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Episcopal Academy’s Place (DEF), Gordon (MF) lead recruits for Bucknell men

Thursday, 16th September 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 9/16/10
From Press Releases

Episcopal Academy’s Jackson Place (defenseman) and Andrew Gordon (midfielder) lead the list of 13 recruits for Bucknell this fall.

The members of the Class of 2014 cover every position on the field and range geographically from Bucknell’s back yard of Lewisburg to New England to Montana to Texas to North Carolina. Impressively, the incoming class boasts six US Lacrosse All-Americans, as well as a long list of all-state, all-region and all-academic accolades.

The Bison have enjoyed a strong run of success in recent years, with national rankings and victories over top-20 programs the norm. Bucknell played in the 2008 and 2009 Patriot League championship games, and with three of their top four scorers, an all-conference faceoff man and the entire defense returning from last season, the Bison have high hopes in 2011.

“We are very excited to add this group of student-athletes to the Bucknell lacrosse program,” said head coach Frank Fedorjaka. “It is a well-balanced class, and there is the potential for an immediate starter at each position. Overall it is a class that possesses a commitment to academics, competitive Division I lacrosse and a passion for Bucknell University.”

Below is a listing of the team’s incoming freshmen and some highlights on each of them.

*Andrew Gordon was a First Team All-Inter-Academic League selection and Second Team All-Main Line as a senior at Episcopal Academy near Philadelphia. He was Honorable Mention All-Main Line and All-Inter-Ac as a junior, and he attended the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp as a rising junior. Gordon was a three-year letterman and starting midfielder at Episcopal.

*Jackson Place was a teammate of Andrew Gordon at Episcopal Academy and was a four-year starter on close defense for the Episcopal lacrosse squad. Place was a two-time All-American and all-state selection, and he also won multiple All-Inter-Ac, All-Main Line and All-Delaware County citations.

He was voted league MVP after his senior year and was also named first team Place was also a cornerback on the football team, and he was named the 12th-best defensive back in the area by the Philadelphia Inquirer during his senior year. He was also a First Team All-Inter-Ac and Second Team All-Main Line selection in football.

*Tom Black was an outstanding offensive player for a strong West Essex High School team. He was a first team all-state and all-conference selection and was named an Under Armour All-Star. Last season Black recorded 39 goals and 36 assists while helping his team to a 14-5 record.

*Evan Bozymski played long stick defensive midfield during an outstanding career at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Bozymski was a four-year starter and collected 67 ground balls and one goal as a senior. He started for two summers on the Team Carolina club team and was named team captain in the Great 38 All-Star Game in Charlotte last May. Bozymski attended the Top 205 camp in 2008 and the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp in 2008 and 2009. He also played on two Virginia Prep League championship football teams and ran the hurdles in indoor track and field for two seasons. Bozymski graduated cum laude from Woodberry Forest and was a member of the Perfect Board student honor council.

*Peter Burke earned 11 varsity letters in lacrosse, football and hockey at St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts. He was a two-year captain of the lacrosse team, and following his senior year was named Independent School League Player of the Year and a US Lacrosse High School All-American. He was named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team and earned MVP honors at the Senior East-West All-Star Game. In 2010, Burke led his team with 57 points on 24 goals and 33 assists, and he also had a career faceoff percentage of .750. Last season, St. Sebastian’s finished 15-2, its best record in school history.

*Another North Carolina native is David D’Allesandro, who was a two-time first team all-state midfielder at Charlotte Country Day. He captained the team as a senior and earned first team all-conference honors in both 2009 and 2010. Like Bozymski, D’Allesandro was a Great 38 All-Star Game selection, and he was a Charlotte Observer All-City Team and a US Lacrosse Senior Showcase selection. He led his team to three straight NCISSA state championships (2008-10) as well as a berth in the finals in 2007. Last year’s team finished with a 19-1 record. D’Allesandro, who was also a defensive back on the football team, was an all-star selection at the Top 205 camp and was a member of Team Carolina.

*Todd Heritage was a prolific scorer at Cheshire High School, where he was a four-time all-conference selection, a three-time all-state pick and a two-time US Lacrosse All-American. Last season he led his team to the Connecticut Class L state championship and was named the CIAC/CHSCA Player of the Year. He was also the New Haven Register and Hartford Courant Player of the Year after recording 140 points on 55 goals and 85 assists. Heritage posted a career-high 66 goals as a junior and finished his career with a whopping 405 points on 200 goals and 205 assists.

*Scott Isenburg played long stick middie for a strong West Morris team and was a First Team All-New Jersey selection in 2010. Isenburg was named to the New Jersey All-Stars Team and was also an all-conference pick as a senior. A two-time all-area selection, Isenburg was named his team’s Defender of the Year and Scholar-Athlete. He was selected to the Garden State All-Star Game in 2009.

*Carlton Knisely becomes the first Lewisburg Area High School graduate to play Division I lacrosse. The son of Bucknell Athletics Hall of Famer Karin Wegener Knisely, he was a 2009 US Lacrosse All-American and an adidas Lacrosse All-American. Knisely was a four-time First Team All-CSNLL selection at either attack or midfield, and he earned three additional all-league nods at the faceoff position. Knisely captained the Lewisburg team from his sophomore through senior seasons and was also the team MVP in each of those campaigns.

*Teddy MacKenzie earned four varsity letters in both football and lacrosse and two in hockey at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. On the lacrosse field he was a team captain and first team all-division. He was also an All-New England selection and team captain in football.

*Tyler McLamb is a Houston native who starred in lacrosse at Strake Jesuit High School, the same school that produced Bucknell basketball standout Stephen Tyree. McLamb was named to the Texas High School Lacrosse League Division I All-State Team for the South District in 2010 and was an All-America Nominee. A strong midfielder, he helped his team win a South Texas title and earn a berth in the state semifinals. McLamb was presented the THSLL Commissioner’s Award, which goes to one senior THSLL player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship, competition and character both on and off the field. McLamb also played football for Strake Jesuit and was named Academic All-District as a senior.

*Yet another High School All-American is Austin Schultz, who earned the distinction after a strong senior year at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster. He was the PIAA District 3 Player of the Year in 2010, and he was a three-time all-district and all-league selection. Schultz captained the lax team in each of his final three seasons. He was also a standout wrestler at Manheim Township. He was the 2010 Lancaster County champion, a three-time district qualifier and a 2010 state qualifier. He posted 100 career wins, was a two-time team captain and earned first team all-league honors twice.

*Makar “Mickey” Zaverucha was a standout goalie at Duxbury High School in Massachusetts. He was a 2010 US Lacrosse All-American and a Patriot Ledger All-Star in both 2009 and 2010. Zaverucha was part of three state championship teams, completing a run of six straight state titles for Duxbury, and he was MVP of the 2010 team that finished 22-2 and made it to the state championship game. Zaverucha was named to the Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Team as well as the Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic Teams.

Bucknell Men’s Lacrosse Class of 2014

Name Pos. Hometown/High School
Tom Black M Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex
Evan Bozymski D Winston-Salem, N.C./Woodberry Forest (Va.)
Peter Burke M Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian’s
David D’Allessandro M Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day
Andrew Gordon M Villanova, Pa./Episcopal Academy
Todd Heritage A Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire
Scott Isenburg D Long Valley, N.J./West Morris
Carlton Knisely M Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area
Teddy MacKenzie M Livingston, Mont./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
Tyler McLamb M Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit
Jackson Place D Wayne, Pa./Episcopal Academy
Austin Schultz D Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township
Mickey Zaverucha GK Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury



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