PITTSBURGH - For the first time in a number of years, head coach Joe Luxbacher's, left the decision on team captains up to his players, and the team elected senior midfielder Michael Tuohy and junior goalkeeper Dan Lynd.
"I really trust this team," said Luxbacher. "We stressed this isn't a popularity contest. You're picking a guy that is just a strong character in all respects - on the field and off the field. I think they picked two really good men."
Tuohy has spent the last two seasons with the Panthers. He's played in 29 games and started 25 of them. For his career, Tuohy has three goals and three assists, including one goal and two assists in his junior campaign. In the 2014 exhibition slate, Tuohy scored one goal.
"It's an honor to represent my teammates and to be selected by my teammates, as well as the coaches, is extra special," said Tuohy of the honor.
Lynd became the starting goalkeeper in 2013 as a sophomore and is poised to be Pitt's starter in goal for his final two years. Despite a 0-10-4 record last year, Lynd put up decent stats in his first year as a starter. He recorded three shutouts finished the season with a 1.66 goals against, a .784 save percentage and 87 saves, which ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"That makes it more special, just knowing that it was from your teammates," said Lynd of the vote. "They chose me and that's something I don't take lightly. It's a big responsibility, but I think I'm ready for it."
Tuohy, Lynd and the rest of the Panthers open the regular season on Saturday, Aug. 30 at home against Presbyterian at 7 p.m. Admission is free for all fans.