Dominican (CA) Welcomes Nine Recruits for the 2013 Season

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Dominican University of California men's lacrosse head coach Ned Webster has followed up one strong recruiting class with another.

Webster announced today the nine student-athletes in the Penguins' 2012-2013 recruiting class that bolster a team which last season recorded the first winning season in the program's eight-year history. The Penguins tied for first in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and 11 of their players, including five freshmen from last year's recruiting class, were named to the All-WILA team.

"This is a rock solid group of student-athletes," Webster said. "What distinguishes this class is its high collective lacrosse IQ. Most of them were captains of their high school teams and many of them contributed heavily to championship programs, so they have the big-game experience and a keen understanding of what it takes to win. It should be fun watching them compete this fall, meshing with our returners, and helping take Penguins lacrosse to another level on and off the field."

Dominican's recruiting class will help fill a void left by six departing seniors, including Reed Upson, Dominican lacrosse's all-time career scoring leader and member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's At-Large Team. Last season, Dominican won a school record seven games playing its most challenging schedule, one that featured close battles with New York Institute of Technology, Adelphi and St. Michaels, all whom finished in the top 10 of the final 2012 NCAA Division II national rankings.

Joining the Penguins in the 2012-2013 recruiting class are:

Cody Bernstein/Kirkland, WA/Lake Washington HS/Attack
Bernstein, a first team all-state player and team captain in 2011 and 2012, will be reunited his older brother, Jake Bernstein, at Dominican. At Lake Washington High, Cody, after scoring 32 goals for the Kangaroos as a junior, followed his brother's footsteps by being named a USILA All-American as a senior, one of only six high school lacrosse players in the state of Washington to earn All-American status this year. He also was named Adrenaline Lacrosse All-American this year. Bernstein also competed in basketball for the Kangs and was voted its best defensive player the past two seasons.

"Cody is a tenacious athlete who is equally skilled as a dodger, a finisher, a shooter and a feeder," Webster said. "He possesses excellent speed and a quick change of direction that help him gain separation from his defender. He's the type of player who could have one goal and five assists once game, then five goals and one assist the next. He's smart enough to take what's given to him."

Grant Clifford/Portland, OR/Lincoln HS/Attack
Clifford was a first team all-state and two-time first team all-Columbia Conference player who broke the all-time scoring record with 225 career goals in his four seasons on varsity for the Cardinals. Like Bernstein, Clifford was a team captain and led Lincoln to its third consecutive Oregon state title this year. He was named first team All-Oregon High School Lacrosse Association as a senior as being named second team all-state last year.

"Grant's stick work is as close to flawless as any recruit we've had. You know when he shows up to practice or on game day that he's going to put the ball where he wants," Webster said. "Originally Grant was recruited as a finisher but he's developed as a dodger and a distributor and he surprised me with his shot from the perimeter."

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