Hood Adds 16 Recruits for the 2012 Season

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College head men's lacrosse coach Jeremy Mattoon has announced the addition of 16 recruits to his 2012 roster. The incoming class includes six midfielders, four goalkeepers, three attackmen and three defenders.

"I am extremely excited about this group of young men," said Mattoon, who in his first season at the helm of the Blazers was named Capital Athletic Conference co-coach of the year. "They are exactly the type of student-athletes that we want to bring to our campus and I am excited to coach them over the next four years."

The midfield corps is comprised of athletes from three different states, including Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Brandon McCormick is a 5'8", 150-lb., middie/face-off specialist from Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pa. He was a two-year varsity letterwinner at Penn Manor and captained the Comets this past year. McCormick played summer ball for the Meltdown and Blue Mountain summer lacrosse teams. In 2010, he was named honorable mention all-league in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section I. A two-sport athlete at Penn Manor, McCormick also lettered in wrestling.

Ross Catron is a 5'6", 145-lb., midfielder from Abingdon, Md., who lettered in both lacrosse and soccer at Patterson Mill High School. After picking up the sport as a freshman, Catron captained the Huskies as a senior.

Luke Slick is a 5'11", 180-lb., midfielder from nearby Smithsburg, Md. A three-sport athlete at Smithsburg High School, Slick earned varsity letters in football, lacrosse and bocce ball. An all-Washington County and all-MVAL selection in football, Slick will specialize in face-offs and man-up offense as part of the Blazer lacrosse team.

Chris Wilbur is a 5'11", 150-lb., midfielder from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Mass. As a junior, Wilbur contributed 10 goals in the five games he played. During the summer, he played for Home Grown Lacrosse in North Andover and was the leading scorer at the team's summer tournaments.

Billy Larrimore is a 5'11', 160-lb., midfielder from Lansdowne, Md. Larrimore, the younger brother of lacrosse captain James Larrimore '11, attended Lansdowne High School where he was a three-year varsity player and senior captain. Larrimore played both midfield and attack in high school and is known as being a very quick player with an ability to pass and shoot well. Larrimore comes to Hood from CCBC Catonsville and will participate in lacrosse and soccer for the Blazers.

Matthew Armacost is a 6'0", 170-lb., long pole midfielder from Fallston High School in Fallston, Md., who looks to participate in lacrosse and soccer at Hood. Armacost has played nine years of lacrosse as a defensive player and long pole middie. A fixture in the Cougar lineup, Armacost played in every game and started in over 90% of them. He was junior varsity captain his sophomore year. Armacost also lettered all four years for the soccer team, helping the Cougars capture three county championships, two regional titles and a trip to the state finals two consecutive years.

Two incoming goalkeepers hail from Maryland, while the other two come to Hood from New York and Illinois.

Ian Chalmers is a 5'8", 155-lb., goalie from Atholton High School in Columbia, Md. Chalmers led the Maryland Roughriders U-18 club team to two championships. Last summer, he played for Mount St. Mary's coach Tom Gravante's Maryland Raptors squad.

Cody Haas is a 6'2", 230-lb., goalie from Riverhead High School in Long Island, N.Y. During his high school career, he earned defenseman of the year and team MVP honors as well as the coaches award. Haas also started on the Blue Waves' football team.

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