FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Will Rayner (Needham, Mass.) and Ben Lake (Calgary, Alb.) have been named the captain and assistant captain, respectively, for the men's hockey team for the 2014-15 season, head coach C.J. Marottolo announced on Friday. Rayner and Lake were voted to the captaincy by their teammates.
"We're very excited that Will Rayner and Ben Lake have been voted captain and assistant captain for next year's team," said Marottolo. "They have both shown an ability to step up in big moments, exemplified by their fearlessness to lay down and block shots and pay the physical price it takes to win hockey games. Our team will be in great hands as both of these young men have tremendous, competitive instincts and level of competitiveness. There's no question Will and Ben inspire this group to great achievements."
Rayner played in all 36 games in the 2013-14 season, recording a career-high six goals and five assists to lead all Sacred Heart defensemen. Five of Rayner's goals came on the power play, a team-high. Lake had also set single-season career highs last season with eight goals and 10 assists while playing in all 36 games. He scored both of Sacred Heart's shorthanded goals last season. Lake had a five-game point-scoring streak from Feb. 14-28, scoring three goals with five assists during that stretch.
Sacred Heart finished the 2013-14 season with a record of 12-24-0, an improvement of 10 wins from the 2012-13 season. The Pioneers, joined by Ferris State and Alaska-Anchorage, were one of three teams in the nation to improve by at least 10 wins this season.