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Ryan "Cap" Cappello

Senior Attack- 5'10" 175 lbs. from Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, Illinois.  Years playing lacrosse: 3. Favorite NCAA D1 college lacrosse team to watch: Syracuse Orange.  Favorite professional/collegiate player to watch: Kevin Rice (Atlanta Blaze, Attack).

Ryan Cappello played his first two seasons as a midfielder and did not see much playing time as a result.  At the end of his sophomore season, Cap campaigned for the position of treasurer and was elected in a landslide victory.  This election gave him the confidence to work on his game and eventually move to Attack at the start of his junior year.  Ryan's progress caught the eyes of both his coaches and his teammates; he not only found himself in the starting lineup but he also had a captain's C on his jersey by game #1 of his 2018 junior season.  Cap is known around the team as one of the most fundamentally sound, one of the most accurate shots, and arguably the hardest working guy on the team.

 

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Matt Lowry

Junior Midfielder- 6'1" 205 lbs. from Carl Sandburg High School in Chicago, Illinois.  Years playing lacrosse: 9.  Favorite NCAA D1 college lacrosse team to watch: Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Favorite professional/collegiate player to watch: Sergio Perkovic (Boston Cannons, Midfield).

Matt Lowry burst onto his collegiate career with an enormous impact to his team.  Matt has scored 48 goals in 19 games and has been elected to 3rd team All-Conference and 1st team All-Conference honors.  He won the respect of his peers with team awards Rookie of the Year in 2017 and MVP in 2018.  Lowry is on his way to a historic Redbird Lacrosse career and hopes to bring a conference championiship to Normal, Illinois.

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Paul Petan

Junior Defenseman- 6'1"165 lbs. from St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Illinois.  Years playing lacrosse: 7.  Favorite NCAA D1 college lacrosse team to watch: Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Favorite professional/collegiate player to watch: Matt Landis (New York Lizards, Defense).

Paul Petan began his lacrosse career in high school, learning the game from legendary Redbird midfielder, Jay Clarke.  While Paul quickly grasped the game in his early years, he was taught from the start to run long shifts and fight hard for every groundball as well.  He was moved from midfield to defense early in his collegiate career and climbed the ranks of the depth chart to Defensive Captain going into his Junior year.  Paul has earned the right to be captain from his work ethic and personal drive to be the most reliable defender on the field.  He not only anchors a defense that is primed to be a threat in the UMLC East, but does so with the same tenacity he was taught to play the game with so long ago.