Friday, March 9, 2012

Senior Spotlight: Ethan Payne

By Justin Ossont
Lycourier Staff

With the men’s lacrosse team already having played four games, time is running out for one senior who would like to go down in the Lycoming College Sports History books.

Senior Ethan Payne is aiming to be known as being a member of the school’s first MAC Lacrosse Champions.
“As a team, the only goal is to win Lycoming’s first MAC Conference title,” Payne states. “I liked the opportunity of becoming a member of Lycoming’s first MAC Championship team.”

Payne said, “I have played lacrosse since the age of 9.”

With beginning at such a young age Payne knows what it takes to become an amazing athlete with hard work and practice. “My senior year I was a first Team All-Conference member.”

With knowledge of what it takes to be an outstanding athlete, Payne knew Lycoming College was where he wanted to continue his lacrosse career.  “I became interested in Lycoming lacrosse after one of my high school friends, Ryan O’Connor, committed here.”
Ethan Payne

As the season progresses Payne hopes the team will continue to do only one thing, keep growing closer together.

“I believe that we are talented enough to win. It starts with working hard in practice every day, competing, and getting better.”

Payne has had an outstanding career here at Lycoming. As a freshman, Payne started in only one game but played in 15.  In his freshman year he tallied 16 goals on 48 shots, assisted on eight other goals, 12 groundballs, and forced two turnovers.

His sophomore year was one of his best years.  He played in 16 games and started in 13 of them.  He had a team high of 48 goals and 12 assists.  He finished second in the MAC with goals per game (3.0) and fourth in points per game (3.75). His best offensive game to date was his sophomore year against Widener University, Chester, where he recorded 10 points with six goals and four assists.  Defensively, he added 12 groundballs and another two turnovers.  In his junior year, he started in all 17 games.  He was second in scoring for the Warriors with 36 goals and 12 assists for a total of 48 points.  He also had 23 groundballs and four turnovers.  Against Misercordia that year he posted five goals in a 16-3 victory.

Payne is a business marketing major. Once he graduates Payne would like to “plan on working for my Dad’s company, CountryMax.  There are 15 stores throughout upstate New York.”  The company sells pet supplies, equine equipment, farm and stable supplies and is a lawn and garden center.

Payne is the son of Cathy and Don Payne.  He has two siblings Brad and Aaron.  While he was growing up his hero was Michael Jordan.

Payne is an attacker for the Warriors and his jersey number is 5.  The team’s next game, against King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, at 1p.m., Saturday at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.