Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/2/22 – From Press Release
Lafayette College men’s lacrosse and head coach Patrick Myers welcome 12 future Leopards to the program’s 2022 signing class.
“The 2022 Class is one that is unique in that it was built during a period of time when incredible trust in the process was critical. This is a group that has battled many challenges through the Covid-19 pandemic and we are thrilled to be able to call them Leopards. Their drive, determination, resilience, and competitive fire will serve them well here on College Hill,” Myers said. ” This group of 12 is primed for a big Senior year at their respective schools, and then we fully expect their arrival here at Lafayette to raise the bar in many ways. They are young men of character, committed to excellence in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. Since our arrival as a staff at Lafayette, we have taken a national recruiting approach and this class is no different. Coming from six states and two countries, we feel this class is very balanced top to bottom, with young men who made the choice to be a part of what we are building here at Lafayette. We look forward to getting these guys in maroon and white in the fall of 2022 as we continue to build a championship mentality as a program.”
A breakdown of the signing class can be found below.
Aidan Best | M | 6-1 | 200 | Westport, Conn. | Staples High School
A four-year member of the Staples High lacrosse program, totaling 73 career points in two full seasons. He was a second-team All-FCIAC selection as a junior, amassing 62 points during the year. An honor roll student, also playing a season of ice hockey at Staples where he started as a freshman. Plans to major in Economics at Lafayette College.
Aidan Kopen | M | 6-0 | 185 | Wynnewood, Pa. | The Haverford School
A dual sport athlete at the Haverford School, playing four years of varsity lacrosse and football. He has started two seasons with the lacrosse program and three on the gridiron. Helped lead his team to a 12-6 record as a junior. Plans to major in Economics at Lafayette College.
CJ Lauretani | A | 6-1 | 170 | Ridgefield, Conn. | Ridgefield High School
A four-year member of the varsity lacrosse program at Ridgefield High School, claiming the 2021 state championship. He has totaled 65 career points in two full seasons, earning 55 as a junior with 34 goals and 21 assists. Father, Chris, played collegiate soccer at Northeastern University and mother, Maria, was a professional marathon runner with the New York Athletic Club. Lauretani also ran a season of cross country. Plans to study Film & Media along with Economics at Lafayette College.
Eric Ward | A | 6-1 | 175 | Brampton, Ontario, Canada | Mississauga Secondary School | The Kiski School (Pa.)
Has played three seasons of high school/prep lacrosse between Canada and the United States. Club team won both field and box Canadian National Lacrosse Championships in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Also played three years of varsity ice hockey. Honor Roll student. Father, Jason, played eight seasons in the NHL. Plans to major in Economics at Lafayette College.
Jack Irish | M | 5-10 | 170 | Berwyn, Pa. | Malvern Prep
A four-year member of the varsity lacrosse program. Team claimed the Inter-AC Championship in 2021 and was ranked #2 Nationally. Member of the 2021 Under Armour Underclass All-America team representing Philadephia. Also a two-year member of the cross country team. 2020-2021 National Honors Society invitee. Plans to major in Economics at Lafayette College.
Jack Kudas | G | 6-2 | 225 | Kennebunkport, Maine | Kennebunk High School
A three-sport varsity athlete and four-year starter on the lacrosse team. Earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and selected to First Team All-Conference as a junior. Also a captain on the football team and helped lead the indoor track team to a state championship in 2018-19. An athletic family, sister Isabella played lacrosse at Drew University and sister Olivia played field hockey at Endicott College. Plans to study Film & Media at Lafayette College.
Jeremy Koren | D | 6-0 | 185 | Menlo Park, Calif. | Menlo Atherton High School
A four-year member of the varsity lacrosse program, serving as team captain. Earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior. Held a 64% face-off percentage and averaged six ground balls and two forced turnovers a game his junior season. Sister, Audrey, also plays lacrosse at Oberlin College and his grandfather played lacrosse at Brown University.
Lee Frazer | D | 6-0 | 180 | Newbury, Ohio | Western Reserve Academy
A team captain and MSCLA All-Midwest Second-Team selection as a junior. Led his team to a 14-4 record. Made the varsity lacrosse team all five years at WRA. Played for Mid-America in the 2021 National All-Star games. Also played two years of varsity football. Plans to major in Engineering at Lafayette College.
Lukas DiGiovanni | D | 5-11 | 180 | South River, N.J. | Seton Hall Prep
Helped lead his team to an Essex County Championship last season, scoring a pair of goals with an assist to go along with 26 ground balls on the defensive end. Earned second-team all-county honors according to NJ.com. An Honor Roll student. Plans to study Economics at Lafayette College.
Nick Muller | M/A | 5-9 | 165 | Saddle River, N.J. | IMG Academy | Bergan Catholic High School
Helped lead IMG Academy (Fla.) to an undefeated season in 2021 after playing three seasons with Bergan Catholic in New Jersey. Was selected to first team all-conference, first team all-county and second team all-state. Led the team in assists and tallied 42 points as a junior. Member of the National Honor Society. Grandfather played lacrosse at Syracuse University and was a two-time All-American alongside legendary Jim Brown. Father, Keith, also played lacrosse at Syracuse. Plans to major in Economics at Lafayette College.
Tighe Cummiskey | M | 6-0 | 200 | Darien, Conn. | Darien High School
A second-team all-state selection as a Face-Off midfielder at Darien High School in Connecticut. A three-year starter on the lacrosse field while also playing two years of varsity football, earning a first-team all-conference selection on the gridiron. 2021 Class LL Football State Champions in and team was awarded the Walter Camp Award. Plans to study Economics & Finance at Lafayette College.
Zach Zukowsky | A | 5-10 | 155 | Bernardsville, N.J. | Bernards High School
A four-year starter and became the first player in school history to earn All-American honors. Led the state in assists and was second in points following the 2021 season while also receiving all-state, all-conference and all-county honors. Mother, Christina Cerza, was a gymnast at George Washington University. Plans to major in Engineering at Lafayette College.