NYIT Signs 13 to Letters of Intent for the 2012 Season

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Nov. 19, 2010) NYIT head lacrosse coach Bill Dunn announced Friday the signing of 13 scholastic student-athletes to National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at NYIT. The group will begin classes at NYIT in the fall of 2011.

"We are elated with our incoming recruiting class," said Dunn. "There is a wealth of talented future student-athletes. We are pleased with the quality of these student-athletes, not only as lacrosse players but as outstanding students and individuals."

The class features 11 Long Island natives and the program's first recruit from California, Matt Landon.

"We are pleased to have our first player from California," said Dunn. "It's exciting to break through to the West Coast and bring such a good student-athlete as Matt is to our program."

Dunn believes that this recruiting class, along with the 2011 class will be "the nucleus for the future of NYIT's quest for its fifth NCAA Championship."

"We will be following their progress and wish them, their teammates and coaches the best of luck this coming year."

Name              Pos.   Ht.    Hometown/High School
Cole Andersen Mid. 5'10 St James, N.Y./Smithtown East
Ryan Brunet Att. 6'0 Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue
James Buscarino Def. 5'9 North Bellmore, N.Y./Holy Trinity
Will Diana Def. 5'10 Merrick, N.Y./Bellmore-JFK
Nick Ferreiro Mid. 6'0 Bellmore, N.Y./Holy Trinity
Connor Hickam Def. 5'11 Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park
Matthew Landon Mid. 6'0 Poway, Calif./Poway
Skyler Leen Mid. 6'1 Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville
Nick Mattei Mid. 5'10 Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Tom Miele Att. 5'8 Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park
Patrick Starke Mid. 5'11 Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale
Ed Torriero Def. 5'8 Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point
Matt Welsch Def. 5'10 Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue

Cole Andersen
Midfielder Saint James, N.Y. (Smithtown East HS)
Andersen is strong dodging midfielder that has the ability to draw a slide and find the open man. He finished the 2010 campaign with 12 goals and 14 assists.

Ryan Brunet
Attackman Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. (Comsewogue HS)
Brunet, a three-sport high school athlete, is the first of two Warrior recruits to sign with the Bears for the 2012 season. A four-year starter, All-Empire State and All-County selection, Brunet led Comsewogue High School to the 2010 Suffolk County Championship with 41 goals and 11 assists.

James Buscarino
LSM North Bellmore, N.Y. (Holy Trinity HS)
The second Holy Trinity recruit, Buscarino's athleticism has made him one of the top defenders and groundball players in the NSCHSAA. A two-sport athlete, Buscarino is also a member of the Titans soccer team.

Will Diana
LSM Merrick, N.Y. (Bellmore-John F. Kennedy HS)
A two-sport athlete at Bellmore-JFK High School, Diana recorded one goal and dished out 15 assists as a junior, while picking up 90 groundballs from his LSM position. He is a versatile player with the ability to play in front of the goal and at the base. Diana also played running back/linebacker for Bellmore-JFK.

Nick Ferreiro
Midfielder Bellmore, N.Y. (Holy Trinity HS)
The first of two Titans to sign with the Bears is midfielder Ferreiro. A three-sport athlete at Holy Trinity, Ferreiro is ranked No. 29 in his graduating class. A starting wide out/safety for the football team and a point guard on the basketball team, Ferreiro was an All-Catholic League selection in 2010. He tallied 30 goals and 40 assists.

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