Colorado College Lacrosse Adds 12 Newcomers for 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Colorado College men's lacrosse program appears poised to build on its recent success with the addition of a 12-player recruiting class that includes a pair of high school All-Americans, four all-state selections and four of the top players from the Denver metro area.

"We're bringing in guys who are multi-sport athletes they're athletic guys, but they are also guys who are really committed and dedicated to being good lacrosse guys," second year head coach Guy Van Arsdale said. "They're going to help push our program in the direction we want to go."

The incoming class includes two attackmen, six midfielders, three defenders and a goaltender. In addition to four Colorado players, eight other states are represented in the class California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.

"Four freshmen out of Denver doubles the amount of Colorado kids on our team in one year," Van Arsdale said. "We're very excited about that because it's very important to us to get the best kids in Colorado to come to CC."

The two additions at attack are All-Americans Jake Smith from Mullen High School in Denver and Tyler Allen from the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif. Smith led his team in scoring during his final three seasons, while Allen amassed a school-record 112 points with 56 goals and 56 assists as a senior.

"Jake is a very talented scorer, a guy we think is going to have a big impact for us right away," Van Arsdale said. "He is able to finish the ball in close with both hands, but also has range to his shot.

"Tyler makes everyone around him better. He can score goals, but he's also a great passer. He sees the field well. We think he has a chance to develop into somebody very good and hopefully very soon."

The characteristic that best describes the additions at midfield is "athletic". All were multi-sport athletes in high school who were on state or conference champion teams at least once during their career.

In addition to producing points, Will Ellis and Kurt Chessman could contribute early during their careers on face-offs. Ellis won 67 percent and had 129 ground balls as a senior, while Chessman won 60-percent and had 40 points.

"Will is a terrific face-off guy," Van Arsdale said. "We think he will have a major impact right away because we graduated two face-off specialists. Kurt can play the defensive end, but he also runs and shoots the ball well."

Will Harris and Jack Kreitler will provide thunder and lightning in the midfield. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Harris is expected to be a physical presence. Kreitler uses his speed to contribute at both ends of the field.

"Will gives us that big midfielder we've been looking to add," Van Arsdale said. "Jack is an old-school midfielder who can play all over the field offense, defense and in transition with his speed. He brings something to the table that we need."

The Tigers will be a little more patient with midfielders Eli Greenspan and Jake Satchwell. Greenspan is a solid athlete who has not played lacrosse as long as some of the other recruits. Satchwell missed his junior season due to an injury and is in the process of making up for lost time.

"Eli is a guy who is athletically ahead of where he is as a player, but we think he's going to develop into a great player," Van Arsdale said. "Jake is a lefty who is a very good athlete. His injury put him a little behind in his development, but he has all the tools to be a very good college player." George Cornelson, PJ Higgins and Scott Prior all will add size and strength to the defensive corps.

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2010-09-28



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