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Men’s recruits: Attackman Joka (Plymouth Whitemarsh) heads Marist College recruits for 2011-12

Tuesday, 19th July 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Recruiting, Posted 7/19/11
From Press Releases

Marist College (N.Y.) men’s lacrosse head coach Keegan Wilkinson has announced the addition of nine student-athletes, who will join the program for the 2011-12 academic year. Six different states – Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont – are represented in this class.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome this talented group of student-athletes into the Marist lacrosse family,” Wilkinson said. “This group of young men will immediately raise that level of play within our program. They are not only great players but great students, and there is no doubt they will be outstanding representatives of Marist College.”

Here is a closer look at the class:

Colin Joka – 5-11 / 180 – Attack – Conshohocken, Pa. / Plymouth Whitemarsh
As a senior, Joka tallied 58 goals and 17 assists and collected 51 ground balls. He led his team to its first Suburban One American Conference championship while being named Conference and Norristown Times Herald Player of the Year and his team’s MVP and Outstanding Attackman. In his scholastic career, Joka scored 188 goals and had 64 assists.

Michael Begley – 6-0 / 165 – Midfield – Brookeville, Md. / Sherwood
The brother of former Marist women’s lacrosse standout Cristin Begley, Michael Begley was named a High School All-American and Montgomery County Player of the Year as a senior, as he tallied 73 points (53 goals, 20 assists) and scooped up 75 ground balls. He was a four-year member of his high school team and a two-year captain who registered 112 goals, 53 assists and 278 ground balls in his scholastic career.

Geordie Beldock – 5-10 / 175 – Attack / Midfield – Charlotte, Vt. / Berkshire School
Beldock tallied 80 goals and 51 assists in his three-plus years of high school lacrosse, as his senior season was cut short due to injury. He was named First Team All-Western New England and led Western New England D11 in scoring as a sophomore. As a freshman, Beldock led his team in goals per game as his team earned a runner-up finish in the state championships.

Brett Bernardo – 5-10 / 165 – Midfield – Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa
Bernardo scored 43 goals as a senior at Shenendehowa High School, and was named Most Valuable Player as he helped lead his team to the state semifinals. Bernardo was named a First Team All-Star in Section Two as a midfielder.

Patrick Eaker – 6-1 / 200 – Long-Stick Midfield / Defense – Redding, Conn. / Joel Barlow / Brewster Academy
Eaker played four years of lacrosse at Joel Barlow High School before playing a post-graduate season at Brewster Academy. He was a three-time All-Conference selection in high school, and was named All-State as a senior. In his prep season, Eaker was named an East/West All-Star.

Ryan Lawler – 6-4 / 205 – Defense – Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset / Pomfret School
Lawler attended Manhasset High School before playing a postgraduate season at Pomfret School. Last season, he had 35 caused turnovers, 28 ground balls, and two assists. He helped Manhasset to an undefeated season and state championship in 2010 as he was named All-Nassau County.

Andrew Nesmith – 6-1 / 165 – Midfield – Montclair, N.J. / Montclair
Nesmith scored 59 goals and had 14 assists while picking up 67 ground balls as a senior. He was named First Team All-State as well as an All-American, All-Ledger and Most Valuable Player. As a junior, Nesmith helped his team earn the Group 4 state championship.

David Scarcello – 5-10 / 150 – Goalie – Buffalo, N.Y. / Bishop Timon – St. Jude
Scarcello played four years of varsity lacrosse and had a career save percentage of .680. As a senior, he was named Second Team All-Western New York as well as his high school’s Co-Athlete of the Year. Scarcello was also a four-time Monsignor Martin All-Catholic selection and three-time Monsignor Martin champion.

Nicholas Struble – 6-3 / 192 – Defense – Oakdale, N.Y. / Connetquot
Struble played four years of scholastic lacrosse at Connetquot. He was a three-year starter was named All-Division and Defensive MVP as a senior. Struble helped lead his team to three league championships and three Suffolk County Semifinal appearances.



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