Colgate Welcomes 15 Lacrosse Recruits in the Class of 2016

HAMILTON, N.Y. Head men's lacrosse coach Mike Murphy and the Colgate men's lacrosse program have added 15 new members to the squad in the Class of 2016.

"My staff and I are very excited about the class of 2016," said Murphy. "You only get one first recruiting class as a staff, and we think this group of student-athletes has the potential to be special. It was great getting to know these young men and their families during the recruiting process and we think that they will add quality to the Colgate community as a whole."

The Raiders are adding rookies from all around the country and one player from Canada. There are three from Connecticut and New York, two from New Jersey, while there are players from Colorado, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts and Ohio.

"This class in particular is geared heavy on defense, headlined by Canadian U-19 team member Leo Stouros," said Murphy. "He helped the Canadian team to a Silver Medal in Finland this past summer."

Stouros played lacrosse at The Hill Academy for a post-grad year in 2012. Prior to last year, he was at Malvern Collegiate Institute and was named to the Canadian U-19 National Team. He also earned All-World Defenseman honors at the U-19 World Championships in Finland.

"The group as a whole is very long and athletic and we hope they will be able to add depth to a unit that returns senior captain and three-year starter James Queeney, All Patriot League defender junior Bobby Lawrence and fellow junior Kevin Boyle," said Murphy.

The goalie position is where the Raiders picked up some depth mentions Murphy. "We also get some depth in the goal as we bring in Jake Danehy and Gordon Santry in the freshman class as well as Alex Castle. These three young guys will push Conor Murphy, who made a huge splash in the cage during our run in last year's NCAA tournament."

Danehy participated in lacrosse at Mamaroneck High School and won the Section I championship as a senior. He was a two-time all-section and all-league selection and made 360 saves in his career and had a .721 save percentage. He is a fourth generation Colgate student, dating back to his great grandfather, who was the Class of 1921.

Santry was a two-time Founder's League Champion for the Westminster School and was an All-New England selection in 2011. He earned US Lacrosse All-American honors in 2012 and was a two-time team MVP for the Martlets.

Castle was a four-year letterwinner at The Pingry School in the Skyland Conference and was a two-time first team all-state selection. He made 217 saves and had a 5.10 goals against average and a .691 save percentage in 2012 as he was named the team's most valuable player.

"On offense we bring in a great group of multi dimensional players," said Murphy. "Many of these guys can play both attack or midfield and we expect some to contribute right away.

"Cameron Williams, a High School All American from Ohio, who did a post graduate at Loomis Chaffee leads this group that will look to add depth to Colgate's record setting offense that returns 2012 Tewaarton winner Peter Baum and Patriot League Rookie of the Year Ryan Walsh."

Williams earned All-Western New England honors in 2012. He helped win the Division I Ohio State Championship in 2010 at Arlington High School and the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (MSLCA) title in 2011 and was an All-American and first team All-MSLCA in 2011.

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