Since arriving on campus the newest members of the SMU Men’s Lacrosse Team have been going through the paces. Whether it be a Tuesday night practice in Gerald J. Ford Stadium or a 10 minute CrossFit test on Westcott Field, the incoming class is eager to show it can handle the college game. Like the larger student population, the new Mustangs hail from all corners of the United States.
The strongest contingent comes from Tennessee – two from Nashville and one from Memphis. The Nashville crew consists of high school teammates Michael Butarrazzi and Jack Nesbitt. Ensworth High School produced two All-State performers. Butarrazzi is a hybrid attackman / midfielder who will see time at both spots while Nesbitt will back up Chad Kehoe at LSM. The third member of the Tennessee trio is Myatt McClure. Interestingly, he played with both Buttarrazzi and Nesbitt on a select travel team. All three are athletic and talented.
Californians populate a large portion of the team each year. This year is no different for the incoming class. Attackmen Chris Buchanan, Tony Capek and Sterling Dietz all show promise. With an upperclassmen laden attack line currently occupying the starting lineup, these newcomers will have to play standout ball to earn ice time in the spring.
Down low, newcomers David Stacke and Nick Mandor seem to have the tools to play at the elite college level.