Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/20/09
Malvern Prep All-American midfielder Bobby Hill was one of 11 seniors to sign National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend Virginia, the school announced.
Virginia coach Dom Starsia announced the signings Thursdau. Joining Hill on the Cavaliers next fall are Mark Cockerton (Monsignor Paul Dwyer HS/Oshawa, Ontario), Rob Emery (St. Ignatius/San Francisco, Calif.), Austin Geisler (St. Anne’s Belfield/Fredericksburg, Va.), Pat Glading (Georgetown Prep/Bethesda, Md.), Pat Harbeson (DeMatha/Annapolis, Md.), Tom Kelly (Rocky Point HS/Rocky Point, N.Y.), Scott McWilliams (Mountain Lakes HS/Mountain Lakes, N.J.), Frank Price (Holly Springs HS/Holly Springs, N.C.), Garrett Swankowski (Loudon Valley HS/Purecellville, Va.) and Owen Van Arsdale (St. Anne’s Belfield/Charlottesville, Va.).
“It is always an exciting moment to introduce the future of the Virginia Lacrosse program to the public,” said Starsia. “It is striking to note that these young men hail from the West Coast to East Coast and from north of the border to south of Charlottesville.”
Hill is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound midfielder from West Chester. He turned in an all-state (1st team) performance a season ago at Malvern Prep, registering 25 goals and 14 assists, making him a 2009 Lacrosse Under Armour All-Star. Hill, a running back and defensive back on the football team, also earned All-American and first team All-Phillylacrosse.com honors.
Cockerton is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound attackman from Oshawa, Ontario. He is the brother of current UVa freshman Matt Cockerton and the son of Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Famer Stan Cockerton, the one-time NCAA goal scoring record holder at N.C. State. Mark Cockerton is out of Monsignor Paul Dwyer HS and tallied 51 goals and 46 assists in 25 games, including playoffs, for the Whitby Warriors of the Junior A Lacrosse League in 2009.
Emery is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound midfielder from San Francisco, Calif. He is listed as the nation’s No. 7 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse, as the All-American enters his final year at St. Ignatius College Prep. West Side Lacrosse recognizes Emery as the top-rated senior in the West.
Geisler is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound goalie from Fredericksburg, Va. Prepping at local St. Anne’s Belfield, he is teammates with fellow signee Van Arsdale and former high school teammates with current UVa lacrosse member Howie Long.
Glading is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound attackman from Bethesda, Md. He is the younger brother of former UVa standouts and current Major League Lacrosse (MLL) players, Bill and Danny Glading.
Harbeson is a 5-foot-8, 175-pound midfielder from Annapolis, Md. Rated as the No. 32 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse, Harbeson tallied 26 goals and 28 assists at DeMatha Catholic a season ago, earning all-conference honors in the WCAC. A 2009 Lacrosse Under Armour All-Star,
Kelly is a 6-foot, 185-pound midfielder from Rocky Point, N.Y. He succeeded on 75 percent of his faceoff opportunities, while registering 26 goals and 16 assists this past season at Rocky Point, HS.
McWilliams is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman from Mountain Lakes, N.J. Inside Lacrosse lists him currently as the No. 6 rising senior after helping Mountain Lakes HS to a 14-5 record. McWilliams was an all-state honoree in 2009 and was named an Under Armour All-Star.
Price is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound defenseman from Holly Springs, N.C. He is a two-time first team all-state honoree, as well as an All-American last season at Holly Springs HS, helping the Golden Hawks to a 16-3 record a season ago.
Swankowski is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman from Purcellville, Va. He was an All-American, AAA District Player of the Year and first team all-district selection after registering 63 groundballs and 44 takeaways last season at Loudon Valley.
Van Arsdale is a 5-foot-8, 160-pound attackman from Charlottesville, Va. The son of renowned UVa associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale, he is ranked by Inside Lacrosse as the No. 50 rising senior in the nation. Owen Van Arsdale registered 36 goals and 56 assists at St. Anne’s Belfield a season ago, where he was teammates with Geisler and current UVa freshman Howie Long.
UVa opens up the 2010 slate at Drexel on Feb. 20. Faceoff commences at 1:00 p.m.