Update #2: Wingate Recruits for the 2014 Lacrosse Season

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(July 9th, 2013) -- Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University head men's lacrosse coach Michael Lawson reveals the addition of 11 new student-athletes who will study and play lacrosse for the Bulldogs. The 11 new Bulldogs hail from Florida and North Carolina. Attackmen Alex Bergen (Greensboro, N.C.), Josh Ford (Concord, N.C.) and Kevin Norman (Ocala, Fla.) along with midfielders Brennan Asplen IV (St. Augustine, Fla.), Michael Messana (Charlotte, N.C.), Jacob Pennigar (Durham, N.C.) and Michael Solter (New Bern, N.C.) join defenders Anthony Crisera (Silver Springs, Fla.), Nicholas Elias (Davie, Fla.) and Andrew Thompson (Charlotte, N.C.) and goalkeeper Jacob Ormerod (Lake Mary, Fla.) as new members of the men's lacrosse 2013-14 recruiting class.

The attack position is littered with talent across the board. Bergen played at Western Guilford High School for head coach Harry Wellons. He was given the Athletic Award for his team in 2012. In 2013, Bergen was selected to the All-Metro 4A Conference All-Academic team. Bergen graduated magna cum laude in 2013. Ford lettered for two years at Lake Norman Charter School with head coaches Terry Gobble and Matt Wheil. His senior year, he accumulated 33 goals and 38 assists (led team) for 71 total points. In his junior season, Ford produced 75 total points (led team) with 46 goals and 29 assists. He was a two-time first team All-Conference selection, All-Area and All-Charlotte Observer selection. A Student-Athlete Scholar, Ford was part of the Beta National Club. Norman was the captain of his team for two years at Trinity Catholic High School for head coach RJ Fuhr. He was named to the All-District first team for two seasons and was named his team's offensive player of the year in 2013. Norman was the leading scorer in Marion County for two years. Norman also lettered in football and golf.

Lawson brings in four midfielders, the largest recruited position in his southern region recruiting efforts. Asplen played for head coach Matt Ragland at Bartrum Trail High School. He led his team to an 11-4 overall record and a district finals appearance as he produced 71 goals and 112 assists for his career. Asplen graduated magna cum laude and was part of the National Honor Society and an Academic Letterman. Messana lettered for two seasons at Audrey Kell High School under the guidance of Tim Price. He scored 22 goals his senior year and was named to the All-Conference team as an honorable mention as he led Audrey Kell to a school-best 12-3 record.

Pennigar lettered for four seasons at Riverside High School under the tutelage of head coach Glenn Estacio. Pennigar was the team's captain his senior year and produced 31 goals, 15 assists and 56 ground balls. The All-Region performer was also a three-time All-Conference first team selection. Pennigar's sister (Jill) is currently a goalkeeper for the Wingate women's soccer program. Solter was a team co-captain his senior year at New Bern High School for head coach Steve Hopkinson. He was selected to the All-Conference first team while leading his team in total points (108) with 53 goals and 55 assists. Solter helped lead his team to a 14-4 overall record. His junior season he accrued 28 total points. Solter was part of the National Honor Society in high school.

All three of the defenders who hail from this region were team captains and bring a great deal of leadership. Crisera lettered at Trinity Catholic High School. He was the team captain his junior and senior seasons and was voted the defensive most valuable player his senior year. His last two seasons were very productive ones as Crisera recorded 59 ground balls and two assists in 2012 and 65 ground balls (team high) and five assists in 2013. Crisera led Trinity Catholic to a 10-5 overall record in 2012 and a 9-6 record in 2013. Crisera also lettered in football and track and was part of the National Honor Society.

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