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SEATTLE, Wash. - 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 Washington coach Jack Cerchiara honoring his four seniors and one junior.
#21 Adam Norgaard, Defense
Adam hails from Oregon Episcopal School in Lake Oswego, Ore. Adam has been a starter and leader of our close defensive unit since arriving at UW, starting all 38 games in his career.
At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Adam is a physical presence on the field and a vocal leader. During his time, he recorded 118 GBs, 2 assists and 2 goals, including one in our 2019 conference quarterfinals victory.
Adam was selected to an all-conference team every year and first team all-conference since 2018. Adam will graduate with a degree in Aerospace Engineering this spring.
“Adam is an incredible player and dedicated teammate,” said Cerchiara. “He tenaciously seeks out the extra work to constantly improve, from taking and immediately implementing coaching, to requesting extra condition work to improve his athleticism.
“This has translated to his success on the field and our success as a team. We could count on him to lock down our opponent’s top offensive threats. It has been a true pleasure to coach Adam over these past for years and to see him grow as a student-athlete, leader and person.”
#14 C.J. Schuster, Midfield
C.J. is a local product from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Wash. C.J. is one of our 2020 team captains and first-line midfielder, as well as attackman. C.J. is renowned for his work ethic and tenacity on the field.
Since his freshman year, he has played in every one of his 39 games as a Husky. During his time, he recorded 87 GBs, 8 assists and 52 goals, and was selected as 2019 honorable mention all-conference at midfield.
C.J. will graduate with a degree in Biology this spring. C.J. has also been on the team executive board for three years, serving the last two as team gear coordinator – responsible for our on-field swag!
“When C.J. came to campus four years ago it was clear that he would be a leader on this team. C.J. exemplifies the hard-hat work ethic that has become synonymous with Husky lacrosse.
“C.J. not only leads his teammates by the positive intensity of his words, but by the tenacity of his play. He is always the player who is ‘ready to go’ and sells out on every ground ball, dodge and shot. C.J. is a hard-nosed dodger and great finesse finisher, and this year we bounced him between attack and midfield to put him in the place where he could be most lethal.
“C.J. is a dedicated student and a man of the highest character – I know, without a doubt, he will be success and I hope he will coach lacrosse in the future as young players could not find a better role model.”
#17 Nick Lammers, Faceoff Specialist
Nick Lammers hails from Poway High School in San Diego, Calif. Nick is known for his dedication to his teammates and fierce play on the field, always putting his body on the line for his teammates.
In his 34 games as a Husky, he recorded 119 GBs, 1 assist and 3 goals, and was selected as a 2019 honorable mention all-conference pick at faceoff and second team all-conference in 2018.
Nick will graduate with a degree in Political Economy this spring. Nick has also served on the team executive board as vice president of the team, not to mention our live-stream Twitter specialist during his injury recovery.
“Nick has been our go-to faceoff specialist since donning Purple and Gold. He is an incredible teammate and positive emotional leader. Nick has mastered the faceoff position which has allowed us to frequently have an upper hand in controlling the possession time and tempo of our games.
“He is a source of constant positivity and always has a smile on his face. He brings the joy of playing the game each and every time he is on the field. Nick’s love of the game is infectious and his phenomenal sense of humor always has his teammates enjoying practice, even in the early spring rain.
“Nick is a phenomenal worker and student of the game, constantly working to perfect his face-off craft. Nick is a dedicated teammate and always wants to be back on the field competing with his brother. I think this is exemplified by his offseason training.
“Nick injured his back in last season’s championship game and has worked constantly through physician visits and countless hours of PT in the offseason with the focus on getting back on the field. He focused diligently on over 11 months of PT.
“During this time he mentored underclassmen and never missed a practice even when unable to suit up. Nick has also given back to the game as faceoff coach during multiple sessions of our summer GameBreaker Lacrosse camps. I am lucky to have gotten to coach and know Nick and honored to count him has a player and a friend.”
#15 Christopher Moreno, Goalie
Our senior netminder Christopher Moreno comes to us from Round Rock High in Round Rock, Texas. Christopher has been the bedrock of our defense since taking the starting job in 2018. Since that time Christopher has started 26 games including two years as our only goalkeeper.
During that time, he posted a record of 16-10. He has recorded 248 saves in two seasons with a save percentage of 50. His highest Division I game save percentage was 77.8%! Christopher has also served on the team executive board as vice president.
Christopher will graduate with a degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering, and was awarded a prestigious LSAMP Summer Research Fellowship from Syracuse.
“Goalkeeper is one of the most demanding positions on any lacrosse roster and you only get one. We have been incredibly lucky to have a player and person like Christopher to fill this role.
“Despite being a solo position, Christopher is one of the most team-focused players on our roster. He is outwardly focused on the team’s success and the success of his teammate as individuals – and this is the driving force to why he has put in so much time and effort to better his play.
“He has been the foundation of our defense and in 2019 his defense gave up more than 10 goals in only three games, and in no games did they give up more than 15. Christopher is an incredibly thoughtful and focused player, it is clear that not only is he listening to coaching points, but actively implementing those changes into his game.
“Christopher is a very talented player, but it is his professional and positive attitude, work ethic and coachability that directly stood out to me. While Christopher is extremely hard working, he is always doing it with a smile on his face. Christopher has risen to the challenge of huge games when we needed him to make a stand.
"In our two overtime victories in 2019, he had two OT saves versus Simon Fraser and four OT saves in a triple overtime victory over Oregon. It is clear that he not only is close with his teammates as friends, but they respect him as well. I too have immense respect for Christopher and hope to remain close with him as friends in the future.”
#33 Cameron Lewis, Attackman/Midfielder
We’d like to take a moment to recognize another Husky who will be graduating almost one year early!
Junior A/M Cameron Lewis will be graduating this coming Autumn term. Cameron hails from Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Wash. Cameron has been go-to player on our offense since arriving at UW, playing both attack and midfield.
In 2019, he saw considerable time at attack, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 12 assists. During two and a half years, he recorded 42 GBs, 28 assists and 33 goals. Cameron was selected to second team all-conference midfield in 2019 and was an MCLA Scholar Athlete the same season. Cameron will graduate with a degree in Finance.
“Cameron epitomizes the tenacious work ethic and positive intensity that is the foundation of Husky lacrosse. He is a dedicated teammate who always comes to practice ready to work and ready to lead his teammates.
“Cameron values the work and always wants to be in the trenches with his brothers. He loves the game and loves his teammates. On the field, Cameron’s game is defined by physical play and tenacious dodging.
“Never one to shy away from contact, Cameron always goes hard to the cage, creating tough situations for our opposing defenses and opportunities for his teammates. We routinely called on him when the game was on the line.
“In 2019, Cameron scored the game winners in both of our overtime victories. I recall in our triple OT win in the regular season versus Oregon, Cameron came into the huddle and said ‘Give me the ball, I’m going to score,’ and we trusted that was exactly what would happen.
“Cameron has been a true pleasure to coach and a wonderful person to know. I’ll certainly miss his sense of humor on our team trips and his positive energy at practice. We’ll miss him for his fourth year, but I wish him the best of luck and know he will succeed.”