LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell men's lacrosse coach Frank Fedorjaka has announced the appointment of four team captains for the 2014 season: seniors Peter Burke, Todd Heritage, Sam McDonough and Jackson Place. All four captains play key roles for the Bison, with Heritage and Burke contributing in the offensive end of the field and Place and McDonough on defense.

"I am excited to announce this year's group of captains," said Fedorjaka. "We have four outstanding leaders and balance by position. We have a close defenseman, an attackman, an offensive midfielder who also takes faceoffs, and a defensive midfielder. Strong senior leadership is essential on any successful team, and this group of captains has done a great job in that role so far."

Burke has been a key part of Bucknell's offensive midfield in each of the last three seasons, and that will continue in 2014. Burke's role will also expand this spring, as he will be asked to take faceoffs, something he did extensively at the high school level but yet in the collegiate ranks. A speedy midfielder who is also an excellent dodger, Burke has 43 goals and 28 assists in 45 career games.

"Peter Burke is a hard working, clutch performer who always gives a 100-percent effort and sacrifices his body by taking the extra step," said Fedorjaka. "He delivers hard hits, draws penalties and is always doing the right thing from a coach's perspective. He is a very unselfish player who puts the team first at all times."

Heritage is one of the nation's top returning scorers, with 96 goals to his credit with one year still to play. Heritage is coming off back-to-back 30-goal seasons, and he already ranks seventh on Bucknell's career scoring list. A crease attackmen with good hands and finishing ability, Heritage will almost certainly become the program's fifth member of the 100-goal club, and he is 42 goals shy of Justin Zackey's 20-year old school record of 138.

"Todd Heritage has been battle-tested, said Fedorjaka. "He has had extraordinary success on the field but also has the ability to be the cool, calming voice of the group."

McDonough has flourished as a short-stick defensive midfielder for the Bison over the last two seasons. In 2013 he was a key part of a Bucknell defense that ranked 11th nationally in goals against, fifth in penalty killing and sixth in caused turnovers.

"Sam McDonough is a very talented d-midfielder," said Fedorjaka. "He is good at holding his teammates accountable and is able to verbalize it."

Place was picked as a Third Team Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook, and last month he was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Ohio Machine. A Second Team All-Patriot League choice in 2013, Place returns as Bucknell's No. 1 close defenseman, where typically he will be assigned to cover the opponent's top attackman.

"Jackson Place has the experience and success on the field to command, motivate and lead his teammates," praised Fedorjaka. "Nobody works harder on and off the field. He is a complete warrior that is respected for what he has done and what he represents by his teammates and coaches."

After finishing 12-4 last year, Bucknell was picked second behind Loyola in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, and the Bison are ranked 14th and 15th in the two major national polls heading into the 2014 campaign. After scrimmaging Maryland, Villanova and Towson over the last two weeks, Bucknell officially opens its season this Saturday at home against Delaware at 5 p.m. The game will be webcast live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.

Check back to BucknellBison.com later in the week for a more in-depth season preview of the Bison men's lacrosse team.