Senior Thank You: St. Edward's
AUSTIN, Texas. - 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 St. Edward's coach Nate Levin honoring his seven seniors.
"St. Edward’s University is better off from the contributions our seniors have made over the past several years to our community, and we, as a lacrosse program, are extremely fortunate to have had these leaders in our own family," said Levin. "While we are, of course, saddened by the abrupt end of the season, we are extremely thankful for the time we had together.
"We hold true the adage that we are as good as our seniors. Our seniors were in the process of bringing St. Edward’s lacrosse to new heights, and had their season ended on a five-game winning streak.
"It is impossible to encapsulate what each of these men has meant to our program. We thank the seven seniors of St. Edward’s lacrosse 2020 — their legacy will be the immense impact they have made as ideal mentors because of their investment to the program."
#7 Jacob Gonzalez, Midfield
Dallas, Texas (Episcopal)
Our very own Mamba, Jacob put his heart into everything for our team, and was chosen to be a captain. A do-it-all two-way midfielder, Jacob’s contributions were felt all over, highlighted by an eigh-goal outburst on homecoming. Jacob’s value to our team far exceeds his on-field work, as his energy, enthusiasm, and ability to lift his teammates to be their best was the soul of our team.
#33 Dominic Imwalle, Midfield
Westlake, Ohio (St. Edward's)
An electric dodger and doggedly competitive, Dom, our team president and one of our captains, has done it all for us. Take faceoffs, initiate offense, order jerseys, schedule opponents and be a leader on and off the field — Dom does it all. Throw in a cool eight point-per-game average and Dom’s contributions will not be easily replaced.
#11 David Sammon, Defense
San Diego, Calif. (St. Vincent de Paul)
David’s transition from a soccer athlete to a lacrosse player has been inspirational, and is a credit to his work ethic, commitment to excellence and desire to be the best. David was a force on the wings on faceoffs, at close D, and in the clearing game. He was elected captain by his teammates. With regularity, David stuffed the stat sheet with a double-double — 10-plus ground balls and 10-plus caused turnovers — an insane feat.
#17 Ruben Alzate, Attack
Houston, Texas (Memorial)
Over his career, Ruben has been a Swiss-army knife for us, earning reps at midfield, the faceoff X and, this year, grabbing a starting attack spot. Ruben is a heck of a teammate. Always positive, always eager to play ball and always encouraging of teammates.
#15 Sean Diaz, Goalie
Bronx, N.Y. (Heritage)
Sean Diaz is a tough dude and an amazing teammate. Sean returned to campus in the fall and switched from long pole to goalie to benefit of the team. Sean filled in at key moments for our team and posted a stout, .595 save percentage. Above all, Sean will be missed for his attitude: always first to practice, loudest supporter of teammates and the glue of our team.
#5 Oscar Parra, Defense
Brownsville, Texas (Brownsville Early College)
Oscar routinely drew, and dominated, the strongest opposing attackman and did so with a quiet confidence. Playing his best games of his career, I think, in his final two, Oscar put together the aggression, stick checks, foot-work and positioning to lock down the defensive end for us.
#9 Austin Sembera, Midfield
New Orleans, La. (Holy Cross)
Austin is tough, has wheels and finished his career with a four-goal first half and a Player of the Game award in what would be our final game. He’s the owner of a beautiful head nod.