Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/1/10
From Press Releases
Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse head coach Bear Davis announced Tuesday that 19 players – four from Philly, including Perkiomen Valley’s Joe Scenna, Upper Merion’s Nate Hare and Downingtown West’s Tyler Rankel and Ryan Higgins – will look to continue their careers with RMU in the 2011 season.
In 2010, the Colonials led the nation in scoring offense, outdistancing national champion Duke by nearly two goals per game, recorded their first national ranking in school history and collected a program-record 10 wins.
The following student-athletes comprise Robert Morris’ 2011 recruiting class and will seek to help RMU to even more impressive milestones in the upcoming season:
D – Joseph Scenna (Collegeville, Pa. / Perkiomen Valley) was named All-Pioneer Athletic Conference First Team in his senior season in which he recorded 68 ground balls and two assists. He served as a team captain for his Perkiomen Valley High School team in 2010. The defenseman also received the George Krause Sportsmanship Award.
“Scenna brings great size and athleticism and is a very smart player,” said Davis.
A – Nathan Hare (King of Prussia, Pa. / Upper Merion) was named the Suburban One Conference, American League MVP and led Upper Merion to the league’s championship during his senior season. Upper Merion finished 14-4 in 2009 and 2010, and Hare was named to the All-Suburban One Conference, American League First Team at attack while recording 58 goals and serving as a team captain in both seasons. Hare was named all-conference second team in his sophomore campaign and led Upper Merion in goals in each of his final three seasons while garnering Team MVP honors in his junior and senior seasons. He finished with 160 goals and 235 points at Upper Merion and tallied 10 points in a single game twice in his career. Hare was also a member of the Duke’s Lacrosse Club team that won the Tri-State National Tournament in 2010.
“Nate brings very solid finishing ability and has increasingly become a much better player throughout his high school career,” said Davis.
LSM – Tyler Rankel (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) was a two-time All-Ches-Mont First Team award winner and was a teammate of Higgins on the Downingtown West league co-championship-winning squad. He recorded 12 goals, 14 assists and 99 ground balls in his senior season.
“Tyler has great takeaway ability and is also very talented between the lines offensively,” said Davis.
A – Ryan Higgins (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) was named All-Ches-Mont League First Team while leading Downingtown West High School to a 17-3 record and a Ches-Mont League Co-Championship in 2010. He recorded 48 goals and 15 assists while serving as a captain during his senior year and received the George Kruse All-County Sportsmanship Award. Higgins was named All-Ches-Mont Second Team after his junior season of 35 goals and 19 assists and All-Ches-Mont Honorable Mention after his sophomore season of 10 goals and three assists. Higgins finished with 96 goals and 37 assists in his career.
“Ryan is a very talented left-handed attackman who is a natural goal scorer,” said Davis.
D – John Arcangelo (Export, Pa. / Franklin Regional) was a two-time all-section first team award winner and a two-time All-Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (MSLCA) Second Team honoree. He helped his Franklin Regional squad to a conference championship in 2009. Arcangelo served as a team captain for the Panthers in his senior year and collected 35 ground balls.
“John can give us great athletiticism on the defensive side of the ball,” said Davis.
D – Trey Atkinson (Homewood, Ala. / Homewood) was a two-time Adidas High School All-America selection. He was named to Alabama All-State Team three times and was a four-year captain for the Homewood High School Patriots. Atkinson was also selected to compete for the Bamalax Select club team and was named to the Georgia Games All-Tournament Team.
“Trey brings a very physical element to the defensive side,” said Davis.
M – Anthony Bianchi (Rochester, N.Y. / Aquinas Institute) was a three-time All-Greater Rochester Area Lacrosse League (GRALL) honoree. He played on two GRALL championship teams and helped his Aquinas Institute squad to a 17-4 record and a sectional championship in his senior year. Bianchi finished with 118 goals and 62 assists in his four years at Aquinas.
“Anthony is a big, strong athlete that plays very well between the lines,” said Davis.
M – Christopher Biank (Wharton, N.J. / Roxbury) was a three-time all-state first team selection and a three-time All-Klank Conference First Team honoree. He led his Roxbury team to a Klank Division title in 2009. He finished his career with 99 goals, 96 assists and 482 ground balls in his four year career for the Gaels.
“Chris is an extremely well-rounded player who can get the ball in the back of the net and find the open man,” said Davis.
G – Brian Bohn (Mars, Pa. / Seneca Valley) was named All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Second Team this past season after leading his team to a second consecutive sectional championship and a berth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) State Semifinals. His Seneca Valley squad finished the year 20-3 and went undefeated in league play. Bohn collected 133 saves for the Raiders while posting a 6.60 goals against average and a .620 save percentage. He also played for multiple club teams, including Steel City Select and the Pittsburgh Rebels, that competed in the NDP National Tournament during the past two years.
“Bohn is an extremely hard-working goalie who will drive himself to compete at any level,” said Davis.
M – Brendan Donovan (Parkton, Md. / Loyola Blakefield) was an Adidas High School All-America selection in 2009. He helped his Loyola Blakefield team to the 2008 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference title and a #2 national ranking. Donovan collected 18 goals and six assists in his senior season.
“Brendan has a great IQ of the game and his great stickwork will help his transition to the Division I level,” said Davis.
M – Corey Elmer (Reinholds, Pa. / Conrad Weiser) was a United States Lacrosse High School All-American during his junior year for Conrad Weiser High School. Elmer was also a four-time All-Berks County First Team award winner, a three-time all-district first team performer and a two-time Berks County Most Valuable Player. He helped lead Conrad Weiser to four county championships, including a 21-4 record and a berth in the PIAA State Tournament in 2010. Elmer finished his career with 302 goals and 192 assists, totaling 494 points.
“Corey is an extremely talented player that finds ways to produce through both scoring goals and setting up others,” said Davis.
A – Austin Gorman (Rochester, N.Y. / Aquinas Institute) was an all-league first team and All-Greater Rochester First Team honoree. He was a teammate of Bianchi’s on the Aquinas Institute squad that finished 17-4 and won the Section V Championship in 2010. The four-year letterwinner recorded 180 goals and 143 assists, totaling 323 points, in his Aquinas career.
“Austin is an extremely complete player, bringing the ability to use both hands, feed and score goals,” said Davis.
D – Alex Kelly (Fallston, Md. / Archbishop Curley) was a two-time MIAA B Conference First Team honoree for Archbishop Curley High School. As a sophomore, he started for his Friar team that went 17-1 and won the MIAA B Championship. Kelly, who served as a team captain in 2010, received the A. Craig Tillman award that is given to the Team MVP in his senior season. He finished his Friar career with over 150 ground balls and over 120 caused turnovers. Kelly also suited up for the Maryland Renegades club team during the summers of 2006-2009 and competed in over 15 tournament championship games.
“Alex is a very sound fundamental defenseman with great communication and can find a way to make any defense better,” said Davis.
M – Kevin Major (Monrovia, Md. / Urbana) was named All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League (MVAL) First Team and all-county first team. He helped his Urbana High School team to a pair of regional championships and two appearances in state title games. Major won 78% of the faceoffs he took and collected 13 goals and 22 assists in his senior season.
“Kevin is an extremely tenacious face-off man who can compete with anyone at the ‘X’,” said Davis.
D – Justin McLiverty (Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford Sutherland) was a two-time all-county selection, garnering first team honors in 2010, out of Pittsford Sutherland High School. McLiverty helped his Panther squad to a 15-3 record in his senior year. He also received All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention honors and was selected as Pittsford’s Team MVP. Additionally, McLiverty was a member of the Rochester team that won the 2010 Adidas Brogden Cup International Lacrosse Competition in Orlando, Fla.
“Justin is a very sound defenseman with a very complete game,” said Davis.
D – Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo. / St. Louis University) was named a United States Lacrosse High School All-American after his senior season. He was a two-time all-state honoree and helped his St. Louis University High School team to a 20-3 record and a state championship in 2009. Meagher is the younger brother of current Colonial Mike Meagher.
“Sean brings a unique element, being a lefty with great size and athletic ability,” said Davis.
D – Justin Ricelli (Medina, Ohio / Medina) was named a United States Lacrosse All-American during his senior season at Medina High School. Medina finished the season 12-1 and was ranked second in the state of Ohio. Ricelli was also named All-Ohio and all-region first team in both his junior and senior seasons.
“Justin can bring great size and physical play to the Colonial defense,” said Davis.
A – Connor Rich (Succasunna, N.J. / Roxbury) was named all-state honorable mention and All-Klank Conference First Team during the past three seasons. He was a teammate of Biank’s on Roxbury’s Klank Division championship squad in 2009. He was a three-year captain for the Gaels and collected 111 goals and 58 assists in his career.
“Connor has very good quickness and change of direction ability and can create havoc for any defenseman,” said Davis.
M – Kyle Van Krevel (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Jerome) collected two letters and was a member of Dublin Jerome’s Ohio state championship team this past season.
“Kyle is a very competitive player who finds a way to produce on offense,” said Davis.
The 2011 season will be the seventh in the history of RMU men’s lacrosse, with Davis serving as head coach since the program’s inception.