The UCSB Gauchos Lacrosse team has announced that four players have been selected as captains for the 2015 season. Juniors David Abady (Huntington Beach, CA), Matt Hirning (Salt Lake City, UT), and Blake Samuel (Bellevue, WA) along with Graduate Student Carl Tilbury (Reading, UK) were chosen by their teammates to lead the team.
David Abady, a Junior defenseman, has been a starter since his first year with the Gauchos. Voted to the SLC All-Freshman team, Abady quickly earned a spot as part of the stalwart Gaucho defense. In his two years on the team, he routinely matches up against the opponent’s best attackman and is an excellent on ball defender. Abady had 30 ground balls in 2014.
Matt Hirning, also a member of the Gauchos’ defensive unit, is a versatile player who has lined up as a Long Stick Midfielder and a Close Defenseman in his first two years. As a freshman, Hirning played mostly in an LSM role and scooped up 13 ground balls. In 2014, he moved down to close defense and earned Honorable Mention All-MCLA honors, as well as 2nd Team All-SLC. Hirning was also selected as a 2014 MCLA Scholar Athlete.