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Four from Philly head Class of 2024 at @SJUHawks_MLax

Thursday, 10th September 2020

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

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/10/20
From Press Release

Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse head coach Taylor Wray has announced the incoming Class of 2024, which features 14 freshmen from eight states plus Ontario. This incoming group of four attackmen, five midfielders, three close defensemen, a long stick midfielder, and a goalkeeper will look to make an immediate impact for the Crimson and Gray in Spring 2021.

New to Hawk Hill are attackmen Gavin Harmon, William King, Carter Page (Hill School), and David Shew (St. Joseph’s Prep), midfielders Patrick Bronander, Liam Ferris, Brian Fitz, Payton Lester, and Wil Vandegrift (La Salle), close defensemen Jackson Crutchfield, Blake Gonzalez, and Matthew Ottilo (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy), long stick midfielder Travis Alderton, and goalkeeper Nick Floyd.

Coach Taylor Wray

“We are thrilled to formally welcome this group and their families to the Saint Joseph’s lacrosse program,” said Wray. “Once again, we have put together an incredibly talented group from a very diverse geographic background. Having had their high school senior seasons cut short, I know they are eager to get to Hawk Hill and get to work under whatever conditions we can. I look forward to watching this group grow this fall and come together with our returning team.”

For a complete player-by-player rundown, please see below.

Matthew Ottilo • D • 6-4 • 200 • Furlong, Pa. • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
• 2019 Defensive MVP for SCH Academy as a junior
• 2018 Maverik Showtime
• Played alongside current SJU attackman Mac McLaughlin ’23 at SCH Academy
• Majoring in biology on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: The athletic and economic opportunity.

Carter Page • A • 6-1 • 165 • Peterborough, Ontario • The Hill School (Pa.)
• 2019 All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League selection
• Played three years of Junior A box lacrosse and one year of Junior C
• Attended Crestwood Secondary School in Peterborough, Ontario as a freshman
• Majoring in sports marketing on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: I liked the atmosphere of a small school not too far away from my high school, and on my visit, the players and coaches created a very welcoming environment.

David Shew • A • 6-1 • 190 • Berwyn, Pa. • St. Joseph’s Prep
• All-Catholic Second Team
• Offensive MVP
• Team’s leading scorer
• Majoring in business on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: I have always had interest in going to St. Joe’s due to the fact that it is a quick, 30-minute drive from my hometown. I never had a lot of information on the school until my high school lacrosse coach told me everything there is to know; Coach [Dan] Keating was an assistant coach at SJU, and before I knew it, I was at Sweeney Field for a Prospect Day.

Wil Vandegrift • M • 6-0 • 170 • Abington, Pa. • La Salle College High
• Three-time All-League selection
• Led squad to state championship in 2019
• Will join older brother and current SJU attackman Kevin ’22 at SJU
• Majoring in communication studies on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: The SJU family.

Travis Alderton • LSM • 6-0 • 175 • Upper Saddle River, N.J. • Saint Joseph Regional

• Saint Joseph Regional All-Decade Lacrosse Team
• Three-time All-League, two-time All-County, 2019 All-State
• Showtime participant
• Majoring in business on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: The community and reputation of the school.

Patrick Bronander • M • 5-11 • 165 • Glen Ridge, N.J. • Glen Ridge

• All-Waterman Conference and All-SEC American Conference First Team
• 2017 Under Armour Uncommitted Game
• Played alongside fellow SJU newcomer Jackson Crutchfield ’24 at Glen Ridge
• Majoring in business on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: Environment, coaches, and alumni.

Jackson Crutchfield • D • 5-10 • 165 • Glen Ridge, N.J. • Glen Ridge
• Group 1 All-State, All-Waterman Conference, and All-SEC American Conference First Team
• Two-year team captain and first junior captain in program history
• Played alongside fellow SJU newcomer Patrick Bronander ’24 at Glen Ridge
• Majoring in finance on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: I’ve always had family around Philly and liked the city. Go Birds. The great academics and lacrosse in a city I love was a perfect match for me.

Liam Ferris • M • 6-0 • 165 • Toronto, Ontario • St. Michael’s College School
• St. Michael’s 2019-20 Outstanding Graduating Athlete
• Three-time OFSAA champion
• Played for Mimico Jr A Lacrosse
• Majoring in business administration on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: Coach Wray.

Brian Fitz • M • 6-2 • 190 • Raleigh, N.C. • Leesville Road
• Leesville Road program recordholder in career points, with 259 (159g, 100a)
• Two-time All-State, three-time All-Region, four-time All-Conference pick
• Philly Showcase All-Star
• Majoring in business on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: Coach Taylor Wray.

Nick Floyd • GK • 6-0 • 160 • Marietta, Ga. • Walton
• 2019 Georgia High School Association 7A Lacrosse State Champion
• Backstopped Walton to a 21-2 record in junior season
• Played club lacrosse for Thunder LB3 Orange
• Majoring in marketing on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: As soon as I stepped on campus for the first time, it felt like home. I felt welcomed in the locker room by both the team and the coaching staff.

Blake Gonzalez • D • 6-1 • 187 • Bel Air, Md. • Boys’ Latin
• Three-year varsity letterwinner at Boys’ Latin
• Led squad to three-year record of 25-12
• Played club lacrosse for Looney’s 2020 Orange
• Majoring in business administration on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: Coach Wray. He was the person who really showed me SJU and allowed me to fall in love with it.

Gavin Harmon • A • 6-1 • 195 • Frisco, Texas • Centennial
• Team’s leading scorer in both his freshman and sophomore seasons
• Two-time T99 All-Star and Texas Draw All-Star
• Inside Lacrosse Midwest Showcase All-Star
• Majoring in leadership ethics and organizational sustainability on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: The coaches on my visit and how passionate they were. It seemed to be a great atmosphere for a guy like me to be in, and it seemed like somewhere I could thrive and grow.

William King • A • 5-10 • 162 • Columbia, S.C. • A.C. Flora
• A.C. Flora’s career leader in points (277), goals (158), and assists (119); recorded 110 points (68g, 42a) as a junior
• 2019 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American and Upper-State Player of the Year and Attack Player of the Year
• First student-athlete in A.C. Flora and Richland School District One history to play Division I lacrosse
• Majoring in biology on Hawk Hill

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU: The guys on the team were great and very fun to be around. The culture is very gritty, as in the team works hard for everything on and off the field.

Payton Lester • M • 6-3 • 212 • Evergreen, Colo. • Kent Denver
• Four-year varsity letterwinner
• Led squad to state runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019
• Over 80 hours of community service work with Habitat for Humanity
• Majoring in business on Hawk Hill

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

SORTED ALPHABETICALLY
Travis Alderton • LSM • 6-0 • 175 • Upper Saddle River, N.J. • Saint Joseph Regional
Patrick Bronander • M • 5-11 • 165 • Glen Ridge, N.J. • Glen Ridge
Jackson Crutchfield • D • 5-10 • 165 • Glen Ridge, N.J. • Glen Ridge
Liam Ferris • M • 6-0 • 165 • Toronto, Ontario • St. Michael’s College School
Brian Fitz • M • 6-2 • 190 • Raleigh, N.C. • Leesville Road
Nick Floyd • GK • 6-0 • 160 • Marietta, Ga. • Walton
Blake Gonzalez • D • 6-1 • 187 • Bel Air, Md. • Boys’ Latin
Gavin Harmon • A • 6-1 • 195 • Frisco, Texas • Centennial
William King • A • 5-10 • 162 • Columbia, S.C. • A.C. Flora
Payton Lester • M • 6-3 • 212 • Evergreen, Colo. • Kent Denver
Matthew Ottilo • D • 6-4 • 200 • Furlong, Pa. • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Carter Page • A • 6-1 • 165 • Peterborough, Ontario • The Hill School (Pa.)
David Shew • A • 6-1 • 190 • Berwyn, Pa. • St. Joseph’s Prep
Wil Vandegrift • M • 6-0 • 170 • Abington, Pa. • La Salle College High

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