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Men’s recruits: Hill School’s Donville leads Cornell’s incoming class

Monday, 25th June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 6/25/12
From Press Release

Ben DeLuca, Head Coach of Cornell, has announced the men’s lacrosse incoming class of 2016.

The Big Red will add just six players to next year’s squad, five of which earned high school All-American honors. The group is comprised of three midfielders, one attackman, one defenseman and one goalkeeper. Additionally, the players represent three states and one Canadian province with two players hailing from both New York and Connecticut, and one each from California and Ontario.

“Our coaching staff is very excited to welcome these six young men to the Cornell Lacrosse Family,” said DeLuca. “We feel that this is a versatile and balanced group of outstanding student-athletes that will make a strong impact on our program and they will have the ability to contribute early in a number of areas for our program here in Ithaca.”

Cornell Men’s Lacrosse 2013 Recruiting Class

Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)

Tony Britton 5-10/195 D
Darien, Conn. (Darien HS)

Brennan Donville 6-0/195 G
Oakville, Ont. (The Hill School)

Sean Doyle 5-9/165 A
San Diego, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS)

John Edmonds 6-3/185 M
East Setauket, N.Y. (Ward Melville HS)

Matt Schattner 6-0/180 M
Syracuse, N.Y. (West Genesee HS)

Henry West 6-0/180 M
Darien, Conn. (Darien HS)

Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Class of 2016 Player Biographies

Brennan Donville – 6-0/195 – G – Oakville, Ont.
(The Hill School)
Donville attended the Hill School after lettering twice at Saint Michael’s College School. A two-time team captain, he led St. Michael’s to a pair of provincial championships and received the school’s Outstanding Senior Athlete award. Donville was named honorable mention All-Mid-Atlantic Prep following his season at the Hill School. He also won a U16 and a pair of U19 national championships with Team Ontario and was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2012 U19 World Championships.

DeLuca on Donville: Brennan is one of the best goaltenders to come out of Canada in recent years and he will add to the competition at that position. He is a natural leader who is a strong stopper, skilled ball handler, and has tremendous command of his defense. His experience playing for the U-19 Canadian National Team will serve him well as he progresses to the collegiate ranks.

John Edmonds – 6-3/185 – M – East Setauket, N.Y.
(Ward Melville HS)
An Under Armour All-American, Edmonds lettered four times at Ward Melville, serving as team captain twice. He was selected as a Suffolk County All-American in 2012 and was named an Inside Lacrosse Top 50 Young Gun Rising Junior in 2010. Edmonds earned all-county honors in 2011 and 2012 and was a three-time all-division selection. He also lettered three times in basketball and twice in golf. Doyle earned all-league and all-conference accolades on the hardwood and helped Ward Melville to back-to-back league championships on the links.

DeLuca on Edmonds: John is the son of a lacrosse coach who played for one of the greatest lacrosse programs on Long Island, Ward Melville High School. He possesses great size and athleticism and has shown the ability to play both midfield or attack. He has played at a high level of high school lacrosse that, along with his athleticism, versatility and strong understanding of the game, has prepared him well to compete for playing time early in his career.

Tony Britton – 5-10/195 – D – Darien, Conn.
(Darien HS)
An All-American at Darien high school, Britton was selected to participate in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game. He was ranked the 35th Best Player in the Class of 2012 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine and following his senior season he was named first-team All-FCIAC and first-team all-state. Britton served as his team captain as a senior and was named the team’s MVP. He helped his team to a 2011 FCIAC Championship, earning first-team All-FCIAC honors, as well as second-team all-state and ESPN Rise All-American honorable mention accolades. As a sophomore, Britton helped Darien win a state championship. He also lettered twice in basketball.

DeLuca on Britton: Tony is a tough defender who is athletic, physical, and communicates well. He has great stick skills and possesses the ability to pick up the ball and handle it well. His efforts in the defensive end were a key component of Darien High School capturing the Connecticut state championship and he will provide added depth to a veteran defensive unit in 2013.

Sean Doyle – 5-9/165 – A – San Diego, Calif.
(Torrey Pines HS)
A two-time high school All-American, Doyle lettered four times at Torrey Pines high school, amassing 279 career points on 160 goals and 119 assists. He was named an Adrenaline All-American in 2012 and was selected to play for the West in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Underclassman game. Doyle earned ESPNHS All-American honorable mentions accolades in 2011 and was ranked the 17th best attackman in the country by ESPN that same season. He was a two-time team captain and a four-time Offensive MVP as he led Torrey Pines to a CIF Championship in 2011 and a pair of finalist finishes in 2009 and 2012. Doyle was a three-time first-team All-CIF selection and a three-time first-team all-league honoree after being a second-team all-league selection during his rookie season. He was also named San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic First Team. Doyle lettered twice in soccer and played football for two seasons.

DeLuca on Doyle: Sean is a dynamic attackman who possesses exceptional quickness, tremendous feeding ability, and the ability to separate from his defenseman. He is one of the most heralded players to come out of Southern California, an area which is beginning to produce several Division I lacrosse prospects. We are excited to see Sean transition to the collegiate game and provide depth to an already strong attack unit.

Matt Schattner – 6-0/180 – M – Syracuse, N.Y.
(West Genesee HS)
A high school All-American, Schattner lettered three times at West Genesee high school. He helped the Wildcats to a state championship in 2010 and back-to-back Section 3 championships in 2010 and 2011. Schattner served as team captain as a senior and was named first-team all-league that same season. As a junior, he was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Underclassman game and was named both first-team all-league and second-team All-CNY. Schattner comes from an extremely athletic family, as his father Mike was a three-time All-American lacrosse player at Virginia and his brother Casey currently plays lacrosse at Ithaca College. His uncle Steve Schattner played lacrosse at UNC, winning a national championship with the Tarheels in 1991. His uncle, Mark Major played hockey at Cornell from 1984-87, while his aunt, Martha Manilla Major played soccer for the Big Red from 1986-87.

DeLuca on Schattner: Matt has played an instrumental role for one of the most successful high school programs in the history of lacrosse, West Genesee. He is a do-it-all midfielder with great skills and a willingness to perform whatever role is asked of him. Matt was a tireless worker who hardly ever came off the field. He can face-off, defend, push transition, and play settled offense and has the potential to play in a variety of roles at the college level.

Henry West – 6-0/180 – M – Darien, Conn.
(Darien HS)
An Under Armour All-American, West is the brother of current Cornell goalie, Andrew. He lettered four times at Darien high school, helping the Blue Wave to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010 and an FCIAC Championship in 2011. As a senior captain, West earned his second All-FCIAC selection. West was named all-state as a junior and was chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American Underclassman game that same season. He also played football for two seasons.

DeLuca on West: Henry is a big, strong, and athletic midfielder from Connecticut powerhouse Darien High School. Whathas impressed us most about Henry is his versatility – he has the ability to take face-offs, defend, and be effective in the offensive end. He exemplifies the ‘throwback midfielder’ that our coaching staff so eagerly seeks in the recruiting process and we expect Henry to contribute early in his career.


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