Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/20/19
From Press Release
Coming off its second straight Patriot League Championship Game appearance and fifth in the last eight years, Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese announced the Mountain Hawks’ incoming class of 12 on Tuesday. This talented group includes several who are ranked by Inside Lacrosse in the top 100 of the 2019 recruiting class. When they arrive to campus on Wednesday, they will look to help the Mountain Hawks reload after graduating 15 in Lehigh’s outstanding 2019 senior class.
Here is a complete rundown of the 12 incoming players.
Logan Falconetti, A Viola, Del./Salesianum School
Falconetti was an All-American and All-State honoree at Salesianum School in Wilmington Delaware, the same school as fellow Mountain Hawks’ incomer Colin Fowler. Falconetti was named team MVP in 2019, finishing as the team leader in points with more than 100. He was ranked No. 67 by Recruiting Rundown among rising juniors. Also strong in the classroom, Falconetti received second honors for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
WHY LEHIGH? “I enjoyed the school and the coaches a lot. I could also see myself going there.”
Colin Fowler, D Kennett Square, Pa./Salesianum School
A U.S. Lacrosse All-American at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, Fowler was also named first team All-State. Fowler was a high school teammate of fellow Mountain Hawks’ incomer Logan Falconetti. A team captain, Fowler was named Under Armour Underclass Philly All-Region, and garnered a spot on the FCA National Team. Fowler was also an All-State linebacker on the football field, earning his team’s Co-Outstanding Player award. On the wrestling mat, Fowler captured fifth place at 182 in the state tournament and was a two-time state qualifier. Also strong in the classroom, Fowler was a member of the National Honor Society and American Sign Language Honor Society. He was named first team Academic All-State for wrestling, and earned a spot on the Dean’s List.
WHY LEHIGH? “I decided to pick Lehigh because it is a great school academically, the coaches are awesome and the lacrosse program competes at a high level.”
Ryan Niggeman, D Chester Springs, Pa./The Haverford School
Niggeman was a two-time first team All-Inter-Ac, Delco and Main Line honoree at The Haverford School. The defenseman was a two-time Inter-Ac champion, leading Haverford in caused turnovers as a senior. Niggeman was also a two-time All-EPCLA honoree, while being named All-State as well. The senior captain was a recipient of the John C. Nostrant Award. Niggeman was a two-year starter and varsity letterwinner on the men’s ice hockey team. Niggeman was strong in the classroom, finishing with a GPA over 3.5.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh because of the high standards they hold for academics and athletics.”
Jack Spence, M Springfield, Pa./Springfield-Delco High School
Brother of rising junior James and recently-graduated Lucas, Jack was a 2019 US Lacrosse All-American. The two-time team captain was twice named first team All-State. The former All-Central League MVP received All-Delco and All-Central Honors four times, finishing his career with 143 goals and 62 assists. Spence was also a two-time team captain in football, garnering All-Central League honorable mention laurels. Strong in the classroom, Spence received Academic Honors, and was a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and Student Leaders. He was ranked No. 89 by Recruiting Rundown among rising juniors.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh because it was a great fit for me in the academic and athletic department. I really enjoyed the campus, the coaches and teammates at Lehigh.”
Caleb Creasor, G, Huntsville, Ontario/The Hill Academy
A standout at the Hill Academy in Canada, where several current and former Mountain Hawks have played (Teddy Leggett, Nolan Apers and Patrick Corbett), Creasor was a three-time national champion (2016, 2017 and 2018). He was named a men’s U19 first team All-Canada honoree in 2017 and won a CISAA Championship the year prior. Creasor also played hockey, winning a CISAA Title in 2017 and 2018. In the classroom, he garnered the Headmaster’s Award for finishing top 10 in his class.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh to play lacrosse, and learn, at a high level.”
John Danforth, M Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles High School
Danforth finished his decorated career with the fifth most goals in Skaneateles High School lacrosse history (141). A two-time team MVP and three-time All-League honoree, Danforth finished his career with 172 total points. The four-year varsity letterwinner won two league championships during his tenure and was selected to the 2019 CNY Senior All-Star Game. He was also named All-State in 2019. Also an All-League football player, Danforth won two league and sectional championships, along with the 2017 New York State Title. A member of the high honor roll, Danforth was a four-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner and member of the National Honor Society.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh for the amazing academic and athletic opportunities.”
Andrew Mapstone, A Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Salisbury School
After playing at Honeoye Falls High School in Lima, N.Y. through his junior year, Mapstone transferred to Salisbury School in Connecticut. In his tenure, Mapstone was a three-time Monroe County All-League selection and two-time D&C All-Greater Rochester honoree. He was named to the Section V All-Tournament Team, also finishing as the all-time points and assists leader in Honeoye Falls program history. Also strong in the classroom, Mapstone was a three-time NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete and member of the National Honor Society.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh because of the respected reputation of the school itself and the lacrosse program.”
Christian Mule, A Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West
Mule’ enjoyed a historic career at Half Hollow Hills West Hills High School on Long Island. He finished his career with 331 points via 197 goals and 134 assists, stands as the Half Hollow Hills District all-time leader in both points (331) and goals (197). Mule’ is also the all-time single-season points leader with 105. As a senior, he posted 103 points behind 56 goals and 47 assists, finishing among Suffolk County’s leaders for points. Mule’ also eclipsed 100 points as a junior, tallying 105 via 59 goals and 46 assists. Mule’ was a four-time All-Suffolk County honoree and two-time team captain. He was twice named first team Newsday All-Long Island and first team NYSSWA All-NY State. Mule’ was selected as Suffolk Country Rookie of the Year as a freshman. He was rated by Inside Lacrosse at No. 57 overall in his class entering his senior season of high school.
WHY LEHIGH? “The reason I choose Lehigh was because it gives me the opportunity to excel in the classroom, as well as on the field. Its academic reputation and the opportunity to play for Coach Cassese and such a great program really excited me.”
Charlie Peck, D/LSM Wayland, Mass./Rivers High School
Peck was a four-year varsity lacrosse starter at The Rivers School in Massachusetts. A three-time All-ISL honoree (2016, 2017 and 2019), Peck was named to the BostonLax All-State Underclassmen first team in 2017. The following two years, he was named a NELJ top 100 player in New England. Peck was a member of the 2019 Israeli National U20 men’s Euro team. He was also a two-year letterwinner in football (2016 and 2017). In the classroom, Peck was a four-year high honor student, graduating with academic distinction. Peck has also coached middle school club lacrosse for the Top Gun Littlenecks.
WHY LEHIGH? “Lehigh will challenge me, on and off the field, while putting me in positions to succeed as an athlete, student and person.”
John Sidorski, A/M East Islip, N.Y./East Islip High School
Ranked as the No. 33 player in the class of 2019 by Inside Lacrosse, Sidorski was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American at East Islip High School on Long Island. Sidorski was named SCLCA Attackman of the Year and was an All-State honoree. Other honors included Newsday first team All-Long Island recognition (twice), All-County (three times) and All-Division (three times). The two-time captain was named team MVP. He finished his decorated career with 159 goals and 179 assists for 338 points as a four-year varsity starter. Sidorski helped lead East Islip to three county finals. Also a member of the basketball team, Sidorski impressed in the classroom as a Scholar-Athlete and member of the honor roll all four years of high school.
WHY LEHIGH? “This institution gives great opportunities in both school and lacrosse. I am able to study at the business school and compete for a Patriot League Championship every year. The campus is not too far from home as well.”
Justin Tiernan, A, Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn High School
A five-year varsity lacrosse player at John Glenn High School on Long Island, Tiernan led all of New York state in goals in 2019. He was a three-time All-County, two-time All-State and two-time All-Long Island honoree. Ranked No. 48 overall in his class by Inside Lacrosse, Tiernan was also named an Academic All-American. He was a three-year varsity football player as well, being recognized as a Scholar-Athlete by Suffolk County all four years. He was twice named All-League, being named All-County in 2019 when he rushed for over a thousand years. A two-year varsity basketball starter, Tiernan garnered Academic All-County in 2019. He was named to both the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society, and was a four-time recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award. He finished with a cumulative average of 94 weighted throughout high school.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh because of both the academic and athletic excellence this school offers. The school offered a great business school, which is the field I want to pursue, and the lacrosse team has been top 20 in the country. Coach Cassese has the team on the uphill and the relationship I built with him really put Lehigh over the top of the other good academic schools I was looking at.”
Ben Weinberg, M, Jericho, N.Y./Jericho High School
One of Newsday’s top 100 Players to Watch, Weinberg was a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain at Jericho High School on Long Island. Weinberg was named NYSSWA New York All-State, garnered Nassau All-County recognition and twice named Nassau County Top 25. Strong in the classroom as well, Weinberg also received Academic All-County laurels and earned a spot on the National Honor Society.
WHY LEHIGH? “I chose Lehigh because of the great academic offerings as well as the athletic offerings. The staff, people and facilities are all exceptional and provide me with a great opportunity to succeed.”
No. – Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Hometown/Previous School Major/College
30 – Caleb Creasor G 5-10/165 Huntsville, Ontario/The Hill Academy Arts and Sciences
33 – John Danforth M 5-11/190 Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles High School Business
13 – Logan Falconetti A 5-11/170 Viola, Del./Salesianum School Engineering
40 – Colin Fowler D 6-1/200 Kennett Square, Pa./Salesianum School Engineering
3 – Andrew Mapstone A 5-8/165 Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Salisbury School Arts and Sciences
2 – Christian Mule’ A 5-8/160 Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West Arts and Sciences
34 – Ryan Niggeman D 6-0/185 Chester Springs, Pa./The Haverford School Business
41 – Charlie Peck D/LSM 6-0/185 Wayland, Mass./Rivers High School Business
20 – John Sidorski A/M 6-2/185 East Islip, N.Y./East Islip High School Business
49 – Jack Spence M 6-0/180 Springfield, Pa./Springfield High School Business
44 – Justin Tiernan A 6-2/185 Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn High School Business
28 – Ben Weinberg M 6-0/195 Jericho, N.Y./Jericho High School Business