DENVER - The senior class of 2020 had their season stolen from them.
For reasons outside of their control, they will never be able to pursue goals for which they worked so hard.
As part of a recurring segment for the remainder of this spring, coaches have the opportunity to thank their seniors one last time.
Continuing the series is Colorado Denver coach Noah Rosenblum honoring his five seniors.
#2 Tucker Garcia
Tucker was a team captain as well as one of the co-presidents this year. This was both of our third seasons with the program and I'm not sure I've seen anyone grow as a lacrosse player and leader as much as Tucker.
He had five points in his entire career before this season and had a goal or assist in each of our first four games. He was well on his way to a career season and likely all-conference selection. I'm most looking forward to seeing Tucker's passion and work ethic lead to success off the field. 965 for life! (Tucker's favorite number).
#77 Michael Martinez
Michael was also a team captain and one of the co-presidents. This was his fourth year with the program. Michael went from being an LSM my first season, to being our No. 1 close defender. Every game this season I'd turn to one of our assistant coaches and say "Hey, I don't think Mike has been beaten one time this year."
I'll say it again, Mike didn't get beat one time in four games this year. I was really looking forward to putting in a nod for him to be an All-American this season. A lot of the players on our team don't come from lacrosse powerhouses and may not understand how good they really are.
I've been around few poles that are as great as Mike. However great Mike is at lacrosse, he's also one of the smartest and funniest people I've had the pleasure of being around. He tries to play it off, but we're all going to be working for Mike Martinez some day.
#22 Rory Porras
This was Rory's third season with the program. Rory is a nasty faceoff midfielder, but you'd never know it from his quiet personality. Nothing made me smile quite like making Rory laugh. I'm going to attempt to describe his one goal this season at Kansas State.
I'd call it the Rory split dodge. The defender fell flat backwards -- a la James Harden vs Wes Johnson. Time stood still for what seemed like 30 seconds before he ripped a bounce shot past the goalie. It may have been the nastiest goal I've ever seen. I don't know what happened next because I fainted back into the players on the bench. It was that filthy.
#11 Trevor Carrasco
This was Trevor's fourth year with the program as an attackman and a midfielder. Trevor is another quiet guy, but when he did speak it was going to hilarious. He was a model of consistency, virtually never throwing a pass away or taking a shot off target.
He's the kind of player that every successful team has to have. Once a game, Trevor would make a pass, score a goal or D an opponent up and leave everyone in shock. This year we designated a different third captain for every game, and Trev was that captain for the first game because of his investment in the program and the type of quality person he is.
#7 Win Loeb
Win never stepped on the field for CU Denver lacrosse. After two practices, he broke his leg snowboarding. Win was new to lacrosse, but in those two practices he improved immensely. I think every lacrosse player has been on a team, at some point, with a new guy who puts forth the best effort. At some point in the season that player does something amazing and the entire team goes absolutely bonkers.
I was really looking forward to that moment with Win. It takes a special type of person to actually do something they've never done before, especially as a college senior. Those people are few and far between. Win is one of those people, even if he never played in a game.