Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/2/11
From Press Releases
High Point University (N.C.) coach Jon Torpey has announced that 17 student-athletes – including Philly’s Vince Garman (Haverford School) and Brad James (St. Joseph’s Prep) – will join HPU’s inaugural class for the 2011-2012 academic year. The class consists of players from 12 different states who will practice and train next year in preparation for HPU’s first season in Division I in 2012-2013.
The Panthers’ first group of incoming freshmen include seven defenders, eight midfielders and two attackers. The defenders are Nick Bittner of Monkton, Md., Garman of Aston, Pa., Jeff Hale of Bethesda, Md., Sam Johnston of Coppell, Texas, Derek Miller of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Mike Morse of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kyle Moses of Lewis Center, Ohio.
HPU’s eight incoming midfielders are Richard Byrd of Midlothian, Va., Mitchell Dupere of Raliegh, N.C., Charlie Farmer of Ada, Mich., Harris Levine of Louisville, Ky.,Brandan Montrello of Scotia, N.Y., David Pim of Gaithersburg, Md., Spencer Wichert of Greensboro, N.C., and Colscon Wiley of Richmond, Va. High Point’s incoming attackers are James of Lansdale, Pa., and Adam Seal of Cumming, Ga.
“We are extremely excited about the group of young men we are bringing in as our first class here at High Point,” said Torpey. “They are high character individuals that share a common thread of being hard working and resilient in their efforts to achieve greatness. They have proven that they can have success both on and off the field. These players will serve as the foundation for years to come and our staff is very positive about the bright future ahead.”
Garman was a two-year letter winner from The Haverford School. He was part of the No. 1-ranked prep team in the country which went a perfect 23-0 in 2011. He also helped guide his team to back-to-back Inter-Ac conference championships and Inter-Ac Invitational Championships (2010-11).
James was a four-year letter winner at the St. Joseph’s Preparatory School. He scored 64 goals and had 24 assists in his final two seasons. He was named first-team All-Catholic as a senior and second-team All-Catholic as a junior. In 2011, he helped to guide his prep team to a 19-5 record and the PCL title as well as a berth in the PIAA Championship game.
Bittner was a three-year letter winner at Hereford High School. He was named an All-American by US Lacrosse in 2011 following a senior season in which he recorded 11 goals and six assists and picked up 60 groundballs. Bittner was a two-time first-team All-County honoree and helped guide his prep team to four-straight state championships.
Byrd was a three-year letter winner at Collegiate High School. He helped to guide his team to the Prep League Championship in his senior season and earned the Unsung Hero award.
Dupere was a four-year letter winner at Needham B. Broughton High School. He was named All-State as a senior and was also a two-time All-Region honoree and a three-time first-team All-Conference selection. Dupere was also named the team’s Offensive MVP in each of his final three seasons.
Johnston was a four-year letter winner at Coppell High School where he helped to guide his team to three-straight state championships. He was named Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the All-State team as a senior.
Levine, a long-stick midfielder, was a four-year letter winner at the Louisville Collegiate School. He was named first-team All-State in both 2010 and 2011.
Miller was a four-year letter winner at Ponte Vedra High School. He was named an All-American in 2010 and is a three-time All-Conference selection. Miller helped his prep team to two state Final Fours and a 19-2 record in his senior season.
Montrello was a three-year letter winner at Niskayuna High School. He compiled 38 career points as a defensive midfielder and was named first-team Suburban Council Defensive Midfielder in 2011. He guided his prep team to the 2011 sectional finals, the 2010 New York regional finals and the 2009 New York state finals.
Morse was a four-year letter winner at Centennial High School. He was named a regional All-American by US Lacrosse in 2011 and is a four-time All-State selection. Morse was named first-team All-Conference three times and helped his prep team win the state championship in 2010.
Moses was a four-year letter winner at Olentangys High School. He was named an All-American by US Lacrosse 2011 and is a two-time first-team All-Conference selectee. Moses also attended the Nike Blue Chip Camp.
Pim was a four-year letter winner at The Heights School. He finished his career with 160 goals and 107 assists and was a three-time All-League selection. Pim was named second-team All-County by the Montgomery County Gazette and honorable mention All-Area by the Washington Post in 2010.
Seal was a four-year letter winner at Lambert High School. He was named as an All-American by US Soccer in after helping to lead his team to the state championship. Seal is a two-time first-team All-State selection and a two-time first-team All-County selection.
Wichert was a four-year letter winner at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. He was named the conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 after notching 30 goals and 35 assists. He was named to the All-Region and All-County teams in 2011 and was a three-year All-Conference selection.
Wiley was a three-year letter winner at the Collegiate School. He captained his prep lacrosse team as a senior and was named team MVP.
Recent Garnet Valley grad Benny Baiocco (defenseman) is expected to enroll at High Point in the fall of 2012.
High Point announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in September, 2010, and named Torpey head coach in November, 2010. Torpey named Pat Tracy as assistant coach after the spring 2011 season.
Farmer was a four-year letter winner at Forest Hills Eastern High School. He helped guide his prep team to four-straight conference titles. Farmer was a two-time All-State selection and a two-time All-Area selection. He was named first-team All-Conference in 2011 and was a two-time honorable mention selection.
Hale was a four-year letter winner at Georgetown Prep in Maryland. He was named first-team All-State and first-team All-Met in 2011 after picking up 108 groundballs, scoring two goals and notching eight assists. He helped guide his prep team to the 2011 IAC Championship and was named first-team All-IAC.