NYIT Lacrosse Welcomes 21 Newcomers for 2011

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Oct. 22, 2010) NYIT Lacrosse head coach Bill Dunn announced the signing of 21 student-athletes for the 2011 season. The class of 2014 is a deep and talented one, covering every position on the field and consists of 16 freshman and five transfers.

NYIT, rich in its lacrosse tradition, is looking to compete for its fifth NCAA Championship in the last 18 years. Second-year head coach highly regarded players from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Canada.

"Entering my 12th season with the NYIT lacrosse program, this class ranks as one of the best in my tenure at NYIT," said Dunn. "We wanted to focus on not only the most talented players but most talented student-athletes, and I feel we have accomplished both. I'm very impressed with the work ethic and poise that many of these young men possess on and off the field."

The Bears open their 2011 season on Saturday, Feb. 26 against Merrimack College. The game is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. at President's Stadium.

John Brandofino FR Attack Mahopac, N.Y.

Coach Dunn on Brandofino: "Brandofino comes from a tradition laden program. He is a big physical presence on the attack. His ability to play on the crease or on the outside will make him a good option."

A high school All-American at Mahopac High School, Brandofino was also a two-time all-section honoree.

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Robert Calhoun FR Midfield Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Coach Dunn on Calhoun: "Bobby is a high school All-American from Florida who has a great change of direction and keen sense of the offensive game. Another good athletic player, he will see time on the midfield and riding teams."

A 2010 high school All-American at William T. Dwyer High School, Calhoun helped his team to a 2009 Florida State Championship.

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Tyler Chin FR Midfield Hauppauge, N.Y.

Coach Dunn on Chin: "Chin is the most athletic out of our freshmen. A throwback, he is able to play both ends of the field, using his skill and speed."

Chin captained his senior season at Hauppauge High School and earned all-county honors. As a junior he received all-division accolades and earned the team's character award.

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Samuel Cutrone JR Defense Huntington, N.Y.

Coach Dunn on Cutrone: "Cutrone will have an opportunity to play at the base or at LSM. A heady player, we will look toward him for leadership in the defensive end."

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A transfer from Nassau Community College, Cutrone earned second team all-division at Huntington High School.

Thomas Duggan FR Midfield Levittown, N.Y.

Coach Dunn on Duggan: "Duggan is a big physical player, with a nice outside shot. We will use these skills and his speed on our midfield. He has a good opportunity to play on the EMO and face off units as well."

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Division Avenue High School's captain in 2010, Duggan is a two-time all-county honorable mention. He received the honor as a junior and then again as a senior.

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Devin Ferry FR Attack Binghamton, N.Y.

Coach Dunn on Ferry: "Ferry has good size and has a good ability to use it around the crease. He will work at his skills during the year, and has a promising future with the Bears."

During his time at Chenango Valley High School, Ferry earned all-division first and second team honors.

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