Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/10/14
From Press Release
Monmouth University second-year head coach Brian Fisher (Ridley) announced the men’s lacrosse program’s incoming class, a group that features 12 freshmen hailing from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Delaware who will begin play with the Blue & White in 2015.
Joining the Hawks are Dakota Dunmire (Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo), Grant Gillan (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen), Cooper Glass (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Arapahoe), Mike Mazzola (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Rustin), Garrett Pfeifer (Towson, Md./Gilman School), Jack Siddron (Boonton, N.J./Mountain Lakes), Keegan Teluk (Fallston, Md./Fallston), Sean Tornetta (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Nick Valentine (Millersville, N.J./Severna Park [Md.]), Bryce Wasserman (Southlake, Texas/Grapevine Faith), Nick Wilker (York, Pa./West York), and Grier Wilson (Ijamsville, Md./St. John’s Catholic Prep).
“My staff, team and I are very excited to welcome our second class and newest members to Monmouth University this fall,” stated Fisher. “This diverse group of student-athletes will add depth, athleticism and skill, while also contributing to the foundation of our program.”
Dunmire, a four-year letterwinning midfielder at Oviedo High School, is tied for the all-time lead in points (260), goals (163) and assists (97) for the Lions. A three-time first-team all-district performer, Dunmire was twice named second-team all-conference and earned a first-team all-conference nod as well. Dunmire was also tabbed First Team All-Central Florida, a First-Team Florida All Star and an Under Armour South All-American during his time at Oviedo.
Coach Fisher said, “Dakota has a smooth stroke and confidence shooting the ball which can stretch a defense. Playing attack and midfield during his high school career makes him pretty versatile and it will be interesting to see where he fits best for us.”
Gillan, a goalkeeper who posted a 65% save-percentage during his senior year while leading Cape Henlopen High School to a state championship title in 2014, was named an All-American and first-team all-state. While earning the Bob Scott Award, Gillan also participated in the State All-Star Game.
“Grant had one wild finish to his high school career winning the Delaware state title,” added Fisher. “Grant has good hands and is a talented and athletic goalkeeper, capable of stealing shots while making the big save.”
Mazzola, a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Golden Knights of West Chester Rustin High School, was named All Ches-Mont in 2014, while adding a goal and four assists from his defensive position. Mazzola also earned a pair of letters as a member of the football team as well.
“Mike is a physical defender who combines IQ with athleticism and will add depth at that end of the field for us,” added Fisher. “After missing his junior season to injury, Mike had a very good senior season at Rustin and I am looking forward to having Mike on campus this fall and watching his game take off.”
Tornetta was a four-year letterwinner on attack at Perkiomen Valley High School, where he totaled 145 goals and 72 assists in his career for the Vikings. The winner of the school’s 2013 Nicholas Collelouri Leadership Award for Selfless and Relentless Attitude and David Alexander Founders Award for Passion, Dedication, and Commitment On and Off The Field, Tornetta was a two-time team captain and twice earned first-team all-conference accolades in 2013 and 2014. A Brine All-American in 2013, Tornetta was labeled the team’s Offensive MVP in 2012, 2013 and 2014, while being named to the Panzini and Mezrow Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll as a senior. A Philly Showcase Fab 40 All-Star and Big 4 Lacrosse All-Star in both 2012 and 2013, Tornetta was a member of Dukes LC National Championship Team.
“Sean certainly knows how to find seams inside and put the ball in the back of the net,” said Fisher. “He is a quick and relentless athlete and I like how hard he plays and rides. His competitive nature, toughness and motor will be contagious for our team.”
A three-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse at Arapahoe High School in Cenntenial, Colorado, Glass was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-state as a defenseman, as the Warriors won a pair of state championships. Glass also earned a letter as a safety on the football squad and earned a first-team all-conference accolade.
“Cooper is a very cerebral player who has very good athletic instincts about where to be on the field,” noted Fisher. “A captain of his high school team, he is a good leader and very good defenseman who will help us this year.”
Pfeifer, a two-sport standout at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland, won four letters as a wrestler, finishing fourth in the state as a junior (170 lbs.) and fourth at the National Preps (195 lbs.) as a senior. In his two seasons as a defenseman on the lacrosse team, the Greyhounds earned 25 wins and advanced in the conference championships.
“Garrett is a competitor through and through and had a very good senior season with Gilman,” noted Coach Fisher. “He is a tough and physical defender, who is very polished and played at a high level in the MIAA conference.”
Siddron, a two-year varsity defenseman from two-time New Jersey State Group I state champion Mountain Lakes High School, was a First-Team All-Gibbs and All-NJAC performer, as well as first-team all-state. A participant in the Gill Gibbs All-Star Game, Siddron also earned two letters for the football team, which went 25-1 in the two seasons and captured both the NJAC and Group I state title in 2013.
Fisher said, “Jack comes from a very good lacrosse program at Mountain Lakes and has a great lacrosse IQ. He has great range due to his size and his athleticism and skill will make him fun to watch as he develops and competes for time.”
Teluk, a midfielder and face-off specialist at Fallston High School, was a member of three straight state championship teams, where he was named a 2013 Brine All-American. A 2013 second-team all-county player, Teluk was also named first-team all-county as a senior as well as a 2014 High School All-American. The recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Memorial Award as a senior, Teluk competed in the MSLCA Freestate Senior All-Star Game.
“Keegan had a great career at Fallston winning three state championships and was named an All-American in his senior season,” stated Fisher. “He is a tough, athletic and savvy face-off guy who will add depth and competition for us this year.”
Valentine, a three-year varsity letterwinner in both lacrosse and football at Severna Park High School, where he played midfield and attack for the Falcons. As a sophomore and junior midfielder, Valentine totaled 16 goals and six assists, and as a senior midfielder/attacker, he registered 30 goals and eight assists, en route to being selected as a 2014 Anne Arundel All-County performer. Valentine competed in the Builderback Senior All-Star Game and was selected for the All-Star team at the 205 Rising Junior Showcase and the Gettysburg Gait Cup. The football team’s 2011 Defensive MVP and 2013 Unsung Hero Award winner, Valentine played club lacrosse for Smartlink and Predator Club Lacrosse.
“Nick is another big athlete who adds versatility, size and athleticism to our roster having played attack and midfield at Severna Park,” added Fisher. “He is tough to stop when dodging, shoots the ball well and has good hands inside.”
A two-sport standout at Grapevine Faith in Grapevine, Texas, Wasserman was named a 2014 First-Team All-American and Adrenaline All-American, as well as first-team all-state, First-Team All-North Texas and First-Team All-Dallas. A three-time team Offensive MVP, Wasserman holds the school record for career points and goals. Wasserman was also a two-time all-conference performer at cornerback for the football squad, where he also posted 2,000+ career passing yards under center.
“I am looking forward to Bryce’s arrival on campus and seeing him in action,” stated Fisher. “He was a quarterback on his football team and carries those same leadership qualities to the lacrosse field. His creative skill set, lacrosse IQ and athleticism will make him fun to watch and provide competition on the offensive end for us.”
Wilker, a four-year letterwinning midfielder at West York High School, played in 70 career games for the Bulldogs, notching 83 goals, 50 assists and 179 ground balls. A member of the three-time division champions, Wilker was named first-team all-division and second-team all-county as a senior, while earning Under Armour Uncommitted All-American status. In both 2012 and 2013, Wilker was tabbed second-team all-division.
Fisher said, “Nick is a smooth lacrosse player and athlete that can do it all as a two-way midfielder. He can play a lot of different roles from wings of the face off, QB a midfield and is a dangerous shooter.”
Wilson, a three-time all-conference lacrosse player at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Maryland, also earned all-area lacrosse honors three times (2012, 2013, 2014), as well as all-conference and all-area recognition as a member of the football team as a wide receiver, where he was named a Baltimore Touchdown Club Metro All-Star.
“We got to know Grier at our prospect day last fall and love his tenacity, competitive nature and athleticism,” noted Fisher. “He is a raw athlete that does a little bit of everything. He can defend, play transition, and plays with an edge that will make our midfield that much more competitive.”
Fisher added, “This past year, our first group set the bar high on the field and in the classroom and we believe this class will carry the same pride in everything they do and thrive during their time at Monmouth.”
Monmouth played its inaugural season of men’s lacrosse in 2014, where the Hawks finished first in the MAAC in penalty-kill percentage (.697) and caused turnovers per game (8.46). The Hawks also placed two players on the MAAC’s All-Rookie Team as freshmen Chris Daly (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) and Dan Bloodgood (Jackson, N.J./Freehold Township) earned the accolades.