Pfeiffer Welcomes 12 Newcomers to the 2013 Lacrosse Roster

The Pfeiffer University men's lacrosse program welcomes 12 additions to the 2012-2013 squad. This year's incoming group hails from seven states and includes a pair of Canadians. The group joins a Falcon team who set a school record last season with 12 wins.

"It is with great pleasure we welcome this year's incoming class. Three years ago my staff and I welcomed our first recruiting class and believe that this group is undoubtedly our best to date. This talented incoming group reflects the effort of both the coaches and the team alike, and is a true testament to the direction we are moving with the program. The combination of experienced returners and talented newcomers will provide a challenging and focused team atmosphere. Both the coaches and returning players are excited to welcome these student athletes and look forward to the 2012/13 season." - Pfeiffer coaching staff.

#1 Matthew Michaeli Fr. Midfield 6'1 - 180
Hometown: Draper, UT
High School: Alta High
A unique well rounded player from an unconventional lacrosse area, Matthew has the ability and opportunity to make an impact immediately at the midfield position. Combining All State Lacrosse honors with honor roll achievements at Alta HS, Matthew will be pushing his team and classmates in the right direction. After nine years of playing experience, Matthew's senior season was culminated with an impressive 33 goals and 26 assists; and the honor of being named first team all-state and first team all-conference.

#4 Spencer Allen Jr. Midfield 6'2 - 185
Hometown: St. Catharine's, ON
High School: Holy Cross Secondary School
Transferring from Genesee Community College in upstate New York, Spencer will be an immediate impact player for the Falcons this year. Coming off a 2012 season where he lead JUCO nationally in assists and capped off his career at GCC with 100 plus points, Spencer, a JUCO All-American, has the ability to push for time and compete well in Conference Carolinas and division II. A native of Canada, his background in indoor lacrosse and playing experience will mesh well with fellow Canadians on the offensive side of the ball.

#6 Jordan Michele Fr. Midfield 5'8 - 165
Hometown: East Rochester, NY
High School: East Rochester
Jordan comes to Pfeiffer from East Rochester, New York and brings with him a wealth of experience. Having played for over seven years at a variety of levels, Jordan will look to make his mark as a Falcon this season. A standout at East Rochester, Jordan capped off his senior campaign being named team MVP and a team captain.

#13 Joe Capstaff Fr. Goalie 6'0 - 185
Hometown: Leonard Town, MD
High School: St. Mary's Ryken
A product of St. Mary's Ryken in Maryland, Joe comes to Pfeiffer with a strong lacrosse background. After attending USF in Florida last year, Joe decided to make his way back to the lacrosse playing field. A driven student, Joe also managed to achieve athletic success earning first team all-county and all-conference honorable mention in his senior season at St. Mary's. Joe brings athleticism to the goaltending unit, and will work closely with Coach Conlon and returning two time first team all-conference goaltender Hayden Kirk.

#14 Tom Valandra Grad. Defense 5'10 - 185
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
High School: Minneapolis Southeast
Tom, another transfer from Division I Presbyterian, will be completing his final year of eligibility at Pfeiffer while perusing his master's degree. An experienced college player, Tom will push the group and provide the guidance and leadership needed to achieve our goals. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tom has proven to have superior lacrosse IQ and ability to match.

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