Torpey Adds 15 Recruits to the 2014 High Point Lacrosse Team

HIGH POINT, N.C. - High Point University has signed 15 recruits, head coach Jon Torpey announced on Thursday. The group will join HPU in the fall of 2013 and includes three attackers, seven midfielders, two defensemen and two goalies.

"When we started recruiting for this class we looked for student-athletes that will compliment the team we already have," Torpey said. "We found players with size, athleticism, skill and a good work ethic to help us continue to build the foundation of our program. This is one of the most talented groups I have ever been part of recruiting and I can't wait to have them on campus."

The Panthers signed three attackmen: Matt Koerner from Kings Park, N.Y., Michael LeClair out of Elkridge, Md. and Drew Ortiz of Charlotte, N.C.

Koerner went to lacrosse power-house, St. Anthony's High School. He helped the Friars to a fourth-straight 2012 Long Island Class AAA CHSAA title and a No. 5 national ranking. Koerner was named one of the Top 50 Rising Juniors by Inside Lacrosse.

"Matt can see the field and has great dodging skills," Torpey said. "He comes from a great high school program and has a high lacrosse IQ. He has the skill and ability to make an immediate impact on our offense."

LeClair is an Under Armour All-American from Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, Md. He was an All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association selection last year.

"Michael comes from an MIAA school in Mt. St. Joseph's, which is regarded as the best lacrosse conference in the country," Torpey said. "He is a very dynamic attackman. He can see the field well, dodge and feed the ball. He has been playing with and against some of the best lacrosse players in the country for the last four years and has the potential to develop in to a phenomenal Div. I player."

Ortiz comes to High Point from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C. In two varsity seasons he has 93 goals and 50 assists and helped Myers Park to back-to-back conference championships. Ortiz was named a US Lacrosse All-American last season after guiding Myers Park to a final four appearance in the state tournament.

"Drew is an explosive attackman," Torpey said. "He had a great junior season as a quick, shifty offensive player. He flew a little under the radar during recruiting which worked out to our benefit as he creates match-up problems for other teams."

Seven players will join High Point's midfield: Nick Basile of Milton, Ga., Reece Callies of Langley, British Columbia, Cole Carns of Chesterfield, Va., Sean Harrison of Ellicot City, Md., Mick Horrocks of Glen Mills, Pa., Sean Irvine of Downington, Pa. and Sam Klingsporn of Aloha, Ore.

Basile is a three-year varsity player from Milton High School. He helped Milton to state championships in 2010 and 2012 and scored the game-winning goal in the first round of the 2012 state championship tournament.

"Nick is a very versatile midfielder," Torpey said. "He can take faceoffs, push the ball in transition and has a great shot on the run. He caught our eye over the summer and we were more impressed with his play each time we saw him."

Callies is a highly-touted midfielder from Langley, British Columbia. He helped Langley to a 2011 National Championship and was selected to the All-Canada games.

"Reece plays lacrosse like a quarterback," Torpey said. "He has great speed and can create plays on the offensive end. He makes other guys play better around him."

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