Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/30/19
From Press Release
Head coach Frank Fedorjaka announced the Bucknell men’s lacrosse team’s 16-man incoming freshman class.
“I am very excited for this group of young men to join our program this fall,” Fedorjaka said. “These 16 student-athletes are very talented and have achieved considerable success on the field and in the classroom.”
The incoming freshman class is balanced, featuring four midfielders, four defensemen, three attackers, three faceoff specialists, one goalie and one defenseman/long-stick defensive midfielder. The class is also geographically diverse; the student-athletes hail from an impressive nine different states: California (3), Connecticut (2), Maryland (2), New Jersey (2), New York (2), Pennsylvania (2), Missouri, New Hampshire and Texas.
“With the graduation of 12 seniors for the second-straight year, we were looking to bring in talent at all positions,” Fedorjaka said. “This is the largest class that I can remember bringing in since 1992. This class is diverse with talent at every position.”
The Bison went 6-9 (4-4 Patriot League) in 2019, closing the regular-season on a four-game winning streak to clinch their 13th Patriot League Tournament berth in the past 15 seasons. Bucknell graduated 12 seniors following that campaign, including four-year starting goalie Christian Klipstein and four-year primary faceoff specialist Jarett Witzal. In addition, the Bison will need to replace their top midfield line of Ryan Durkin, Reed Malas and Tom Smith.
The year before, Bucknell finished 11-4 overall, was ranked as high as 10th nationally and captured a share of the Patriot League regular-season title by going 7-1 in conference action. Following that season, the Bison lost their three starting attackers and three starting defenders to graduation; that decorated group included USILA All-Americans Will Sands and Sean O’Brien and three-time All-Patriot League honoree Matt Gilray. Sands was one of the most prolific offensive threats in program history, becoming only the third Bison to reach the 200-point plateau and graduating as the school record holder in career assists (141).
For the 2020 campaign, the Bison return their three 2019 All-Patriot League honorees in attacker Will Yorke, the team’s 2019 soaring leader with 45 points, and defenders Bryant Boswell and Conor Shears. In addition, Bucknell returns attackers Tommy Sopko and Alston Tarry, who finished second and third among Bison in 2019 point production.
Midfield, 6-3, 227, Avondale, Pa., Salesianum School (Del.)
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse and three football letters at the Salesianum School … in lacrosse, helped the Sallies win three-consecutive state championships (2016-18) … recognized as a midfielder on the all-state first team … honored as team MVP as a senior … Under Armour All-Philadelphia Underclass Team … All-Phillylacrosse Delaware selection in 2019 … in football, helped Salesianum reach two state finals (2019 & 2018) … the Sallies ranked first (2018) and third (2017) nationally in strength of schedule over course of career … captured all-state and all-Catholic first team laurels as a defensive end … also was an all-Catholic first team tight end … academic all-state selection … captained both lacrosse and football teams … played club lacrosse for the Philadelphia Freedom and FCA National.
Personal: Logan Gaulin Bushweller … born February 25, 2001 in New Rochelle, New York … son of Jeremy and Stephanie Bushweller … has a younger brother: Colby … mother played field hockey at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship team … father played football at Wesley College … major is undeclared in the College of Management.
Attack, 6-4, 195, Downingtown, Pa., Downingtown High School East
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse letters at Downingtown High School East … three-time All-Ches-Mont League selection … three-time Daily Local News all-area honoree … 2018 Under Armour All-Philadelphia Underclass Team … helped the Cougars reach the 2019 and 2018 state tournaments … named team’s MVP as a senior … registered 230 career points on 139 goals and 91 assists … served as team captain … played club lacrosse for the Philadelphia Freedom Lacrosse Club.
Personal: Brian Richard Miller … born November 8, 2000 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania … son of Robert and Julie Miller … has two older brothers: Patrick and Colin … father played lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy … mother swam at Cornell University … Colin is a member of the University of Maryland lacrosse team’s class of 2021 … major is undeclared.
Midfield, 6-2, 190, Portsmouth, N.H., The Governor’s Academy (Mass.)
Before Bucknell: Earned three lacrosse, three soccer and three alpine skiing letters at The Governor’s Academy … in lacrosse, helped the Governors win the 2018 Independent School League title … made the 2019 All-ISL team after receiving 2018 honorable-mention laurels … totaled 95 career points from the midfield, topping out at 43 as a senior … in alpine skiing, was a three-time All-New England and three-time All-ISL honoree (2019, 2018 & 2017) … tabbed as New England’s top ski racer in 2019 … led The Governor’s Academy to New England championships in 2019 and 2017 … graduated with school records in career race wins and fastest run … was the team’s top racer all three years of varsity competition … in soccer, started in goal from sophomore through senior years … 2018 All-ISL honorable mention selection … captained the soccer and alpine skiing teams as a senior … played club lacrosse for 3d New England and 3d National.
Personal: Christopher John Baroni … born November 10, 2000 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire … son of Joseph and Sonja Baroni … has three siblings: Nathaniel, Benjamin and Catherine … major is undeclared.
Defense, 6-4, 230, Severna Park, Md., Gilman School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in lacrosse and football at the Gilman School … played club lacrosse for FCA Maryland Lacrosse Club, Nations United Lacrosse and Juiced Cherries Lacrosse.
Personal: Henry Brooks Bethel … born November 9, 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland … son of Amiel and Kelli Bethel … has an older brother, Max, who is a member of the Pomona-Pitzer water polo team’s class of 2021 … father played lacrosse at Princeton University … won the Gilman School’s community service award two years in a row … plays guitar and bass … enjoys fly fishing and shooting trap and skeet … major is undeclared in the College of Engineering.
Attack, 5-9, 180, Rochester, N.Y., McQuaid Jesuit High School/IMG Academy (Fla.)
Before Bucknell: Lettered in lacrosse at McQuaid Jesuit High School, leading the team to two league championships … honored as the conference player of the year … three-time all-league selection … led New York’s Section V in goals … paced the Knights in points from sophomore through senior seasons … U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic honoree … once recognized as the Inside Lacrosse Northeast Player of the Week … served as team captain … spent a postgraduate year at the IMG Academy in 2018-19 … played club lacrosse for the Rochester Flyers and Cold Brook Lacrosse Club.
Personal: Jack Martin Billitier … born September 10, 1999 in Rochester, New York … son of Ronald and Jessica Billitier … has two younger siblings: Colby and Avery … father played lacrosse and football at St. John Fisher College … relative David Billitier played football at Buffalo State … major is undeclared.
Defense/Long-Stick Midfield, 6-1, 190 Mendham, N.J., Salisbury School (Conn.)
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse letters at the Salisbury School … as a junior and senior, helped the Dragons win Western New England titles and finish as the GEICO Lacrosse National Championship runners-up … Salisbury went 16-0 in conference play during the 2019 campaign … Western New England All-League Honorable Mention selection … played club lacrosse for SweetLax Lacrosse Club.
Personal: Luke Philip DiIorio … born July 6, 2000 in New York City … son of Phil and Lisa DiIorio … is a triplet with brothers Michael and Matthew … Michael is a member of the Boston University men’s lacrosse team’s class of 2023 … enjoys being outdoors, fishing and wakeboarding … major is mathematics.
Attack, 5-11, 190, Greenwich, Conn., Greenwich High School
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse and three football letters at Greenwich High School … in lacrosse, graduated with the school record in career goals (199) … also logged 48 career assists to finish with 247 points … two-time all-state first team (2019 & 2018) … three-time all-Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference first team (2019, 2018 & 2017) … selected as team MVP as a senior … in football, helped the Cardinals win state and FCIAC championships in 2018 … 2019 all-state first team … two-time all-FCIAC first team (2019 & 2018) … honored as team’s defensive MVP as a senior … played club lacrosse for the CT Chargers.
Personal: John Lawrence Feda … born November 19, 2000 in Greenwich, Connecticut … son of Tom and Laura Feda … has three older siblings: Caroline, Tommy and Abby … father played football at Fordham University … culinary aficionado … major is undeclared.
Faceoff/Midfield, 5-10, 160, Napa, Calif., Marin Catholic High School
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse letters and one basketball letter at Marin Catholic High School … in lacrosse, helped the Wildcats win one North Coast Section D2 (2016) and two Marin County Athletic League (2018 & 2016) championships … 2019 Adrenaline All-American … 2018 U.S. Lacrosse All-American … Under Armour All-West Underclass Team … three time All-MCAL honoree … recorded 291 career points on 178 goals and 113 assists … captained the lacrosse and basketball teams as a senior … played club lacrosse for 3d Colorado and ADVNC Lacrosse.
Personal: Jack Robert Goller … born May 17, 2001 in Napa, California … son of David and Kristin Goller … has a younger brother: Bennett … major is undeclared in the College of Management.
Faceoff/Midfield, 5-9, 180, Long Valley, N.J., West Morris Central High School
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse letters at West Morris Central High School … 2019 All-American … three-time all-state, all-conference and all-league honoree … selected to participate in New Jersey’s 2019 Gil Gibbs High School Senior All-Star Game … 2018 Under Armour All-New Jersey Underclass Team … helped the Wolfpack win the 2016 Group 3 state championship as a freshman faceoff specialist … the 2016 squad also set a school record in single-season victories (19) … as a senior, led the team to a Waterman League title with a 17-3 record … graduated with West Morris Central records in career (921), single-season (326) and single-game (32) faceoff wins and career (.710) and single-season (.800) faceoff winning percentages … twice tabbed as team MVP … played club lacrosse for Building Blocks Lacrosse … … coached by Trevor Baptiste, a four-time USILA First Team All-American who graduated with NCAA records in career faceoff wins and faceoff winning percentage, on the 2015 BBL summer travel team … participated in the NXT Fall Showcase … 2016 King of the X champion … trained with the Faceoff Academy since 2013.
Personal: Cameron Richard Hollander … born May 4, 2001 in Newton, Massachusetts … son of Alan and Linda Hollander … has an older brother: Noah … father played lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire during the program’s Division I days … grandfather Paul Del Rossi was a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees and their Triple A team in Columbus … aunt Laura Roan was a softball pitcher for the University of Vermont … avid New England Patriots fan … major is animal behavior.
Defense, 6-5, 205, Tiburon, Calif., St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Before Bucknell: Earned three lacrosse letters at St. Ignatius College Preparatory … helped the Wildcats achieve No. 1 California and No. 17 national rankings … All-West Catholic Athletic League First Team … registered 48 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers as a senior … played club lacrosse for Leading Edge.
Personal: Mark Carter McCullough … born October 26, 2000 in Morristown, New Jersey … son of Mitch and Pamela McCullough … major is undeclared.
Faceoff/Midfield, 6-2, 205, Atherton, Calif., Menlo School
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse and two football letters at the Menlo School … in lacrosse, was an Adrenaline All-American and a three-time all-league first team selection … twice served as team captain … helped the Knights win two CCS Scholastic titles … in football, captured all-league accolades after leading the conference in tackles as a senior … played club lacrosse for the West Coast Starz and Alcatraz Outlaws … with the West Coast Starz, won the 2018 NLF National Championship.
Personal: Conor Edward McCusker … born October 15, 2000 in Burlingame, California … son of Anthony and Carolyn McCusker … has two younger sisters: Alexandra and Elizabeth … father rowed at the University of California, Berkeley … major is undeclared.
Defense, 6-4, 205, Bethesda, Md., Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse letters at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School … captured all-county, all-division and all-Mid-Atlantic Conference accolades … honored as team MVP … served as team captain … helped the Lions win MAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2019 … Saint Andrew’s went unbeaten in MAC play and 16-3 overall that season … defenseman chipped in offensively, registering 55 career points on 34 goals and 21 assists … played club lacrosse for VLC.
Personal: Ethan Opdahl … born January 3, 2001 in Washington, D.C. … son of John and Karen Opdahl … has an older brother: Jordan … owns a business called Maryland Coins … major is undeclared in the College of Management.
Goalie, 6-0, 185, Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield High School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in lacrosse and ice hockey at Ridgefield High School … helped the lacrosse team win the 2018 Class L state championship … as a senior captain, was recognized by the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference on its honorable-mention and all-west teams … started in goal for three seasons … was a two-year starter on defense for the ice hockey team … helped the Tigers win back-to-back FCIAC titles (2018-19 & 2017-18) … the 2018-19 squad went undefeated … was tabbed to the All-FCIAC second team following that season … played club lacrosse for Long Island Express North.
Personal: Daniel Steven Parson … born August 9, 2001 in Ridgefield, Connecticut … son of Mark and Diane Parson … has an older sister: Nicole … major is undeclared.
Midfield, 6-1, 175, Garden City, N.Y., Garden City High School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in lacrosse, football and basketball at Garden City High School … in lacrosse, captured all-county accolades … helped the Trojans win a state championship, two Long Island titles and four county crowns … went unbeaten in football, winning two Long Island titles … in basketball, helped the Trojans win one county championship and two conference titles … earned all-conference laurels … served as basketball team captain … played on Garden City’s town lacrosse team that took on top competition across the country.
Personal: Joseph Robert Scattareggia … born July 20, 2001 in Garden City, New York … son of Joe and Debbie Scattareggia … has two siblings: Lauren and Andrew … major is undeclared.
Defense, 6-4, 220, Dallas, Texas, Highland Park High School
Before Bucknell: Lettered four times in lacrosse and twice in football at Highland Park High School … in lacrosse, helped the Giants finish as the 2019 and 2016 state runners-up and reach the 2018 and 2017 state semifinals … 2019 and 2018 THSLL All-North District Team … in football, helped the Giants win three-straight 5A D1 state championships (2016-18) … the 2018 squad went an unbeaten 16-0 … Highland Park also won district titles each of those seasons, going a combined 45-3 … 2018 All-District Team-Offense Honorable Mention … also competed in basketball for two seasons … played club lacrosse for 3d Colorado and TEAM12 … was a Denver Shootout and Vail Valley Tournament All-Star.
Personal: Michael Andrew Stanzel … born June 26, 2001 in Dallas, Texas … son of Michael and Tiffany Stanzel … has four siblings: Emily Claire, Ella Marie, Lily Anne and Thomas … father played football at the United States Naval Academy … grandfather Rick Fambro played football at Southern Methodist University … great-grandfather Luther “Bugs” Fambro played football and competed in track & field at the University of North Texas … “Bugs” was inducted into the UNT Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 … great-grandfather Thomas Cadenhead played football at the University of Texas at Austin … is an Eagle Scout … major is undeclared.
Midfield, 6-3, 225, St. Louis, Mo., Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School/Avon Old Farms School (Conn.)
Before Bucknell: Earned four lacrosse letters, four football letters and one basketball letter at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School … in lacrosse, led the Rams to four-consecutive state championships (2014-17) … graduated in 2017 as MICDS’s career points leader with 318 on 175 goals and 143 assists … three-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American … Under Armour All-American … Adrenaline All-American … four-time all-state first team … four-time all-conference first team … Missouri’s first three-time All-American and four-time all-state first team selection in state history … served as team captain … in football, was once recognized on the all-conference first team … spent a postgraduate year at Avon Old Farms School in 2017-18 … played club lacrosse for 3d Colorado, 3d National, West Coast Starz and Project Missouri.
Personal: Harry Alexander Wellford … born September 15, 1998 in St. Louis, Missouri … son of Hal and Amanda Wellford … has two older siblings: Warren and Rebecca … father played basketball at Washington and Lee University … mother played tennis at Smith College … Rebecca played lacrosse at Washington and Lee … relative Tommy Prothro played quarterback at Duke University and was an NFL head coach for seven years … enjoys creating music and playing spike ball … was previously enrolled at the University of Virginia before transferring out as a freshman … major is undeclared.