Delaware Tech lacrosse finishes runner-up in Region XIX, four players earn All-Region honors

It’s been a successful 2018 for the Delaware Technical Community College men’s lacrosse team. The team recently finished runner-up in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Tournament, while head coach Anthony Edwards was named Region XIX Coach of the Year, and four student-athletes earned All-Region honors.

“This has been a stellar season for Delaware Tech men’s lacrosse, both on and off the field,” Delaware Tech Collegewide Athletics Coordinator Tom Lemon said. “The leadership from Coach Edwards reflects in the success of the team and individuals, and we are extremely proud of the recognition the entire program has received.”

Delaware Tech hosted the Region XIX Men’s Lacrosse Tournament at Wesley College in Dover. Delaware Tech opened the tournament with a 17-13 win over Union County College, led by sophomore Sean Sheehan’s eight goals. Unfortunately, the team fell to Ocean County College 10-9 in the championship game. Delaware Tech finished the regular season with a 10-6 record, just the second time in the program’s history that the team has finished with 10 wins.

Individually, freshman Jacob Copio, of Dover, a Caesar Rodney High School graduate; freshman Jacob Soroko, of Smyrna, a Smyrna High School graduate; sophomore Hunter Melson, of Smyrna, a Smyrna High School graduate; and Bodin Nichols, of Brainerd, MN were all named First Team All-Region.

Copio was also named Region XIX Offensive Player of the Year. He led the nation with 57 goals, and was fifth in the nation in points, and 15th in assists. Soroko was third in the nation in assists with 39, and also added 25 goals to finish 10th in the nation in points. Melson and Nichols were the team’s defensive stalwarts throughout the season. Melson played exclusively on defense, and was third on the team with 51 ground balls. Nichols, a midfielder, chipped in 26 goals and 59 ground balls, which placed him second on the team.

Edwards took over as head coach of the Delaware Tech program in 2012. He played lacrosse at CCBC-Catonsville in Baltimore, Md. from 200-2004, then transferred to Wesley College for his remaining two years of eligibility. He coached at Wesley College in 2006 and 2009, and began coaching at Delaware Tech as an assistant coach during the 2007-2008 season.

“Overall it was a good season,” Edwards said. “To have a 10 win season with the teams we have to play against is pretty successful. There was also a lot of success from the team’s perspective and a lot of individual success, which is always great to see.”

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