VMI Announces Twenty New Lacrosse Recruits for 2012-2013

LEXINGTON, Va. After several firsts during the 2012 season, Virginia Military Institute lacrosse coach Brian Anken, who enters his third year on Post, has announced his freshman class for the upcoming 2013 season.

"We are very excited about the depth and athleticism of this class. Our focus was to put together a class of cadet-athletes that share our vision and passion for the VMI lacrosse program," said Anken of his newest class. "Most importantly, we recruited players that possess the physical and mental toughness to excel in the demanding VMI environment. This class will be expected to contribute very early in their career and are excited to continue building VMI lacrosse into a championship program."

Twenty new faces will join the program this fall for fall ball, representing nine different states; four freshmen hail from Ohio, while Maryland, New York and Virginia sent three to Post each, two come to Lexington from each of Florida and New Jersey, along with one from each of California, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Below is a list of each new member of the VMI lacrosse program, along with a brief bio of their high school and club accomplishments.

Joseph Amato (Massapequa, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial High School) A second-generation collegiate lacrosse player, Amato, whose father played at nearby Roanoke College and C.W. Post, lettered in his junior and senior years for coach Mike Swagle. In those two seasons, he tallied 18 goal and 38 assists for 56 points. He also collected 118 groundballs. Amato helped lead his team to a Down State Championship for the Catholic League. Off the field, he earned a place on the Honor Roll all four seasons, was a member of the National Honor Society and won the character award. He is also a first-degree black belt in Karate.

Peter Bradley (Ellicott City, Md./Marriots Ridge High School) A two-sport athlete, Bradley lettered all four years as a member of the lacrosse team for Dan Sagemen. Bradley played attack during that time, serving as a captain for two seasons while earning second-team all-county honors. He racked up 80 goals and 70 assists during his career. Bradley was also a one-year letterman on the basketball squad as a point guard for Tom Brown. He was also a member of Zingos Lax and Roughriders Elite. In the classroom, Bradley earned Honor Roll status every quarter. College athletics runs through the Bradley family; his father played baseball at Lebanon Valley College while his brother Alex Tack was a lacrosse player at Queens University, earning All-America honors his senior year. His sister, Amanda Tack, also played lacrosse at Salisbury University.

Austin Bull (Columbus, Ohio/Liberty High School) - A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and a two-year football letterwinner, Bull brings all-league talent to the Keydet roster. He holds school records in career groundballs (407), season groundballs (190) and single-game (18). He also finished ranked in the top five four assists in a career (54) and season (30) as well as career goals (84). Bull won 73 percent of his face-offs at Liberty High School for Eric O'Brien. He played for Team Midwest, Titanium and Team Ohio. He helped lead a team to a fifth-place finish, out of 18 teams, at the Vail Shootout. His mother played lacrosse at Penn State while his father was a football player at the United States Military Academy (Army). He will be joined in Lexington by his cousin, Dan Bull.

Dan Bull (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Orange High School) Like his cousin, Austin Bull, Dan Bull was a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and a two-year winner for football. Dan Bull played as a midfielder, earning all-league honors in 2010-11 and 2011-12 in the Ohio Capital Conference. He was named the Team MVP in 2010-11 and was named Division I All-Region (Northwest Region). During his career, he netted 88 goals with 57 assists, marking him the all-time leading points, goals and assists leader at his high school. He was also a member of Titanium Lacrosse. He father played football at Kent State University while his brother played football at Walsh University.

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