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Chestnut Hill College announces men’s recruiting class for 2011-2012

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 6/8/11
From Press Releases

With the close of the 2011 season only a month ago, the Chestnut Hill College men’s lacrosse program has wasted no time preparing for their 2012 campaign by announcing their recruits for 2011-12.

Introducing the next installment of Griffin lacrosse, Head Coach Brian Dougherty said, “We are very excited to have a recruiting class of such great caliber coming to Chestnut Hill College this fall. We have brought in some tremendous athletes from six different states and we expect them to significantly improve our team in 2012.”

The recruits:

Frankie Barone (Cape May Court House, NJ/Middle Township) – Attack
As a junior at Middle Township High School, Barone ranked fourth on the Panthers in goals (22) and points (35). He is a proud member of his local Italian American Club and maintained a 3.9 GPA as a three-year lacrosse letter winner.

Frankie Berry – (Mission Viejo, CA/Santa Margarita Catholic) – Defense/LSM
Berry is a two-year captain and All-Trinity League player at Santa Margarita Catholic High School; earning him the “Iron Eagle Award”, for a passionate desire to be the best, as a junior and senior.

Mike Duddy – (Toms River, NJ/Monsignor Donovan/Brookdale CC) – Attack/Midfield
Duddy is the first US Lacrosse High School All-American recruited to Chestnut Hill College, having earned the honor during his Ocean County Player of the Year campaign in 2009. He comes to the Griffins by way of Brookdale Community College where he led the Jersey Blues to back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX titles and earned himself the 2011 NJCAA Region XIX Player of the Year title. He totaled 120 points over the past two seasons with the Jersey Blues.

Ryan Duffy – (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool/Onondaga CC) – Goalkeeper
Duffy was a two-time New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section 3 Honorable Mention at Liverpool High School.

Mike Florenzo – (Clarksville, MD/St. Vincent Pallotti/Binghamton University) – Defense. As an All-MIAA (Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) soccer player and the lacrosse team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player (MVP), Florenzo was named the Panthers Male Athlete of the Year after his senior season (2010). He was also a member of the National Honor Society and received the Principle’s Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Patrick Jones – (Exeter, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas HS) – Defense
A hard working defenseman, Jones served as team captain at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He transferred there from former New Hampshire State Champion Exeter High School.

D.J. Klusaritz – (Slatington, PA/Parkland/Onondaga CC) – Midfield
Klusaritz returns to Chestnut Hill College after spending one season at Onondaga Community College (OCC) in Syracuse, New York. As a freshman in 2010, he was second on the Griffins in points-per-game (2.25).

Chris Mertens – (Freeport, NY/Baldwin) – Midfield/Attack
A tremendous athlete, Mertens captained Baldwin High School’s football and lacrosse teams, while also competing on the wrestling team. He earned All-Nassau County status in all three sports. Mertens also played club lacrosse with For the Love of the Game out of Massapequa, New York.

Thomas Pontius – (Lititz, PA/Warwick) – Midfield
Pontius is an extremely quick two-way midfielder who served as team captain for the Blue Mountain Lacrosse Club. His arrival marks the third consecutive year in which Chestnut Hill College has had a Warwick High School recruit (Dakota Maurer 2009, Chris Schaffer 2010).

Kevin Wheaton – (Cape May Court House, NJ/Middle Township) – Midfield
Wheaton is an athletic and intelligent player that will help to strengthen the midfield on both sides of the ball. He was an All-Cape Atlantic Honorable Mention as a junior and served as the Panthers team captain as a senior. Wheaton also competes for the South Jersey Shamrocks Lacrosse Club.

Chris Yannucci – (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) – Attack
In addition to his great size and ability, Yannucci is very community orientated individual. An Honor Roll student, he served as the Vice President for the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at North Shore Public Library and the senior representative for Rocky Point High School’s Athletes Helping Athletes.



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