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.@LehighLacrosse coach Cassese announces 15 newcomers for Class of 2020

Tuesday, 23rd August 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 8/23/16
From Press Release

Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese announced the addition of 14 incoming freshmen, and a sophomore transfer, on Tuesday. The class features every position and includes student-athletes from all over the country.

The following states are represented in the incoming class: Pennsylvania (5), New Jersey (3), New York (2), Oregon (1), Texas (1), Ohio (1), Massachusetts (1) and Missouri (1).

To take an in-depth look at all 15 incomers, please see below.Lehigh

Jake Burmeister • D • St. Louis, Mo. • Engineering

A four-time varsity starter for MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis County Day School), Burmeister was also a three-time All-State Defender, two-time All-American defender and three-time state champion. A multi-sport standout, he was a two-year varsity soccer starter. In the classroom, Burmeister garnered academic first honors.

Crew Cintron • A • Rocky River, Ohio • Business
A standout from Saint Ignatius High School, Cintron was an Under Armour All-American who tied the program’s single-season scoring record with 65 goals and all-time goals record with 120. He finished his junior season with 97 points and senior campaign with 83 points. Cintron was twice named team MVP, All-Midwest, All-Region, All-American and second team All-State. Strong in the classroom, he garnered first honors and won the President’s Academic Achievement Award.

Austin Clibanoff • M • Ambler, Pa. • Arts and Sciences
Clibanoff comes to Lehigh from La Salle College High School, following the footsteps of several former Mountain Hawks, including Mike Noone (currently on the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse) and recent graduate Casey Eidenshink. Clibanoff was a second team All-PCL honoree as a senior in 2015 while earning first team laurels as a senior. He was a varsity member of the 2013 state championship team as a freshman, was named to the Terrapin Classic Watch List and was named a Jake Reed Rising Sophomore. In the classroom, Clibanoff tallied a 3.6 cumulative GPA and garnered second honors in 2015.

Erik DiGirolamo • D • Allentown, Pa. • Business

A local product, DiGirolamo comes to Lehigh from Parkland High School, the same high school as Lehigh’s former All-Patriot League midfielder Kurtis Kaunas. DiGirolamo was a two-sport athlete, playing both lacrosse and football. As a senior in lacrosse, he was first team All-Eastern PA Conference, first team Morning Call All-Area and the Defensive MVP for Parkland as a senior. DiGirolamo was also a junior captain for Parkland and a captain of the Dukes Lacrosse Club team. He garnered Boys First Place for the Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll Award for the 2015 season. In football, DiGirolamo was Lehigh Valley Live All-Conference honorable mention as a linebacker during his junior year. He was a senior captain, and was nominated for Athlete of the Week by Morning Call Sports Writers and Coordinated Health in September of 2015. DiGirolamo was also named to the 2015 Class 4A All-Eastern PA first team defense as a linebacker. As a senior, he was an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team All-Area linebacker, Lehigh Valley Live’s first team All-Area linebacker, Morning Call’s All About Sports Defensive Player of the Year and Doug Kern Award Recipient from Parkland Football Coaches. Strong in the classroom, DiGirolamo was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. DiGirolamo was a member of the Principal’s List freshman through senior year for a 4.0 GPA or higher, taking AP, Honors and GHP courses. He was on the Eastern PA Conference Student Athletic Character Council and was the 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholar-Athlete for lacrosse.

Andrew Eichelberger • M • Spring, Texas • Arts and Sciences
Eichelberger was a multi-sport athlete at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, earning All-America and District MVP laurels in lacrosse. He was also a three-time All-State and All-District honoree while serving as team captain twice and garnering team MVP honors three times. A standout on the football field, Eichelberger was a two-time second team All-District wide receiver/tight end. He was named the team’s wide receiver MVP as a junior and was a second team Offensive All-Purpose Player. Eichelberger was a three-time Academic All-District selection and was named the team’s Most Versatile Player as a senior. In the classroom, he was a four-year honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the Student Council Executive Board and Crusader Crew Executive Board.

Conor Gaffney • M/FO • Mount Laurel, N.J. • Engineering
A four-time first team All-Olympic Conference member at Lenape High School, Gaffney was also a three-time first team All-Burlington County honoree. He was twice named first team All-South Jersey, also twice earning All-State and All-America recognition. Gaffney was an Under Armour Underclass All-American for New Jersey and MVP of the 2013 Best of the Best Team Showcase for Duke’s LC. He was a two-time team captain for Lenape Lacrosse and runner up for South Jersey Player of the Year. In 2016, he was the Olympic Conference, and Burlington County, Player of the Year. A multi-sport athlete, Gaffney was a three-year varsity letterwinner in football, earning second team All-Conference as a junior and first team All-Conference as a senior. He was a Lenape football “Hammer” award winner, also garnering South Jersey first team laurels. A first team All-Academic honoree as a senior, Gaffney was the 2015 South Jersey Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Impressive in the classroom, Gaffney posted a 6.0 weighted GPA (4.0 unweighted). He finished tied for first in his class, was the Senior Male Outstanding, and Student-Athlete of the Year.

Eric Greenberg • M • Mamaroneck, N.Y. • Arts and Sciences
A 2016 U.S. Lacrosse All-American, Greenberg enjoyed a decorated career at Mamaroneck High School. He was a two-time All-Section honoree and three-time All-League selection. A two-time team MVP, Greenberg was a senior captain. He helped lead Mamaroneck to the 2015 New York State Section 1 AA Championship where he was the championship game MVP with six goals, including the overtime game-winner. Overall, Mamaroneck appeared in three straight title games. Greenberg was a 2016 MSG Varsity Hudson Valley first team honoree, garnering second team laurels a year prior. He was a 2015 and 2016 Journal News All-Star and MSG Varsity All-Metro honorable mention selection. Greenberg finished his high school career with 214 points behind 132 goals and 82 assists. He was also a letterwinner in basketball.

Parker Kent • M • Norwell, Mass. • Business
Standout lacrosse and football student-athlete at The Roxbury Latin School, Kent served as a team captain and was named All-ISL as both a junior and senior. He was also a captain, and an All-ISL player in football his senior year. Kent finished 10th all-time in school history with 114 points at Roxbury Latin. He made the BostonLax All-American Game as a senior and won the Samuel Huntington Wolcott Scholar-Athlete Award. In football, Kent averaged six yards per carry, scored nine touchdowns and had 900 yards in eight games as a senior. Helped lead Roxbury Latin to an ISL Championship in football.

Colin Kirst • G • Bernardsville, N.J. • Arts and Sciences
Standout at Seton Hall Prep, Kirst was a US Lacrosse All-American. He was named first team All-League, first team All-State, All-Conference and was a Goalie of the Year. Kirst also garnered the Bob Scott Award. Strong in the classroom as well, he earned first or second honors all four years, was a member of the National Honor Society and was named president of the school.

Ryan Klose • A • West Linn, Ore. • Business
Klose was a four-time first team All-State lacrosse player at West Linn High School. Also a two-time All-American and three-time first team All-League honoree, he was named the 2015 Oregon Player of the Year. Also a standout soccer player, Klose was a first team All-State member once and first team All-League honoree twice. Klose was the 2015 Three Rivers League Player of the Year. In the classroom, he was a four-year honor roll and member of the National Honor Society, finishing his career with a 4.15 overall GPA.

Christian McHugh • M • Bronxville, N.Y. • Computer Science and Business
A three-time CHSAA first team honoree for Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York, McHugh also led his squad to the 2015 CHSAA State Championship. He was a three-time City Champion, earning CHSAA Midfielder of the Year during his tenure. McHugh was captain of his team and two-time Coaches Award winner.

Zac Methlie • LSM/D • Springfield, Pa. • Arts and Sciences
Methlie was a two-time first team All-Central League selection and senior captain at Springfield High School. A two-time first team All-State honoree, he was also a first team All-Delco selection and first team honoree. Methlie helped lead Springfield to its first state championship. As a senior, he posted 106 groundballs and 41 caused turnovers. Strong in the classroom, he was a member of the National English Honor Society and honor roll student with a 4.0 GPA.

Brian Meyer • M/FO • Penn Valley, Pa. • Business

A transfer from Washington College, Meyer played in seven games as a freshman, winning 7-of-12 faceoffs (.583) with four groundballs and a caused turnover. An honorable mention All-Maine Line honoree at Harriton High School, Meyer was a four-time varsity letterwinner in lacrosse while also lettering twice in golf. Strong in the classroom, he was a member of the National Honor Society.

Austin Pierce • A/M • Chatham, N.J. • Business
A three-year varsity starter and senior captain, Pierce finished his decorated high school career with 203 career points for Chatham High School behind 159 goals and 44 assists. He was an All-American, first team All-State and first team All-Conference honoree while at Chatham. Also a first team All-Fitt/Pitch Division member, Pierce helped lead Chatham to the New Jersey (Group 2) 2015-16 Championship. A multi-sport athlete, he was a four-year varsity hockey player and two-year captain, helping lead Chatham to the 2012-13 New Jersey Hockey Championship. In the classroom, Pierce was a member of the National Honor Society and German National Honor Society, garnering the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Academic/Athletic Award.

Daniel Rivera • D • Newtown, Pa. • Engineering
Rivera is the second incomer from La Salle College High School (along with Austin Clibanoff). A two-time first team All-Catholic honoree and a third team All-Catholic member as a sophomore, Rivera was a US Lacrosse Academic All-American as a senior. He helped lead his team to a state championship in 2013 and to a runner-up finish in 2016. Also a former varsity ice hockey captain, Rivera impressed in the classroom. He was a member of the National Honor Society, maintained a GPA over 4.0 throughout high school and garnered first honors every semester.

Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Incoming Class

No. – Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Hometown/Previous School Major/College
32 – Jake Burmeister D 6-5/220 St. Louis, Mo./MICDS Engineering
6 – Crew Cintron A 6-1/185 Rocky River, Ohio/Saint Ignatius Business
15 – Austin Clibanoff M 5-9/160 Ambler, Pa./La Salle College HS Arts and Sciences
27 – Erik DiGirolamo D 5-9/185 Allentown, Pa./Parkland Business
55 – Andrew Eichelberger M 6-3/215 Spring, Texas/Jesuit College Preparatory Arts and Sciences
38 – Conor Gaffney M/FO 5-10/190 Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape Engineering
19 – Eric Greenberg M 5-8/160 Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck Arts and Sciences
10 – Parker Kent M 6-0/185 Norwell, Mass./The Roxbury Latin School Business
11 – Colin Kirst G 5-7/200 Bernardsville, N.J./Seton Hall Prep Arts and Sciences
12 – Ryan Klose A 5-11/190 West Linn, Ore./West Linn Business
77 – Christian McHugh M 6-2/180 Bronxville, N.Y./Iona Prep Computer Science and Business
42 – Zac Methlie LSM/D 5-8/165 Springfield, Pa./Springfield Arts and Sciences
30 – Brian Meyer M/FO 5-11/170 Penn Valley, Pa./Washington College Business
16 – Austin Pierce A/M 5-8/175 Chatham, N.J./Chatham Business
37 – Daniel Rivera D 6-3/210 Newtown, Pa./La Salle College HS Engineering



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