Westminster Adds Seven Recruits for the 2014 Season

SALT LAKE CITY Fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2013 MCLA Division II National Championships, Westminster College announced its signing class for the 2014 season on Wednesday. Head coach Mason Goodhand has added seven student-athletes for next season when the team moves to Division I of the MCLA.

Andrew Baird, D, Carlsbad, CA/San Marcos HS Baird is a 6-foot-3, 195 pound defender and three year varsity player for Coach Mike Mathai's San Marcos Knights. As a senior and team Captain in 2013, the Knights have outperformed expectations with an 11-4 regular season record in the very tough San Diego CIF in which they have amassed 31 wins across the last 3 years.

"Andrew is a rangy athlete with very strong on ball fundamentals and above average awareness and lacrosse IQ," assistant coach Brad Lavoie said. "Along with those attributes, we are also excited about the leadership qualities that he has shown down the stretch this season as his defense heads into the postseason giving up a stingy 4.7 goals per game."

In past summers Andrew attended 205 east, the Nifty 60 and Elite 100 recruiting events as well as the Uplax Summer Shootout. Baird plans to study Computer Science at Westminster.

Jake Berard, M, Meridian, ID/Meridian HS A 5-foot-8, 185 pound speedster, Berard is a throwback two-way midfielder through and through. As a four year varsity starter in high school he has helped lead his team on defense, offense, special teams as well as at the face-off X. He is a 4.0 student in the classroom and a two year starter for the Warrior football team as an option Quarterback garnering All-Conference honorable mention accolades. In past summers, Berard has traveled with the Sawtooth Lacrosse Club, All-Idaho Team as well as the Utah Black Hawks, making an all-star appearance at the 2012 Denver Shootout and leading his Black Hawks team to the Semi-finals at the 2012 Adrenaline Elite Shootout. Berard plans to major in Biology as a pre-med student at WC starting in the fall.

Dylan Check, M, Las Vegas, NV/Faith Lutheran HS Check is a 5-foot-10, 165 pound midfielder and three year varsity performer for Coach James Gravitt and the Crusaders. A very aggressive player on both ends, Check has shown the willingness to scrap for ground balls that will make him an instant fit in the Griffin system. Also a varsity soccer player at FLHS, he is noticeably strong in transition with good instincts and vision that will pay dividends as he moves on to the next level. Check has spent the past three summers running for Coach Gary Campo and the Vegas Starz competing in the adrenaline series tournaments and recruiting events, as well as the 2011 UA All-American tryouts.

"We are excited about his potential in up-tempo college game and look forward to getting his competitiveness in the weight room and at practice every day," Lavoie commented.

Check's intended major is History with a film minor.

Ryan Coffelt, M, Yorba Linda, CA/Esperanza HS At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Coffelt brings a pound for pound toughness to the field with him every day that was a pleasure to watch on the summer circuit. As the sport of lacrosse becomes more and more specialized, Coffelt is a true throw back player setting out to do whatever is necessary for his team to be competitive that day. He is crafty at the face off X, extremely quick and gritty on ground balls and a legit threat in transition. As a three year varsity performer for Coach Deron Hansen, Coffelt was awarded team MVP and received his teams "Iron Man Award" in 2012. In past summers, Coffelt ran with the OC Kings for Max & Zander Ritz and competed in the Adrenaline Series team events. Coffelt intends to major in communications.

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