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.@LehighLacrosse announces Class of 2024; features Brock (@PerkValleyBLAX), Carpenter (@HermitsLacrosse)

Monday, 24th August 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, Recruiting, Posted 8/24/20
From Press Release

Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese announced the Mountain Hawks’ newest members on Sunday, which features 12 freshmen in the class of 2024 and a transfer.

Here is a complete rundown of the incoming players.

Matt Brock • FO/M • 5-10 • 185 • Schwenksville, Pa. • Perkiomen Valley
Brock was a standout faceoff specialist/midfielder at Perkiomen Valley High School, setting three school records and breaking them three years in a row (most faceoff wins, highest faceoff percentage and most groundballs in a season, respectively). Brock was a two-time Pioneer Athletic Conference first team All-Conference short stick specialist and three-time Mercury All-Area first team short stick specialist. In 2019, he was named an Under Armour Team Philly All-American and second team All-State honoree. Brock also won the Perkiomen Valley Varsity Lacrosse Rookie of the Year in 2017 and garnered the program’s Relentless Award in 2018. He won the Michael J. Hirsch Award in 2019, along with the Viking Battle Axe Commitment Award. Brock was also a two-year varsity starter for football, being named a Pioneer Athletic Conference first team All-Conference inside linebacker and Mercury All-Area first team inside linebacker. He was named the team’s Defensive MVP as well. In the classroom, Brock garnered Distinguished Honors.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the prestigious academic and athletic programs the school has to offer.”

Wil Carpenter • D • 6-5 • 210 • Salem, N.J. • St. Augustine Prep
Carpenter was a three-year varsity starter at St. Augustine Prep and two-time NXT Philly Showcase All-Star. He was also an Apex Summer Invite All-Star and AC Press honorable mention honoree. A multi-sport athlete, Carpenter was a two-time swimming state finalist as well. Strong in the classroom, he was a four-year scholar, member of the National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction and the Salutatorian (graduating second in his class).

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it is rigorous academically and they play gritty lacrosse. After getting to know the team, I also became aware of the team’s emphasis on family.”

Freddie Amato • M • 6-2 • 185 • Ponte Vedra, Fla. • Ponte Vedra High School
Amato was a 2019 Florida State Champion and 2020 Ponte Vedra Offensive MVP. During his decorated career, he was named an IL Record Player of the Week and Suffolk vs. Nassau Player of the Game. Amato was a member of the Under Armour Underclass South Team in the summer of 2019. Strong in the classroom, Amato was an honor roll student and graduated cum laude.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh University because of the great business school and the chance to compete at a high level. The moment I stepped on campus, I knew this university was the right place to be.”

Quinn Armstrong • A/M • 6-4 • 193 • Baltimore, Md. • Westminster School
Armstrong played lacrosse and hockey at Westminster School in Connecticut. A three-time Under Armour Underclass member, Armstrong was twice an All-Founder League honoree and All-NE 1 West Team member. Team captain as a senior, he was ranked 97th by Inside Lacrosse amongst rising juniors. He was also a two-time varsity hockey letterwinner. In the classroom, Armstrong was named to the honor roll all four years.

Why Lehigh? “I am able to get an excellent education and compete for a high-level lacrosse program.”

Scott Cole • A/M • 5-11 • 185 • Reisterstown, Md. • McDonogh School
Cole was a two-year starter, three-year varsity lacrosse player and senior captain at McDonogh High School. As a junior, Cole tallied 27 goals and nine assists. He shined at the 2018 Inside Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Prospect Day. Cole was selected as Player of the Game by the MIAA Game of the Week crew in the last regular season game against Gilman in 2019; in a game with playoff implications, he had three goals and an assist to propel McDonogh into the postseason. In 2017, Cole was the McDonogh Billy Geist Award winner (presented to the most consistent player). Academically, he was inducted into the McDonogh Chapter of the Cum Laude Society.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it is a well-respected academic institution, because the lacrosse program is competitive and on the rise, and because of the apparent close-knit nature of the team. I believe that I will be challenged to be better every single day, whether that be in the classroom, on the field, etc. I also loved the gritty feel within the lacrosse program and wanted to be surrounded by like-minded people who feel like they have something to prove every day.”

Aidan Decker • M • 6-1 • 190 • Chatham, N.J. • Chatham High School
Decker finished his career at Chatham High School with 37 goals and 41 assists, including 32 goals and 35 assists as a junior. Decker was named an Under Armour All-American in both 2017 and 2019. Throughout his career, he was also named first team All-State, first team All-NJAC, second team All-Conference and second team All-Senior NJ. Decker was a senior captain in 2020. Off the field, Decker was a Wounded Warrior Club member and honor roll student.

Why Lehigh? “The reason I chose Lehigh was a combination of their success on the field and in the classroom, along with a tradition of prized and successful students that thrive in the workforce. The lacrosse team competes against the best teams in the country and strives for a Patriot League title every year. They have a great coaching staff that is well-regarded in the NCAA and helped make my decision very easy.”

Will Deskey • G • 5-8 • 145 • Marietta, Ga. • The Lawrenceville School (N.J.)
Deskey was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. A former captain, Deskey helped the Big Red to a Prep State Championship in 2017. As a junior, he earned All-MAPL honors, was awarded the Marsh Chambers Award for outstanding devotion to team success and was named Team MVP. Deskey played club lacrosse for Thunder LB3 Elite and National for eight years. Strong in the classroom, Deskey earned Dean’s List recognition as well.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because I felt welcomed on campus and am able to pursue high-level academics and athletics.”

Michael Gomez • D • 6-0 • 195 • Montauk, N.Y. • Half Hollow Hills East
Gomez came to Lehigh from Johns Hopkins where he played two seasons (2018 and 2019). An Under Armour All-American at Half Hollow Hills East, Gomez was ranked as the No. 47 incoming freshman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse as well as the No. 12 defenseman. He also earned a Top 100 Ranking in Ty Xanders’ Recruit Rundown’s Class of 2018. Gomez was a two-time All-Suffolk County Lacrosse honoree. In the classroom, he was a member of the National Honor Society.

Why Lehigh? “The opportunity to compete and learn with great people at a great program.”

Damon Hsu • M • 5-7 • 150 • Potomac, Md. • Georgetown Prep
Hsu was a senior captain and four-time varsity lacrosse letterwinner at Georgetown Prep. He was named to the Under Armour Command team, won an IAC regular season championship in 2019 and was named a Madlax DMV Player to Watch in 2020. Hsu was also named to Team China U19 (world championships got postponed to 2021).

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the great academic opportunities the school offers and because of the family atmosphere of the lacrosse team.”

Nick Pecora • G • 5-9 • 182 • Congers, N.Y. • Deerfield Academy
Pecora was a 2020 team captain at Deerfield Academy, and an All-New England honoree the year prior. He was ranked No. 69 in his class and was rated as a four-star recruit. Pecora was named to the All-CruitCast team at the Naptown Challenge in 2019. He was also a two-time varsity football letterwinner at Deerfield.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh primarily because of the culture that the school, as well as the lacrosse team, has built. I prefer a hard-working environment over any other option because hard work gets the job done. The team also offers a sense of family at a level that is hard to find at many other schools, making it an ideal place for me to learn and play lacrosse.”

John Schofield • D • 6-1 • 205 • Medfield, Mass. • Medfield High School
Schofield finished his storied career at Medfield High School with 163 caused turnovers and 113 groundballs. Named an All-American in 2018 and 2019, Schofield also picked up League MVP honors in 2019. He was also named the Tri Valley League Defensive Player of the Year, and Boston Globe Division II Player of the Year. Also an All-Scholastic honoree from multiple outlets, Schofield was named the 2019 Boston Herald Division II Player of the Year.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because I wanted to get be able to compete for a championship every day alongside a great group of guys, and also for the amazing education that comes along with it. Once I was able to visit the campus and talk to the coaches, I knew that Lehigh was the right place for me.”

Jack Thistle • LSM/D • 5-11 • 195 • Bethesda, Md. • Georgetown Prep
Thistle was a standout and three-time letterwinner at Georgetown Prep. While there, he helped his team to a regular season IAC championship as a junior. Thistle also played club lacrosse for Next Level and was named a DMV Lacrosse Player to Watch for the 2020 season. Also an All-Conference linebacker on the football team, Thistle won three IAC championships in his career on the gridiron. Strong in the classroom, he garnered first honors throughout high school.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it allows me to study at a school of academic excellence while competing on the field at the highest level against the best competition.”

Nick Turrini • M/A • 5-10 • 170 • Merrick, N.Y. • Sanford H. Calhoun High School
Turrini was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse honorable mention All-American and All-Nassau County honoree (in 2018 and 2019). Also a two-time Team MVP, Turrini garnered honorable mention All-County as a freshman. He finished with five varsity letters in lacrosse, was a four-year starter and team captain. Turrini holds the Calhoun High School season scoring record and finished his career with 218 points via 164 goals and 54 assists. On multiple occasions, Turrini was selected for the Nassau/Suffolk Coach’s Association All-Star Game. He was selected for the FLG Long Island Senior All-Star Game in 2019 and was named a top 100 Long Island Lacrosse Player in 2018 and 2019. Also a football standout, Turrini was named Calhoun’s Offensive MVP in 2018 and 2019. He was All-Nassau County as a senior and selected for the Nassau County Football Senior All-Star Game. Turrini garnered the Robert Bury Award for the Most Dedicated Senior Male Athlete. In the classroom, he was named a Scholar-Athlete in both sports and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh for the excellent academics and lacrosse opportunities. Lehigh will provide me with the abilities I will require to succeed in my future endeavors.”

No. – Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Hometown/Previous School
25 – Freddie Amato M 6-2/185 Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra High School
32 – Quinn Armstrong A/M 6-4/193 Baltimore, Md./Westminster School
24 – Matt Brock FO/M 5-10/185 Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley
23 – Wil Carpenter D 6-5/210 Salem, N.J./St. Augustine Prep
10 – Scott Cole A/M 5-11/185 Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh School
15 – Aidan Decker M 6-1/190 Chatham, N.J./Chatham High School
12 – Will Deskey G 5-8/145 Marietta, Ga./The Lawrenceville School (N.J.)
37 – Damon Hsu M 5-7/150 Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep
29 – Michael Gomez D 6-0/195 Montauk, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East
16 – Nick Pecora G 5-9/182 Congers, N.Y./Deerfield Academy
46 – John Schofield D 6-1/205 Medfield, Mass./Medfield High School
11 – Jack Thistle LSM/D 5-11/195 Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep
7 – Nick Turrini M/A 5-10/170 Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun High School

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