On a small team with nine newcomers, freshman midfielder Mark Hanlon has been a leader from the beginning, making an impact on the sport of lacrosse from his very first collegiate game.

Although Hanlon did not score in the first game against St. Vincent College, he made a positive contribution to the team by winning seven of the game’s 14 face-offs, an increase of 10 percent from last season’s team average.

The freshman from Chester, New Hampshire, has scored 12 of the team’s goals this season and also contributed four assists in nine games to date. He has also picked up 74 ground balls, a crucial aspect of the game that can quickly swing momentum in one team’s favor.

Hanlon’s offensive production and overall leadership will continue to play a pivotal role this year and the in years to come for the young lacrosse program, only in its third year of existence.

The men’s lacrosse team will next take the field at home on Memorial Field against Hanover College on April 18 at 2 p.m.