Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/11/14
From Press Release
Head Coach Ed Stephenson unveiled the UMass Lowell River Hawks’ inaugural 29-member freshman class from 14 states and provinces for its first varsity men’s lacrosse season in the spring of 2015 on Tuesday afternoon.
“Collectively, the attributes that I looked for were leadership ability, academic success, and the potential to develop at the highest level,” said Stephenson. “Having started a program from scratch before, these are the most important characteristics, which lead to a strong foundation. I want our young men to leave here as accomplished students who are prepared for the global workforce. I want them to be productive community servants, and leaders.”
The River Hawks’ freshman class will feature, Michael Adler (Millstone, N.J.), Matthew Balter (West Sand Lake, N.Y.), Gaven Bertram (Clarkston, Mich.), Jacob Castiglioni (East Falmouth, Mass.), Eric Corella (Ashburn, Va.), Ray Cozzi (Reading, Mass.), Stephen Dahl (Mendota Heights, Minn.), Shawn Dickey (Shwenksville, Pa.), Nathan Eldred (Goffstown, N.H.), Cory Highfield (Georgetown, Ont.), Thomas Kidd (Olney, Md.), Keenan Koswin (Winnipeg, Man.), Kevin Lally (Beverly, Mass.), Brandon Luitwieler (Calgary, Alta.), Josh Masse (Weymouth, Mass.), Jeff Matrone (Urbana, Mich.), Jon Nassif (Hanover, Mass.), Brady Neyland (Westborough, Mass.), Matthew Page (Beverly, Mass.), Jon Phillips (Delta, B.C.), Will Puduski (Westford, Mass.), Liam Rafferty (Long Beach, N.Y.), Noah Ryan (Hampstead, Md.), Chandler Sampson (Orono, Minn.), Bain Schroeder (Ellicott City, Md.), Zack Schwartz (Huntington, N.Y.), Sean Tyrell (Calgary, Alta.), Nick Zakucia (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Jared Zaniewski (Sandwich, Mass.).
Name: Shawn Dickey
Hometown/High School: Schwenksville, Pa. /Perkiomen
Club Team: Black Bear
Perkiomen Valley H.S.: Named to All-PAC 10 First-Team as a junior and Second-Team as a sophomore – An All-Area Honorable Mention as a sophomore – Named to All-Area Second Team as a junior – Was a member of the football team.
Personal: Son of Paula and Steve Dickey – Names the Philadelphia Eagles as his favorite sports team – Lists Family Guy and South Park as his favorite TV shows – Favorite movie is Step Brothers. Attending UMass Lowell for a great new program with a great campus and atmosphere. Majoring in Engineering.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Shawn is bright student and a very athletic two-sport athlete.”
Name: Michael Adler
Hometown/High School: Millstone, N.J. / Allentown
Club Team: Team Turnpike
Allentown H.S.: Four year varsity starter – Named a team captain – Among 2013 All-Colonial Valley Conference, First team and 2012 All-Colonial Valley Conference, Second team – A 2013 MSG Varsity All-State Honorable Mention – Helped his team become 2013 Colonial Valley Conference Champions – Named a 2012 Blue Chip 225 All-Star – Awarded 2012 Allentown High School Defensive Player of the Year.
Personal: Son of Michael and Mildred Adler – Lists Baltimore Ravens as his favorite football team – His favorite sports figure is Michael Jordan – Hobbies include snowboarding and video games – His favorite show is Workaholics and likes any movie with Will Ferrell – Names his greatest sports moment as playing the Duke Lacrosse Club under the lights on Homewood Field at Champ Camp.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Michael is an academic scholarship recipient, an accomplished defender and a proven leader.”
Name: Matthew Balter
Hometown/High School: West Sand Lake, N.Y. / Albany Academy
Club Team: Albany Power
Albany Academy.: Team Captain his senior year – Named to the All-Area Second Team in 2013 – Team Offensive MVP his junior year – Accumulated 128 career points – Started three years on the varsity team.
Personal: Son of Stuart and Karen Balter – Lists the Jets, Knicks, Mets, and Hurricanes as his favorite sports teams – Majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Matt is an enthusiastic leader, a very smart lacrosse player and an academic scholarship recipient,”
Name: Gaven Bertram
Hometown/High School: Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston High School
Club Team: 1763 Elite
Clarkston H.S.: Four-year varsity attackman – Earned All-State, All-Catholic, and All-County honors – Helped his team win Catholic League championships in 2011 and 2013 – Also won regional championships in 2011 and 2012.
Personal: Son of Spencer and Christine Bertram – Lists the Detroit Red Wings, Lions, and Tigers as his favorite sports teams – Favorite sports figures include Vince Lombardi, Steve Yzerman, and Nicklas Lidstrom – Majoring in Business Administration.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Gaven is an academic scholarship recipient, a strong dodger and a good off-ball player.”
Name: Jacob Castiglioni
Hometown/High School: East Falmouth, Mass. /Falmouth
Club Team: Team Cape Cod
Falmouth H.S.: Spent three years on varsity squad – Also played Football, Soccer, Golf, Track, Basketball, and Lacrosse.
Personal: Son of Savry Castiglioni – Lists the Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, and Cannons as his favorite sports teams – Influential sports figures include Kyle Hartzell, Rob Pannell, and Hope Solo – Majoring in Economics.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Jacob is a dedicated, goal-oriented student. He is an aggressive, multi-sport athlete who will mature quickly in college.”
Name: Eric Corella
Hometown/High School: Ashburn, Va. /Broad Run
Club Team: Cavalier
Broad Run H.S.: Named an All-District and All-Region player – A four year varsity letterman – Named a team captain his junior and senior years – Team leader in ground balls and faceoff percentage – Hofstra Long Island Classic All-Star – Point leader for Cavalier Orange.
Personal: Son of Jeff and Cindy Corella – His Hobbies include fishing and working out – Favorite shows to watch on TV are The Office, Modern Family, and any professional sport that is on – Lists Eminem, Florida Georgia Line, and B.O.B. as his favorite music groups – His favorite movies are The Breakfast Club, Lone Survivor, and Remember the Titans. Names the Redskins, Nationals, and Capitals as his favorite professional sports teams – Eric Thomas, John Ranagan, and Paul Rabil are among his favorite sports figures and influences – Describes his greatest sports moment as the time his team won the regional semifinal in the last 30 seconds after being down by four goals with only three minutes left in the game – Hopes to one day become a physical therapist and stay close to the sports world.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Eric is a spectacular student, an academic scholarship recipient, and a proven two-sport leader.”
Name: Ray Cozzi
Hometown/High School: Reading, Mass. /Reading Memorial
Club Team: Homegrown Raptors
Reading Memorial H.S.: Four-year varsity player at Reading Memorial H.S. for Head Coach Charlie Hardy – Named Captain and awarded Defensive Player of the Year his junior year – Helped lead his team to Middlesex League quarterfinals in 2011, 2012, and semifinals in 2013.
Personal: Son of Raymond Cozzi – Hobbies include lacrosse, football, and engineering – Lists Step Brothers, Lone Survivor, and Wolf of Wall Street as his favorite movies – Greatest sports moment was his first varsity game and going to the semifinals – Majoring in Engineering.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “A fine student, Ray is a very engaging and inquisitive young man. He is a very smart, unselfish and skilled lacrosse player.”
Name: Stephen Dahl
Hometown/High School: Mendota Heights, Minn. /St. Thomas Academy
Club Team: True Lacrosse
St. Thomas Academy: Varsity player since eighth grade – Named Chicago Showcase All-star and Baltimore Summer Kickoff All-Star – Named team captain his senior year – Leading goal and point leader of his team two consecutive years – Also played football and basketball.
Personal: Son of Susan and Stephen Dahl – Favorite music artists are Avicci and Jay-Z – List Breaking Bad as his favorite TV show – Lists Minnesota Wild and Vikings as his favorite sports teams – Greatest sports moment was scoring in double overtime versus Hill Murray – Majoring in Business Administration.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Stephen is a very good student and a powerful and physical athlete.”
Name: Nathan Eldred
Hometown/High School: Goffstown, N.H. /Bishop Guertin
Club Team: NH Tomahawks
Bishop Guertin H.S.: Four-year varsity starter – Listed as a NH All-State Selection – Aided his team in their four consecutive Division I state titles
Personal: Son of Lynda and John Eldred – Lists The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, and Tosh.0 as his favorite TV shows – Eminem and Drake are his favorite music artists – Names all of Boston’s sports teams as his favorite – Greatest sports moment was hitting two free throws to send the game into overtime in the NH Junior High School State Championship – Majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Nate is an academic scholarship recipient and a hard-working, talented, team first guy.”
Name: Cory Highfield
Hometown/High School: Georgetown, Ontario /The Hill Academy
Club Team: Halton Hills
Hill Bulldogs: Played thirteen years for Hill Bulldogs – First overall pick in the 2013 Jr. A entry box lacrosse draft – All-Canada Games three-time All-Star – Co-Captain in 2012. Named to the All-Star team of all midget players in Ontario in 2012 – Selected to play in field and box lacrosse for Team Ontario – Tied for leading scorer for Team Ontario box lacrosse in 2012.
Personal: Son of Wendy and Steven Highfield of Georgetown, Ontario.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Corey is a dedicated student and an accomplished box and field lacrosse player. He has gained valuable experience playing for one of the foremost high school programs.”
Name: Thomas Kidd
Hometown/High School: Olney, Md. / Col. Zadok Magruder
Club Team: Southern Maryland Select
Col. Zadok Magruder H.S.: A three-year varsity letterman – Named Team Captain two years – Led team in goals and points his sophomore and junior year – Led team in face-off wins his sophomore and junior year – Voted Offensive Player of the Year as a junior – Named to All-Montgomery County, Second team – Named to Maryland 4A All Division, Second team – Also a member of cross country and swim teams.
Personal: Son of Kathleen and Lee Kidd – Lists Forrest Gump, Anchorman, Flight, and Saving Private Ryan as his favorite movies. Baltimore Ravens, Orioles, and Washington Capitals are his favorite sports team. Names Tom Brady as his favorite sports figure. Attending UMass Lowell to pursue a degree, as well as the opportunity to play Division I lacrosse. Majoring in Economics.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Thomas is an accomplished student, athlete and musician, an academic scholarship recipient, and a multisport competitor.”
Name: Keenan Koswin
Hometown/High School: Winnipeg, Manitoba / Garden City Collegiate
Club Team: Manitoba Blizzard
Garden City Collegiate: Made First-Team All-Province his sophomore year – Announced to the All-Star team his junior year for both lacrosse and hockey – Announced as All Conference his sophomore and senior year for football – Helped lead his club hockey team, the Winnipeg Hawks, to a AAA City Midget Championship and made the AAA City Midget All-Star team.
Personal: Son of Louise and Ken Koswin – Lists The Hunger Games and Space Jam as his favorite movies – Favorite professionals sports teams include the Chicago Blackhawks, Saskatchewan Rough Roughriders, and Winnipeg Jets – Greatest sports moment was winning the Provincial Championship his last year playing hockey.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Keenan is good student and a versatile lacrosse player. He is big and strong with very good skills. He is dangerous with the ball and off-ball”.
Name: Kevin Lally
Hometown/High School: Beverly, Mass. /Beverly
Club Team: Top Gun Fighting Clams
Beverly, H.S.: A four-year varsity letterman – Voted Captain his senior year – Named a 2012 Peak 200 All-Star – A 2012 Adirondack Showcase All-Star – A 2013 NEC First-Team All-Star – Awarded 2013 NEC Defensive Player of the Year – Aided his team in playoff run to DII North semi-finals.
Personal: Son of Nancy and Tom Lally – Names Boston Bruins and New England Patriots as his favorite sports teams – Zedd, Avicci, Drake and Red Hot Chilli Peppers are his favorite artists. Hobbies include playing hockey, golf, and hanging out with friends – Greatest sports moment was defeating Wayland in the Div. II state quarterfinals and being the first team to make it that far in 10 years.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Kevin is a fine student and a hard working two-sport, team first leader.”
Name: Brandon Luitwieler
Hometown/High School: Calgary, Alberta /Centennial
Club Team: Junior A Mountaineers
Centennial H.S.: Played six years with the Calgary Axemen Division A (multiple city championships) – Played Junior A box lacrosse with the Calgary Junior A Mountaineers – Member of Provincial Box Lacrosse Championship team – Two-time team member of Provincial Field Lacrosse Championship Team (2012 Leading goal scorer) – Also an accomplished football player.
Personal: Son of Kristy and Jon Luitwieler – Lists SportsCenter and NFL football as his favorite TV shows – Names Chicago Blackhawks and Denver Broncos as his favorite sports teams – Kendrick Lamar and City Color are his favorite music artists – Greatest sports moment was winning the Box Lacrosse City Championship – Majoring in Biology.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Brandon is a strong student and a multitalented athlete who excels in football, field and box lacrosse. He’s a very determined and committed athlete.”
Name: Josh Masse
Hometown/High School: Weymouth, Mass. / Hanover
Club Team: NESLL
Hanover H.S.: Four-year varsity player – Named as both an All-League and All-Star selection – Also played football and basketball.
Personal: Son of Kathleen Masse – Lists rock climbing, playing drums, and wakeboarding as his hobbies – His favorite show is Breaking Bad and his favorite movie is Lone Survivor – Names the Boston Bruins as his favorite professional sports team.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Josh is a very strong student and a talented multisport athlete. He is very fast and tenacious and will give us the opportunity to extend our defense.”
Name: Jeff Matrone
Hometown/High School: Urbana, Md./Urbana
Club Team: Upper Shelf
Urbana, H.S.: Named Captain his senior year – Helped high school team reach state quarterfinals his junior year – Top 225 Showcase Selection – Also an accomplished hockey player.
Personal: Son of MaryBeth and John Matrone – Hobbies include snowboarding, golfing, wakeboarding, and cars – Favorite TV show is The Walking Dead – Lists Boston Red Sox, Washington Capitals, New England Patriots, and Boston Celtics as favorite sports teams – Greatest sports moment was playing in the state finals for Urbana high school hockey team.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Jeff is a fine student and two-sport captain, junior and senior year in hockey and a senior year in lacrosse.”
Name: Jon Nassif
Hometown/High School: Hanover, Mass. / Hanover
Club Team: Top Gun Fighting Clams
Hanover H.S.: Four-year varsity starter – Named TTL League MVP – Named a three-year All-League selection – Member of TTL League championship team – Helped his team reach state semi-finals in 2012 and 2013 – Also played football.
Personal: Son of Elias and Jessica Nassif – His hobbies, aside from lacrosse and football, include weight lifting and playing XBox – His favorite TV show is SportsCenter – Lists That’s My Boy and Goodfellas as his favorite movies – Enjoys listening to Drake and Meek Mill – Names the New England Patriots as his favorite professional sports team – His favorite sports figures and influences include Paul Rabil, LeBron James, and Muhammad Ali – Recalls his favorite sports moment to be his first varsity football game in which he had three sacks and 11 tackles – He is a proficient chess player – Can speak and understand a good amount of Arabic.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Jon is a strong student and a two-sport athlete. He has good speed and power and should develop into a strong middie.”
Name: Brady Neyland
Hometown/High School: Westborough, Mass /Blackstone Valley Tech
Club Team: 413
Blackstone Valley Tech, H.S.: A three-year varsity starter – A two-time Vocational Lacrosse Finalist – Also an accomplished football player.
Personal: Son of Terrie and Matthew Neyland – Hobbies include fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends – New England Patriots and the Boston Cannons as his favorite sports teams – Lists Breaking Benjamin and Eminem as his favorite music artists – Majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Brady is a great student and a physical two-sport athlete. He will bring a physical presence to our defensive end of the field.’
Name: Matthew Page
Hometown/High School: Beverly, Mass./Beverly
Club Team: Elite Gulls
Beverly H.S.: Named a team Captain his senior year – Four-year varsity player – Named a 2014 Elide 100 Lacrosse All-Star – Also member of indoor track and golf teams.
Personal: Son of John and Mary Page – Has a twin sister and an older brother – His hobbies include watching sports, golfing, playing basketball, and the piano – His favorite TV shows are Breaking Bad and Criminal Minds – Lists The Other Guys and Anchorman as his favorite movies – His favorite musical artist include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Cudi – His favorite professional sports teams are the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots – He names Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to be his favorite sports figures – Recalls his most memorable sports moment to be his first varsity lacrosse point as a freshman.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Matt is an exceptional student and a three-sport athlete. His size, strength and creativity make him very effective off ball.”
Name: Jon Phillips
Hometown/High School: Delta, B.C. /Delta Secondary
Club Team: Delta Islanders
Delta Secondary School: Led team to Provincial Div. II Championship his senior year – Named Team MVP – Named to the National All-Star Team at the Canadian National Championships – Member of 2011 BC National Championship team – Named 2012 Rookie of the Year for the Delta Islanders Intermediate A team with 41 goals and 41 assists in 17 games – Also played hockey.
Personal: Son of Darcy and Pauline Phillips – His hobbies include spending time with friends, playing NHL 14, working out, and enjoying the outdoors – His favorite show is SportsCenter – Lists The Blind Side and Captain Phillips as his favorite movies – Enjoys listening to country music – Names the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Seahawks, and Toronto Blue Jays as his favorite professional sports teams – Sidney Crosby is his favorite sports figure – Recalls his greatest sports moment to be winning a national championship in 2011 at home in front of his friends and family.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Jon is a very good student and an exceptional lacrosse player. He is very creative and skilled in all aspects of the game.”
Name: Will Puduski
Hometown/High School: Westford, Mass./Westford Academy
Club Team: Team Central
Westford Academy: Was a four-year member of the lacrosse team and was captain, earning the Coaches Award in 2013 – Also played football for four seasons and was captain of the team in 2013 – Was a Dual County League All-Star in 2013 was a Lowell Sun All-Star and was the All-Scholastic Award.
Personal: Son of Paul and Kelly – His hobbies include fishing – His favorite show is 24 – Lists Lone Survivor as his favorite movie – Names the Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox as his favorite professional sports teams – Names Rodney Harrison as his favorite sports figure and influence – His greatest sports moment was beating league rival Lincoln-Sudbury in overtime the last time the team played them in lacrosse.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Will is a fine student and a tenacious and rangy defender.”
Name: Liam Rafferty
Hometown/High School: Long Beach, N.Y. /Long Beach
Club Team: Beach Lacrosse
Long Beach, H.S.: A three-year varsity player – Recipient of Coaches’ Award for Most Improved – Also played football.
Personal: Son of Brian and Tricia Rafferty – Lists Breaking Bad and How I Met Your Mother as his favorite TV shows – His favorite movie is Space Jam – Names the New York Knicks and New York Jets as his favorite professional sports teams – His favorite sports figure is Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers – He recalls his favorite sports moment when his team defeated the conference powerhouse in an overtime thriller during their perfect season.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Liam is a fine honor roll student and a formidable two-sport athlete, quarterbacking his football team and playing at the midfield for lacrosse.” Between his athleticism and narrowing his focus to one sport, I think Liam will mature very quickly in college.”
Name: Noah Ryan
Hometown/High School: Hampstead, Md. / Manchester Valley
Club Team: Baltimore Hawks
Manchester Valley H.S.: Three-year varsity starter – Named a 2013 All-Conference Honorable Mention – 2012 and 2013 Maryland State Coaches Lacrosse Association FREESTATE Nominee – Among 2012 Top County scoring leaders – Also played football and ran indoor track.
Personal: Son of Michael and Suzie Ryan – His hobbies include fishing and weightlifting – Lists Blue Mountain State as his favorite TV show – His favorite movies are Wolf of Wall Street and The Breakfast Club – Enjoys listening to Kid Ink, Florida Georgia Line, and Luke Bryan – His favorite professional sports teams include the Charlotte Hounds, Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Washington Capitals – Names Billy Bitter and LeBron James to be his favorite sports figures and influences – His favorite sports moment was playing for the Baltimore Hawks Lacrosse Club team at the 2013 King of the Hill Tournament and getting three hat tricks during three consecutive games – Was also the male lead in a country music video for an up-and-coming female artist.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Noah is a very good student and a very talented attackman. He is very unselfish with the ball, which will be exciting for his teammates.”
Name: Chandler Sampson
Hometown/High School: Orono, Minn. / Orono
Club Team: Minnesota Elite Lacrosse
Orono H.S.: Four-time varsity starter – Three-time Captain – Received First-Team All-State, First-Team All-Conference, First-Team All Section honors – Led Minnesota in points and goals during freshman and junior seasons – Led all underclassmen in points and goals in 2012 – Holds school records for most points, goals, and assists in a season – Holds school records for career statistics – 2013 Section 8 Champions – 2013 Minnesota State Consolation Champs – Fourth place MBSLA finish in 2011 – Ranked in Top 10 all season in 2013 – three-time team MVP – Ranked as of the top attack in the state – Four-time member of Minnesota Elite Team (Multiple All-Star Game Appearances) – Minnesota Elite U-16 as eighth grader
Personal: Son of Gregg and Susan Sampson – His hobbies include golf, pond hockey, spending time out on the lake, and hanging out with friends – His favorite TV shows are Suits, Game of Thrones, Workaholics, Modern Family, and SportsCenter – He lists Anchorman, Miracle, Lone Survivor, Wolf of Wall Street, and Lord of the Rings as his favorite movies – His favorite musical artists are A$AP Rocky, Jay Z, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and Sam Adams – His favorite professional sports teams include Minnesota Wild, Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves – He names Adrian Peterson, Michael Phelps, Johnny Manziel, Michael Jordan, and Muhammad Ali to be his favorite sports figures – He recalls his greatest sports moment to be his teams overtime win against Wayzata in the 2013 Section 8 Championship.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Chandler is a remarkable three-time captain and holds several team records. He is equally as accomplished in the classroom, excelling all four years and earning an academic scholarship.”
Name: Bain Schroeder
Hometown/High School: Ellicott City, Md. / DeMatha Catholic
Club Team: Chesapeake Rock
DeMatha Catholic H.S.: Ranked in top 100 long snappers for the class of 2014 – Also played football.
Personal: Son of James and Jennifer Schroeder – His favorite pastime is hunting – His favorite TV shows are East Bound and Down and Workaholics – His favorite movie is This is the End – Lists the Washington Capitals and Redskins as his favorite professional sports teams – He names his father to be his favorite sports figure and influence. Recalls his greatest sports moment to be achieving a 128-0-1 record on his summer lacrosse team (Chesapeake Rock) throughout three summers.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Bain is a fine student and a very strong two sport athlete. Both his football and lacrosse teams are ranked nationally.”
Name: Zack Schwartz
Hometown/High School: Huntington, N.Y. / Harborfields, Bridgton Academy
Club Team: Long Island Outlaws
Bridgton Academy: Standout midfielder for the Wolverines under Head Coach Jon Hunt.
Harborfields High School: Three-year varsity starter for Head Coach Rich Pittelo – All-Star at Peak 200 camp – Honor Student – Member of Habitat of Humanity.
Personal: Son of Sherry and David Schwartz – His favorite professional sports teams are New York Rangers and Jets – Nickname: “The General” – Hobbies include going to the beach and hanging out with friends – His favorite movies are Wolf of Wall Street and Lone Survivor – Chose UMass Lowell because of its perfect balance of athletics and academics.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Zack is a good student and a fine lacrosse player. Without a doubt, he has the athleticism to develop into a very formidable midfielder at this level.”
Name: Sean Tyrell
Hometown/High School: Calgary, Alberta/ Central Memorial
Club Team: Junior B Mountaineers
Central Memorial H.S.: Was a four-sport athlete at Central Memorial H.S. – Playing four years of basketball, volleyball, badminton, and one year of track. He received the Male Athlete of the Year award in his freshman, sophomore, and junior year – Was announced as Calgary’s Most Outstanding high school male volleyball player – Also awarded the Hear and Hustle Award for both volleyball and basketball his sophomore and junior year. Also played Provincial hockey.
Jr B Mountaineers: Played for the Jr. B Mountaineers for Head Coach Wayne Sutherland. Helped lead his team to 2013 Silver Medal at the Founders Cup and was awarded team MVP honors – Winner of the Jim Burke Award and the regular season points leader with 101 points (41 goals and 60 assists) in 19 games – Helped lead his team to a 2013 State and South Division Championship – Was 2012 Rookie Scorer of the Year with 46 points (19 goals and 27 assists) in 16 games – Was awarded the team MVP during 2012 Founders Cup quarter finals game with 21 points (8 goals and 13 assists) in seven games.
Personal: Son of Robyn and John Tyrell – His favorite professional sports teams are Calgary Flames, Roughnecks, Stampeders and Seattle Seahawks – Nickname: “Scrappy” – Hobbies include lacrosse, ice hockey, golf and tennis – His favorite movie is Wolf of Wall Street – He names Tracey Kelusky of the NLL Philadelphia Wings and Martin St. Louis as his favorite sports figures.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Sean is an exceptional student and a highly skilled five-sport athlete.” “He is very creative with and without the ball and he is a very good team player.”
Name: Nick Zakucia
Hometown/High School: Johns Creek, Ga. /Chattahoochee
Club Team: LB3 South
Chattahoochee H.S.: Played four years of varsity lacrosse at Chattahoochee for Head Coach Michael Sopko – In 2013 helped lead his team to the Georgia 6A state quarterfinals – Made the Georgia 6A All-State team and DI varsity All-Star team in 2013 – Led team in ground balls with 89 and caused turnovers with 63 in 2013 – Helped lead his team to Georgia 4A state quarter finals in 2012.
Personal: Son of Lori and Tom Zakucia – Favorite movies are Miracle, Black Hawk Down, and Zero Dark Thirty – Hobbies include snowboarding and golfing – Lists his brother Michael as his greatest influence – Detroit Red Wings, Michigan Wolverines, and Detroit Tigers are his favorite sports teams – Greatest sports moment was making the 2013 Georgia 6A All-State team – Majoring in Physical Therapy.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Nick is an exceptional student who has earned an academic scholarship.” “He is strong defender and very proficient at getting the ball off the turf and creating turnovers.”
Name: Jared Zaniewski
Hometown/High School: Sandwich, Mass. /Bishop Stang
Club Team: Team Cape Cod
Bishop Stang High School: Four-year varsity starter at Bishop Stang H.S. for Hea Coach Chris Carrig – Named co-captain in 2014 – A two-time MIAA state qualifier, Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star, Southcoast Varsity Conference All-Star and Dual County League All-Star. Named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team and Southeast Mass. Region Interscholastic All-Star team.
Team Cape Cod: Three-year starter for Team Cape Cod for Head Coach Greg Clements. Scored 76 goals and 58 assists in 2013 between club and high school team.
Personal: Son of Ellen and Ed Zaniewski – Hobbies include running, weight lifting, and reading – Favorite shows are Two and a Half Men, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Friday Night Lights, Lost, and Prison Break – Lists New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Celtics, Cannons, and Red Sox as his favorite sports teams – Majoring in Business Management.
Head Coach Ed Stephenson: “Jared is a fine student and a tireless worker.” “He has a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm which are essential for our new program.”
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