GORHAM, Maine — For the second straight year, senior attackman Paul Leonardo of Groton has been named captain for the University of Southern Maine men’s lacrosse team.
First-year head coach Tobey Farrington made the announcement as the Huskies prepared for their 2019 season opener against Saint Joseph’s College on March 1.
The team’s leading goal-scorer last season, this will be Leonardo’s second tour of duty as captain. The former Groton-Dunstable High School star shared the role last season with former Husky standouts Zach Bessette and Seth Wing.
“Paul led the team in goals scored last season and has continued to work on his game to improve,” said Farrington, who took over the reins of the program from Sam Lane after the fall segment. “Paul is not only a great leader on the field, he sets a high standard off of it.”
During the 2018 season, Leonardo found the net 30 times and passed out six assists for 36 points. He shared the team-lead with six man-up goals and also had 24 ground balls. He had a career-high seven points against Hasson University on April 10, 2018, scoring four goals and dishing out three assists.
During his first three seasons with the Huskies, Leonardo has scored 58 goals, including 10 while a man up, and had 10 assists for 68 points in 37 career games. He ranks 10th all-time for goals scored, and ninth in goals scored per game (1.57).