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Sanders (Downingtown West) heads list of senior signees as Albany makes big noise with top recruits

Wednesday, 18th November 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, Recruiting, Posted 11/18/09
From press Releases

Downingtown West senior attack Eric Sanders is one of seven seniors that have signed National Letters of Intent to play next year at the University at Albany.

Great Danes coach Scott Marr announced the signings Tuesday. The early signing period ends today for seniors that intent to ink their names for Division I and II scholarships. Marr said two of the seniors are All-Americans. Meanwhile, Inside Lacrosse online is reporting that Albany also has received a verbal commitment from one of the top-rated juniors in the country.

“The class is not quite complete, but is certainly shaping up to be one of the most dynamic classes we have brought in since the program moved to Division I,” Marr said. “It starts on the back line with tough kids, to an athletic midfield, and tremendous finishers on the front line. I commend my assistants Chris Kivlen and Bill Ralph for their efforts in bringing this group together. It is pleasing to see this develop.”

Sanders, a 6-foot-6 left-hander, is one of three players off his Downingtown West team to make a Division I college commitment (others are Tyler Rankel and Ryan Higgins, both Robert Morris signees). Sanders, who had 28 goals and 24 assists as a junior. 1 playoffs, was a second-team All-Ches-Mont League attackman. He led his squad to the District I playoffs and won a bronze medal at the 2009 Keystone Games. Sanders earlier said he chose Albany partly because Marr also was a tall attackman who enjoyed much college success.

Miles Thompson was named as a high school All-American after accounting for 95 goals and 56 assists as a junior. He led LaFayette High to a 23-1 record and the New York Class C state championship final. Thompson earned a spot on the Syracuse Post Standard All-Central New York first team. He was honorable mention All-Northeast, All-Section III and All-Onondaga Division III.

Ty Thompson, Miles’ cousin, also received first-team All-America recognition. He was Section X’s top scorer with 73 goals and 38 assists and led Salmon River High to an 18-1 mark and the program’s first-ever state playoff win. Thompson, who is attending Salisbury School in Connecticut, was chosen Northern Athletic Conference MVP. In addition, he was an honorable mention all-state selection as a forward in ice hockey.

Inside Lacrosse has reported that Albany has received a commitment from junior midfielder Lyle Thompson, the younger brother of Miles Thompson. Both brothers were named as IL Young Guns this summer.

Another senior signee, Ryan Feuerstein, led Hamburg High to three consecutive Section VI championships from his midfield position. He was voted first-team All-Western New York after totaling 41 goals and 21 assists last season. Feuerstein, who won 70 percent of his face-offs, was a Class B first-team all-league selection.

Doug Eich was an honorable mention All-Section I and Journal News All-Star. He had 28 goals and 21 assists, including a 10-point peformance against Nyack.

The Great Danes also signed two players from Capital Region scholastic programs. Mike Daly, a 6-foot-1 midfielder, has twice been named first-team All-Empire Division as a defensive back and wide receiver in football. He earned second-team all-area honors as junior. Cody Futia, a 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman, led Guilderland High to a 20-3 record and a state regional final last year. He was an All-Empire Division linebacker as a member of the Dutchmen football team.

UAlbany has won four America East Conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances as a Division I program. The Great Danes reached the 2007 NCAA quarterfinals.



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