2018 Season Review

2018 Season Review
by Harrison LaLone, Sports Information Student Assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team qualified for its fourth straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament under the direction of Head Coach Michael Kinney in 2018, with the season coming down to a competitive 8-7 loss to Hope College in the semifinal round.

Alma finished the season 7-11 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA. In a schedule that featured four NCAA Division III tournament qualifiers, the Scots faced the highest-scoring offense across all NCAA divisions and two of the top eight defenses in NCAA III. Leading the attack against the fierce competition were junior Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) and sophomore Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School).

Nycz continued to blaze his way through the record books in 2018. He became the first Scot to be selected to three All-MIAA teams with his third First Team selection, as well as being the first Scot to score 100 goals and assist on 100 more in his career. Nycz finished his junior season leading the Scots all-time in points (220) and assists (120), while sitting second in goals (100).

Hunyadi concluded the campaign fourth in the MIAA in both goals (33) and points (54), including two six-goal games this season. Just as Nycz has taken the lead in the books, Hunyadi has chased him right up the charts. Through just two seasons, Hunyadi sits second in career assists (54), fourth in points (132), and fifth in goals (78).

Junior Cameron Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) posted 150 saves in 12 starts in goal. Aiding Stelljes on the defensive end were senior Ben Luzar (Midland, Mich./Midland) and junior Adam Cousineau (Canton, Mich./Salem). Between the two, Cousineau and Luzar accounted for 33 caused turnovers and collected 83 ground balls.

The Scots found additional firepower in sophomore Trevor Bailey (Sault St. Marie, Mich./Sault Area/Olivet College), who added 29 goals including four hat tricks and a six-point performance at Olivet College. Senior Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) contributed 19 goals, finishing his career with the all-time lead in goals at 119.

Alma graduates six seniors - Buchy, Luzar, Austin Jordan (Naperville, Ill./Nequa Valley), James Fulghum (Lansing, Mich./Holt), Austen Irrer (Midland, Mich./Midland), and Bryce Bohrmann (Grand Rapids, Mich./Pennfield).