Saint Joseph's Welcomes 17 Recruits in Lacrosse Class of 2016

Garrahan, a 2012 and 2011 All-American who hails from Chester Heights, Pa., earned All-State and All-Conference nods three times each en route to receiving Archmere Academy's Top Athlete Award for the Class of 2012. In his senior season, the 5'9", 185 lb. standout midfielder was named the squad's MVP after leading the team in ground balls and captaining a team that finished 15-3 to reach the Pennsylvania State semifinals. For his career, Garrahan led the Auks to two state semifinals and one state quarterfinal behind a four-year total record of 58-12 while also playing club lacrosse for the Dukes. For his commitment to the Dukes, Garrahan was named a co-recipient of the 2012 Whelan scholarship.

A 6'0", 176 lb. attack from Baltimore, Md., Alex Hardwick joins the Hawks after earning four varsity letters in lacrosse at Loyola Blakefield, a traditional top 20 program in the nation. Hardwick led the Dons, a team that would finish the season ranked 15th nationally, to the 2012 MIAA Championship Finals.

Brian Kittredge, a 6'0", 195 lb. defender out of Mahwah, N.J., arrives on Hawk Hill after a standout senior season at Don Bosco Prep where he was named to the All-North Jersey and All-Bergen County Second Teams, in addition to being selected as an All-Gibbs Division Honorable Mention.

A native of Cherry Hill, N.J., defender Sam Kotler will play for Saint Joseph's as the first NCAA Division I lacrosse player to be recruited from Cherry Hill East. At 6'2", 185 lbs., Kotler holds CHE's records for most career ground balls (298) and most 1-on-1 takeaways in a single season (57). A four-year letterwinner and senior captain, Kotler received two All-South Jersey nods and three All-Conference selections in his career as a Cougar, highlighted by being named Cherry Hill East's Defensive Player of the Year for three consecutive years.

Joe McErlean, a 6'1", 195 lb. midfielder out of Phoenixville, Pa., played two years of high school lacrosse at Phoenixville before making the switch to Bishop Shanahan. At Bishop Shanahan, McErlean was named to the All-Ches-Mont First Team twice and to the 2011 All-Area First Team as he led the Eagles in scoring for two consecutive seasons. The 2012 Kelly's Sports Male Athlete of the Year Award recipient captained the squad as a senior, totaling 101 goals and 51 assists in two seasons. McErlean was also named a Top 205 All-Star, Hotbeds All-Star, and EPSLA Private Schools All-Star in 2011.

Kevin Miller, a 5'11", 180 lb. defender out of Chicago, Ill., will don the Crimson and Gray for the Hawks this season. Miller was named Second Team All-Conference in 2012 just one season after being named St. Ignatius Prep's Most Improved Player. A three-year varsity letterwinner, Miller tallied the most takeaways on the team while also playing club lacrosse for Ante Up Select.

Another Illinois native in defender Dan O'Malley will play for Saint Joseph's in 2013. The 6'5", 200 lb. O'Malley hails from Evanston, Ill., where he led Loyola Academy to the 2012 Illinois State Championships and 2011 State Finals in his two varsity seasons with the Ramblers. O'Malley garnered All-Catholic Conference accolades as a senior after being named Player of the Game at the 2011 State Finals.

Cameron Riley, a 6'3", 202 lb. defender out of Flemington, N.J., progressed from North Hunterdon's 2010 Most Improved Player to 2012 Defensive MVP. The three-year varsity letterwinner and senior captain comes to the Hawks after playing club lacrosse with Team Turnpike.

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