Monmouth Announces First Lacrosse Recruiting Class for 2014

“As we continue to add players and build our first roster, I am pleased to announce our defensive core that will arrive on campus in September," added Fisher. "We have a number of captains and multi-sport athletes in this group that will provide leadership and give us a strong foundation on the defensive end of the field.”

A varsity letterwinner in both lacrosse and soccer, Atkinson is a two-time team captain for the Eagles in lacrosse, who has registered a 112 ground balls and three goals in three seasons. A 2012 MIAA All-Conference selection, Atkinson also earned Indian Creek's Unsung Hero Award as a junior. A Rising Senior Top 205 All-Star in 2012, he was also named an East Coast Lacrosse Camp All-Star as well, and was a member of the Gait Cup Session II Championship team. Also during his junior year, Atkinson was named the soccer team's Defensive MVP.

"Ryan comes from a young program in Indian Creek and has a great work ethic, good stick and excellent defensive instincts. He is another multiple sport athlete who was named the MVP of his soccer team in addition to being named captain of his lacrosse team the past two years."

A member of two Central Suburban League lacrosse championship teams at New Trier High School, Curry has been named a 2013 team captain for the Trevians. Curry, who was a 2012 first team all-conference performer, was named the New Trier Defensive MVP and has recorded 63 ground balls and a goal in his two seasons of varsity. Curry, a two-time CSL JV wrestling champion at 170-pounds and a freshman CSL wrestling champion, was a Notre Dame Team Camp All-Star participant and a Great Lakes All-Star participant.

"Dylan comes from one of better programs in the Midwest at New Trier. He is a diligent and versatile defender who can play close or at the LSM position. He is a hard-nosed competitor and another one of those two sport athletes (wrestler) with a great work ethic."

A second team All-Philadelphia Catholic League performer in lacrosse last season, Grajewski is a two-sport standout at La Salle College High School. In his first three seasons with the Explorers, Grajewski helped lead the squad to a 51-9 record, while La Salle won the league championship in 2009 and 2011 and finished as the runner-up in 2010. The Explorers, who are ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in preseason 2013, lost in the state title game in 2011. Also an ice hockey player, Grajewski’s team won the Flyers Cup three straight years and won the state championship last season, where he scored two goals. Grajewski also plays club lacrosse for Headstrong.

“Andrew is one of our multi-sport athletes who hails from a great program in the Philadelphia area,” added Fisher. “Andrew is an athletic defender with size and a very good lacrosse IQ. He moves well, excels getting the ball off the ground and is also a standout hockey player for the Crusaders.”

Mangion is a three-year letterwinner at Ridge High School in New Jersey, where the Red Devils won the 2012 Group III State Championship, and advanced to the 2011 Group III State title game. In 2012, with a record of 17-4, Ridge was a Somerset County finalist and advanced to the Group IV State Semifinals. Also, a football player for two seasons at Ridge, Mangion was the freshman football defensive MVP, and posted 22 ground balls and an assist in 2012 in lacrosse.

“Brian is one of those New Jersey guys who from our first meeting you could tell loved everything about Monmouth,” noted Fisher. “He is a tough, athletic and strong defender who plays with an unmatched passion every time he is on the field.”

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