ITHACA, N.Y. – Matt Kerwick, The Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced that seniors Ryan Matthews and Marshall Peters, junior Jake Pulver, and sophomore Clarke Petterson will serve as captains for the upcoming 2017 season.
"We are excited to announce the captains for the 2017 Cornell Big Red," said Kerwick. "Each young man has earned this honor of leading our team as we work towards earning our way back to the top of the Ivy League."
Matthews, who suffered back-to-back season-ending injuries during his two seasons at Johns Hopkins, has been granted a fifth-year eligibility waiver through the Ivy League Office. A year ago, Matthews was named honorable mention All-Ivy. He finished the year ranked second on the team in goals (18) and fourth overall in points (21). He registered at least one point in 10-of-13 games and notched the overtime game-winning goal vs. No. 11 Syracuse. Matthews had seven multi-point contests and registered a career-high four goals vs. Lehigh.
"Ryan is working this fall in the city and we look forward to getting him back in the locker room," said Kerwick. "He is a tireless worker and made himself into one our top dodging threats last spring."
Peters and Pulver are the cornerstones of a Big Red defense that held more than half of its opponents last season (7) to single-digit goals. The unit held its Ivy League foes to nearly 10 fewer shots per game than their season average (36.3 spg), and also helped Cornell to the third best goals-against average in conference (10.2). As a junior, Peters registered 29 ground balls, caused 13 turnovers, and scored twice, while Pulver was named second-team All-Ivy after finishing his sophomore season with career highs in ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (6).
"Marshall and Jake have both started for us since their arrival on campus," says Kerwick. "Marshall is poised to be one of the top long sticks in the nation this spring, and Jake is a lock down, physical defenseman who leads us in the weight room and with his intensity in all that we do."
Petterson becomes the first sophomore captain in the history of the men's lacrosse program. A talented two-way midfielder, he had a remarkable rookie campaign, rarely coming off the field and finishing the season with nine goals and six assists. He also picked up 15 ground balls and caused seven turnovers on the year. Petterson was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice, including the week following his incredible performance vs. Lehigh in which he scored twice in a span of 1:01 to erase Cornell's two-goal deficit and knot the contest with just 18 seconds to play. This past summer, Petterson served as the captain of Team Canada's silver medal squad at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men's Lacrosse World Championship.
"Clarke was arguably our most consistent player last year as a freshman," says Kerwick. "His leadership qualities made this an easy decision, even though he is only a sophomore. This is a huge honor for him but he will have no problem shouldering this role. He is one of our most consistent student-athletes in practice, in conditioning, in the weight room, in our community involvement, and in the locker room."