Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/23/21 – From Press Release
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team welcomed its incoming class of 2025 to campus for the fall semester, featuring student-athletes from all over the United States and Canada. The class features 13 incomers who look to contribute to a Mountain Hawks’ program coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021.
Here is a complete rundown of the incoming players.
Jake Dawick • A • 5-11 • 170 • Oakville, Ont. • The Hill Academy
Dawick spent four years at The Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario, also playing Jr. A Box Lacrosse with the Oakville Buzz and club with Edge Lacrosse. Dawick was a three-time Provincial A Field Champion with Oakville Hawks Lacrosse, and once a Provincial A Box Champion. A 2019 National Box Champion with Team Ontario, he was twice an All-Canada Game All-Star. Also strong in the classroom, Dawick graduated as an Ontario Scholar.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh University for numerous reasons. Firstly, the lacrosse and training programs speak for themselves. We have multiple amazing coaches who are so invested into the team. Also, the academics and the College of Business at Lehigh are both very reputable. Overall, Lehigh was the perfect fit for myself.”
Hayden Donley • M • 6-2 • 195 • Sudbury, Mass. • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Donley finished his high school career with 62 goals and 30 assists at Lincoln-Sudbury. Among his numerous awards, Donley was an EMLCA first team All-American, BostonLax All-American, Boston Herald All-Scholastic honoree, Metrowest Daily News All-Star, Boston Globe All-Scholastic honoree and DCL All-Star. Donley helped Lincoln Sudbury to the 2019 Massachusetts D1 State Championship. A 2019 BostonLax first team All-Underclassmen honoree, Donley played club lacrosse with 3D New England 2021 Red AA. In the classroom, he graduated high school with cum laude honors.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because the school has such a great balance between academics and athletics. I’m addition, on my first visit I connected with all the coaches and players very well and I knew Lehigh was the place for me.”
Sean Dow • FO/M • 5-10 • 195 • Simpsonville, S.C. • Christ School
Dow set a Christ School (North Carolina) record for faceoffs taken and faceoff percentage. An All-State honoree as a sophomore and senior, he was also named team MVP both of those seasons. Also strong in the classroom, Dow was named to the honor roll all four years.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because I wanted an environment where I can compete against the best players in the country and also receive a world-class education.”
Dakota Eierman • M • 5-9 • 175 • Kent Island, Md. • DeMatha Catholic
Eierman was a standout and second team All-State honoree at DeMatha Catholic High School. He was also a D.C. Under Armour All-American Tournament Champion and Nike Blue Chip All-Star. Named to the MAPS Free State Select Team, Eierman was a Baltimore Summer Kickoff All-Star and four-time Committed Combine invitee.
Why Lehigh? “Lehigh provided me with the best opportunities to further myself in all aspects. The Lehigh Lacrosse team is filled with players and staff who are willing to put the work in and come together to accomplish something great. As a school, Lehigh is prestigious, which will help me immensely in life after college.”
Timmy Kirlin • D • 5-11 • 185 • Bethesda, Md. • Georgetown Prep
Kirlin was an All-State honorable mention honoree as a senior at Georgetown Prep. He was also named All-IAC that season. Strong on the wrestling mat as well, Kirlin was a National Prep qualifier and All-IAC his sophomore year.
Why Lehigh? “The first time I was introduced to Lehigh was when I was watching the lacrosse team play in 2017. The first thing I noticed was how hard the Lehigh team was playing. Their passion was evident in every groundball, every faceoff, every dodge and it was most noticeable on the sidelines. None of the players seemed to be focused on showing themselves off. They were focused on winning.”
Tyler Lahey • A/M • 6-0 • 185 • Granger, Ind. • Trinity Pawling School
Lahey led his high school team, Trinity Pawling School, in points for three years (2017, 2019 and 2021) while being named Team MVP in 2017 and 2019 and an All-State honoree in 2019. Lahey played club lacrosse for Express North. He was named to the Naptown National Lacrosse Challenge All-Tournament Team in the summer of 2019. Lahey was twice named a Philly Showcase Fab 40 All-Star Team selection (fall 2017 and fall 2018). A Black Card Showcase invitee in 2019, Lahey was named to the True Lacrosse National Team (2015-18). In addition, Lahey was a Showtime/Maverick Summer Showcase participant (2017 and 2018) and a Tournament Showcase Selection (NLF and NSCLA in 2016).
Why Lehigh? “I loved the campus and the culture of the lacrosse team. Plus, the school is amazing and it felt like I was at home.”
Grant Litchfield • D • 6-0 • 230 • Sudbury, Mass. • Belmont Hill School
Litchfield was a varsity letterwinner in lacrosse, football and hockey in his time at Belmont Hill School. A senior captain for both football and lacrosse, Litchfield also received the Darren D. Gallup Three-Sport Athlete Award and the Charles F. Kenney ’06 Prize. The prize was established by classmates, family, faculty and friends to honor the memory of Charles F. Kenney ’06, and is presented annually to someone who has lifted his teammates and coaches by his spirit, encouragement, leadership and inspiration. In his career, Litchfield was named All-League for lacrosse and football, and honorable mention for hockey. In the classroom, he garnered honors or high honors along with numerous awards in the area of arts. That includes the Silver Key Art Award in national art competition and the Togneri Art Prize (presented to the male who in the last year made the most significant achievement in creative arts).
Why Lehigh? “My path to Lehigh was unconventional, but many aspects of the school drew me in closer. I have always known that I’ve wanted to do engineering and Lehigh is very well known for Its engineering school. After meeting the coaches of the lacrosse team and visiting campus, I immediately knew it was the home for me. Having not met the coaches other than on a screen, I already felt a relationship being built, and a connection to the school. The stars aligned and that’s why Lehigh is for me.”
Will Lyman • D • 6-1 • 190 • Thousand Oaks, Calif. • Westlake High School/The Hill School
Lyman was a two-time varsity captain at Westlake High School (N.Y.) who went on to a postgraduate year at The Hill School (Pa.). Named 2018 second team All-Marmonte League and 2019 first team All-League, Lyman was also a first team All-Ventura County honoree. A standout football player as well, Lyman was named first team All-Marmonte League on the gridiron (second team in 2018 and first team in 2019). Strong in the classroom Lyman was a four-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Why Lehigh? “Lehigh was a really easy choice for me. As soon as I stepped on campus, it felt like home. Coach Cassese did a great job with preaching the family aspect of our program and that was something I really took into account.”
Kellen Mathias • M • 6-1 • 195 • Boyertown, Pa. • Malvern Prep
A three-year varsity standout, Mathias helped Malvern Prep to the 2019 and 2021 Inter-AC Championships. As a senior, he scooped up 24 groundballs and was part of a defense that allowed just seven goals per game. In the classroom, Mathias was a high honors student.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it presented a great opportunity to earn an excellent education while participating in athletics at the Division I level. It also is extremely close to home and when I visited, something just felt really good about Lehigh.”
Conor McKee • A • 5-9 • 145 • Ambler, Pa. • William Penn Charter
McKee was a four-year starter at William Penn Charter. Among his numerous honors, McKee was named a Baltimore Summer Kickoff All-Star and NXT Fall Showcase All-Star. Strong in the classroom, McKee garnered both high honors and honors over the course of his career.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh University because I felt it was the perfect fit for me athletically and academically. The campus was beautiful and being close to home means a lot to me. Lehigh provides an amazing lacrosse program that is a strong contender in the competitive Patriot League.”
Raul Ochotorena • LSM • 5-9 • 180 • Bethlehem, Pa. • Southern Lehigh
As a senior, Ochotorena put up monster numbers, tallying 111 groundballs, 55 caused turnovers and six goals. He was named first team All-Area and a Northeastern PA All-American. Also a team captain, Ochotorena was on the honor roll all four years of high school.
Why Lehigh? “The Lehigh Lacrosse program has a truly great culture that Coach Cassese has cultivated. Being from Bethlehem, I always knew that Lehigh would be a great fit both academically and athletically.”
Giovanni Procaccini • M • 5-7 • 175 • Chestertown, Md. • McDonogh/Salisbury
Procaccini was a standout varsity lacrosse player at McDonogh School in Maryland before one post-graduate year at the Salisbury School where he participated in varsity lacrosse and football. While at McDonogh, Procaccini was one of three sophomores to make the team. He received the Archer Senft Award for relentless persistence on the lacrosse field. Procaccini was a multi-sport athlete, who competed in football and track and field as well. On the football field, he was a team captain and finished eighth in the MIAA for rushing yards. Procaccini also received the Widener Award, given to an athlete who despite personal injury, continued to play a significant role for his team by demonstrating courage and commitment. The award was also for individuals who had a significant impact within their community at school and surrounding areas. In the classroom, Procaccini was an honors or high honors student at both McDonogh and the Salisbury School.
Why Lehigh? “As my brother was entering into the world of choosing colleges, he saw Lehigh as a top choice. When he heard I had an opportunity to attend the school on an athletic scholarship, he told me to jump at the opportunity because there won’t be many like it. I also have a lifelong friend who is a sophomore (Scott Cole), and he is someone I’ll always want to keep close. In a more logistic sense, it is a great size and has prestigious academics. The coaching staff is the best in the country and the program is rising to the top.”
Jack Scoma • A/M • 6-1 • 162 • La Jolla, Calif. • The Lawrenceville School
A four-year varsity lacrosse player and three-year starter at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, Scoma received a four-star ranking by Inside Lacrosse. He was also a team captain and two-time Under Armour Underclass All-American, finishing his career with 62 goals and 29 assists. In the classroom, Scoma earned a spot on the Dean’s List as a senior.
Why Lehigh? “After talking with Coach Cassese, Coach Crawley and Coach Scudder, I knew that Lehigh was the right place for me.”
|Jake Dawick||A||5-11/170||Oakville, Ont./The Hill Academy|
|Hayden Donley||M||6-2/195||Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School|
|Sean Dow||FO/M||5-10/195||Simpsonville, S.C./Christ School|
|Dakota Eirman||M||5-9/175||Kent Island, Md./DeMatha Catholic|
|Timmy Kirlin||D||5-11/185||Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep|
|Tyler Lahey||A/M||6-0/185||Granger, Ind./Trinity Pawling School|
|Grant Litchfield||D||6-0/230||Sudbury, Mass./Belmont Hill School|
|Will Lyman||D||6-1/190||Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake High School/The Hill School|
|Kellen Mathias||M||6-1/195||Boyertown, Pa./Malvern Prep|
|Conor McKee||A||5-9/145||Ambler, Pa./William Penn Charter|
|Raul Ochotorena||LSM||5-9/180||Bethlehem, Pa./Southern Lehigh|
|Giovanni Procaccini||M||5-7/175||Chestertown, Md./McDonogh/Salisbury|
|Jack Scoma||A/M||6-1/162||La Jolla, Calif./The Lawrenceville School|