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Men’s recruits: Downingtown West’s Rankel leads Robert Morris freshmen class

Wednesday, 19th September 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 9/19/12
From Press Release

The Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse team, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrew McMinn, has welcomed 10 new Colonials to campus this fall as the team begins preparations for the 2013 season.

The incoming class features nine freshmen and one transfer, all of whom will look to contribute to the cause as RMU looks to build upon its first-ever conference title, which it claimed during the 2012 campaign.

The class features student-athletes from five different states as well as four newcomers from two distinct Canadian provinces. Additionally, six of the incoming 10 are midfielders and they are joined by two attackers and two long-stick midfielders.

This fresh crop of Colonials will get to play with their new teammates for the first time Saturday, Oct. 6, when RMU takes part in the sixth Men’s Nick Colleluori Classic at Ridley High School. Robert Morris will play both Lehigh and Marquette in the event, which is dedicated to raising money for the HEADstrong Foundation and the fight against blood cancer. The Colonials will meet the Golden Eagles at 10:30 a.m. and the Mountain Hawks, a squad that finished with a top 10 national ranking in 2012, at 3:30 p.m.

The 10 Colonials added to the roster along with notes about each are included below:

M – Eric Rankel (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) was chosen as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and after registering 56 goals and 15 assists during his senior season in leading Downingtown West to a 22-2 record and a third-consecutive Ches-Mont Championship. Rankel, the younger brother of current Colonial junior Tyler Rankel, earned the first of two all-state honors and his initial first-team all-league award in 2011 after scoring 48 goals and adding 10 assists. He also competed for the HEADstrong Lacrosse Club.

A – Charlie Bassani (Worthington, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) has demonstrated a tremendous ability to generate offense as he earned a pair of First-Team All-Midwest honors while helping Worthington Kilbourne to three state championship games in his four years, including one state title. He set a freshman scoring record in his rookie season for the Wolves and finished his career with 191 career points (94g, 97a), ranking third in school history in assists and fourth in points. Bassani capped off his career by earning All-Ohio honors in his senior season.

M – Nicholas Beaudoin (Welland, Ontario / Notre Dame College) tallied 30 goals and 28 assists while leading Notre Dame College School to a 15-1 record during his senior season. He helped the Fighting Irish to a silver-medalist performance in the Ontario provincial tournament in 2010 and a regional championship in 2011. Beaudoin also competed for the Niagara U-19 Raiders, earning four provincial “A” championships, and registered 15 goals and eight assists during the 2011 campaign.

M – Sebastien Beaudoin (Welland, Ontario / Notre Dame College) helped Notre Dame College School to the Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association championship in 2011 along with a fourth-place finish that same year in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. He also represented Ontario during the Brogden Cup presented by Gatorade, held in Tampa, Fla., and competed for Edge Lacrosse.

LSM – Cory Berry (Easton, Md. / Easton) was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American after compiling 18 goals, nine assists and 55 ground balls as a long-stick midfielder during his senior season. In doing so, he became just the second defenseman in Easton history to earn that accolade. Berry claimed All-Mid Shore honors in each of his first three seasons and was nominated in 2012 for the C. Markland Kelly Award, given to the best player in Maryland. He notched 32 career goals in helping Easton to a 47-21 (.691) during his four years, which included a district championship and a trip to the state semifinals. Berry also competed for the Shore Skipjacks.

M – Sean Brown (Pleasantville, N.Y. / Pleasantville) was selected as a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2012 after posting 40 goals and 40 assists for SUNY Delhi. He led the Broncos to a program-record 12 wins and the No. 8 ranking in the final national poll. Brown previously earned all-league honors after his senior season at Pleasantville High School in which he posted 25 goals and 20 assists in helping the Panthers to a 16-2 record. Brown also served as a team captain for the Panthers.

LSM – Donald Devine (Waterford, Va. / Loudoun Valley) took home both all-region and all-district awards in both his junior and senior seasons. He helped the Loudon Valley Vikings to a pair of district championships and also competed for a variety of club teams, including Blackwolf, NOVA West, VLC, Madlax and Fuze.

M – Austin Hope (Syracuse, N.Y. / Liverpool) was named as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American after contributing 75 points for Liverpool High School during his senior year and leading the Warriors to a Section 3 Class A championship. Hope finished with 151 career points (84g, 67a) and helped Liverpool to a 36-4 combined record in 2011 and 2012. He claimed first-team all-league honors in 2011 and honorable mention all-league accolades in 2010. He also competed for the Central New York Road Hawks and helped his squad win the Lake Placid College Division championship in 2012 and the Rutgers MVP Tournament in 2010.

A – Luke Laszkiewicz (Oshawa, Ontario / Westminster Prep) was selected as an all-league attackman for Westminster after leading the Martlets in goals during the regular season and helping the squad to a Founders League regular-season title. He won the Minto Cup in 2011 with the Whitby Warriors after tallying 21 points during the team’s 13 regular-season games. Laszkiewicz also competed for the Clarington Green Gaels in 2012 and recorded 47 points, including 26 goals, in just 10 games for the squad.

M – James Rahe (Aldergrove, British Columbia / W.J. Mouat) competed for the Junior A Langley Thunder and netted 22 goals along with 25 assists in 20 games during the 2012 regular season. He helped the Thunder to its first-ever Tier 1 provincial championship this past March. He was also one of the midfielders selected to an all-star team that participated in a Canadian national tournament.

The RMU men’s lacrosse team registered a program-record 11 wins in 2012, including running through NEC play undefeated to claim the league’s regular-season title. The Colonials knocked off a pair of nationally-ranked squads during the campaign, including a 9-7 road victory at Ohio State, and entered the Nike/Inside Lacrosse national rankings after a six-game winning streak. McMinn was named NEC Coach of the Year in voting conducted by his peers as he helped 10 of his student-athletes earn all-conference honors while RMU also claimed the league’s Team GPA and Team Sportsmanship Awards.



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