In 1971 Jeffrey Neil Fox started the University of South Florida Lacrosse team with Bronson Thayer. After being kicked off of the USF fields, they decided to start a club at USF and received funding from student government. They were using Thayer’s homemade street goals and they turned fans into referees before their games. Referees like Steve Mintz and Scott Hopkins kept the early games civil. Fox recruited Mike Monroe to become the team’s goalie and his old teammates say he was a brick wall! The team then hosted the Suncoast Lacrosse Tournaments in the 70’s and teams like Air Force came to play and helped all lacrosse players to be unwelcome at Busch Gardens. The early teams were very unequipped, scrounging for any equipment they could get and spending every dollar on getting it. That is until, on the day it snowed in Tampa and Bronson met with George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner, who then opened his checkbook for the team. Fox got a lot of publicity for the team including stints on TV, write ups, news columns, billboards and signage at establishments down Fletcher and Fowler avenues before there were big games. The USF Lacrosse team had come a long way and in 1978 USF had a perfect season, winning the state championship. In 1979, the lacrosse team made it to the championship game again in Orlando where they met Ft. Lauderdale. The Bulls were down by seven at the half, but Andy Botner and Mark Zeigler brought the team back with one goal, where the score stood.

Coach Mike Godzik continued to lead USF into the 80’s. Godzik had earlier in his life been in an accident and coached from the sidelines in his wheel chair. Stan Schor also helped keep the team organized and in 1980, while getting a good beating from the University of Maryland, Godzik told players to tie him up in the goal and he would do a better job then the USF goalie, which refused to play earlier after being shell shocked. The Bulls made it to the state tournament in 1984 and near the end of the championship game, a fight broke out between USF and Ft. Lauderdale. The 1984 championship game was played at the same time as USF’s graduation ceremony and players like Bob Creighton and Mark Zeigler decided the game was much more important to attend. That night Creighton received an MVP and said it was, ”Much better than being handed a diploma.” In 1989 the Bulls won another state championship.

In the 1990’s the players from the past teams had reunions, as there is no great evidence of a team in those years. In 2000 Tim McGoff and Robert Dooley revived the team, receiving a $1000 donation from Student Government. 25 years later USF lacrosse still had players on the field without full equipment and the players were exchanging helmets on the sideline. That year they played in the Florida Lacrosse League and in 2001, USF played in the USLIA’s Atlantic Lacrosse Conference. In 2002 the ALC then dissolved and its teams entered the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference’s Division B. In 2003, the Bulls started the season led by Coach Mike Roseweski, who had a talented team, but the team quickly realized that Rosweski was stealing the money that players had raised through fundraisers and had to fire him. After firing their coach, the Bulls won all of their remaining games and made it the SELC Division B championship game and played the University of Georgia. It was a close game at the half, but USF struggled in the second half, after star player Rob Cronin took a shot to the chest and was coughing up blood. After that 2003 season, the Bulls spent one more year in Division B and then moved up to the SELC’s Division A. The team saw four head coaches in the next three seasons before John Matzke took over in the fall of 2006. Matzke would coach for the next few seasons until the fall of 2010, when he departed and Jeff Shimmel took over the reigns. USF was at that time apart of the SELC Division I, formerly known as SELC Division A.

Through the next half a decade, big rivalries had been established with other teams in the state including FSU, UF, UCF and UM. These are the teams that USF continues to play within their South East Division of the SELC every year and determines who goes to the SELC playoffs, representing the state of Florida at the Division I level. During Shimmel’s time, the Bulls Beat UM for the first time in 2012 and UF in 2013. Shimmel’s Bulls came close against FSU in 2012 and UCF in 2013. Shimmel also led USF to their first ever winning season as a Division I member in 2013 with a record of 8-4.

Since 2016, the Bulls have had a tough few seasons after Shimmel departed the program. The Bulls would see history repeat itself as they had four different coaches in four years including, Christopher Marasco, Brian Carrier, Thomas FitzSimons and John Gangloff. Now in 2019, as the Bulls prepare for the 2020 season, their next coach will be Joseph “Joey” Galuppi, who has had prior playing and leadership experience as a Bull himself.

Official Team Awards (since 2006)

Benny Krienik

  • SELC Honorable Mention All-Conference Attack (2011)

Anthony Lefanto

  • SELC 2nd Team All-Conference Goalie (2012)

Grant Wallenfelsz

  • SELC Honorable Mention All-Conference FOS (2013)

William Pesci

  • MCLA Scholar Athlete (2014)

  • SELC Honorable Mention All-Conference Defense (2014)

Joseph Galuppi

  • SELC Honorable Mention All-Conference Attack (2013)

  • SELC 3rd Team All-Conference Attack (2015)

Official Team Records

Goals in a Career

  • 93 goals - Joseph Galuppi (2012-2015)

  • 65 goals - Zak Heinritz (2010-2013)

  • 58 goals - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 53 goals - Nathan Granger (2013-2016)

  • 51 goals - Michael Harrington (2007-2012)

Goals per Game (GPG) in a Career

  • 2.07 - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 2.02 - Joseph Galuppi (2012-2015)

  • 1.91 - Zak Heinritz (2010-2013)

  • 1.82 - Michael Harrington (2007-2012)

  • 1.74 - Dillion Harrington (2013-2014)

Assists in a Career

  • 52 assists - Patrick Lefanto (2011-2014)

  • 46 assists - Zak Heinritz (2010-2013)

  • 39 assists - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 34 assists - Joseph Galuppi (2012-2015)

  • 31 assists - Michael Harrington (2007-2012)

Assists per Game (APG) in a Career

  • 1.39 - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 1.35 - Zak Heinritz (2010-2013)

  • 1.21 - Patrick Lefanto (2011-2014)

  • 1.11 - Michael Harrington (2007-2012)

  • 0.85 - Grant Wallenfelsz (2013-2015)

Points in a Career

  • 127 points - Joseph Galuppi (2012-2015)

  • 111 points - Zak Heinritz (2010-2013)

  • 97 points - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 82 points - Michael Harrington (2007-2012)

  • 78 points - Grant Wallenfelsz (2013-2015)

Points per Game (PPG) in a Career

  • 3.46 - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 3.26 - Zak Heinritz (2010-2013)

  • 2.93 - Michael Harrington (2007-2012)

  • 2.76 - Joseph Galuppi (2012-2015)

  • 2.53 - Dillion Harrington (2013-2014)

Ground Balls in a Career

  • 115 - Benny Krienik (2009-2012)

  • 115 - Tucker Maute (2011-2012, 2014)

  • 110 - Ryan Fennell (2012-2014)

  • 103 - Michael Sweeney (2011-2014)

  • 100 - Anthony Lefanto (2011-2014)

Saves in a Career

  • 677 saves - Anthony Lefanto (2011-2014)

  • 264 saves - Trent Abel (2013-2016)

  • 80 saves - Eric Lund (2007-2010)

  • 77 saves - Christopher Kelly (2015)

  • 69 saves - Dalton Shepherd (2016-2017)

Save Percentage in a Career

  • .626 - Christopher Kelly (2015)

  • .622 - Zach Fodor (2009-2010)

  • .594 - Trent Abel (2013-2016)

  • .585 - Anthony Lefanto (2011-2014)

  • .545 - Nick Shea (2013-2014)

Goals Against Average (GAA) in a Career

  • 3.83 - Christopher Kelly (2015)

  • 6.17 - Dalton Shepherd (2016-2017)

  • 7.22 - Trent Abel (2013-2016)

  • 8.5 - Zach Fodor (2009-2010)

  • 11.19 - Anthony Lefanto (2011-2014)