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Men’s recruits: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Kleintz among Class of 2018 at Mercer

Friday, 17th October 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/17/14
From Press Release

As he prepares for his third season on the Mercer sidelines, Mercer head men’s lacrosse coach Kyle Hannan is more confident than ever thanks to an influx of leadership and championship pedigree brought in by his newest 15-member recruiting class.

“Our coaching staff is excited to welcome this fine class of 15 student-athletes to the program,” Hannan said. “These freshmen bring a culture of winning and leadership to our team.”

In his second year of recruiting at Mercer, Hannan emphasized targeting student-athletes of character as he continues to build the foundation of his program. Eleven of his new players served as captain of their high school teams, while the group amassed a total of 169 wins and five State Championships just last season.

All 15 players come to Mercer out of high school with four years of collegiate eligibility. The class features seven midfielders, four attackers, three defenders and a goalie.

“The class of 2019 adds athleticism and lacrosse IQ to our team,” Hannan continued. “Many of these players will have an immediate impact on our program’s success.”

Hannan and his staff look to build of last year’s landmark season that saw the Bears capture a share of the Atlantic Sun regular season championship in their first season of conference affiliation. Six starters from the team that finished 7-7 (4-1 A-Sun) are back in 2015.

Mercer has shown steady improvement each season since Hannan took over the program in 2012. After inheriting a team that had collected just two wins in its first two years, Hannan has already guided the team to 11 victories his first two season on the sidelines.

Jackson Kleintz ~ Ambler, Pennsylvania
High School: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Position/Size: Attack/6-0 200

Honors: All Inter-Ac; Record for most career points at SCHA; Record for most career assists at SCHA; Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 30 goals, 35 assists. Career Statistics: 206 total points.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Jackson was the quarterback of his SCHA team. He is accustomed to running the offense and providing leadership. Jackson has the natural ability to find the open man and feed the ball under pressure. He possesses a high lacrosse IQ.

Josh Adams ~ Wilmington, North Carolina

High School: New Hanover

Position / Size: Midfield / 5’10’ 175

Honors: Team Captain (2012, 2013, 2014); 1st Team All-Conference (2013, 2014)

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Josh has a very explosive first step on offense. His strength and speed allow him to be effective on both the offensive and defensive sides of the field.

Marco Amalfitano ~ Peachtree City, Georgia

High School: Starrs Mill

Position/ Size: Midfield – FO / 5-11 194

Honors: US Lacrosse All-American (2013); Under Armour All-American (2013); All-State (2013, 2014); Starr’s Mill Offensive Player of the Year; Georgia Lacrosse All-Star Game MVP (2013, 2014); Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 13 goals, 20 assists; 80.9 Face-Off winning percentage.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Marco is unique in the fact that he is an outstanding face-off specialist and has a strong skill set. Winning over 80% of his face-off’s and scoring 33 points as a senior proves that he can not only take the draw but also stay on the field and be productive.

Ryan Arthur ~ Englewood, Colorado

High School: Cherry Creek

Position / Size: Attack / 5-11 166

Honors: US Lacrosse All-American; All-State; All- Conference (2013, 2014); Hobey Baker Award, Ice Hockey (character, leadership, ability); All-Colorado Denver Post; Led Cherry Creek in scoring as both a junior and senior; Team captain. Senior Season Statistics: 38 goals (led team), 18 assists (led team). Career Statistics: 131 total points.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Ryan is a smart and crafty lacrosse player that is always in the right place at the right time. He is dangerous around the pipes and finishes the ball well. Ryan not only led his high school is scoring in but his strong character provided outstanding leadership.

Scott Baird ~ Cary, North Carolina

High School: Athens Drive

Position / Size: Midfield / 6-1 186

Honors: All-State; All-Region; All-Conference (2013, 2014); Senior Athlete of the Year, Athens Drive; Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 35 goals, 21 assists.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Scott is a tremendous athlete who possesses size and speed. He is a strong downhill dodger and is dangerous in the alley. He has a good shooting release both on the run and set. Scotts athleticism allows him to play both offense and defense in the midfield.

Sean Carruthers ~ Suwanee, Georgia

High School: Lambert

Position / Size: Attack / 5-10 181

Honors: US Lacrosse All-American; All-State; Led team in scoring; Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 49 goals, 36 assists.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Sean brings great toughness to the attack position. He is able to post up a defender or run through a check. What makes Sean the most dangerous is his ability to feed or shoot the ball.

Patrick de Hueck ~ Burlington, Ontario

High School: The Hill Academy

Position / Size: Midfield / 6-0 158

Honors: Won the Canadian National Championship with Team Ontario; Won the Brogden Cup against Team New Jersey; Played Jr A box lacrosse for the Burlington Chiefs.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Patrick missed his senior year at The Hill Academy due to injury. He has excelled as a player in both box and field lacrosse. Patrick is a runner who plays outstanding defense and is a scoring threat in transition. His experience, skill set and work ethic will make him a special player at the Division I level.

William Dienes ~ Parker, Colorado

High School: Regis Jesuit

Position / Size: Defense / 6-1 181

Honors: US Lacrosse All-American; All-State; Player of the Year, Conference; All-City; Won Colorado 5A State Championship; Team Captain.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Will has tremendous athleticism. His speed and strength allow him to play an opponent in space or on the corner. As Will transitioned from a DI football prospect to a full-time lacrosse player, he became one of the top high school defensemen in the country. He possesses strong character and leads by example.

James Fromert ~ Stevensville, Maryland

High School: Kent Island

Position / Size: Midfield / 5-11 182

Honors: All-Conference, Lacrosse; All-Conference, Football; Won the Maryland 3A-2A State Championship. Senior Season Statistics: 26 goals, 7 assists.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: James was an outstanding two sport athlete at Kent Island High School. He was the quarterback on a State Semifinal football team and ran first midfield on a State Championship lacrosse team. James has excellent speed and shoots the ball well on the run. His athleticism allows him to be an effective two way midfielder.

Bryan Gibson ~ Mooresville, North Carolina

High School: Lake Norman

Position / Size: Midfield-Attack / 6-2 185

Honors: All-Region; All-State; All-Conference; Offensive Most Valuable Player; Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 45 goals, 19 assists. Career Statistics: 104 goals, 69 assists.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Bryan is an outstanding offensive player that can make a difference at attack or in the midfield. He runs very well and his length makes Bryan difficult to defend. Bryan has a knack for getting open off ball and finishes well around the goal.

Jackson Kleintz ~ Ambler, Pennsylvania

High School: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Position / Size: Attack / 6-0 200

Honors: All Inter-Ac; Record for most career points at SCHA; Record for most career assists at SCHA; Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 30 goals, 35 assists. Career Statistics: 206 total points.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Jackson was the quarterback of his SCHA team. He is accustomed to running the offense and providing leadership. Jackson has the natural ability to find the open man and feed the ball under pressure. He possesses a high lacrosse IQ.

Brian McDonald ~ Massapequa, New York

High School: Saint Anthony’s

Position / Size: Defense / 5-11 190

Honors: St. Anthony’s Alumni Award.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Brian was a leader on a traditional strong St. Anthony’s team. He is a very smart off ball player. Brian owns a tremendous work ethic and brings a physical presence to the defensive unit.

Matt Quinn ~ Stevensville, Maryland

High School: Kent Island

Position / Size: Midfield / 6-0 175

Honors: Leading midfield scorer for Maryland 3A-2A State Championship team; All-Conference; All-State; All-Conference (football); All-State (football); Captain of Maryland North All Star team (football). Senior Season Statistics: 31 goals, 11 assists

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Matt is a dynamic midfielder. His explosive first step and skill set make him a legitimate scoring treat. Matt plays with a lot of energy and his athleticism allows him to contribute on both ends of the field.

William Trieschman ~ Houston, Texas

High School: St. John’s

Position / Size: Goalie / 6-4 195

Honors: All-Conference (2013, 2014); All-State (2013, 2014); St. John’s Athletic Excelence Award (2013, 2014); Team Captain.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: William has great presence in the goal. His size and athleticism give him the ability to fill up the goal and make saves. William has very good hand and foot speed. His height and stick skills make him very efficient in the clearing game.

Dustin White ~ Pooler, Georgia

High School: Benedictine Academy

Position / Size: Defense / 6-0 180

Honors: All-State (2012, 2013, 2014); Team Most Valuable Player; Ground Ball Award (2012, 2013, 2014); Team Captain. Senior Season Statistics: 22 goals, 8 assists, 109 ground balls.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Dustin is a strong player between the lines. His speed, cover ability and stick skills make him a game changing type player. Dustin scored 22 goals his senior year with a long pole in transition and on extra man offense.

Nigel Wynn ~ Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

High School: Central Catholic

Position / Size: Defense / 5-10 165

Honors: Defensive Most Valuable Player, Central Catholic; Team Captain.

Hannan’s Scouting Report: Nigel is a player with good speed and excels in transition. His skill set allows him to get the ball off the ground and create scoring opportunities.

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