Wheeling Jesuit Welcomes 16 New Student-Athletes for 2013

Wheeling, W.Va.--The Wheeling Jesuit men's lacrosse program announced the addition of 16 student-athletes for the 2012-2013 season.

"Our coaching staff worked very hard to find quality student-athletes and add depth to our program," remarked Head Coach Jay Sothoron. "We are entering a new conference for lacrosse this season, The East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC), and we were able to build momentum last season as the NCAA Division II Most Improved Program. These individuals will improve our program in several areas. Our goal is to compete for the conference championship and NCAA play offs in 2013."

Name               Position      Ht/Wt     Hometown             Previous School
Bryce Brochu Attack 6'2/175 Ontario, Canada Notre Dame
Tyler Godfrey Attack 5'6/155 Buffalo, NY Lancaster
Danny Bichsel Attack 5'11/215 Columbus, OH Westerville North
Josh McQuaide Attack 6/4/180 Dover, DE Dover
Matt Devries Middie 6'4/180 Louisville, KY Christian Academy
Kevin Gunther Middie 5'8/150 Annapolis, MD FUMA
Evan Hodel F/O Middie 6'0/185 Dayton, OH Lakota West
Jesse James F/O Middie 5'5/140 York, PA FUMA
Andy Lyon Middie 6'4/150 Morgantown, WV University
Connor Summers Middie 5'11/175 Mechanicsville, MD St. Mary's Ryken
Jared Baranowski Middie 6'1/210 Port Republic, MD SMR/LeMoyne
Nick Messner LSM 5'11/190 White Plains, MD North Point
Zach Crabtree Defense 6'1/210 Dayton, OH Lakota West
Troy Mendenhall Defense 6'2/180 Great Mills, MD St Mary's Ryken
Brennan Tarleton Defense 6'0/190 California, MD SMR/Queens
Tyler Benini Defense 5'8/220 Dover, DE Dover

Bryce Brochu-Attack (6'2-175lbs)
Brochu was a four-year varsity starter at Notre Dame High School. The 2012 Team MVP and team captain helped the team finish 10-1. Brochu finished his senior year with 36 goals and 43 assists. In addition to playing field lacrosse, he was a standout for indoor lacrosse, Ice hockey, and summer travel lacrosse, Canadian travel Edge Elite field team. In the box game, he played for the Welland Junior B Warlords and the Niagara Raiders. While on the Raiders, the team finished as four-time Provincial Champions.

"When I first saw Bryce play I was thoroughly impressed. I loved the way he handled pressure and played with a calm confidence, said Coach Sothoron. "As a left-handed attackman, he can do it all. He can dodge, feed and score. I believe he will have a chance to see the field early in his career wearing a WJU jersey."

Tyler Godfrey-Attack (5'6-155lbs)
Godfrey was a three-year varsity starter at Lancaster High School. In 2012, he was team captain and led the team in scoring with 36 goals and 10 assists. As a junior, Godfrey had 44 goals and 11 assists, and as a sophomore, had 23 goals and 5 assists. He was instrumental in leading the team to three consecutive state playoffs. Tyler played for the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy and the Buffalo Storm select teams. He was also selected to the Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp All-Star team. Godfrey also was a running back for the football team.

"As a staff we love how hard Tyler plays," said Coach Sothoron. He is a shifty player who is good with the ball in his stick and he is very good off ball. We are excited to acquire a player like Tyler who is a great finisher in tight. I feel he will find playing time as an inside presence."

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