Lehigh Lacrosse Welcomes 11 Newcomers for 2011

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Smith Family Head Lacrosse Coach Kevin Cassese has announced the addition of 11 student-athletes who will arrive on campus Thursday to join the Mountain Hawks lacrosse program. The class of 2014 features student-athletes from four states: Maryland, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania and features four high school All-Americans.

"We are delighted to officially welcome the 2010 recruiting class and the Lehigh University Men's Lacrosse Class of 2014 to South Mountain," Cassese explained. "What sticks out most about this group is the overall athleticism and will to win that the members of this class bring with them to Lehigh. Every member of this class is capable of making an impact on the program at some point over the next four years. I look forward to the start of fall practice so we can begin working with this group and the entire 2010-11 squad."

William Borruso is a defenseman/long stick midfielder from Eastport South Manor High School in Manorville, New York. A two-sport standout, Borruso was a five-year varsity athlete in lacrosse and soccer. On the lacrosse field, Borruso was twice named his high school team's most improved player and was his team's defensive MVP in 2009. He earned similar awards for his performance on the soccer field, in addition to captaining his team as a senior. Off the field, Borruso is a four-time Varsity Academic Team member and a member of the National Honor Society.

The first of two members of the incoming class from Conestoga High School, Ryan Buttenbaum is a midfielder/face-off specialist from Malvern, Pennsylvania. Buttenbaum picked up numerous athletic awards following his senior year, including being named a US Lacrosse All-American and the Main Line Player of the Year. He earned All-EPSLA, All-Main Line, All-Central League and All-Phillylacrosse.com honors in 2010 while playing for a state championship winning team. A three-year letterman, Buttenbaum led his team in ground balls in both 2009 and 2010 and was named to Inside Lacrosse's Top 100 Incoming Freshman List. An AP Scholar and four-year honor roll student, Buttenbaum also lettered in Ice Hockey for Conestoga.

A midfielder from Silver Spring, Maryland, Jimmy Cahill lettered in three sports at St. Albans School. On the lacrosse field he earned Washington Post All-District honors in both 2009 and 2010 and was an All-IAC selection in 2009. Cahill received the St. Albans Coaches Award in 2010. He was also an All-Conference performer on the football field and earned one letter in wrestling. A two-year member of the Headmaster's List, Cahill plans to study engineering at Lehigh.

Sam Cunard is a defenseman from South River High School in Edgewater Maryland. An All-State defenseman and a member of the Maryland State All-Star team in 2010. Cunard is a two-time All-County selection and a first team All-Capital-Gazette designation. As a junior, Cunard was a starting defenseman on Maryland's State 4A Championship Team and an Adidas All-America selection. An honor roll student, Cunard was a three-time recipient of the Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Award.

The third All-America selection in the incoming class is Cody Ferraro, an attacker/midfielder from Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York. Another three-sport standout, Ferraro captained one of the top high school teams in the country as a senior and was an All-Long Island selection after leading his team in goals and points. Under Ferraro's leadership, Ward Melville won a division title, advanced to the Suffolk County finals and finished the year ranked in the top ten nationally. A four-year honor roll student, Ferraro also captained his high school football and wrestling teams.

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