Cornell Announces Its Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2017

ITHACA, N.Y. Ben DeLuca '98, The Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Men's Lacrosse, has announced the incoming class of 2017. The Big Red will add 10 players that hail from seven states to next year's squad, including four midfielders, two long stick midfielders, two goalies, one attackman, and one defender.

"As a group, I think this class is extremely versatile, athletic and intelligent," said DeLuca. "We have a number of players coming from some of the best high school programs in the country so they have been well-coached and we think they are college ready. The group is midfield heavy, which will address some of our needs after graduating a large senior class in 2013, and they will have the opportunity to compete for playing time right away."

Scott D'Antonio       6-1/175    D     Garden City, N.Y./Garden City HS
George Ehlers 5-9/165 M Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School
Andrew Keith 6-2/180 M Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset High School
Chandler Kirby 5-7/180 LSM Jericho, N.Y./Jericho High School
Christian Knight 6-1/190 G Baltimore, Md./Boys' Latin
Grant Mahler 5-10/175 M Village of Golf, Fla./St. Andrew's School
Domenic Massimilian 6-2/200 M Dallas, Texas/Highland Park HS/Salisbury School
Dan Nemirov 5-8/180 G Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville HS
Marshall Peters 6-2/185 LSM Vienna, Va./Landon School
James Tautkus 5-11/170 A York, Pa./St. Paul's School (Md.)/Taft School

Scott D'Antonio 6-1 175 Defense
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City HS
A three-year letter winner at Garden City high school, D'Antonio led the Trojans to back-to-back New York State Class B Championships in 2012 and 2013, following a runner-up finish in 2011. As a senior captain, he earned the Garden City Thomas B. Nolan award, given for dedication and hard work. D'Antonio was named All-Nassau County in 2013 and won the Jay Gallagher Memorial Award, given to the outstanding defensive player in the Nassau County Championship game. As a junior, he earned Nassau County Academic All-Conference accolades. D'Antonio also lettered three times in football and three times in track and field. On the gridiron, he helped Garden City to a Long Island championship as a senior after a pair of runner-up finishes. He was named a first-team all-state linebacker and was named to the National Football Foundation Nassau County Golden Eleven, which recognizes 11 players for outstanding academic and athletic achievement. As a long jumper, D'Antonio was named all-conference in 2011 and 2013.

DeLuca on D'Antonio: Scott was the backbone of the defensive unit at Garden City, one of the top teams in the nation. He is a big, strong presence coming from a tradition rich program and we think he'll be a great fit on our defensive unit.

George Ehlers 5-9 165 Midfield
Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School
A three-year letter winner at McCallie School, Mahler won 66 percent of face-offs during his senior season to go along with 14 goals, 13 assists, and 125 ground balls. A 2013 US Lacrosse All-Academic team selection, he was a two-time all-state selection. Ehlers also earned the McCallie School Mr Lacrosse Award and was named the 2012 Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp Man of the Session.

DeLuca on Ehlers: George is an outstanding face-off guy coming from a non-traditional area down in Tennessee. He has good skills and can play both side of the ball but his strength really lies in the faceoff circle.

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