9 Cole Branch
9 Cole Branch
Height: 6-0
Weight: 176
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Lassiter
Position: M

2013: Played in all 12 games, ranking third on the team with 26 points ... Finished the season with 15 goals and 11 assists ... Ranked 149th among Division I players in points per game (2.17) ... Scored multiple goals in three games  ... Posted four goals and three assists in Mercer's opener against Rollins (2/9) ... Had a goal and an assist in Mercer's win over Wagner (3/9) ... Scored three goals against VMI (4/14) and Jacksonville (4/27) ... Picked up multiple ground balls in six games.


2012: Appeared in all 14 games for the Bears earning nine starts… scored 12 goals with three two-goal performances against North Carolina (2/12), Air Force (3/31), and St. Johns (4/21)… assisted seven goals on the year with a season high of two coming against North Carolina (2/12)…picked up 31 ground balls on the year with a season-high of five coming against Wagner (3/16).


2011: Led Bears team in goals (27), points (31), shots (73) and shots on goal (51) ... Among the nation's freshman players, ranked among leaders in goals (6th) and in points (31) for NCAA Division I ... In the overall NCAA Division I lacrosse statistics, ranked 30th in goals per game (2.08) and 45th in shot percentage (.370) ... Had four assists ... Scored a goal on 11 of 13 contests ... Seven multi-goal games ... A record six goals versus Presbyterian (4/10) ... Followed that up with four goals at Holy Cross (4/16) ... Had a string of six-consecutive games with a goal scored (2/26-3/19) ... One of just four players to start all 13 games during MU's inaugural season ... Picked up 29 ground balls ... A .699 shots on goal percentage ... Averaged 5,62 shots per game ... 2.38 points per game ... 2.08 goals per game ... In Mercer's first-ever lacrosse game at Ohio State, Branch scored the program's first goal (11:20 in the second quarter) and had the first assist (3:09 in the second quarter on a goal by Brett Eisenmann).


High School: A graduate of Lassiter (2010) … Coached by Pete Mandarano … Two varsity seasons … A prep All-American.


Personal: Born July 19, 1991 in Marietta, Ga. … Son of Tim and Clark Branch … Has one brother … Wants a career as a physical therapist … A biology major.