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Conestoga’s Mita, Malvern Prep’s Thompson head list of recruits at Villanova as it moves into Big East

Wednesday, 2nd September 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, Recruiting, Posted 9/2/09

Conestoga’s Paul Mita and Malvern Prep’s Harte Thompson head the list of 11 new recruits for coach Michael Corrado at Villanova, which was scheduled to open Fall Ball practice Tuesday in preparation for its first Big East season of play in 2010.

Corrado recently announced that the newcomers represent five states and boast two high school All-Americans. Adding both depth and versatility to the roster, the incoming student-athletes include two goalies, two defensemen, two midfielders and five attackmen.

“Our coaching staff is very excited to welcome these eleven student-athletes to Villanova and our lacrosse program,” Corrado said.

The following are short bios on the recruits:

*Paul Mita, a 6-4, 210-lb attackman from Berwyn, led 2009 state runner-up Conestoga High School in total scoring the past two years, registering 53 goals and 25 assists for the 2008 season and 53 goals and 25 assists in 2009. He was named 2009 second-team All-Central League and Honorable Mention.

*Harte Thompson is a 6-3, 175-lb midfielder hailing from Chester Springs. As a senior at Malvern Prep, Thompson recorded 17 goals, 7 assists and 25 groundballs in addition to being named Honorable Mention and All-Inter-Ac League Honorable Mention.

*Nick LoBiondo is a 5-9, 175-lb midfielder from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. During his tenure at Mountain Lakes High School, the Lakers won two New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles. His senior year, LoBiondo tallied 17 goals, 5 assists, 43 groundballs and was awarded the Dick Sabia Award for the player that best exemplifies enthusiasm, hard work, leadership and loyalty to the program.

*Nick Doherty is a 5-10, 165-lb attackman from Bernardsville, New Jersey. Doherty tallied 35 goals, 23 assists and 58 groundballs his senior season playing for Delbarton High School. Individual accolades include being named a 1st team all-county, 1st team all-area, 1st team all-state and 2009 All-American selection.

*Billy Hurley is a 6-1, 205-lb goalie from Morristown, New Jersey. Hurley boasts a 6.2 goals against average and was named team captain his senior season. A defensive anchor in the backfield, Hurley helped lead Delbarton to a 2009 county and conference championship as well as to a Non-Public State Championship his senior season.

*Will Casertano is a 5-9, 170-lb. attackman from Millbrook, New York. Casertano aided The Salisbury School attain 15-1 record during his senior season en route to a 2009 Western New England Championship. Casertano boasted 30 goals and 14 assists in 2009 in addition to being named a 1st team all-league and senior all-star.

*Jack Rice is a 5-11, 175-lb. attackman from Baltimore, Maryland. Hailing from lacrosse powerhouse Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, Rice tallied 47 goals and 14 assists as a senior captain and garnered accolades including the Ensign C. Markland Kelly award, Creator’s Game award and was an all-conference and team MVP selection.

*Tyler Brennan is a 6-2, 205-lb. defender from East Setauket, New York. As a three year varsity letterwinner, team captain and all-county selection for Ward Melville, Brennan helped his team attain a 16-4 record as he assisted Melville to being ranked the 22nd best team in the country by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

*Peter Metcalf, 6-4, 210-lb. goalie from Sea Girt, New Jersey. Metcalf, a 4 year varsity letterwinner, led The Governor’s Academy to a 32-1 record over the past two seasons while guiding the team to a 2008 and 2009 Independent School League Championship. Boasts a 4.06 goals against average and was named to the 2009 1st Team All-Independent School League team, a 2008 Gait Cup All-Star and a 2008 Blue Chip.

*Max Harte a 5-10, 180-lb midfielder from Bethesda, Maryland. As a senior for Georgetown Prep, Harte recorded 25 goals and 15 assists, leading his team to a 20-3 record and 2009 IAC Champions. Harte also earned the 2009 Iron Hoya Award following his senior season.

*Hunter Broome a 6-3, 205-lb. defender from Richmond, Virginia. Harte was a 3-year starter at the Collegiate School where he captained the team to a 13-7 record his senior season. His resume includes being named two-time All-Prep, 2009 all-state and 2009 All-American. A three sport student-athlete, Broome also lettered in football and track and was named a 2008 All-Prep and all-state selection in football.

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