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La Salle’s Wells heads list of recruits for Fairfield for 2009-10

Tuesday, 21st July 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, Recruiting, Posted 7/21/09

La Salle midfielder Gordie Wells, who helped the Explorers win the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship, heads the list of 15 recruits for Farifield University for 2009-10.

Fairfield coach Andrew Copelan announced his first recruiting class Monday, welcoming 15 student-athletes to the Class of 2013. The group spreads across 10 states, with four attackmen, seven midfielders and four defenders.

“I am pleased to announce our Class of 2013,” said Copelan. “I look forward to watching this group develop over the course of their careers at Fairfield University and am excited about what they have the potential to accomplish.”

The recruits are:

Gordie Wells (Doylestown, Pa.), the younger brother of current Stag Clay Wells, is expected to play in the midfield during his career. Wells played a key defensive midfield role this year for La Salle and earned three varsity letters, and two state titles. As a senior he was named a First-Team All-Catholic League player, and was his squad’s Unsung Hero award recipient.

Matt Callahan (Acton, Mass.) will join the Stags defensive unit. He served as a team captain as a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, where in two years he helped the team to a 25-8 record. He was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America and was selected to the New England Prep East/West All-Star Game.

Kevin Fritts (Dallas, Texas) is slated to compete for playing time on the attack. A Highland Park High School graduate, Fritts scored 105 goals in three varsity seasons, with 61 assists. As a senior he was named First-Team All-State, netting 45 goals with 26 assists.

Marshall Johnson (Canandaigua, N.Y.) will be a part of the Stags midfield this season. A graduate of Canandaigua Academy, where he won 84 percent of his face-offs and scored 41 goals, he led his squad to the 2009 New York State Class ‘B’ Championship, and was named MVP in the process. He was also an All-America honoree, as a senior, and was named the Greater Rochester Player of the Year.

Kevin Knight (Plymouth, Minn.) will be a part of the Stags midfield in the coming years. A graduate of Wayzata High School, he dished out 154 assists with 11 goals in earning four varsity letters. Over the course of his career he earned All-America, All-State and All-Conference accolades.

Brian Marques (West Simsbury, Conn.) will join the Stags defensive unit. He led the Taft School in ground balls, with 45, in 2009. He graduated from Simsbury High School in 2008, earning two varsity letters in leading the Trojans to 28 wins.

Andrew Nagel (Darnestown, Md.) will play on the attack for the Stags. He graduated from Landon High School, where he earned two varsity letters in lacrosse. He finished an injury shortened senior season with six points, and his varsity career with 18 goals and 12 assists.

Grayson Phillips (Oak Park, Calif.) will join the Stags midfield unit this season. A graduate of Oak Park High School, he earned four varsity letters, and was a sophomore on the 17-0 State Championship team. He won 66 percent of his career face-offs, while scooping up 101 ground balls as a senior.

Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn.) will be a part of the Stags attack during his career. A graduate of Xavier High School, he tallied 243 career points. As a senior he earned First Team All-State, finishing the year with 35 goals and 35 assists.

Matt Rubertone (Manhasset, N.Y.) is expected to be a member of the Stags defensive unit in the coming seasons. He earned three varsity letters in lacrosse at Manhasset High School, earning All-County honors as a senior. He helped his team to a 20-1 record in 2009, culminating in a New York State Class ‘C’ Championship.

Mike Sawyer (Summit, N.J.) will look for playing time in the Stags midfield this season. He earned four varsity letters at Delbarton High School, including back-to-back 22-3 seasons the last two years. He led the Green Wave to a pair of Non-Public ‘A’ State Championships, and a 2009 Gibs Conference title.

Benner Schleider (Eden Prairie, Minn.) will compete for time in the midfield during his Stags playing career. A graduate of Eden Prairie High School, he was a four-year starter, and served as a team captain as a senior, despite suffering a season-ending injury early in the year. In his two prior full seasons he touched net 50 times and led his squad to the state final both years.

Sam Snow (Bainbridge, Wash.) will look to be part of the Stags attack this season. A graduate of Bainbridge High School, he earned three varsity letters and helped the Spartans to the 2007 state title. A two-year captain, he finished his career with 150 career points, including a 50-goal, 20-assist senior season.

Greg Tabb (Potomac, Md.) has his sights set on playing time in the Stags defensive unit this season. A three-year letterwinner at Georgetown Prep, he led his team to 61 wins and three titles during his career. He was named the team’s top defenseman and was an All-IAC First-Team selection in 2009.

Brendan Walsh (Ridgefield, Conn.) will compete for time in the Stags midfield. He earned four varsity letters at Ridgefield High School, where he finished with 144 career goals. He was selected a U.S. Lacrosse All-America as a senior, when he scored 51 goals while dishing out 16 assists.

The Stags are beginning their fifth year as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League. Fairfield finished the 2009 season at 7-6 and with a 4-3 record in ECAC play. It was the Stags best ECAC record in program history, and the team finished in third place in the conference.



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