Lehigh Announces 16 Newcomers to Lacrosse Team for 2013

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh Smith Family Head Lacrosse Coach Kevin Cassese announced the team's incoming class on Tuesday, which includes 14 incoming freshmen and two transfers. A highly-touted class features numerous All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and many recognized by media outlets as being among the nation's top incoming freshmen.

"We are excited to welcome this group of 16 newcomers to the Lehigh Lacrosse family," said Cassese. "I want to commend assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Brendan Callahan for his hard work on the management side and general oversight of the recruiting operations that brought this talented group of individuals to campus. We look forward to getting to work with these newcomers and a very talented group of returning upperclassmen in a few short days."

Sophomore transfer Jack Bogorowski comes to Lehigh from Johns Hopkins where he played last season. He will reunite with older brother Derek (a senior) along with two others from La Salle College High School: Mike Noone and incoming freshman Casey Eidenshink. Pat Dougherty marks the Mountain Hawks' other transfer, coming to the Lehigh Valley from Navy.

Defenseman Tripp Telesco cracked Inside Lacrosse's Power 100 freshmen, coming in at 73, while both he and Eidenshink were ranked among the top 40 incoming defensemen, at 21 and 35, respectively. Steve Brodeur came in at #13 in Inside Lacrosse's top 20 goalies.

In addition, midfielder Ray Mastroianni participated in the US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase this summer, being listed among the 10 Who Impressed by Lacrosse Magazine.

Chris Appell A Locust Valley, N.Y. Business
A three-sport varsity captain at Locust Valley High School, Appell was a standout in football, basketball and lacrosse. A four-year varsity lacrosse letterwinner, Appell was a two-time Academic All-County performer (as a junior and senior), garnering Academic All-Conference as a sophomore. He posted 135 career goals and 96 career assists, finishing his senior year as an Academic All-American and team MVP. Appell was an Academic All-Conference running back and safety, garnering the "Iron Man Award." He helped lead basketball to a county championship, earning Academic All-Conference and the Unsung Hero Award. Appell received the U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete Award senior year as an all-around student. Strong in the classroom, he was an IB Scholar and member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Appell made 16 consecutive Principal's High Honor Rolls.

Tyler Batesko D Mountain Lakes, N.J. Arts and Sciences
Batesko was a standout lacrosse and football player at Mountain Lakes High School. A three-year varsity lacrosse letterwinner, Batesko was a freshman and senior captain. He was First Team All-Conference, All-County and All-State performer, while earning Second Team All Star-Ledger laurels. He led Mountain Lakes to the 2012 Morris County Championship. As a senior, Batesko caused 26 turnovers and scooped 38 groundballs, earning the Hugh Chambers Award. He was also a three-year varsity letterwinner in football, finishing his senior year with 856 yards and nine touchdowns. A team captain, Batesko was an All-Conference fullback and All-County running back while garnering the Top Offensive Back and HERD Hustle Awards.

Jack Bogorowski M Newtown, Pa. Johns Hopkins Business
Younger brother of Lehigh senior Derek Bogorowski, Jack transfers to Lehigh after his freshman season at Johns Hopkins where he got into three games. A highly-touted prospect, Bogorwoski was ranked as the #11 midfielder by ESPN Rise, and the #45 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse. A First Team All-State honoree at La Salle College High School, Bogorowski also earned honorable mention ESPN All-America recognition. Bogorowski was a two-time Pennsylvania State Champion and three-time All-Philadelphia Catholic League honoree. The 2011 Jerry Middlemiss winner, he was a member of the National Honor Society.

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