooked.

We also had the opportunity of celebrating a birthday while in Teaxs.  Berry's Tommy Edgeworth celebrated his 19th birthday on the trip and lucky for everyone his mom sent a birthday cake to our hotel for all to enjoy.  Here is a picture of Tommy enjoying his cake.

It was a quick trip down to Texas but it was enjoyed by everyone and the guys made a lot of great memories and stories that will be shared for a long time.  We're looking forward to our spring break trip next year in Orlando, FL and hopefully a whole lot of Disney.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Highlights From Inaugural Game vs Millsaps

Here are some highlights of Berry's inaugural game vs Millsaps college.  The video was produced by Darren Barnett of Berry College Sports.  Darren does weekly interviews and a sports talk show for both the athletic department and campus publications. Enjoy!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Berry Triumphs in Inaugural Game

Berry dominated from start to finish to win in their inaugural game held at Ford Field, against Millsaps College.  Berry kept a clean sheet as they won by a final score of 19-0.  In the first game in Berry men's lacrosse history the Vikings scored early and often in front of a packed house of well over 300 spectators.  The Vikings opened up by scoring 6 goals in the first quarter and followed that up with 7 more goals to close out the first half.  In the second half Berry used a ball control offense to hold possession, while adding 6 more goals to the total. Berry controlled play by winning 17-23 face-offs, and having over a 2:1 advantage in ground balls (Berry 45, Millsaps 21).  

Scoring opened up early for the Vikings as Michael Emanuelo scored just 1:51 into the game from an assist from Cal Supik.  Supik had a hand in the games first 6 scores with 1 Goal and 5 Assists.  Supik also lead all scores with a total of 13 points (6G, 7A).  Nat Morey also had a strong performance by adding 9 points (5G, 4A).  The scoring was a complete team effort as the Vikings assisted on 16 of their 19 goals  While Jordan Boreman gets credit for the shut out (3 saves), he was helped by a strong defensive performance by the men in front of him.  Lead by Cole McMeen and Tate Kilpatrick the Vikings defense only allowed 7 shots all game.  Andy Kurila did an excellent job helping to control play by winning 14-20 face-offs.

The Berry scoring was also added by the following performances: Michael Emanuelo (3G, 1A), Bryan Byers (2G, 1A), CJ McRae (2G, 1A), Andy Kurila (1G), Marshall Henderson (1A), and Wes Goldsberry (1A).

One of the highlights of the afternoon was the cookout put on by the parents after the game.  The parents feed almost 100 people with smoked pork, chicken wings, brats, and burgers.  Beyond the exceptionally cooked meat there were lots of tasty side dishes and desserts to go around.  The players certainly earned the meal and we look forward to more great cookouts.

The Vikings return to action next Sunday, March 5th, at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  The opening face-off will be at 12PM.  Come out and support your Vikings.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Berry Has Success Against Cross Town Rivals

Both Men's and Women's programs had a successful day against Shorter University, as both teams played in exhibition games against their cross town rivals.  The men prevailed by a score of 15-7 on the back of strong man up play, going 6-9, and a strong defensive performance, only giving up 1 goal in the 2nd half.  Berry also played with great discipline by committing zero penalties for the entire game, which helped give them the advantage.  This was a great confidence builder for the team as they enter into their inaugural game against Millspas College on Feb 27th at 1PM at Berry College, and we hope to see the Berry fans in full support.

Below is a link to a write up on both the men's and women's games, found in the Rome News-Tribune.  Enjoy.

Go Vikings!!!