Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/23/16
From Press Release
Monmouth University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Brian Fisher (Ridley) announced the addition of 10 freshmen to the program for the upcoming 2017 season. The class consists of three student-athletes from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania, two from New York and one each from Connecticut and Virginia.
“Our fourth recruiting class consists of a group of outstanding young men who embody those character traits that our program stands for and will become great ambassadors for Monmouth,” Fisher said. “This class brings toughness, skill and athleticism to our team while adding depth and competition at all positions.”
Brad Meister was a four-year varsity letterwinner who ended his high school career at St. Augustine Prep where he played for head coach JC Valore. Meister was part of a 12-8 squad that lost the semifinals in 2016. He earned Press of Atlantic City All-Star Honorable Mention choice and played in the BSK All-Star Game after scoring 30 points as a senior midfielder. A Presidential Honors student, Meister earned Dean’s Honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“Brad is a do-it-all, two-way midfielder who brings toughness to the field and excels between the lines. With his speed and toughness he can play defensive midfield, on wings of face-offs or even round out a midfield.”
Justin Schwenk played three years of lacrosse at Spring-Ford High School for head coach Kevin Donnelly. A faceoff specialist, Schwenk helped Spring-Ford compile a 62-11 record and won 495-of-557 faceoffs (88 percent) during his career. As a sophomore, Schwenk earned First Team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference and Second Team All-Area awards, which he also claimed during his junior season. As a senior, Schwenk secured First Team All-PAC 10, First Team All-Area, Second Team All-Phillylacrosse.com, Second Team All-SE PA and All-EPLCA accolades. Schwenk served as Class Vice-President for two years and was a member of the Pep Club and Health Club.
“Justin has a great work ethic and over the past few seasons has become one of the best face-off men in the Philadelphia area. He will add depth and competition to our face-off unit this coming year.”
Dillon Smart was a three-sport athlete in lacrosse, soccer and diving at Garnet Valley High School. Smart played lacrosse for head coach Frank Urso where he split time as a defender and long stick midfielder and was named the team’s best defensive player twice. A three-year letterwinner, Smart was a Second Team All-Central League and All-Delco Honorable Mention selection. He participated in the Philly Showcase Fab 40 and led his team in ground balls in two seasons. An Honor Roll student, Smart also participated in Class Activity Club.
“Dillon is an athletic, tough and an instinctual defender who is at his best when he can press and make plays. His athleticism and passion for playing has the coaching staff looking forward to his arrival on campus.”
Kyle Wolf was a two-sport athlete in lacrosse and ice hockey at Wissahickon High School. Wolf was a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse, splitting time as a defender and long stick midfielder and was part of a 54-16 squad under coaches Dan Layfield and Tom Walsh. A three-time Suburban All-League Team choice, Wolf totaled 76 ground balls, caused 26 turnovers and scored eight goals during his senior season.
“Kyle plays with a motor and is a fiery competitor who combines toughness with a high level of lacrosse IQ.”
Trevor Benedetto, a two-sport athlete in lacrosse and football at Mountain Lakes High School, received a number of accolades throughout his successful career. Under head coach Tim Flynn, Mountain Lakes won New Jersey Group I State Championships in 2014 and 2016 and won three straight Sectional titles. Individually, Benedetto garnered Honorable Mention All-State accolades, as well as Second Team All-County and Second Team All-Gibbs Division honors. An attackman and midfielder, he scored 35 goals, had 37 assists and 24 ground balls over three seasons and was also selected to participate in the Gibbs Division Senior All-Star Game. On the football field as a wide receiver, Benedetto was part of two undefeated seasons and a pair of Group I State Titles in 2013 and 2014. Benedetto was very active in his community, as he volunteered for community clean-up projects and also helped run lacrosse clinics for children. A Merit Roll student, Benedetto was a member of Key Club and Wind Ensemble at Mountain Lakes.
“Trevor possesses a unique skill set with his vision, IQ along with having a slick stick. His ability to throw open cutters and teammates will make everyone around him better.”
Connor Chamberlin, a two-sport athlete in lacrosse and basketball at Staples High School, compiled 162 points during his lacrosse career. A Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team selection as a senior under head coach Paul McNulty, Chamberlin also earned Second Team All-State honors as Staples went 15-4 and captured a division crown. During his sophomore and junior seasons, Chamberlin helped his team reach two state championship games and he led the team in scoring as a junior en route to All-West Team recognition. In the classroom, Chamberlin earned Second Honors in multiple years and was an active participant in Young Entrepreneurs club.
“Connor is an attackman with a slick stick who is a dangerous shooter. Connor is dangerous and excels with his hands free finding teammates or finishing his opportunities around the goal. “
Zach Clemente was a four-sport athlete in lacrosse, track, basketball and golf at Eastport-South Manor High School and a four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse for head coach Kevin Huff. As a senior, Clemente was named All-County and All-Division, as well as Team MVP after totaling 68 points. In 2015, Clemente earned Honorable Mention All-County recognition after a 57 point junior season. Clemente was a three-year letterwinner in golf and part of three championship teams. Clemente volunteered for Last Chance Animal Rescue and ESMSA Sports and was an Honor Roll Student as well as a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
“Zach’s athleticism and versatility provide him the ability to be dangerous at attack or midfield. He has a good first step and is a dodger who is a threat to make a play as a scorer and feeder.”
– Brian Fisher
Jake Pehlke was a four-year letterwinner at Stone Bridge High School for head coach Scott Mitchell where he was part of a State Championship squad in 2015. His team compiled a 62-9 record over four seasons, including a 36-2 mark during his junior and senior years. Pehlke, a defenseman, earned First Team All-State, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference honors, as well as the Stone Bridge Coaches Award in 2016. An Honor Roll student, Pehlke earned the James E. Person Character Award and was a member of Deca Business Club.
“Jake is a constant presence on the field with his aggressive style of defending and constant communication. We are looking forward to watching him grow as a defender at our level.”
Anthony Sardo was a three-sport athlete in lacrosse, basketball and football at Westlake High School. He played five years of varsity lacrosse, earned three varsity letters on the gridiron and played one season of varsity basketball and was given the Westlake High School Outstanding Performer Award in football and lacrosse. Westlake’s all-time leading scorer with 330 career points (229 goals, 101 assists), Sardo was a five-time All-League selection. A two-time team captain, he was a three-year All-Section honoree and earned the Con Edison Scholar-Athlete Award. In football, Sardo collected a number of awards, including All-State, All-Section, All-League (2x), MSG Varsity All-Section I First-Team and All-Hudson Valley Second Team, a Journal News All-Star and Section I Class B Offensive Player of the Year. During Sardo’s junior year, Westlake won its first ever League Championship in lacrosse and as a senior, Westlake won its first football Sectional Title in 32 years and first Regional Title ever. An Honor Roll Student, Sardo participated in Service Club, SAAD Club and Austism Speaks Club.
“Anthony has a lacrosse and football background and is used to physical play. He is a skilled lefty who combines toughness with ruthless finishing ability.”
– Brian Fisher
Mike Yanovitch was a three-sport athlete in lacrosse, football and ice hockey at Montgomery High School. A four-year starting goalkeeper in lacrosse, for head coach Jon England, Yanovitch set the program record for career saves with 631. A First-Team All-State selection as a senior, and Second Team All-Skyland Conference pick as a sophomore in lacrosse, Yanovitch also played goalie in hockey and offensive line on the gridiron.
Mike is very talented goalie who is extremely agile for a bigger athlete. We are excited for his arrival on campus as he will make our group of goalies more competitive this year.”