Merrimack Inks 7 to National Letters of Intent

NORTH ANDOVER, MA Merrimack has signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for the class of 2016.

"The Merrimack Men's Lacrosse program is very proud to announce the seven student athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to join our class who will be joining us in the fall of 2012," said head coach Mike Morgan who will enter his fifth season in 2011.

"This is a group of skilled, hard working athletes, all from great high school programs and we are excited as a staff to welcome them to our program. The success of Merrimack College as well as the lacrosse program continues to allow us to recruit all over the country. Our staff is looking forward to have such a great group joining our roster next season"

In 2011, the Warriors recorded an 11-6 record, advancing to the Northeast-10 Conference final for the third consecutive season after defeating top-ranked Le Moyne in the Northeast-10 Semifinals, becoming the first team since 2003 to defeat the Dolphins in consecutive games in Syracuse. The 2011 Warriors featured five NEILA first team members, four of which are returning, including Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.), Steven Frey (Madison, CT), Peter Schielke (Ridgefield, CT), and Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ). Lunney was also named the NEILA All-New England Player of the Year.

Student-Athlete    Position    High School / Hometown
Tim Towler Midfield Masconomet H.S./Boxford, Mass.
Greg Swanson Midfield Boca Raton H.S./Boca Raton, Fla.
Tim Oteri Defense Andover H.S./Andover, Mass.
Sam Harris Defense Totino Grace H.S./Maple Grove, Minn.
Jon Barton Goalie Boston College High School/Hanover, Mass.
Scott Corcoran Defense Austin Preparatory/Wilmington, Mass.
Ryan Poirier Midfield La Salle Academy/Brewster Academy/Warwick, R.I.

Tim Towler, Midfield, (Masconomet, Mass./Masconomet H.S.) 2011 All American ... two time CAL League All Star and All Scholastic ... four year starter ... 47 goals and 23 assists as a junior.

Morgan on Towler: "Tim brings a combination of size and speed to our midfield. He can shoot extremely well on the run with both hands and knows how to get his own shot. He has the ability to push the ball in transition and is also strong as a two way midfielder. He was one of the top midfielders that we saw all of last summer."

Greg Swanson, Midfield, (Boca Raton, FL./ Boca Raton H.S.) 2011 All District Midfield ... .all League 2nd Team 2011 ... two Year varsity starter ... .38 goals and 29 assists as a junior.

Morgan on Swanson: "Greg has excellent speed and is a very slick dodger. He has a nose for the net and a great feel on offense. Greg has become one of the top players in Florida entering this spring. He is one of the most athletic players we have recruited and will be a nice addition to our team speed."

Tim Oteri, Defense, (Andover, Mass. /Andover H.S.) 2011 1st Team All Merrimack Valley Conference ... .Adidas All American 2011 ... Boston Globe All Star ... .13 points at long stick midfield as a junior.

Morgan on Oteri: "Tim is an extremely rangy long stick with a very good stick. He is very solid as a cover guy and is very good in transition. He has the ability to play position defense or throw a take-away when needed. He gives us a new dimension to our midfield as well, and has the combination of size as well as speed which is rare."

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