October 8th, 2016 was a very special Alumni weekend in Rohnert Park, CA. Not only did the team get to showcase their talent for the year against ex-Sonoma players, but the program was receiving a new hall of fame inductee. In order to be eligible for this outstanding achievement, one must be out of college for five years and display great skill on the field.
Dan Macdonald did both of these things. While at Sonoma, he helped bring the Seawolves to the national tournament 4 years in a row, winning WCLL’s in 2006 and finishing second in the nation. Dan’s style of play was different than most. He wasn’t flashy, but simply mastered the fundamentals.
“You could find me about 10 yards in front of the goal wide open for a high to low bounce shot” says Macdonald. He continues, ” I didn’t have a big shot, but I found my niche”. Macdonald knew how to find space and put the ball in the back of the net. This allowed him to be a leading scorer at Sonoma state for 4 consecutive years. One thing Dan would tell players now is, ” find something you’re good at on the field and stuck to it.”
To current players, Dan is an inspiration and allows many to learn from him. From his family at Sonoma State, we say Congratulations!
With one of the best players in program history being honored it seemed right to also honor some of the best players of last year’s team. These awards included rookie of the year, attackman of the year, midfielder of the year, defender of the year, most improved, and of course most valuable.
The awards were handed out to those who the team thought were worthy of such titles. Below is a list of the awards along with their winners,
Rookie of the year- Angelo Lagomarsino (attack/mid, Freshman #1)
Attackman of the year- Brad Bochesa (attack, Senior #2)
Midfielder of the year- Tyler Yamamoto (Midfield, Junior #7)
Defender of the year- Spencer Castonguay (Defense, Junior #27)
Most Improved – Michael Harris (Defense, Senior #17)
Most Valuable Player(s) – Brad Bochesa (attack, Senior #2), and Michael Harris (Defense, Senior #17)
Along with these traditional awards the Sonoma State lacrosse team also hands out the “ Asher Montandon “ award to the player who shows a complete devotion to his team and who shows a thorough understanding of the term “team work”. The player who was given this award was one of the team’s captains and starting defenders, Cameron Revere (Defense, Junior #20).
To all these players we would like to say congratulations and keep up the great work!