Two Varsity programs meet for the first time Saturday in St. Charles, Mo., as Lindenwood hosts Wheeling Jesuit. The Lions, who are focusing more on 7s this fall, have not yet played a match, while Wheeling Jesuit enters the contest 1-1.
Lindenwood will not play a handful of their more marquee players, like Morgan Findlay, Mickey Bateman and Sebastian Kalm.
“We’re looking at people. We’re developing players. That’s what we’re doing with 15s [this fall],” said Lindenwood coach Ron Laszewski. “Most of those 7s guys won’t be involved, but we’re going to field a team, hopefully, that will get the job done.”
One guy who will likely play is newcomer Andrew Quinlivan, a former Wellington age-grade standout. He is a one of a couple of fresh faces for the Lions who should be expected to make an impact pretty quickly in the backline.
“Very deceptive,’ said Laszewski of Quinlivan. “He makes it happen. He’s the goods.”