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

A 5'7" 162 lb. native of Greenwich, Conn., goalkeeper Thayer Smith earned two varsity letters for Greenwich before playing three years of varsity lacrosse at Suffield Academy, captaining the Tigers his senior year. Smith earned Most Valuable and Most Improved honors throughout his high school career.

Pat Swanick, a 5'9", 160 lb. local product out of Haverford, Pa., marks the fourth attack recruit for the 2013 men's lacrosse season. A two-time EPSLA Private Team selection, Swanick captained the St. Joseph's Prep lacrosse squad en route to being named a 2012 All-Catholic Honorable Mention. Swanick, who led the Hawks of St. Joseph's Prep to the 2011 Pennsylvania State Final, 2011 Catholic League Championship, and three Catholic League finals, will round out the incoming talent of attackmen for the Hawks of Saint Joseph's University.

Wharton, a 6'0", 160 lb. goalkeeper out of Jupiter, Fla., was named a 2012 All-American after captaining a Jupiter team that went 20-2 en route to a District Championship and third-place finish at the Florida State Championships. Wharton received the 2012 Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association Scholarship and was selected All-District and All-League twice. A 2011 All-American Honorable Mention, Wharton was selected team MVP as a senior, Defensive MVP as a junior, and Most Improved Player as a freshman. Jupiter's four-year varsity letterwinner also played club lacrosse for Team Florida, a 2011 Dicks Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions Finalist, and Blue Devil Elite, where he was the starting goalkeeper for the 2012 Orange Bowl Classic.

Winchell, a 6'0" 183 lb. 2012 All-American out of Glen Ridge, N.J., rounds out the defensive line for the 2012-13 Hawks. After leading Glen Ridge High to back-to-back Essex County Championships and the 2011 Group 1 State Championships, Winchell was selected as both the 2012 U.S. New Jersey Defenseman of the Year and Essex County Player of the Year. Winchell earned All-State, All-Group 1, All-Essex County, and All-Conference accolades throughout his career as a Ridger, and the 2012 NJILCA Dave Pooley Award recipient was named team MVP last season after captaining Glen Ridge to a 31-10 record in his junior and senior seasons.

"I am extremely excited to welcome these young men and their families to Saint Joseph's University," concluded Wray of his first recruiting class. "This is a large and diverse group, an extremely talented group, and most importantly, a group of young men that will represent our lacrosse program and our university the right way."

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