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.@SJUHawks_MLAX introduces freshmen class; features Burnham, Cole, Lojeski, Vandegrift

Friday, 12th October 2018

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

The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse program has introduced its Class of 2022. Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Taylor Wray, these Hawks will join a group of 20 returning letterwinners that reached the Northeast Conference title game in 2018.

The freshmen:

#45 Mackenzie Burke • GK • 6-3 • 180 • Brampton, Ontario • The Hill Academy
Burke played for the Brampton Excelsiors Junior A Lacrosse Club and was a three-time Team Ontario Box Lacrosse field player (transition midfielder) and a one-time Team Ontario Field Lacrosse goalkeeper. To be utilized as a goalkeeper on Hawk Hill, the Brampton, Ontario native was a three-year varsity letterwinner at The Hill Academy, where he was a two-time All-Academic Team selection and led his squad to a three-year record of 40-5 and to the 2018 Geico National Championship title.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“When I came on my official visit, there was a great group of guys and a very intelligent coaching staff. The Haub School of Business also caught my eye as a great business centre.”

#56 Joe Burnham • D • 5-8 • 190 • Lansdale, Pa. • La Salle College High
Burnham was a 2018 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association High School All-American, First-Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick and Academic All-American at La Salle College High, where he was tabbed the 2018 Philadelphia Catholic League MVP and a three-time All-Catholic League selection, earning back-to-back First Team honors as a junior and senior. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania native was also a two-time Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Coaches Association pick and led La Salle College High to three state appearances, including a pair of finals in 2016 and 2018, and to three consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League and District 12 titles from 2016-18. Burnham was a four-year varsity defenseman and two-year captain during junior and senior seasons and added three letters in football, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection, earning First Team honors as a senior. Lacrosse runs in the family as his older brother, Patrick, begins his sophomore season as a defenseman at Division III King’s College this year.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The great business school in addition to the successful lacrosse program.”

#50 Andrew Chilson • M • 5-9 • 195 • Morristown, N.J. • Morristown
Chilson was a 2015 All-State Second Team selection and four-time All-Conference and All-Division honoree, earning First Team honors for both as a senior. The Morristown, New Jersey was also a three-time All-Group pick, earning First Team honors as a senior, and was Morristown’s leading scorer as a senior en route to Offensive MVP accolades. A four-year varsity letterwinner who earned the squad’s Warrior Award and Captain’s Award as a freshman, Warrior Award as a sophomore, and Warrior Award as a junior, Chilson led his team in ground balls as a junior and went 70% from the X as a freshman. The incoming midfielder also lettered in football, where he was an All-State Honorable Mention and All-Conference First Team honoree. Chilson also played for numerous All-Star Teams on the club circuit, and lacrosse runs heavily in the family as his mother was a Division I All-American at the University of Richmond, his cousin played Division I men’s lacrosse at Princeton University and is now on the MLL’s Ohio Machine roster, and another cousin was a Division I All-American at Drexel University.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The campus, the people, and the lacrosse team, both players and coaches.”

#7 Zach Cole • M • 6-0 • 195 • Mount Laurel, N.J. • Lenape
Cole, an incoming face-off specialist out of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, was a two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American from 2017-18, a 2018 All-State, All-Group 4, All-South Jersey, All-County, and All-Conference First Team selection, and the Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey Player of the Year, Burlington County Times Player of the Year and Courier Post Player of the Year as a senior. In his senior season, Cole led the state in both face-off percentage (90.4%) and ground balls (280) and added 12 goals and 13 assists. As a junior, Cole led state in ground balls (281) and put together a face-off percentage of 84.7% en route to 2017 All-State Second Team recognition and All-South Jersey and All-Conference First Team honors… plus 15 goals and 14 helpers. Cole was a 2016 All-Conference First Team and New Jersey All-Freshman/Sophomore Team selection and a 2015 All-Conference Second Team pick and led Lenape to a four-year record of 66-15, including a 19-3 record as a senior, 17-3 record as a junior, and 17-2 record as a sophomore, as well as a pair of New Jersey South Group 4 titles (2015, 2018) and a run in the 2017 finals (2017). Cole, who played club lacrosse for Dukes Lacrosse Club, also lettered in football at Lenape, where he ranked second on the team in tackles (91) as a senior to help squad to state title.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“My uncle influenced me the most to attend SJU because he told me about all of the great relationships that he has made with people and the quality of education at SJU. The coaching staff also made it a no-brainer to come here; they have so much experience and I can’t wait to get started.”

#27 Andrew Derasmo • A • 6-1 • 195 • Centerport, N.Y. • Harborfields
Derasmo, an incoming attackman out of Centerport, New York, led Harborfields High School to the 2018 county title and a pair of playoff appearances along with a four-year team record of 49-21.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“Coach Wray recruiting me and the academics drew me to SJU.”

#2 Ryan Doran • A • 5-11 • 175 • Melville, N.Y. • Half Hollow Hills East
Doran, an incoming attackman out of Melville, New York, was a 2017 All-Division and All-League selection as a junior at Half Hollow Hills East. Doran missed his sophomore and senior seasons due to injury but his squad went 51-21 over four years, which included a 14-5 record during his junior season in which he played. Doran also lettered in basketball and soccer and was a recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award and Distinguished Athlete Award. Lacrosse runs in the family as his older brother, Justin, was a Division I attackman and midfielder at Ohio State University from 2003-06 and older sister, Nichole, was a Division I attacker at Stony Brook University from 2014-17.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The coaching staff at SJU.”

#6 Robert LoBello • D • 5-10 • 180 • Syracuse, N.Y. • Marcellus
LoBello is a three-time All-Section 3 and All-League First Team selection who also earned All-Section 3 and All-League Honorable Mention recognition as a freshman. The Syracuse, New York native led Marcellus to 36 wins over his four-year career with 25 career points (10g, 15a) and was named the team’s MVP as a senior captain. LoBello was tabbed a 2018 Player to Watch by LaxRecords, was a 2016 Maverik Showtime All-Star and additional All-Star selection at numerous lacrosse camps, and was considered a top LSM prospect out of upstate New York. The incoming defenseman also lettered in football at Marcellus, earning All-Central New York Second Team honors as a senior.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The coaches made it feel like it’s a tight-knit family. Other colleges didn’t emphasize it like Coach Wray did. That’s what attracted me and made me excited to be a part of this team.”

#53 Dillon Lojeski • GK • 6-0 • 195 • Ambler, Pa. • Upper Dublin
A three-time All-League high school selection, Lojeski led Upper Dublin to a four-year record of 68-17, including 20-plus win seasons in 2016 and 2018. The incoming goalkeeper backstopped the squad to a pair of league championship titles with 20-3 record as a senior and 22-3 record as a sophomore and also claimed District One title in 2016. A two-sport athlete, Lojeski also lettered in football at Upper Dublin. A third-team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The reputation of the school, the location, and the beautiful architecture.”

#25 Zach Mantei • M • 5-11 • 170 • Calgary, Alberta • West Island College
Mantei, an incoming midfielder out of Calgary, Alberta, led West Island College to a four-year record of 55-13, including a 19-win season as a junior. Mantei played in the Hockey City Championships as a freshman and was also involved with the Okotoks Raiders Jr A Lacrosse Club.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“[Head coach] Taylor Wray.”

#15 Brandon Meyreles • D • 5-9 • 170 • Yorktown Heights, N.Y. • Yorktown
Meyreles, an incoming defenseman out of Yorktown Heights, New York, led Yorktown to the section finals as a senior and a pair of state finals as a sophomore and junior; his team had 48 combined wins over those three seasons. Meyreles was also a state finalist for football. Lacrosse runs in the family as his older brother, Eric, was a USILA All-American Honorable Mention and 2018 national champion at Division III Wesleyan University.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The coaches.”

#5 Choice Mostellar • M • 5-8 • 160 • Roswell, Ga. • Lassiter
Mostellar, an incoming midfielder out of Roswell, Georgia, was a two-time All-State Third Team attackman (2016, 2018) and three-time All-County attackman, earning back-to-back First Team honors as a junior and senior and Third Team honors as a sophomore. Lassiter’s 2016 Offensive Player of the Year led his squad to the 2017 6A/7A state title and a pair of state finals over three years on varsity; Mostellar played JV as a freshman and led the team in points and goals en route to an 11-0-1 team record. Mostellar played in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament for the South and was a two-time Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp selection. He also lettered in football at Lassiter. Lacrosse runs in the family as both brothers also play, Ben at Kennesaw State University and Murphy as Lassiter High School.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“Lacrosse and the atmosphere of the campus.”

#36 Jonathan Oronzio • D • 5-10 • 186 • Bedford, N.Y. • Iona Prep
Oronzio, an incoming defenseman out of Bedford, New York, was a two-time All-Catholic High School Athletic Association Team selection at Iona Prep from 2017-18, where he led the squad in caused turnovers (47) as a junior. Oronzio played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Byram Hills from 2015-16, earning All-League and All-Section honors twice each. A five-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse, Oronzio also earned four letters in varsity football over his high school career.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“I chose to attend Saint Joseph’s University because of the academic, social and athletic opportunities, as well as continuing my education at a Christian University.”
#17 Anthony Perhacs • M • 5-10 • 165 • Succasunna, N.Y. • Roxbury
Perhacs was a 2018 All-State and All-Conference Second Team pick as a senior and earned All-Conference Second Team honors as a junior and Honorable Mention for his freshman and sophomore seasons. THe incoming midfielder was tabbed Roxbury’s Most Outstanding Freshman in 2015 and led his squad to four-year record of 60-23, including a 19-4 record as a junior when Roxbury reached the state championship final. Perhacs also played in multiple All-Star games with his club team. A two-sport athlete at Roxbury, the Succasunna, New York native also lettered in football, where he was an All-Conference Second Team selection. Perhacs was the recipient of the 2018 Heart of the Gael Award, which is presented to a player who has led his team and has showed the most pride in school.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The great coaching staff and the awesome academics paired with the great location right outside the city.”

#16 Cole Peters • M • 5-10 • 165 • Baldwinsville, N.Y. • Baldwinsville
Peters, an incoming midfielder out of Baldwinsville, New York, played his senior year of lacrosse for Baldwinsville High School, earning 2018 All-League First Team and All-Section 3 Senior All-Star recognition after leading the squad in goals scored (32). He captained the squad to a 12-5 record en route to the program’s first Section 3 title in 25 years, second New York State regional title, and second New York State Class A semifinal and was the recipient of the 2018 Baldwinsville Coaches Award and Scholar-Athlete Award. Peters played his sophomore and junior lacrosse seasons for CW Baker High School, earning All-League Second Team honors as a junior (23g, 10) and Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore (5g, 5a). A three-sport athlete, Peters also lettered in indoor track and field at Baldwinsville, where he was a member of the Section 3 Indoor Track Championship Team, won the 4x200m relay and 4x400m relay titles, ran the 4x400m relay at the New York State Championships, and earned the Baldwinsville Coaches Award, and in soccer at CW Baker. Lacrosse runs in the family as his cousin, John Nostrant, will enter his freshman year of Division I lacrosse as a midfielder at Penn State University this spring.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“Coach Wray, Coach Keating, and my uncle, John Nostrant.”

#18 Matt Popeck • M • 6-1 • 185 • Olney, Md. • Sherwood
Popeck, an incoming midfielder out of Olney, Maryland, is coming off of international competition at the 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship in Netanya, Israel this past summer, where he scored twice and dished out an assist against Russia as a member of the Israel National Team. Popeck took a gap year after graduating from Sherwood High in 2017 to live in Ashkelon, Israel to both coach youth players and play internationally. The incoming midfielder was a 2016 US Lacrosse High School All-American, 2016 All-County and All-Division First Team selection, and the 2016 team MVP as a junior and was a 2015 All-County First Team pick after leading Sherwood High in ground balls as a sophomore. A three-year varsity letterwinner for Sherwood, Popeck’s team earned 21 combined wins during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The coaching staff, educational help, campus, and surrounding area.”

#38 Kevin Vandegrift • M • 6-0 • 200 • Jenkintown, Pa. • Academy of the New Church Boys School
Vandegrift, an incoming local midfielder out of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, played in the 2018 National Prep Tournament semifinals. As a freshman at ANC Boys School, Vandegrift was an All-Friends School League First Team selection, leading his squad to the Inter-Ac Challenge quarterfinals, as well as the 17th leading goal scorer and 40th leading point scorer in the state. Vandegrift led his squad to four league titles and a four-year record of 61-16 and also lettered in ice hockey, football, and soccer at ANC Boys School. Lacrosse runs heavily in the family as his older brother, Ray, played lacrosse on Hawk Hill from 2014-17, where he tallied 49 career points (31g, 18a) and was a 2014 Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team selection, another older brother, James, played Division III lacrosse at Bryn Athyn College, and another older brother, Mike, played Division I lacrosse for Penn State University and Division III lacrosse for Widener University and Penn State Abington.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The person that influenced me to go to St. Joe’s the most was my older brother, Ray. Since going to his first home game at SJU, I decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

#54 Matthew Wilson • D • 5-11 • 175 • Ijamsville, Md. (Oakdale)
Wilson, a two-sport athlete between lacrosse and football out of Ijamsville, Maryland, was an All-County Second Team selection and two-time team Defensive MVP at Oakdale. Wilson also won multiple titles on the club scene. Lacrosse and Hawk Hill pride run in the family; his brother, Grier, was a midfielder at Division I Monmouth University from 2015-18, his sister, Brooke, was a midfielder at Division I University of Richmond from 2013-16, and his mother, Margaret, played for the Hawks’ field hockey team from 1981-84.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The men’s lacrosse coaching staff.”

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