Update #2: Wingate Recruits for the 2014 Lacrosse Season

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University head men's lacrosse coach Michael Lawson announces the addition of eight new student-athletes who will study and play lacrosse for the Bulldogs. These eight players represent two states, one Canadian province, and the United Kingdom.

Attacks Liam Corbett (Burlington, Ontario) and Randy Kooistra (Kennesaw, Ga./Richmond Hill, Ontario) join midfielders Steen Swedstedt (Mercer Island, Wash.), Paul Ahn (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Austin Murphy (Orillia, Ontario) along with defenders Tyler Antram (Brooklin, Ontario) and Mitchell Undi (Issaquah, Wash.) and goalkeeper Michael Connor (Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom) as part of the new 2013-2014 men's lacrosse recruiting class.

The student-athletes competing for an attack position look to come together to form a solid force up front. Corbett played for head coach Chris Dooley at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School. He was named a co-captain his senior season, while leading his team to a fifth-place provincial finish the same year. Corbett's older brother, Patrick Corbett, is a junior attack at Lehigh University. In 2010-11, Kooistra played for head coach Vince Smith at Christchurch School as they won two Virginia state championships. Kooistra was named the most valuable offensive player his freshman year. He played for head coach Kirk Pratt at Mount Paran Christian School from 2011-13. Kooistra was a captain his senior year.

Midfielders Swedstedt, Ahn and Murphy lettered in more than lacrosse during their high school days. A two-sport student-athlete, Swedstedt lettered two seasons for head coach Ian O'Hearn and the Mercer Island High School lacrosse team. Swedstedt had the 10th highest point total in the state. He was named to the All-State third team. Swedstedt also lettered in football.

Ahn played football, while Murphy also played soccer, volleyball and basketball. As he split his time in high school between two different sports, Ahn also split time on the lacrosse field between midfielder and attack; he looks to play the midfield position in college. Ahn played for head coach Dennis Ray at Westlake High School. He helped lead his team to conference championships in 2012 and 2013. Ahn was named his high school's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013. Murphy was a captain his senior year in lacrosse for Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School. He received numerous awards for his play in soccer, volleyball and basketball.

Defenders Antram and Undi have the physical attributes necessary to become defensive stalwarts for the Bulldogs; both are over six feet tall. Antram was the co-captain for Donald A. Wilson High School. Undi has played on Washington's state team and helped lead his team to a number 12 national ranking in 2012.

Connor had goalkeeping on his mind year-round by playing the position scholastically in both lacrosse and soccer. Connor attended Priestnall High School and recently finished a stint at Xaverian High School. While in high school, Connor represented the All-Region side of Lancashire, United Kingdom at the under-14, under-16 and under-19 levels in lacrosse from 2008-12. He also was a member of the under-19 England National Lacrosse team which played in the World Championships in 2012. Connor and the rest of his under-19 team finished fourth behind the United States, Canada and the Iroquois. The under-19 event was held in Finland.

In 2014, the South Atlantic Conference will sponsor men's lacrosse as one of its 18 sports. The founder of the lacrosse program at Mount Olive, Lawson enters his second season as the head coach for the Wingate Bulldogs. Lawson is only the third coach in Wingate lacrosse history; he will be the first mentor to have the opportunity to lead his team to a SAC men's lacrosse title. Watch for more Wingate men's lacrosse recruiting news in the days ahead.

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