Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/17/13
From Press Release
Wagner head coach Matt Poskay has announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the Seahawk men’s lacrosse program for the 2014 season.
These newcomers are all members of the Class of 2017, will have four years of eligibility, and represent a well-balanced addition to the Seahawk lineup. Four players join Wagner’s midfield unit, while the team adds two more to its attack and defensive ranks, one long-stick midfielder and one goalie.
The group hails from six different states as well as the Province of Canada, ranging from nearby New Jersey – Tyler Cropley, Anthony Labetti and Ryan Zurawski, Long Island (Andrew Tirelli), Pennsylvania (Christian McCormick), and Massachusetts (Gus Colonna). The Seahawk coaching staff reached all the way to Minnesota (Jacob Orvidas) and Nevada (Noah Wolthausen), in addition to attracting a pair of Canadians (Evan Clark) and (Nesbitt Nicholas).
“I’m excited about this group of freshmen and for the Wagner family to welcome and get to know these fine young men over the next four years,” Poskay said. “Our coaching staff has had the opportunity to observe, evaluate and coach these 10 newcomers during our fall season and each of them will have an opportunity to see playing time. We’re a young team overall and these freshmen will have an impact.
“I really like what I’ve seen from this group,” Poskay continued. “They’re figuring it out, blending in well with our older guys, and getting a feel for it what it requires to be a student-athlete and compete at the Division I level.”
With its new host of incoming talent added to its returning veteran ranks, the Seahawks head into the spring season with a healthy dose of optimism.
Introducing the Wagner College men’s lacrosse newcomers:
33 Evan Clark
Defense 6-0 180
Vaughan, Ontario / The Hill Academy
Strong, sturdy defender who played at a top program at The Hill Academy under coach Brodie Merrill … High School teammate of current Seahawks Griffen and Reed Leclaire … Honed his skills while competing for the Sherwood Park Junior A Titans Lacrosse Club.
36 Gus Colonna
Midfield 6-0 185
Northfield, MA / Northfield Mount Hermon
Standout midfielder for coach David Huoppi at Northfield Mount Herman, a premier program that competes in the ultra-competitive New England West I prep school league … Versatile midfielder who scored 30 points as a junior and 26 as a senior … Served as team captain as a senior … Earned Team MVP Award as a senior and Outstanding Effort Award as a junior and senior … Named to the Brine National All-Star Game …All-American (Team New England) and competed in the New England East-West All-Star Game … Also a standout hockey player.
15 Tyler Cropley
Defense 6-1 195
Hillsborough, NJ / Hillsborough
Rugged defender who played for Mark Wilson in the Skyline Conference at Hillsborough High School … Honorable Mention All-Skyland Conference selection as a senior … As a sophomore, helped lead the Raiders to a 13-5 record, the best single-season mark in school history … Competed on the American Revolution Lacrosse Club Team in Copenhagen, Denmark.
30 Anthony Labetti
Midfield 5-9 175
Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown
Competed for coach Baron Wallenhurst at perennial South Jersey prep power Moorestown High School … As a senior, scored 10 goals and added six assists in helping to lead the Quakers to a 16-3 record … Three-year varsity letterwinner who played on the 2011 state championship team … Earned the Best Midfielder Award as a senior … Four-year member of swim team, which he captained as a senior, as well as a four-year member of the varsity football team … Served as vice president of his class as both a junior and senior.
35 Christian McCormick
Attack 5-10 185
Royersford, PA / Spring-Ford
Grew up in a region of Pennsylvania that is a lacrosse hotbed at the grade, middle and high school level, as well as in the club sport community … Played for coach Kevin Donnelly at Spring-Ford High School where he helped lead the Rams to PAC-10 Conference Championships as a sophomore, junior and senior … Earned Second-Team All-PAC-10 honors as a senior after being named honorable mention as a junior … Excelled at both attack and midfield during his scholastic career … 2012 Brine All-American … Big Four Invitational All-Star selection … NJSCLA All-Star.
13 Nesbitt Nicholas
Goalie 5-8 150
Burlington, Ontario / Salisbury School (CT)
Excelled between the pipes for coach Bobby Wynne at The Salisbury School in High School … Helped lead Salisbury to the 2012 Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WNEPSLA) Championship … Began his scholastic career at Burlington Central High School in his native Ontario … Earned a 62.7 save percentage while holding teams to just 5.2 goals per game as a senior … Played with the New England Storm Club Team in the summer of 2013.
18 Jacob Orvidas
Midfield 6-2 190
Rochester, MN / Mayo Senior
Athletic, tough and durable midfielder and faceoff specialist at Mayo Senior High School for his coach, Dr. Eric Moore … Helped lead the Spartans to Big 9 Conference titles in three of his four seasons as a member of the varsity … In 2013, played key role in Mayo copping a sectional title and finishing No. 6 in the final Minnesota High School Poll … Competed on the Minnesota Jaxx and the Minnesota Lakers Men’s Lacrosse Club teams.
24 Andrew Tirelli
Midfield 5-11 185
East Setauket, NY / Ward Melville
Competed on the tradition-rich Ward Melville High School for coach Mike Hoppey … Helped lead the Patriots to a perfect 20-0 record, a No. 10 national ranking and a No. 2 ranking in the state of New York … One of 12 seniors on the 2013 roster who will continue their lacrosse careers on the collegiate level … Also competed as a wide receiver on the Patriots’ football team.
40 Noah Wolthausen
Long-Stick Midfielder 5-9 175
Las Vegas, NV / Palo Verde
Three-year varsity performer at Palo Verde High School for coach Gary Campo where he helped lead the Panthers to state championships in 2011 and 2012 … Earned the 2012 Coach’s Inspirational Award … His father Kevin was a linebacker at Humboldt State University and currently serves as special teams coordinator at Florida International University … Competed on the Napa Force Lacrosse Club Team in Napa, CA.
2 Ryan Zurawski
Attack 5-10 195
Medford, NJ / St. Augustine Prep
Three-year varsity member of the St. Augustine Prep lacrosse team where he played for coach JC Valore … Recipient of the 2013 Robert Wickman Award for outstanding team dedication and spirit … Delivered a four-goal performance on Senior Night to lead the Hermits to a 10-3 victory over … Tallied two goals and an assist in a 16-2 win over Paul VI in a 2013 NJSIAA Non-Public A Round One game … Boasted a .588 shooting percentage during his senior campaign when he sank 10 of 17 shots, while adding one assist to finish with 11 points on the season … Member of the SouthShore Lacrosse Club Team … One of four former St. Augustine players in the Seahawk program along with Michael, Patrick and William McMenamin.