Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/15/18
From Press Release
Villanova men’s lacrosse head coach Mike Corrado and his staff are set to welcome the addition of 11 freshman and one transfer to the team for the 2018-19 academic year.
“Our coaching staff is extremely excited to welcome the 12 newest member of the team to Villanova University,” shared Corrado. “Each one of these student-athletes is exceptional both on the field and in the classroom and we can’t wait to begin working with them.”
Joining the Wildcats this fall will be, Matt Campbell, Chet Comizio, Patrick Daly, Austin Fraser, Jimmy Gabrielsen (Malvern Prep), Stelios Kroudis, Brody LaPorte, Alex Spiker Thad Spiker, Michael Ubriaco,Will Vitton , and transfer Zack Ornstein.
Freshman |Midfield | 5’9″ | 170
West Chester, Pa. | Malvern Prep
Malvern Prep: Earned three varsity letters in lacrosse… In 2018 was named to All Inter-Ac 2nd Team, DLN All Area 2nd Team, All Mainline 2nd team, Most Improved Player…Earned first honors all four years…Played one year of football.
Personal: Born on August 4, 1999 in West Chester, Pa. to Scott and Cathy Gabrielsen…Has one sibling, Cole…Father played lacrosse at Vermont and then ten season for the Philadelphia Wings winning five championships…Enrolled in the School of Business…Hobbies include watching movies and listening to music…Chose Villanova because of its location, academics, competitive schedule, and coaches. I’m proud of where I’m from (West Chester, Pa) and I wanted to stay close to home and represent the Philadelphia area. Along with the distinguished Business School, competitive schedule, and great coaches, I felt Villanova was the best fit for me.
Freshman | Midfield | 6’1″ | 195
Madison, N.J. | Delbarton
Delbarton: Earned two varsity letters in lacrosse and soccer and three in squash…Named NJ.com Player of the Year and US Lacrosse All-American in 2018…Earned First Team NJAC American Division honors, NJILCA Non-Public All-State First Team, and Pitt/Fitch Division First Team in 2018…Lead the team in goals with 42.
Personal: Born January 13, 2000 in Hoboken, New Jersey to Colin and Becky Campbell…Has three younger siblings, Riley, Darby, and Luke…Mom played lacrosse and field hockey at Harvard and was a part of the 1990 women’s lacrosse national championship team…Dad played squash at Harvard and received national championship rings during the 1991 and 92 seasons…Played high school lacrosse with Chet Comizio and Colin Crowley…Enrolled in the School of Business…Hobbies include fishing and golfing…Chose to attend Villanova because of the academic excellence and amazing lacrosse program.
Freshman |Midfield | 5’10” | 175
Basking Ridge, N.J. | Delbarton
Delbarton: Earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and one in wrestling…Named Second Team All-State (2018) and earned the Senior Lacrosse Hustle Award…Played high school lacrosse with brother TJ, Colin Crowley, and Keegan Khan.
Personal: Born June 21, 1999 in Basking Ridge, N.J. to Rob and Keenah Comizio…Has four siblings, Kiwi, TJ, Kirby, and Keely…Father played football and mother played field hockey and lacrosse at Penn…Brother TJ is a senior on the Villanova men’s lacrosse team and sister Kiwi is a grad transfer on the Villanova field hockey team…Sister Kirby plays field hockey at Duke…Enrolled in the School of Business…Chose Villanova because my brother went there so I understood the culture and the family atmosphere the coaches, teachers and students there create. It is a top academic institution coupled with an elite lacrosse program.
Freshman |Attack | 6’2″ | 190
Shrewsbury, Mass. | Tabor Academy
Tabor Academy: Earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and hockey…Had 223 career points…Named lacrosse team MVP in 2018…Earned honors his junior year and high honors during his sophomore year.
Personal: Born August 8, 1998 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to Glenn and Anne Daly…Has one older sister, Mary Therese…Plans to major in Economics…Chose Villanova because it is a school with rigorous academics while also allowing me to play lacrosse an extremely high level.
Freshman |Attack | 5’10” | 178
Manor, N.Y. || Hendrick Hudson
Hendrick Hudson: Earned two letter in lacrosse and one in basketball…Named All-League and All-Section in 2018…Earned All-League in 2015…Was injured during his sophomore and junior seasons…Member of the Italian Honors Society and Peer Leadership Program.
Personal: Born Januray 13, 2000 in Mount Kisco, N.Y. to David and Heather Fraser…Has a twin brother, Dylan…Father played basketball at Purchase…Plans to major in Business…Hobbies include playing basketball and long boarding…Chose Villanova because of the amazing reputation it has for being such a great school, the awesome lacrosse program and coaching staff, and the caliber of competition on their schedule every year.
Freshman |Attack | 5’9″ | 200
Sparta, N.J. | Sparta Township
Sparta Township: Earned four varsity in lacrosse… Named First Team All-State, First Team All Fitch Pitt, First Team All Herald, Second Team All NJAC (2018)… His junior year was named Mugs Media Player of the Year, NJ Herald Player of the Year, First Team All Fitch-Pitt, and Honorable Mention All-State …Holds the school record for most career goals with 198…Had a total of 257 career points.
Personal: Brown February 1, 2000 in Jefferson Township, New Jersey to Nick and Maria Kroudis…Has one older sister, Alexandra…Cousin, Ioni, played field hockey at Dickinson College…Hobbies include drumming, drawing, and video production and editing…Chose Villanova due to its high level of academics and its notable reputation of being a very successful school for furthering its students careers. I was also sold on the athletic program for Men’s Lacrosse due to Coaches Michael Corrado and Simon Connor as well as its location and campus. Its alumni program is also very strong which I thought was important. Overall it was the perfect fit for me to further my education and gain knowledge in many aspects of what I want to study.
Freshman |Defense| 6’2″ | 180
San Carlos, Calif. | Menlo School
Menlo School: Earned four varsity letters in lacrosse…Named U.S. Lacrosse and Adrenaline All-American (2018)…Three time First Team All-League…Team Defensive MVP (2018) and Offensive MVP (2017)…Collected 195 ground balls and caused 77 turnover over his four years…Also scored 48 goals and dished out 24 assists for 72 points…Named an AO Scholar with Distinction and earned High Honors.
Personal: Born January 26, 2000 in San Carlos, California to Brock and Eileen LaPorte…Has two older siblings, Zoe and Emma…Father pole vaulted at Stanford for one year before joining the varsity sailing team and Mom rowed at Stanford…Both parents then spent three as US Cycling Federation Cyclist…Plans to major in Finance…Hobbies include playing the guitar, surfing, and mountain biking…Chose Villanova because of its stellar academic and athletic reputation, and the school’s strong alumni network out in San Francisco sold me on the school.
Freshman |Defense | 6’2″ | 190
Gainesville, Florida | Oak Hall School
Oak Hall School: Earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and swimming…Named 2018 Gainesville Sun Lacrosse Co-Player of the Year…Three-time Gainesville Sun First Team All-Area Honoree…163 career ground balls and 66 career caused turnovers…Member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society…Two year captain for both lacrosse and swimming.
Personal: Born on November 20, 1999 in Newark Delaware to Ted and Liz Spiker…Has a twin brother Thad, who is also on the men’s lacrosse team…Plans to major in Business…Hobbies include photography and colleting vinyl’s…Chose Villanova because it provided the perfect opportunity to receive a world-class education while getting the chance to play lacrosse at the highest level.
Freshman |Defense | 6’2″ | 190
Gainesville, Florida | Oak Hall School
Oak Hall School: Earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and swimming…Two-time US Lacrosse All-American…Named 2018 Gainesville Sun Co-Player of the Year…Four-time Gainesville Sun First Team All-Area honoree…Had 214 ground balls (school record) and 73 caused turnovers… Member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society…Two year captain for lacrosse and one year for swimming.
Personal: Born on November 20, 1999 in Newark Delaware to Ted and Liz Spiker…Has a twin brother Alex, who is also on the men’s lacrosse team…Plans to major in Business…Hobbies include photography and swimming…Chose Villanova because of its academic excellence and because of the high-level lacrosse program that has a great culture.
Freshman |Defense | 5’10” | 170
Millersville, Maryland | Boys’ Latin
Boys’ Latin: Earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and three in cross country…Two-time All-MIAA Selection…Co-team MVP (2018) and Most Outstanding Athlete (2017)…Member of the National Honor Society and William Scholar.
Personal: Born August 12, 1999 in Millersville, Maryland to Gene and Gina Ubriaco…Has two sisters, Emma and Isabelle…Mother and Father played lacrosse at Loyola, Grandfather played in the NHL for the Penguins and Blackhawks…Enjoys watching musicals… Chose Villanova because of the great community and atmosphere the school has. Since my sister attends Villanova, I have been up to the campus many times and have seen the amazing community firstly hand. I also chose to attend Villanova because of the great people who are in charge of their high level lacrosse program.
Freshman |Goalie | 6’0″ | 160
Summit, New Jersey | Summit
Summit: Three varsity letters in lacrosse and four in hockey…Named First-Team All-State, First Team Fitch Pitch, U.S. Lacrosse All-American, NJ Goalie of the Year in 2018…During his junior year named NJ Lacrosse Underclass Under Amour All-American, First Team All-State and First Team Fitch Pitt…Boasted a .730 save percentage and 3.40 goals against average…In hockey helped lead his team to a State Championship and a McInnis Cup Championship in 2018…Named Second Team McInnis (2018), First Team Union County (2017)…Ranks 10th all-time in Summit high school goals scored.
Personal: Born June 21, 1999 in Morristown, New Jersey to Chuck and Julie Vitton…Has two older siblings, Anna and Alec…Sister, Anna, played lacrosse at Elon, grandfather, John Vitton, started the Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey Program, grandfather, Julian Tylka, played basketball at University of Wisconsin Platteville…Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences…Hobbies include water skiing and going to the beach…Chose Villanova because I felt that it gave me the best opportunity to pursue both my academic and athletic aspirations. The success that Villanova helps set you up with is something that most colleges cannot offer and being able to compete year in and year out for a National Championship makes it the best of both worlds.
Junior | Faceoff Specialist | 5’10” | 200
Howell, New Jersey | Howell | Albany
Albany: Two year member of the Great Danes…Went 216-for-395 (.547) with 103 ground balls…Named America East All-Rookie Team (2016) and three-time America East Rookie of the Week…During his freshman season he ranked 25th in Division I faceoff winning percentage (.556) and had the single game record for faceoffs won 26.
Howell: Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Howell… Led the Rebels to the Non-Public A-North Tri Championship for the first time… Three-time All-A-North player, including First Team in 2013 and 2015… 2015 Honorable Mention All-State honors… Three-time All-FRHSD and All-Shore player… Team MVP as a senior with 30 points and 84.7% faceoff rate… 80% face-off rate (702-877) and 119 points in high school career… Member of SADD, WYCD and Anytowner.
Personal: Born July 25, 1997 in Howell, New Jersey to Hal and Anna Ornstein…Has one older brother, Tyler, who played lacrosse at DeSales University…Hobby is coaching lacrosse…Chose Villanova because there is a great balance but it was way beyond that for myself while making my decision. Being a transfer I had the opportunity to play for one of the best coaches this sport has ever seen. I was looking for a coach that when I was on my visit we did not talk about lacrosse. When I met Coach Corrado and the staff, there was not much talk about lacrosse. It was about the end goal for each student-athlete beyond lacrosse. Every coach and player I met made me feel like they wouldn’t want to be anything but a Wildcat. The state of the art facilities, world-renowned business school, professor reputation, and the homely feeling is an opportunity that I could not pass up. Being an hour from home is ideal and all around I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to put a wildcat uniform on.