Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/5/12
University of Hartford men’s lacrosse coach Peter Lawrence (Director of Trashcan Lacrosse) and his coaching staff welcomed 14 newcomers to the Hawks’ roster for the upcoming 2013 season, a class that is headlined by 10 high school standouts and four transfer student-athletes.
The Hawks’ incoming class, which consists of two attackers, seven midfielders, one long stick midfielder, three defenders and one goalie, will join 27 returning student-athletes as the squad looks to make its return to the NCAA Tournament after falling one goal short of reaching the America East title game in 2012.
Chris Duffy · Willow Grove, Pa. · Abington Senior High School · Defense
Duffy is a 6-1, 180 pound defender who was a two sport athlete at Abington Senior High School. As a senior captain, he was named First Team Suburban One League National All-League, joining former high school teammate and current Hawk Matt Figueroa on the list. In 2011, Duffy helped the Ghosts claim their fifth-straight undefeated Suburban One National Conference championship and advance to the District 1 quarterfinals as a junior. He also earned First Team All-League honors that year for the second consecutive time and was tabbed the defensive MVP at Abington. Twice named an Adidas All-American in 2011 and 2012, Duffy also played three seasons of football at Abington. Duffy is enrolled in the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture.
Matt Figueroa · Roslyn, Pa. · Abington High School · Midfield
Figueroa is Hartford’s second member of the class of 2016 who attended Abington Senior High School, joining former teammate and now Hawk, Chris Duffy. A 5-9, 180 pound midfielder, Figueroa wrapped up his high school career earning First- Team Suburban One League National All-League honors for the second-straight season in addition to 2012 All-State and High Honorable Mention All-Phillylacrosse.com accolades. He was recognized with those honors after netting 56 goals and assisting on 22 others for 78 points as a senior. The team’s MVP in 2011, he was part of a squad that advanced to the District 1 quarterfinals and captured an undefeated Suburban One National Conference championship, marking the third undefeated league title for Figueroa and the Ghosts’ fifth-straight. Figueroa is enrolled in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.
Jack Bobzien · Littleton, Colo. · Arapahoe High School · Midfield
The program’s first-ever recruit to hail from the state of Colorado, Bobzien, a 6-0, 165 pound midfielder, was a two-sport athlete at Arapahoe High School. Bobzien enjoyed a successful career at Arapahoe, which sports one of the nation’s top lacrosse programs. During his tenure, he helped the Warriors capture a pair of Colorado state titles in both 2009 and 2012, the latter coming after a perfect 19-0 season in which he combined for 59 points on 29 goals and 30 assists. Bobzien concluded his high school career by earning two-straight First Team All-Colorado honors and more impressively, a pair of nods to the All-American Team. In addition to lacrosse, he was also a standout basketball player, leading the team to an appearance in the Class 5A state championship game. Bobzien is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.
Christian Catapano · Basking Ridge, N.J. · Ridge High School · LSM/Defense
A 6-0, 195 pound long stick midfielder and defender, Christian Catapano attended Ridge High School where he played four seasons of varsity lacrosse. Most recently, he helped his team to an appearance in the 2012 New Jersey Group 4 semifinals. During his junior season, Ridge High School was the runner-up in New Jersey Group 3 and during his sophomore year in 2010, the squad captured the New Jersey Group 3 Championship. Also a member of the Tri-State High School All-Stars, Catapano helped lead that team to a sectional title. Catapano is enrolled in Hillyer College.
Cooper Del Zotto · Orangeville, Ontario · The Taft School · Midfield
At 5-9 and 170 pounds, Del Zotto is a versatile midfielder who is a tenacious defender with a great passing touch and an ability to finish around the cage. A native of Orangeville, Ontario, he joins the Hawks after playing lacrosse at the Taft School located in Watertown, Conn. As a senior captain, Del Zotto scored 11 goals, collected 15 ground balls and concluded his high school career by earning a spot on the Western New England All-Star Team. Del Zotto is enrolled in Hillyer College.
Austin Gorman · Rochester, N.Y. · Monroe Community College · Attack
A 5-10, 165 pound attackman hailing from Rochester, N.Y., Gorman brings an accomplished resume that includes experience at the junior college level to Hartford. Gorman transfers to the Hawks from Monroe Community College where he spent one season following his graduation from Aquinas Institute in 2010. Gorman enjoyed an illustrious season at Monroe Community College after racking up 105 points, third-most in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association level, on 58 goals and 47 assists. Those numbers helped him earn a series of honors including All-WNYAC First Team, All-Region III First Team and All-American Second Team. At Aquinas Institute, he was a member of a squad that finished 17-4 and won the Section V Championship in 2010. An all-league first team and All-Greater First Team honoree that year, he was also named to the Section V (Class C) All-Tournament Team and earned a spot on the Rochester US Lacrosse Senior All-Star game roster. Furthermore, he concluded his high school career by making the cut for the D&C All-Greater Rochester Super 16 list. During his four-year career, Gorman recorded 180 goals and 143 assists, totaling 323 points. Gorman is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.
Brad Hutton · Webster, N.Y. · Monroe Community College · Midfield
Hutton, a 6-3, 175 pound midfielder, comes to Hartford after playing two years at Monroe Community College, where he played alongside Austin Gorman during his rookie season in 2011. That season, he racked up 18 goals and added 18 assists for 36 points. As a sophomore one year later, he nearly doubled his offensive production by registering 46 goals and 23 assists for 69 points. A team captain that year, he earned All-Region First Team honors and was a Region III Men’s Lacrosse All-Tournament Team selection. Prior to starting his college career at Monroe, Hutton played three years of lacrosse at Webster Thomas High School where he helped pilot the team to a 14-4 record, including a 6-2 mark in conference play, as a senior in 2010. In that final year, he compiled 25 points on 17 goals and eight assists. Hutton is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Zack Jones · Bridgewater, N.J. · Bridgewater-Raritan High School · Goalie
Jones, a three-year varsity lacrosse player from Bridgewater-Raritan High School, is the lone goalie to join the roster from this year’s list of newcomers. After anchoring the defense of a team that capped a perfect 21-0 season in 2012 by capturing the Somerset County championship as well as the New Jersey Group 4 Championship, Jones earned a series of accolades including first-team all-area, All-Skyland Conference, All-Somerset County, all-state third team and Group 4 First Team. In addition, he was tabbed All-American by the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association, one of 20 players from the Garden State to earn the honor. Jones checks in at 5-10 and weighs 150 pounds. He is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dalton Lundy · Brooklin, Ontario · The Trinity Pawling School · Defense
Lundy rounds out the Canadian recruits for the class of 2016 as he hails from Brooklin, Ontario. A 6-0, 220 pound close defender, he arrives at Hartford by way of The Trinity Pawling School and Donald A. Wilson Secondary School. During his two-year tenure at Trinity Pawling, Lundy was tabbed both the player of the year and the defensive player of the year in 2011. Prior to attending Trinity Pawling, he spent two years at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario. Lundy is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Greg Reynolds · Scituate, Mass. · Southern New Hampshire University · Attack
Reynolds, a 6-0, 210 pound attacker, also brings experience at the collegiate level to Hartford after playing two seasons of lacrosse at Southern New Hampshire University. In both stints, he led the Penmen in scoring, tallying 45 points in 2010 and 38 points in 2011. During his first season, he also led the Penmen in goals (28) and assists (17), and was selected to the Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team. The following year, he dished out a team-best 20 assists and finished second on the team in goals with 18. A 2009 graduate of Scituate High School, Reynolds captained the team during his senior year and graduated as the program’s all-time leader in points, recording 210 goals and 101 assists. In addition, he also set the single-season record in goals scored (91) as well as the single-season record in points (134). His 91 goals that year led the entire state of Massachusetts while in 2008 he ranked on top of the state in points with 134. In his last two seasons at Scituate, Reynolds earned Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors and was tabbed an Eastern Massachusetts all-star at the conclusion of each of those years. Reynolds is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kevin Sanna · Pittsford, N.Y. · Pittsford Sutherland High School · Defense
During his career at Pittsford Sutherland High School, Sanna, a 6-1, 205 pound defender, racked up a long list of accolades including D&C All-Greater Rochester Super 16, Second Team All-Section, Section 5 (Class A) All-Tournament Team as well as First Team All-League. As a junior in 2011, Sanna helped lead his team to the sectional championship game as well as the semifinal round of the state championship. Sanna earned the first-ever Bob Scott Award for Section 5, an award that recognizes a player in each area who goes above and beyond in service to his team, school and community while exemplifying the fundamentals of the game of lacrosse and is a leader amongst his teammates both on and off the field. Sanna is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.
Jake Vogl · Rochester, N.Y. · The Aquinas Institute · Midfield
Vogl is a 5-8, 180 pound midfielder from Rochester, N.Y., where he was a three-year varsity lacrosse player at the Aquinas Institute. As a senior captain, he racked up multiple accolades after finishing the 2012 campaign as the team’s leader in both assists and ground balls. Those honors included D&C All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention as well as First Team All-League. In addition, he also garnered the team’s Ironman Award and was selected to play in the Rochester US Lacrosse Senior All-Star game. During his junior season in 2011, Vogl earned a spot on the All-League Honorable Mention Team and helped his squad to the New York State semifinals that year following a Section V Class C title in 2010. Vogl, who finished his career with 54 goals, 48 assists and 174 ground balls, also played four years of hockey and two seasons of football at Aquinas Institute. Vogl is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.
Francis Wheeler-LaRusso · Belmont, Mass. · Fairfield University · Midfield
Wheeler-La-Russo suits up as a sophomore for the 2013 campaign after spending the last two years at Fairfield University. Prior to starting his college career, Wheeler-LaRossa attended Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Mass., where he finished his career with 24 goals and 27 assists. As a senior captain, the 6-0, 210 pound midfielder earned the team’s MVP award and was also named a 2010 Boston Globe All-Star while grabbing first-team all-conference honors. Wheeler-LaRusso also earned four varsity letters in soccer, leading his squad to the 2010 Division I state crown. Wheeler-LaRusso is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dylan White · New Fairfield, Conn. · New Fairfield · Midfield
An all-state lacrosse player who was a two-time all-conference honoree during his final two seasons, White is a 5-10, 165 pound defensive midfielder who played four years of varsity lacrosse at New Fairfield High School. During his career, he helped lead the Rebels to a South-West Conference title as a sophomore as well as two appearances in the league championship game. That sophomore season, White and his squad extended their run even further and earned a spot in the title game of the Class M championship. White is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.