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Kevin Yoggy gives his all in practice.

Kevin Yoggy gives his all in practice.

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Kevin Yoggy gives his all in practice.

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A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Kevin Yoggy is gearing up to play in his final season for the Mercer Bears. Yoggy’s older brother Eric also played for the men’s lacrosse team, and the two played together during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

For his career, including the team’s season-opening loss to Vermont, Yoggy has eight goals and one assist on 24 shots. Against Vermont, Yoggy had two goals on five shots and was penalized once in the 13-12 overtime loss.

“It was great. I mean you obviously want to end with a win. It was a good game, I mean obviously Vermont’s a good program . . . they’re a winning program for sure,” Yoggy said about the loss. “It’s honestly a game we should have won, a game we want back, but we’re going to take that intensity and move on to the next one.”

On March 2, the Bears will host the Michigan Wolverines at Five Star Stadium. Yoggy is looking forward to playing Michigan, after losing to the Wolverines in Michigan in 2014.

“We have kind of a chip on our shoulders; it’s going to be a fun game for us,” said Yoggy.

After high school Yoggy wanted to follow his brother, Eric, to play for the Bears. As a result of this connection, Yoggy was able to get a clear picture of how the program operated.

“My whole high school career I pretty much had Mercer in mind . . . I was on campus maybe six or seven times before I actually committed,” Yoggy said. “I love the campus, I love everything about it. The team was really tight, I think that’s what really got me to come here. Because other programs are kind of cliquey I guess, but for us every single person on the team is best friends with every single person and that was huge for me.”

Yoggy is an engineering major at Mercer. In fact, he says the engineering school factored into his decision to attend. For his plans after college, Yoggy is still weighing his options.

“I’m working on internship stuff this summer,” he said. “I would like to work in the mechanical engineering field, but honestly I don’t have too many plans which is kind of scary, but it kind of is what it is.”

When asked about his lacrosse plans after graduation, Yoggy said he has no plans to fully step away from the game.

“I love to play lacrosse in just some men’s leagues, probably not anything professional, but men’s leagues, summer ball, stuff like that,” Yoggy said. “I love to coach, to pass the game on to younger generations.”

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