Vermont Voyageurs Ready For New Season

Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo

The Vermont Voyageurs are arguably the most successful non-NLL team in the history of American box lacrosse. For seven seasons they have developed more professional players than any other team in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League. This season, some changes are being made, as owner Jeff Culkin has sold the team.

Taking over as owners are players Brandon Dube, Joe Evans, Ethan Farrell and Trevor Wagar. Dube, a former Kentucky Stickhorse, is also handling media relations while Evans, who played for the Rhode Island Kingfish, is also general manager. Wagar will be the coach of the junior team as well.

The Voyageurs played in two preseason games against the Syracuse Stingers and Boston Blazers lacrosse clubs. They also held a green vs. white training camp, where Greg Rogowski, Kyle Baker, Dube and Farrell each had two goals or more.

Vermont is led be several current and former professional players. Farrell has played in the NLL with the Philadelphia Wings and Ryan Hotaling with the NLL Boston Blazers and Colorado Mammoth. Several former North American Lacrosse League players also make up the roster, such as Vince Talbot (Boston Rockhoppers), Greg Rogowski (Rockhoppers) and Dave McCarthy (Kentucky Stickhorses).

Farrell led the Voyageurs with 55 points in 14 games last season. Not far behind him with 51 was Dube and 50 from Rogowski. Farrell was sixth in the league in scoring, ahead of players like Josh Sanderson, and just a few points behind Callum Crawford.

Goaltender Vincent Talbot was fifth in the league with a 10.66 goals against average in 580 minutes played. Evans put up a 6.60 goals against in 100 minutes played to put together a strong goaltending duo.

Vermont opens their season May 17 when they host the Ottawa Axemen.