Providence Adds 15 Recruits for 2012-2013


Griffin Goudreau is a 6'-5" 220-pound defender from Bellarmine College Prep in California. The team captain and three-year letter winner was an adidas All-American and a starting defender on the Alcatraz Outlaws Club team, which was ranked No. 2 on the West Coast. Bellarmine posted a 19-3 mark in 2011, and set a school record for wins, while Goudreau notched 10 assists. He also is a two-year letter winner and captain in basketball. In the community, Goudreau participated in the Tijuana Immerson Trip, volunteers at a local food bank and is a Community Service Club member as well as a volunteer with the Handicapables program. "I am so grateful for all the coaches in my life who have helped me evolve as a student-athlete," Goudreau said. "Brad Lipscomb, Carlos Trujillo, Coach 'O', Coach Joe Romano, Braden Edwards and especially, my dad, who instills in me the values needed to play at the next level. I could not be happier with my decision to commit to Providence!"

Stephen Graziano is a 6'-2" 190-pound defender from West Morris Mendham High School in New Jersey. Graziano is coached by Jeff Seals, who was one of Coach Burdick's recruits when he was an assistant at the University of Massachusetts. Graziano, a three-year starter at West Morris Mendham, was named a NCAAl-American and as a sophomore, and led his team to the New Jersey Group II State Championship. In the community, Graziano volunteered for Saint Joseph's Church and helped with the food pantry and crane projects. "I am tremendously thankful to my parents and all my coaches throughout high school [Charlie Shouldberg, Charles Ruebling, Craig Fleishman, Jeff Seals]," Graziano said. "Each of these people motivated me to succeed and forced me to push my boundaries as a player."

Michael Ryan is a 6'-2", 195-pound defenseman/long stick midfielder from Falmouth High School in Maine. As a member of the 2011 State Champions, Ryan was named First-Team All -Conference, All-State and All-America selection as a junior, while he recorded 102 ground balls, five goals and one assist. Ryan also was the Top Star Camp Defensive MVP, an award former Friar Ben Brown (Torrey Pines, Calif.) won in 2001. Ryan also was named to the Blue Chip 225 and Top-205 All-Star teams. The honor roll student works in the community with local youth lacrosse group as well as volunteering at a soup kitchen. "I am very thankful to my parents, Coach Lebel and Coach Richards, for supporting me all through my lacrosse and academic career," Ryan said. "I look forward to contributing as a student-athlete at Providence College."


Jack Connelly is a 6'-2" 190-pound goalie from New Trier High School in Chicago, Illinois. The three-time Illinois State Champion and team captain was named Second-Team All-State in 2011. On the camp circuit, Connelly worked with True Lacrosse and former Friar Mark Bundra, as was named to the Peak 200 All-Star and a Jake Reed All-Star teams. The Honor Roll student serves his community by participating in the Service Club, which helps children with special needs in the classroom. Connelly also is a coach for Special Olympics basketball, is a Misericordian Junior Board Member and coaches True Lacrosse's fifth and sixth grade travel teams. "I would like to thank my Mom, Dad and Ben for pushing me," Connelly said. "I consider myself so fortunate to be invited to play lacrosse at Providence College. I will bring what I have learned from my excellent teachers and coaches, including Tom Kowalski Chip Kenyon, Mike Gabel my goalie coach and my varsity coaches Herrala, Schoenwetter, Harvey, and Cauley."

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