Political Science Major
Saves: 21 at North Carolina, 4/17/04
Named one of the team’s four captains for the 2005 season...projects a very positive attitude in the goal, and does not allow a mistake to bother him…unafraid to leave the crease when necessary.
2004: Earned the starting job and played 824 of 851 minutes of the season...started all 14 games and had a goals against average of 8.15 and a save percentage of .576...ranked third in the America East Conference in goals against average and fifth in save percentage...in conference play, Cepelak had a GAA of 5.59 and a save percentage of .628...finished 15th in the nation in goals against average...save percentage was below 50% in just one game last season...turned away 21 UNC shots on goal in 52 minutes of action...in the last four regular season games, he made 51 saves and allowed only 30 goals (63%)...his best effort occured at Vermont, as he stopped 16 Catamount shots in a 10-4 win to clinch a playoff spot for the Retrievers.
2003: Saw fourth quarter action in the first two games of the season in his sophomore campaign…allowed one goal and made one save in 6:38 of the opening win over Mt. St. Mary's, and then stopped five shots, allowing five goals, in playing the entire fourth quarter at Stony Brook.
2002: Played in seven games as a freshman, and earned his first collegiate start vs. 7th-ranked North Carolina...performed admirably in that game, making 13 saves in a 15-11 loss as the Tar Heels had a large advantage in time of possession...after a tough initial appearance vs. Cornell (0 saves, 6 goals allowed), he made 32 saves and allowed 28 goals in his final six outings...made 6 saves and did not allow a goal in relief of Tim Flanagan vs. U. Mass...also started for UMBC in a loss to Towson.
BACKGROUND: Signed in the early fall period with the Retrievers in 2000…led Northport HS to an improbable run to the New York State Class A title…held Mahopac scoreless in the fourth quarter (five saves) as Northport rallied for a 7-6 semi-final victory…made 16 second half saves (21 overall) as Northport took the county title over Sachem…earned a spot on Newsday's inaugural All Long Island Boys Lacrosse Team…had a .630 save percentage as the Tigers held opponents to 5.6 goals per game last year…also earned All League, All County and All America honors…a member of the New York Empire State team in the summer of 2000…decided on UMBC because of its academic reputation…enjoys playing the guitar and swimming…a fan of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird…older brothers, Brian, 24, and Gavin, 22, also competed in lacrosse…son of Linda and Justin Cepelak…born August 7, 1983.