Brandon Lebioda, a senior midfielder from Romeo, Mich., and Matt Lowes, a senior defenseman from Scotts, Mich., have been appointed captains for the 2018 Albion College men's lacrosse team.
The pair bring championship experience as members of the Britons 2015, 2016 and 2017 teams winning Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and advancing to the NCAA Division III Championship every year of their careers. Lebioda and Lowes were freshmen on the 2015 team which finished among the final 16 teams standing in the NCAA Championship.
Both were all-MIAA first team selections last season. Lebioda produced 44 points (28 goals and 16 assists), placing him in a tie for second-most on the team, while Lowes pounced on 38 groundballs and caused 13 turnovers.
"Albion has given me an amazing experience which I have become a competitive medical school applicant and I have been able to play in the NCAA Championship every year," Lowes, a two-time captain who is a member of the college's Institute for Healthcare Professions and in the process of applying for medical school, said. "Being captain of the team has made me appreciate all of my teammates even more, and has developed my ability to truly listen to my teammates both on and off the field."
Head Coach Jake DeCola added. "Matty has been a tremendous leader for us, and he really has done a fine job fostering our younger players both last year and this fall. We look forward to seeing his off field work come together with his performances in games, as I am sure he will have an outstanding senior season."
Lebioda has been an integral part of the Albion offense since his first year.
"Albion has been everything I expected college to be and more," Lebioda, a biology major who is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Professions and currently applying to physician assistant programs, said. "It has been full of both challenges and triumphs. It has helped me grow into the man I am today, while giving me great memories that will last a lifetime."
DeCola added, "Brandon is a workhorse and the coaches and his teammates really believed thayt he would be a great captain for us. Lebioda holds himself to incredible high standards, both on the field and in the classroom. He understands how important it is to hold his teammates to those same high standards. We are really excited to see his influence play out in his senior season."
Albion will open training camp in January in preparation for its Feb. 18 contest against Augustana, Ill., College at Detroit Country Day School.
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