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Summer (@HolyGhostLax), Wessner (@LaSalle_Sports) head incoming class at Marist

Friday, 5th July 2019

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

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/5/19
From Press Release

Marist Men’s Lacrosse has brought in 13 student-athletes as it begins its MAAC title defense, Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson (St. Joseph’sUniversity) formally announced Wednesday afternoon.

Overall, the incoming class consists of 12 freshmen and one transfer student. The group represents six different states, with five hailing from New York State.

“Our staff is thrilled to welcome the newest members of the Marist lacrosse program,” mentioned Wilkinson. “This decorated group of student-athletes have proven during the recruiting process that they are passionate about competing at the highest of levels and dedicated to helping the program strive for another MAAC Championship.

“They will be surrounded by an experienced group of returning players and great leaders that will help them get acclimated to Division I lacrosse. This group provides great depth to our roster across the board, and their past success will help them compete from the minute they arrive on campus this fall. Our staff is incredibly excited to welcome this accomplished and loyal group of young men to the Marist Lacrosse family.”

SAM SUMMER

Defender | 6-0 | 205 | Yardley, PA | Holy Ghost Prep (Bensalem, PA)
During his 2019 campaign, Summer scooped up 93 ground balls, while also dishing out four goals and four assists.
In his four years at the varsity level, he amassed 287 ground balls and 24 points, receiving a pair of awards on the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) First Team.
Summer was a part of the FCA National team and competed in the All-Star Game as the Hotbeds Lacrosse Tournament.
His father is a former wrestler at Liberty University.

KURT WESSNER

Defender | 6-4 | 215 | Pineville, PA | La Salle College HS (Wyndmoor, PA)
Wessner was a standout athlete for the Explorers, where he was a 2019 state champion and a two-time state runner-up in 2016 and 2018.
Individually, he was a team captain, earned First Team PCL honors, and received the Travis Manion Award for leadership and courage.
Wessner has participated in the NXT Charity Showcase Team in Pennsylvania.
His brother, Alex, played lacrosse at Alfred State, while his cousin, Jakob Phaup, is a current member of the men’s lacrosse team at Syracuse.

RYAN MCDANIEL

Defender | 6-2 | 190 | Severna Park, MD | Archbishop Spalding HS (Severn, MD)
After being named a key player by the Capital Gazette ahead of the 2019 season, McDaniel collected 41 ground balls and four points for Archbishop Spalding.
He played in the MIAA, one of the most competitive divisions in the country.
McDaniel earned multiple invites to the NXT Invitational, Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip, and the Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy.
His sister, Maddie, plays lacrosse at James Madison, while his cousins, Reese and Mitchell Mona, play basketball and lacrosse at Maryland and Navy, respectively.

SHANE DAHLKE

Attacker | 5-11 | 165 | Yorktown, NY | Yorktown HS
Dahlke established himself as a four-year starter at historic Yorktown High School, being named an All-Section 1 honoree in his junior and senior year.
He was a starter during his freshman and sophomore years while the Huskers reached the New York State Class B Championship in 2016 and 2017.
This past season, Dahlke racked up 29 goals and 30 assists.
His father is a former lacrosse player at Bryant University.

DANIEL O’MEARA

Goalkeeper | 5-11 | 155 | Yorktown Heights, NY | Yorktown HS
O’Meara was teammates with Dahlke at Yorktown High School.
The goalie finished 2019 with 172 saves compared to 114 goals allowed.
As a four-year varsity member, O’Meara was a two-time New York State finalist, two-time regional champion, and a two-time section champion. He was also an All-American, All-Section 1, and a lohud.com First-Team Westchester/Putnam County All-Star.
He participated in Maverik Showtime Lacrosse, Nike Blue Chip, and the Brine National team, while also being named a Long Island Lax Fest All-Star.

LARRY CANGRO

Defender | 6-4 | 190 | Manorville, NY | Eastport-South Manor HS
A dual-sport athlete in lacrosse and football, Cangro recorded 150 ground balls during his lacrosse career.
He was a part of the 2017 Suffolk County championship team. He garnered All-Division II and All-Suffolk County Honorable Mention accolades in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Cangro was selected to the Under Armour Long Island Underclass Tournament Team in 2017 and participated in the esteemed Nassau vs. Suffolk Long Island Showcase for three consecutive years.
In football, he was second in receiving yards in Suffolk Country, earning his way onto the Second Team All-Division II.

KELLEN PULERA

Attacker | 6-2 | 200 | Amherst, NY | St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (Buffalo, NY)
Pulera is St. Joseph Collegiate Institute’s all-time leader with 275 career points, and is tied for the single-season record his junior with 92 points.
In 2019, he tallied a program-record 62 goals while adding 25 assists and 48 ground balls while leading his team to a state championship appearance.
During his career, he was a four-time All-Catholic League, three-time Western New York, two-time team MVP, League Player of the Year, League Championship MVP, and US Lacrosse All-American selection.
Pulera also led the team in points from his sophomore year to his senior year after tying for the team lead in his rookie season.

SAM TOMSON

Attacker/Midfielder | 5-9 | 147 | Mt. Kisco, NY | Loomis Chaffee HS (Windsor, CT)
Tomson arrives to Poughkeepsie after tallying 23 goals and 14 assists last year.
In total, he scored 70 goals and 40 assists during his high school career.
A team captain his senior year, he won the 2019 Coaches Award, awarded to a senior for best performance on and off the field.
Outside of high school, Tomson was a two-time attendee of the Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy, and participated in the CTBLL Box League and for the 3d National Team.

STEPHEN BICKEL

Attacker | 5-9 | 162 | Kensington, MD | St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Potomac, MD)
Over four years as a starter, Bickel amassed 150 career goals and 100 career assists, becoming the school’s all-time points leader.
The 2019 St. Andrew’s Male Athlete of the Year posted 44 goals and 30 assists this past season.
During his tenure, he was a three-time All-Conference selection, helping guide the Lions to back-to-back undefeated MAC Regular Season Lacrosse Championships in 2018 and 2019, while winning the 2019 MAC Tournament.
Bickel also competed in the 2018 D.C. Under Armour Tryouts where he was named one of the Top 44 players in D.C, and was on the 2016 Top 22 WaveLax All Star team.

MICHAEL BOWLER

Midfielder | 5-9 | 175 | Greenwood Village, CO | Kent Denver School (Englewood, CO)
Bowler enjoyed an impressive senior season, recording 36 goals and six assists with 13 ground balls while leading his team to a state championship appearance.
His performance led to First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State honors in his senior year.
Bowler has showcased his talents with Maverik Showtime Lacrosse, Jake Reed Blue Chip Camp, and at the 3d Blue Chip Camp.
His brother, John, currently plays lacrosse for Duke, while his father suited up for Dartmouth lacrosse.

SEAN KELLIHER

Midfielder | 6-1 | 180 | East Brunswick, NJ | East Brunswick HS
East Brunswick’s all-time goals leader at 161, Kelliher registered 52 goals, 18 assists, and 89 ground balls last year.
He was named the 2019 Conference Player of the Year while earning First Team All-County in his junior and senior seasons.
Prior to his commitment to Marist, Kelliher participated in the Under Armour All-American Uncommitted Showcase in 2017 and the Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational 2016 Uncommitted All-Star Game.
Kelliher is the second student-athlete in his family to attend Marist; his sister, Gabrielle, was a CoSIDA Academic All-American and 2018 Female Sportsperson of the Year with the softball program.

KEENAN DERAEVE

Defender/Long Stick Midfielder | 5-9 | 175 | Lake Oswego, OR | Lake Oswego HS
Marist’s farthest recruit in the freshman class, DeRaeve is a two-time First Team All-State and three-time First Team All-League selection.
Lake Oswego High School’s 2019 Male Athlete of the Year has won a state championship in both lacrosse (2018) and football (2019).
Over the course of last season, DeRaeve racked up four goals, three assists, and 58 ground balls, while causing 53 turnovers.
Among his tournament experience, he had multiple invites to the 3d National Team Camp in 2015 and 2016.

KYLE STOFKO

Defender | 6-1 | 185 | Churchville, MD | Wagner College
Stofko transfers to Marist from Wagner and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
As a sophomore last season at Wagner, he started 14 games, adding 29 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers.
In his two seasons, Stofko has registered 51 caused turnovers, the most in Division I for a Class of 2021 member, and 64 ground balls.
A four-year varsity starter at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, MD, he was a C. Markland Kelly nominee, which is awarded to the best player in Maryland. He was also a three-time First Team All-County and three-time First Team All-Conference.

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