Cornell Welcomes Nine Newcomers for the 2009 Season

ITHACA, N.Y. Jeff Tambroni, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Lacrosse, has announced the addition of nine freshmen to the roster for the 2009 season. Scott Austin, Chip Daugherty, JJ Gilbane, Chris Langton, Roy Lang, Mitch McMichael, Rob Pannell, Matt Restaino, and TJ Weyl will join the Big Red as they begin fall practice the week of September 15.

"Across the board, this class is extremely athletic and they are going to help us as a program," said Tambroni. "We are excited about the athleticism that these nine guys bring to the field. It's a group that has some pretty good lacrosse skills and a pretty high lacrosse IQ. Still, they're going to need some instruction and repetition, because most of them are two- or three-sport athletes, but once they start playing lacrosse year-round, their potential is very exciting."

A high school All-American, Austin earned three varsity letters at Duxbury high school, helping his team to a state championship in each of those seasons. After serving as team captain during his senior season, he was named his team's MVP, as well as its Most Valuable Attackman. The Boston Globe 2008 Division I Massachusetts Player of the Year, Austin was a two-time Patriot League All-Star. He was also named to both the Boston Herald and the Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic teams. Austin also lettered twice in football and was named his team's MVP as a senior. He was named a Patriot League All-Star at receiver and helped Duxbury win a state championship in 2006.

"Scott is a tremendously skilled, very slick, left-handed attackman, who was a captain and leader of one of the best teams in Massachusetts," said Tambroni. "He plays hard, competes hard and rides hard, which we think is going to make him a potential addition to the attack rotation early-on, depending on how he develops during the fall. He played really well this past year and grew a ton in terms of his knowledge of the game and his ability."

Daughety was a four-year letter winner at Deerfield Academy, where he served as team captain during his senior season and led the team to a 15-1 record. He helped Deerfield to three New England West championships, including an undefeated season in 2007. Daugherty was named his team's MVP and was selected to the New England West All-Star team. He also won Deerfield's 2008 Robert M. McDermott Award for hard work determination and loyalty, as well as the 2007 James Smith Merit Award for Scholarship and Sportsmanship. Daugherty also earned four varsity letters in both ice hockey and soccer, serving as captain of both teams as a senior.

"Chip is small in stature but big in heart," said Tambroni. "He plays extremely hard and makes up for any lack of size with the style that he plays. He does a little bit of everything and is more of a utility midfielder who plays offense, plays defense and can play on the wings on face-offs. He is a fiery competitor whose motor never stops."

A two-time high school All-American at Providence Country Day School, Gilbane led the state of Rhode Island in scoring for two straight seasons and finished his career at PCD with 334 points. He was a four-time All-State selection, earning first-team honors twice. Gilbane was a four-year starter and was named team captain during his senior season. He was also named his team's MVP and won the Rhode Island Lacrosse Outstanding Achievement Award. Gilbane then spent one year at Deerfield Academy, lettering once and helping the team to a 15-1 record during the 2008 season. He was awarded the Rhodes Cup, given to the first-year player at Deerfield who had the greatest impact on the team.

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