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Men’s recruits: @SJUHawks_MLAX adds 13 freshmen, two transfers, five from philly

Tuesday, 25th August 2015

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

Phillylacrosse.com Posted 8/25/15
From Press Release

Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse head coach Taylor Wray has announced the incoming Class of 2019, which features 13 freshmen from five states, and the addition of a two transfers for the 2016 season. With the departure of 12 seniors, including three starters, from last year’s team, this incoming group comprised of seven midfielders, five defensemen, two attackmen, and one goalkeeper will add to a Hawk squad that has claimed back-to-back Northeast Conference regular-season titles in undefeated fashion and has turned in back-to-back 11-win seasons.St-Josephs-Univ

New to Hawk Hill are Dustin Buchanan (Pipersville, Pa./Central Bucks East), Nick Buckley (Oreland, Pa./La Salle College Prep/Bellarmine), Danny Bullis (Mount Sinai, N.Y./Mount Sinai), Brian Colamussi (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Liam Fitzpatrick (Gaithersburg, Md./Gonzaga College High), Drew Gaffney (Charlottesville, Va./The Covenant School), Zach Hare (Phoenixville, Pa./Spring-Ford), Niklas Hedengren (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), Daniel Lanham (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley), Thomas LaRose (Cranford, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), Jack Lombardo (Timonium, Md./Loyola Blakefield), Michael Major (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep), Hayes McGinley (Bentleyville, Ohio/University School/Syracuse), Zack Reiss (Warrenton, Va./Trinity-Pawling), and Thomas Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood).

“I am extremely excited to formally welcome these 15 young men and their families to our program,” said Wray. “It is a talented and mature group of individuals, and I know they will embrace the positive and hardworking culture that our team has established over the last few years.

“It’s a diverse and balanced class that we feel is going to help ease the loss of the terrific 12-member senior class we lost in 2015.

“I said it last year and I believe this fall will be the same: competition in everything we do will be at an all-time high. The talent that we have at each position is tighter than ever, and I look forward to watching our young men compete with one another as they push themselves to improve on a daily basis.”

For a complete player-by-player rundown, please see below.

Dustin Buchanan • D • 6-2 • 170 • Pipersville, Pa. • Central Bucks East • Sports Marketing
A 2015 Lacrosse All-American and 2014 Under Armour All-American defenseman out of Pipersville, Pennsylvania, Buchanan was a two-time All-State and three-time All-SOL First Team pick at Central Bucks East. Buchanan earned SOL Most Valuable Player and All-Region honors, as well as the squad’s Defensive MVP award, as a senior. The four-year varsity letterwinner, three-year starter, and senior team captain led the Patriots to a two-year record of 36-10 from 2014-15 and recorded 101 ground balls, 71 caused turnovers, five goals, and four assists as a senior and 59 caused turnovers, seven goals, and three assists as a junior. Buchanan also lettered in football, where he broke the longest fumble recovery record in CBE history at 96 yards, and earned high honors at Central Bucks East.

Nick Buckley • D • 6-0 • 193 • Oreland, Pa. • La Salle College Prep/Bellarmine • Economics
After playing his freshman season for Bellarmine University, Buckley is one of two transfers to arrive on Hawk Hill for the 2016 season. Buckley played high school lacrosse for La Salle College Prep, where the two-year letterwinner and senior team captain was a 2015 All-Catholic First Team defenseman and led the squad to three consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League titles from 2012-14 in addition to the 2013 PIAA state title and the 2012 finals. A two-sport athlete at La Salle College Prep, Buckley earned All-Catholic First Team honors as a tight end on the varsity football team.

Danny Bullis • A • 5-10 • 170 • Mount Sinai, N.Y. • Mount Sinai • Business
A U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American and the Division 2 Attackman of the Year, Bullis led his squad to a 33-18 record, including a 16-4 senior season in which he served as a team captain, and totaled 197 career points (94G, 103A) over his three years at Mount Sinai. The attackman out of Mount Sinai, New York was a two-time All-Division selection and earned All-County and team MVP honors as a senior.

Brian Colamussi • D • 6-4 • 215 • Garden City, N.Y. • Garden City • Business
Colamussi earned two varsity letters as a defenseman for Garden City and led his squad to an 11-7 record in his senior season. A three-sport athlete, Colamussi also lettered in basketball and football, where the senior team captain was an All-County selection and 2012 Long Island champion with the varsity football team.

Liam Fitzpatrick • M • 5-8 • 160 • Gaithersburg, Md. • Gonzaga College High • Food Marketing
A three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for a Gonzaga High School program that won five consecutive WCAA Championships, Fitzpatrick received the 2015 Coaches Award for hustle, toughness, and resilience. The midfielder out of Gaithersburg, Maryland led his freshman squad to a perfect 10-0 season and additionally lettered in football and wrestling at Gonzaga. Fitzpatrick played club lacrosse for Blackwolf Lacrosse.

Drew Gaffney • M • 6-0 • 180 • Charlottesville, Va. • The Covenant School • Business
A 2015 All-American midfielder out of Charlottesville, Virginia, Gaffney was a four-time All-VIC Conference selection, including the two-time VIC Player of the Year while at The Covenant School. Gaffney twice earned VISAA D2 Player of the Year accolades as well as 2015 Scrimmage Play Player of the Year, 2014 All-Scrimmage Play First Team, and 2013 All-State VISAA D2 Second Team honors in his four seasons for the Eagles. Gaffney also lettered in football and soccer at The Covenant School, where he was a two-time All-State Honorable Mention and two-time All-Conference Second Team linebacker and Falcone Club Player of the Week for football and a 2015 All-Conference First Team selection and the squad’s leading scorer as a senior for soccer.

Zach Hare • M • 5-10 • 175 • Phoenixville, Pa. • Spring-Ford • Business
Hare enjoyed a decorated four-year career at Spring-Ford High School, where he was selected a 2015 U.S. Lacrosse All-American and 2015 All-EPLCA Team pick and the 2015 Mercury All-Area Player of the Year, 2015 PAC-10 MVP, and 2014 PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Year. A two-time PAC-10 and All-Area First Team selection, 2013 PAC-10 Second Team honoree, All-Area Honorable Mention, and four-time Pac-10 champion, the Phoenixville, Pennsylvania product led his squad to its most single-season wins in program history (21). Hare also lettered in football and graduated with honors from Spring-Ford.

Niklas Hedengren • GK • 6-1 • 180 • Brookside, N.J. • West Morris Mendham • Sports Marketing
A 2015 All-State Second Team selection, All-County Honorable Mention, and Gill Gibbs All-Star out of Brookside, New Jersey, Hedengren led his squad to a two-year record of 14-21 in his junior and senior seasons, including a 9-8 winning record as a junior. Saint Joseph’s only incoming goalkeeper posted a .620 save percentage as a senior and .630 save percentage as a junior and led his squad to first round victories at the state tournament in both his junior and senior seasons. Hedengren earned three varsity letters at West Morris Mendham and was tabbed the team’s Defensive MVP in his senior season. The Brookside, New Jersey product played club lacrosse for Leading Edge Elite from 2013-14; his team’s record stood at 122-6 as the squad won 11 out of 12 tournaments and was recognized in Inside Lacrosse magazine. Hedengren also lettered in ice hockey at West Morris Mendham and captained his squad to two league championships and the state semi-finals en route to All-Halvorsen League Honorable Mention accolades.

Daniel Lanham • M • 5-11 • 190 • Garnet Valley, Pa. • Garnet Valley • Business
A face-off specialist out of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, Lanham led Garnet Valley to a two-year record of 30-11, with 15 wins each season. Lanham registered a .780 winning percentage (320-of-410) from the X to go with 17 points (5G, 12A) to lead GV to the 2015 league title in his senior season and put together a .660 face-off percentage as a junior. For his success on the field, Lanham was tabbed a 2015 USA Today All-State First Team selection and twice earned All-League honors, including First Team accolades as a senior, and All-County honors, including Second Team honors as a senior. Lanham was a two-year varsity letterwinner for Garnet Valley and earned team MVP accolades in his senior season and Coaches Award honors as a junior. A two-time Under Armour All-American Underclass selection, Lanham was a 2013 Top 205 All-Star, Nike Blue Chip selection, and Summer Slam Team and Champ Camp champion and made the “Top 200 Players on the Nation” list by StudentSports.com. Lanham also lettered in ice hockey, where he was a member of the runner-up squad at league championships, and was involved with peer counselors at Garnet Valley. His brother, Mike, enters his third season as a face-off specialist for the Hawks this season.

Thomas LaRose • M • 5-11 • 175 • Cranford, N.J. • Seton Hall Prep • Food Marketing
A two-time All-County selection, LaRose earned 2015 Non-Public All-State Second Team, Fitch-Pitt Conference First Team, and MSG Varsity All-State honors as a senior. The midfielder out of Cranford, New Jersey led Seton Hall Prep to three consecutive Essex County titles, two state semi-finals, and the 2013 state finals and three-year record of 42-14, including a 15-2 senior season. A three-year varsity letterwinner and senior team captain, LaRose also lettered in soccer at Seton Hall Prep and played club lacrosse for Leading Edge.

Jack Lombardo • M • 5-10 • 170 • Timonium, Md. • Loyola Blakefield • Accounting
The 2015 Bob Wright All-Around Midfielder Award recipient, Lombardo scored 13 goals and dished out four assists for the 2013 MIAA A-Conference Championship squad and totaled 30 goals and 12 assists during his combined sophomore and junior seasons at Loyola Blakefield. Lombardo led his squads to a three-year record of 30-21 and ranked third on the squad in scoring as a junior and fourth as a senior. A two-sport athlete, Lombardo also led the varsity soccer squad to the 2014 MIAA A-Conference title.

Michael Major • A • 6-0 • 185 • Yardley, Pa. • Holy Ghost Prep • Business
The eighth leading goal scorer (180) in Pennsylvania state history, Major was a three-time Golden Team First Team selection, two-time Bucks County Player of the Year, and 2014 All-State selection at Holy Ghost Prep, becoming the first player in school history to earn All-State honors. The attackman led the squad in goals in both his junior (55) and senior (53) seasons and owns Holy Ghost Prep’s all-time record in career goals (180) and points (247) and single-season goals (55). Major also earned 2012 All-County Honorable Mention honors as a freshman and was a four-year varsity letterwinner and senior team captain, earning the Senior Varsity Award in his final high school season. The Yardley, Pennsylvania product was also selected to the 2015 USA U-18 Box Team. A two-sport athlete at Holy Ghost Prep, Major also led the Firebirds to a state title in ice hockey, where he was a two-time Golden Team selection. Major also took home Flyers Cup and National Invitational Scholastic Showcase titles and earned Flyers Cup All-Tournament Team honors and team MVP honors with the ice hockey squad.

Hayes McGinley • M • 6-4 • 210 • Bentleyville, Ohio • University School/Syracuse • Business Administration
McGinley is one of two transfers to arrive on Hawk Hill in time for the spring after spending his first two seasons at Syracuse University, where he saw action in four games last year and redshirted the 2014 season. Entering college, McGinley ranked No. 22 among midfielders and No. 61 overall in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse. A two-time All-American, three-time All-State selection, and four-time All-Region pick out of The University School, McGinley recorded 259 career points (170G, 89A), including 85 points (52G, 33A) and 123 ground balls as a senior. The Bentleyville, Ohio native earned 2013 Ohio Midfielder of the Year and 2012 Adam S. Hamilton NOSLCA Player of the Year Award honors and participated in the Under Armour Underclass Games and Warrior 40 competition. A four-year varsity letterwinner, two-time team MVP, and two-year team captain, McGinley also earned letters in both football and basketball at The University School.

Zack Reiss • D • 6-0 • 180 • Warrenton, Va. • Trinity-Pawling • Finance
A U.S. Lacrosse All-American defenseman out of Warrenton, Virginia, Reiss earned All-MILL First Team honors alongside team MVP and Coaches Award accolades at Trinity-Pawling. Reiss was also involved with Green Club, The Phoenix school newspaper, and Ping Pong Club and earned First Academic Honors at Trinity-Pawling. Reiss currently volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Thomas Tarleton • D • 6-2 • 185 • Ridgewood, N.J. • Ridgewood • Food Marketing
A 2015 All-State and All-Division First Team defenseman and All-County Second Team pick out of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Tarleton led Ridgewood to the 2015 Group 3 title en route to earning North Jersey All-Star Team honors. Tarleton was a two-time team MVP of his 2013 junior varsity squad and 2012 freshman squad and earned three varsity letters for the Maroons. Tarleton also excelled in the classroom as he was an Honor Roll student at Ridgewood.

BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Dustin Buchanan • D • 6-2 • 170 • Pipersville, Pa. • Central Bucks East • Sports Marketing
Nick Buckley • D • 6-0 • 193 • Oreland, Pa. • La Salle College Prep/Bellarmine • Economics
Danny Bullis • A • 5-10 • 170 • Mount Sinai, N.Y. • Mount Sinai • Business
Brian Colamussi • D • 6-4 • 215 • Garden City, N.Y. • Garden City • Business
Liam Fitzpatrick • M • 5-8 • 160 • Gaithersburg, Md. • Gonzaga College High • Food Marketing
Drew Gaffney • M • 6-0 • 180 • Charlottesville, Va. • The Covenant School • Business
Zach Hare • M • 5-10 • 175 • Phoenixville, Pa. • Spring-Ford • Business
Niklas Hedengren • GK • 6-1 • 180 • Brookside, N.J. • West Morris Mendham • Sports Marketing
Daniel Lanham • M • 5-11 • 190 • Garnet Valley, Pa. • Garnet Valley • Business
Thomas LaRose • M • 5-11 • 175 • Cranford, N.J. • Seton Hall Prep • Food Marketing
Jack Lombardo • M • 5-10 • 170 • Timonium, Md. • Loyola Blakefield • Accounting
Michael Major • A • 6-0 • 185 • Yardley, Pa. • Holy Ghost Prep • Business
Hayes McGinley • M • 6-4 • 210 • Bentleyville, Ohio • University School/Syracuse • Business Administration
Zack Reiss • D • 6-0 • 180 • Warrenton, Va. • Trinity-Pawling • Finance
Thomas Tarleton • D • 6-2 • 185 • Ridgewood, N.J. • Ridgewood • Food Marketing

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