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Philly players Jansen (Card. O’Hara), Lasprogata (Haverford High) are part of new class at Division I Mercer University (GA)

Friday, 9th September 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 9/9/11
From Press Releases

Mercer University men’s lacrosse head coach Jason Childs has introduced his recruiting class for the second year of the sport on the MU campus in 2012. In all, Childs will have 20 new faces join his 24 returning players from last year’s inaugural season of the sport for the Bears.

Included among the recruits are midfielder Sam Jansen (Cardinal O’Hara), who is a senior transfer from Dowling College; and freshman long stick midfielder Joe Lasprogata (Haverford High).

“We are very excited about where we are with the new class,” Childs said. “I think this class is very strong and the addition of the transfers will only make us more mature and grow faster as a unit.

“When putting this recruiting class together, we wanted to be stronger at every position on the field and we certainly accomplished our goal. We actually feel we overachieved in many instances. So, we are very excited with the young men we now have as a part of the Mercer lacrosse family.”

The Bears team will still have a youthful air about the roster with 40 freshmen and sophomores, two juniors and one senior newcomer. However, many of the returning sophomores – as well as transfers – have had an ample amount of playing time. It’s that aspect that has Childs’ most excited about the 2012 campaign.

“We return a lot of points and a ton of saves,” Childs recounted. “I think that is a great recipe for the success of this year’s team. We knew we would return a lot, but in our evaluation we return everything and that is unique to this program. We are very excited about what these returners did over the summer and how it translates on the field.”

The Bears open their fall practice this coming Sunday (Sept. 11) at 10:00 a.m.

2012 Mercer Lacrosse Recruiting Class

Name Yr. Pos. Hometown Previous School
Kevin Alexander Fr. D Johns Creek, Ga. Northview
Matt Campbell Fr. D Longwood, Fla. Lake Brantley
Sam Cook Jr. G Clifton, Va. Queens University
Josh Davidson Fr. D Prosper, Texas Prosper
Jay DeBole Fr. A Newnan, Ga. East Cowetta
Chase DuBois Fr. D Milton, Ga. Milton
Justin Evans Fr DM Kennesaw, Ga. Harrison
Ian Gehlbach Fr. M Longwood, Fla. Lake Brantley
Timmy Geran Fr. M Alpharetta, Ga. Lambert
Philip Goss Fr. M Joppa, Md. John Carroll
Emery Hanback Fr. M Warrenton, Va. Highland
Noah Hanover Fr. P Memphis, Tenn. McCallie School
Sam Jansen Sr. DM Philadelphia, Penn. Dowling College
Joe Lasprogata III Fr. P Ardmore, Penn. Haverford High
C.J. Moore Fr. M Naples, Fla. Gulf Coast
Tyler Schott Fr. DM Chambersburg, Penn. Chambersburg
Zach Spain Fr. A/M Palo Alto Palo Alto, Calif.
Edward Thorne Fr. A/M Raleigh, N.C. Milton
Zack Ward So. D Peachtree City, Ga. Salisbury University
Eric Yoggy Fr. M Fayetteville, Ga. Starr’s Mill

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