Union Announces 15 Newcomers for the 2013 Season

SCHENECTADY, NY The men's lacrosse team will add 15 student-athletes in 2013, head coach Paul Wehrum announced on Tuesday. Union, ranked No. 17 by Lacrosse Magazine in its preseason poll, will open the season at home on March 2 against No. 1 Cortland.

"I'm extremely pleased with this recruiting class," Wehrum said. "With the graduating class last year being one of the finest in the history of the program, we have a lot of shoes to fill. We're extremely excited to see how they do."

Paul Alberti
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Position: Attack
Hometown: Madison, CT
High School: Daniel Hand/Avon Old Farms

Alberti was named captain at Daniel Hand High School, where he was a two time all-conference and all-state attack. In his post-graduate year at Avon Old Farms, his team won a Founder's League championship. Alberti finished his high school career with 267 career points.

"Paul will be heavily counted upon to play attack and midfield for the Dutchmen this spring," Wehrum said.

Austin Bannister
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Kingston, MA
High School: Catholic Memorial

Bannister was a four year varsity starter and two-year captain at Catholic Memorial, where he was a two-time all-conference player. He finished his career as the school's all-time leading point scorer. Bannister led the team to its first conference championship in school history.

"Austin brings a great deal of offensive firepower to the team," Wehrum said. "He could be vital in our man-up unit as a freshman."

Dan Caiola
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 185
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: Katonah, NY
High School: John Jay-Cross River

Caiola was a two year starter on defense and captain of the lacrosse team at John-Jay Cross River, where he earned all-section honors his senior year. A three year starter in football, Caiola was also an all-state football player. Caiola also plays football at Union.

"Dan is an aggressive tough defenseman that will challenge for a starting spot," Wehrum said.

Brady Collins
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
High School: Conard

Collins was a two year starter on defense at Conard High School, where he earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State honors.

"Brady brings a great deal of experience on the defensive side of the ball and will add depth to the team's strong defensive corps," Wehrum said.

Alex D'Amario
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Position: Attack
Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
High School: Niskayuna

A Niskayuna High School graduate in 2011, D'Amario was a starter and member of Niskayuna's Section 2 championship team in 2010. D'Amario was voted the most improved player on the team. He also participated in the Adirondack Empire State games.

"Alex is an outstanding goal-scorer with a high lacrosse IQ," Wehrum said. "These traits will serve him well at Union."

Spencer Gorham
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Position: Midfield
Hometown: McLean, VA
High School: Langley

A three-year starter at Langley High School in Virginia, Gorham had a 65% faceoff percentage. He was named to All-Liberty District Team and his high school team won the Virginia VHSL state championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

"Spencer will push our starting faceoff man Alex Stone and compete for minutes in the spring," Wehrum said.

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