May 4, 2012
By: Ken McMillan, Inside Lacrosse
When John Svec took over the Siena lacrosse program last year he wanted to gain some insight into what made his players tick. He set up one-on-one interviews with each of his athletes and asked them two basic questions: What do you love about the sport, and, Why do you play lacrosse?
The answer from Bryan Neufeld was quite simple: I love scoring goals.
"It's one of those things like basketball, where he has a shooter's touch,'' Svec said of his sniper. "He loves putting the ball in the net. Every day in practice he is working on something. That is something you can't teach. You have to have that drive and love of the sport to be a great player.''
Hardly recruited out of high school in Ontario, Neufeld has become one of the nation's best scorers. He leads all active Division I players with 156 career goals and 30 hat tricks. With 238 points Neufeld is one of only four active players (along with Virginia's Steele Stanwick, Virginia's Rob Pannell and Denver's Mark Matthews) with at least 200 career points.
Svec knew all about Neufeld's scoring prowess when he took over but even he is surprised by the senior's playmaking ability -- his 37 goals and 37 assists ranks second nationally in points per game and assists per game.
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