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Pierce (Radnor) leads freshman class at @DelawareMLAX

Friday, 12th October 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/12/18
From Press Release

After an exciting 2018 season, the first under head coach Ben DeLuca, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team opened its fall camp last week.

Joining the Blue Hens this fall is a talented incoming class of 17, which includes seven midfielders, five attackers, three defenders, one goaltender and one face-off specialist.

The new Blue Hens include Justin Aimone, Tommy Beeby, Blake Gagen, Jake Govett, Owen Grant, Kyle Kivinski, Tye Kurtz, Mason Marano, Kevin McCormick, Clayton Miller, Connor Pierce (Radnor), Jed Raby, Brook Rideau, Peter Rippenger, Max Schelling, Jason Seiterand and George Ward.

“Our staff is thrilled to officially welcome the 16 members of our Class of 2022, along with one transfer into our Blue Hens lacrosse program. These young men, who hail from nine states, as well as Canada will make an immediate and significant impact on our program,” DeLuca said. “This is a well-rounded group comprised of some tremendous student-athletes and competitors. We could not be more excited to welcome these young men and their families into the Delaware Lacrosse program.”

CLAYTON MILLER – ATTACK – MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – CUMBERLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

An attackman, Miller joins UD from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Cumberland Valley High School. Miller was a four-year starter was First-Team Mid Penn three times. He was a 2018 All-America winner and was the 2018 Mid-Penn Player of the Year.

CONNOR PIERCE – MIDFIELD – RADNOR, PENNSYLVANIA – RADNOR HIGH SCHOOL

Pierce – a midfielder from Radnor, Pennsylvania and Radnor High School – was a two-year starter for RHS and a varsity team captain. He posted 43 points (31 goals, 12 assists) in 13 games during his senior season and earned Eastern Pennsylvania All-State honors. During his junior season, Pierce had 44 points in 22 games (29 goals, 15 assists) and earned All-Central League, All-Delaware County Honorable Mention and All-Phillylacrosse Third Team honors.

JUSTIN AIMONE – MIDFIELD – RINGOES, NEW JERSEY – HUNTERDON CENTRAL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

Aimone is a Ringoes, New Jersey native and played at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

As a midfielder, Aimone was a captain for his senior season and tallied 90 points in the final two years at HCRHS. He was first –team all-conference and second-team all-state as a snioer, when he was also chosen to play in the Gil Bibbs Senior All-Star game. He also played three years of football, both as a quarterback and wide receiver, in addition to playing a year of basketball.

TOMMY BEEBY – MIDFIELD/ATTACK – SOUTH SALEM, NEW YORK – JOHN JAY HIGH SCHOOL

Beeby joins the Blue Hens as a midfielder and attacker from South Salem, New York and John Jay High School. Beeby was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for John Jay and won a sectional and regional title in 2018. He was a Section One All-League and All-Section player and was a captain of John Jay his senior season.

In club lacrosse, he played on Prime Time Lacrosse and selected for multiple showcase games, including the Philly Showcase.

BLAKE GAGEN – DEFENSE – SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – TORREY PINES HIGH SCHOOL

Gagen, a defenseman, comes to Delaware from San Diego, where he played at Torrey Pines High School. At TPHS, Gagen was a four-year starter and letterwinner and won the San Diego Open Division in 2018. He was 1st team All-Avocado League in 2018 and won the league three times in in his high school career.

During his club career with the West Coast Starz, he earned Adrenaline All-America honors. In the classroom, Gagen was a three-time scholar athlete at Torrey Pines and was a six year member of the Lions Heart service organization, serving as the vice president in 2018.

JAKE GOVETT – ATTACK – HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLORADO – MOUNTAIN VISTA HIGH SCHOOL

Govett is an attackman from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and Mountain Vista High School. Govett was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for MVHS. He was a two-time all-state winner in Colorado and led his team in points and assists during his senior year. Govett earned first-team all-league honors in his three years as a starter. Govett recorded 51 points (38 goals, 13 assists) his senior season and recorded 114 goals and 51 assists over his four year career in high school.

In club lacrosse, Govett played with Evolve Lacrosse and the Coquitlam Adanacs.

OWEN GRANT – DEFENSE – NEWMARKET, ONTARIO – EVEREST ACADEMY

Grant joins the Blue Hens as a defenseman from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and Everest Academy. He was the 2017 Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A League Rookie of the year for the Toronto Beaches. The Beaches selected Grant as the #7 overall draft pick in the 2016 league draft.

He was a four-year starter for Everest Academy and also played basketball, volleyball and ran track & field.

KYLE KIVINSKI – ATTACK – POTOMAC FALLS, VIRGINIA – DOMINION HIGH SCHOOL

An attackman from Potomac Falls, Virginia and Dominion High School, Kivinski holds the DHS record for most career points and goals in program history. He was a three-year starter for Dominion and won a 2016 4A state title. Kivinski appeared on the all-conference and all-region teams three times, while earning first-team all-state twice in his career. Kivinski also played varsity football and was first-team all-region as a defensive end and tight end.

TYE KURTZ – ATTACK – PUSLINCH, ONTARIO – BISHOP MacDONELL HIGH SCHOOL

A attackman from Puslinch, Ontario, Canada and Bishop MacDonell High School, Kurtz played for the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves, who is in the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A League. Kurtz put up 73 points (19 goals, 54 assists) during his last season with the Braves in just 20 games. In 2017, he recorded 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 19 games.

MASON MARANO – FACE-OFF – DALLAS, TEXAS – GREENHILLSCHOOL

Marano – a FOGO from Dallas, Texas – played at Greenhill School. Marano was a varsity letterwinner all four years at Greenhill School and was a captain his junior and senior year. He earned THSLL all-state during his junior and senior year seasons and was all-district his sophomore year.

In club, Marano was an Under-Armour All-American and a Baltimore Summer Kickoff All-Star.

KEVIN McCORMICK – DEFENSE- FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK – FARMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL

McCormick – a midfielder from Farmingdale, New York and Farmingdale High School – was a letterwinner for four seasons at FHS and was named all-conference in 2017 and all-county in 2018. McCormick was also all-county in football and played varsity basketball.

JED RABY – DEFENSE – OSWEGO, NEW YORK – MILLIBROOK PREP

Raby comes to Delaware as a defenseman from Oswego, New York and Millibrook Prep School. Before attending Millibrook, Raby played at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, New York. Raby was a four-year letterwinner across both schools.

Raby also played hockey for Ottawa in the CCHL of Junior “A” hockey. In 2013, he won the NYSPHS AA state championship.

BROOK RIDEAU – MIDFIELDER – CONCORD, CALIF. – DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL (ONONDAGA CC)

Rideau is the only transfer in the group as he comes to the Blue Hens with two years of eligibility after spending last season with powerhouse Onondaga Community College, who took home its 11thNJCAA Championship in May. He played in all 15 games for the Lazers last season, piling up 12 goals and six assists en route to helping the squad to a perfect 15-0 mark.

At De La Salle High School in California, Rideau was a two-time all-conference honoree and was named to the All-USA Northern California Lacrosse team during his final two years.

PETER RIPPERGER – GOALTENDER – NORWALK, CONNECTICUT – BRIEN McMAHON HIGH SCHOOL

Ripperger is a goaltender from Norwalk, Connecticut and Brien McMahon High School. Ripperger was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter for BMHS. Each year he started he earned All-FCIAC. He was a two-time Under-Armour Underclass All-American and had a 62 percent save percentage his senior year.

In the classroom, he was on the honor roll at BMHS each semester of high school.

MAX SCHELLING – MIDFIELD – CHATHAM, NEW JERSEY – CHATHAM HIGH SCHOOL

A midfielder from Chatham, New Jersey and Chatham High School, Schelling was a three-year letterwinner. He was Honorable Mention Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference in 2018. In club lacrosse, he earned all-tournament honors at the National High School Lacrosse Showcase in 2017.

Schelling was a two-year starter on the football team and was on the Morris County Football Coaches’ Association All-County team in 2017.

Schelling’s father, Steve, played football at Delaware from 1981-83.

JASON SEITER – MIDFIELD – BETHPAGE, NEW YORK – BETHPAGEHIGH SCHOOL

Seiter, a midfielder, comes to Delaware from Bethpage, New York and Bethpage High School. Seiter played on the varsity team for three seasons and recorded 42 points (15 goals, 32 assists) his senior year. BHS made the Nassau County Semifinals that season, while Seiter earned All-Nassau County as well. Seiter played for Viper Lacrosse Club, was a starter and won the Shootout at Albany and the Long Island Lax Clash Tournament.

In the classroom, he was a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. He was enrolled in AP and college level courses at Bethpage High School and was on the honor roll. Seiter was also a member of Athletes Helping Athletes – an organization that teaches younger students the importance of sportsmanship and has also organized various charity events for the Winthrop Children’s Hospital and Island Harvest.

GEORGE WARD – ATTACK – OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND – THE McDONOGH SCHOOL

Ward hails from Owings Mills, Maryland and The McDonogh School, where he was an attackman. Ward’s father, Rusty, played lacrosse at Delaware from 1987-1991 while his uncle played lacrosse for Vermont.

Ward was a three-year letterwinner at The McDonogh School and won a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association conference championship after going 13-5 and 9-1 in the league. Ward played club lacrosse with the Baltimore Breakers and was named an all-star at the Baltimore Summer Kickoff and Inside Lacrosse tournaments.

In the classroom, Ward was on the honor roll in all four years of high school.

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