Saint Rose Announces Recruits, Interim Coach

ALBANY The highly anticipated inaugural recruiting class will arrive on The College of Saint Rose campus this fall with Mark Cometti at the helm of the Golden Knights. Cometti has assumed the head coaching duties on an interim basis while a national search is underway to fill the full-time position. Cometti spent the majority of the past year helping recruit a class of some 30 student-athletes that hail from such prestigious lacrosse hot beds as Syracuse, Long Island and Maryland.

Three NCAA Division I transfers including sophomore goalie Nick Longo (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) out of Towson University (MD), senior midfielder Joe Pompo (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) out of nearby University at Albany and sophomore Brett McAuliffe (Watertown, NY/Watertown), who arrives via the U.S. Military Academy, are part of the mix.

The first official Saint Rose lacrosse contest is scheduled for February 29 at 7:00 pm when the Golden Knights will host Dominican College at the prestigious Dr. R. Mark and Kathleen Sullivan Field within the Plumeri Sports Complex.

The facility itself illustrates unparalleled growth to the athletics infrastructure at Saint Rose. The institution has invested some $13 million dollars towards two major projects. The renovation of the Events and Athletics Center was finished in 2004, while the Plumeri Sports Complex features an all-weather lacrosse/soccer facility in addition to baseball and softball diamonds, a practice field, and a new community center that will open this fall.

Cometti, a Syracuse native, played at the University at Albany and will now have the opportunity to leave his mark as a member of the Saint Rose community. The former midfielder and two-time team captain was part of a Great Danes' squad that captured the 2007 America East Conference Championship although he missed his "true" sophomore season due to an injury. Cometti has spent time as an instructor at numerous camps over the years, including Top Dog Lacrosse in Albany and the West Genesee Summer Program back in his hometown. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University.

Men's lacrosse will mark the 18th intercollegiate athletics program sponsored by the College. The sport, widely considered America's first sport, is the fastest growing sport in the NCAA. The number of participants at the Division II level nearly tripled from 1981-82 to 2007-08 according to the NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report covering that time frame. In 1981-82, 476 student-athletes took part in men's lacrosse. That number ballooned to 1,258 in 2007-08.

Saint Rose will play as an independent this season, before officially tackling a challenging Northeast-10 Conference schedule in 2013. The NE-10 is among the nation's most prestigious NCAA Division II lacrosse conferences with its membership claiming six national titles within the past 14 seasons. The conference also had four squads ranked among the nation's top-12 teams according to this year's final USILA poll.

2012 Saint Rose Men's Lacrosse Team Members
Rich Bambrger (Braintree, MA/St. John's)-A
Louis Buccella (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca)
Jeff Calles (Binghamton, NY/Binghamton)
Anthony Cannistraci (Albany, NY/Guilderland)
Brian Carroll (Hopewell Junction, NY/Arlington)
Matthew Cassella (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River)
Will Cassin (Loudonville, NY/CBA)
Robby Chituk (Riverhead, NY/Riverhead)
Chris DiFabio (Pleasantville, NY/Pleasantville)
Jake Files (Syracuse, NY/Westhill)
Kevin Fleming (Owings, MD/Northern)
Michael Grundig (Poughquag, NY/Arlington)
Evan Helming (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua)
Connor Hicks (Syracuse, NY/Westhill)
Trey Jackson (Owings, MD/Northern)
Kevin Jadick (Bohemia, NY/Connetquot)
Nick Longo (Wading River, NY/ Shoreham-Wading River) - B
Tim Matos (Ronkonkoma, NY/Sachem)
Brett McAuliffe (Watertown, NY/Watertown) - C
Ryan McFee (Greenwich, NY/Greenwich)
Clark Mealy (Greenwich, NY/Greenwich)
Kris Miller (Shoreham, NY/ Shoreham-Wading River)
Mike Pinto (Bohemia, NY/Connetquot)
Joe Pompo (Syracuse, NY/Wst Genesee) - D
Colby Reagan (Cortland, NY/Cortland)
Alex Schiponi (Kensington, MD/Walter Johnson)
DJ Sellick (Oakdale, NY/Connetquot)
Colin Sorber (Syracuse, NY/Onondaga)
Dan Southard (Newdrow, NY/Onondaga)
Patrick Sunday (Poughquag, NY/Arlington)
Jacob Thorp (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown)
John Zullo (Ronkonkoma, NY/Connetquot)

Interim Head Coach: Mark Cometti (First Year/Albany '10)

A-Transfer from Hudson Valley CC (Troy, NY)
B-Transfer from Towson University (Towson, MD)
C-Transfer from U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY)
D- Transfer from University at Albany (Albany, NY)

2011-07-22



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