Detroit Titans Sign Five Additional Recruits for the 2013 Season

DETROIT -- University of Detroit Mercy men's lacrosse head coach Matt Holtz has announced the addition of five signees for next season in Nick Demattia (Clarkston, MI/ Clarkston), Chris Donohue (Atlantic Beach NY/ Lawrence), Nick Mellucci (Novi, MI/Northville), Mike Spuller (Dexter, MI/Dexter) and Jordan Yono (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central).

Demattia has earned three letters in lacrosse as well as a letter in football from nearby Clarkston HS. He is a two-time team captain and was tabbed Second Team All-State, All-Region and All-OAA Red Division as a junior. The 6-0, 170-pound long stick midfielder has been among the Wolves' leaders in ground balls and caused turnovers in the last two years and has helped his team to a 9-2 record so far in 2010. He has played club for Cash Cows and 1763.

"Nick is another athlete who will help provide depth on the defensive end of the field," said Holtz. "He has the ability to play close defense or LSM for us."

Donohue, a 5-10, 180-pound LSM and defender, has lettered for four years in lacrosse and three years in football. He was named All-County in lacrosse as a junior and so far in his senior season has amassed 30 goals, 21 assists and 64 groundballs, while playing attack, midfield, LSM and on man-down defense. He played club for five years for the Long Beach PAL as well as with the Long Beach Lacrosse Club. On the gridiron, he helped the Golden Tornadoes to a county championship as a sophomore and a senior as well as a Long Island Championship runner-up effort in both of those years. Away from lacrosse, he has been a Relay for Life Overnight Cancer Walk Participant, a "Rock n Wrap" volunteer (local food bank charity) and a volunteer at the Francis Pope Memorial Foundation volunteer golf outing fundraiser, which raises money for families of children with catastrophic illnesses.

A 5-10, 170-pound midfielder, Mellucci has earned a bevy of awards while helping his team to a few titles. He was All-Region at attack as a sophomore after accumulating 25 total points. His squad went on to win the KLAA Division, Association and conference championships. As a junior, he was selected to the KLAA All-Conference First Team, All-Area First Team and Honorable Mention All-State. He earned the Hoover Award for the most ground balls in a season picking up 73 to go with 41 goals and 29 assists. A team captain, he was twice a KLAA Scholar Athlete Award and the Northville High School Scholar Athlete Award winner. He also played club for 1763.

"Nick is a skilled athletic player with a knack for producing on the offensive end of the field," said Holtz. "Chris is a diamond in the rough athlete and can do a lot of things for us."

Another local product from the state of Michigan, Spuller is a 6-1, 181-pound midfielder from Dexter. He posted 65 goals, 41 assists for 106 points as a junior, earning First Team All-Conference and All-Region as well as Honorable Mention All-State. He also turned heads on the club scene being named the Most Improved at the Army Camp in 2010 and MVP in 2011 while also made the All-Star Team for the Chicago Cup. Off the field, he is a member of the National Honor Society, All-Academic Achievement Award and Community Service Award.

A second signee from Novi, MI, on the year, Yono is a 6-4, 215-pound defender from Detroit Catholic Central. He helped the Shamrocks to a No. 3 ranking as a junior. He also played club lacrosse for 1763. DCC is 9-4 heading into the Catholic High School playoffs and made an appearance in the regional championship game last season.

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2012-05-22



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