Shooting For a Repeat, Vincent Cerasuolo Leads Keiser Men’s Lacrosse into 2024
After the most successful season in Keiser men’s lacrosse history, Seahawk upperclassmen like Vincent Cerasuolo are aware of the responsibility that they now have. As the team closes the book on 2023 and turns to 2024, the junior attacker understands the process of preparing for the upcoming season. “This team has championship experience and credibility,” said the Wellington, Fla. native. “We want to pass that down to our newcomers this season.” This year’s team has only five seniors, and while those five Seahawks will be relied on as leaders, Cerasuolo says the leadership burden is on the underclassmen as well. “Our sophomores have a lot on their plate this year. They were with us all last year, from the fall through all 18 games. They have the experience, and they need to pass it on to the new guys.”
For Keiser to get back to the top of the NAIA mountaintop, the road will be long and filled with challenges. The Seahawks will be watched and game-planned for more than ever. “We know that we are going to get every team’s best shot this year, but I think that will help us,” said the 2022 AAC Freshman of the Year. “Higher expectations are good since we are defending champs, and knowing that no game will be easy will help us become stronger as a team. Obviously last year ended the way we wanted it to, and that gives us confidence we can do it again. Our goal isn’t to win one championship, we want to win as many as we can.”
The third year attacker will certainly do his part this season. Cerasuolo is Keiser’s all-time leader in shots (296) and is 14 goals away from Keiser’s all-time record in that category.
“My first year I definitely took too many shots, and didn’t take as many quality shots as I should have so maybe that stat is a little misleading (laughs) but I’m always looking for a way to get the ball in the net. I was a lot better this year at picking my shots, and my teammates were great about putting me and the other attackers in a position to score.”
As a third year man, Cerasuolo has seen the program ascend to championship glory since he joined. “My first year set us up for last year. We didn’t end that season the way we wanted to but the lessons we learned (in 2022) carried over into 2023. Everyone bought in this past spring. We bonded really well as a team and we all pushed each other to improve and compete.”
Cerasuolo and the 2023 national championship squad will be honored this Saturday at halftime of the Keiser football game versus St. Thomas. During the ceremony, the team will officially receive their national championship rings. Just like his teammates, coaches, and all of Seahawk nation, Cerasuolo wants to add more hardware to Keiser’s trophy case. He and the rest of KU men’s lacrosse will be focused and locked in on repeating as national champions. Put simply in his words, “Two rings are better than one.”
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