Shenandoah, Regis Welcome Recruits for 2014 Lacrosse Season

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced Thursday a class of 12 student-athletes that are planning on participating in men's lacrosse at SU.

These 12 players were recruited by former coach Mike Kruger, who resigned his position last month to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Vermont.

Kruger and his staff recruited eight short sticks, three long sticks and one goalkeeper to add to 22 men expected to return from the 2013 team.

This group represents three states with seven coming from Maryland, three from Virginia and two from New Jersey.

Shenandoah opens up its 2014 season on February 15 with a non-league game at Southern Virginia.

Stephen LaTona     Attack     Fr.   Centennial HS, Md.
Frankie Tejera Attack Fr. Colonial Forge HS, Va.
Matt Petrie Attack Fr. Francis Scott Key HS, Md.
Terrence Mulvey Att/Mid Fr. Chesapeake HS, Md.
Drew Brooks Att/Mid Fr. North Hagerstown HS, Md.
CJ Pendleton Midfield Fr. South River HS, Md.
Kyle Savage Midfield Fr. South Lakes HS, Va.
Tilghman Sanders Mid/FO Fr. Dulaney HS, Md.
Mason Ryzoff LSM Fr. North Warren HS, N.J.
Tim Mott Def/LSM Fr. Seneca HS, N.J.
Brad Schmitt Defense Fr. Colonial Forge HS, Va.
Bed Judy Goalie Fr. Howard HS, Md.


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WESTON, Mass. Regis College will welcome one NCAA Division III and two Division II transfer students along with nine incoming freshmen for the 2014 season, making up what Head Coach Josh Blumenthal considers a group of immediate impact players.

The incoming student-athletes include Peter Fucci (Amherst, N.H./University of Tampa), DJ Johnston (Southampton, Bermuda/Adelphi University), Josh Giarratano (Warwick, R.I./Anna Maria College), Brandon Mehler (Bay Shore, N.Y.), Chris Draper (Otisfield, Maine), Tyler Estes (Geneva, Ill.), Alex Ferran (Miami, Fla.), Josh Healy (Colchester, Conn.), D.J. Barrile (Medford, Mass.), Colby Connell (Warwick, R.I.), Kosta Zygouras (Ashland, Mass.) and Nick Romig (Dedham, Mass.).

Hailing from eight different states and the country of Bermuda, the class includes six midfielders, three goalies and three defenders.

"Bringing in the caliber of talent as seen in these twelve young men coupled with our returning nucleus, helps position us to become a truly strong NCAA New England lacrosse program," Blumenthal explained.

Fucci is a former midfielder from the University of Tampa (Division II) and New Hampshire high school state champion in football, lacrosse and track. The Bishop Guertin graduate also secured a spot on the All-State Lacrosse team during his senior campaign. The Amherst, N.H. native will reconnect with former teammate and rising sophomore Andrew O'Reilly (Hollis, N.H.) on the midfield unit this season.

Former Adelphi University (Division II) midfielder Johnston returns to Massachusetts after completing his high school years at Cushing Academy. The Bermuda native served as captain for the 2008 Bermuda Under-19 National Team before joining the senior world team in 2010. Johnston has previously played for Blumenthal at both the collegiate and international levels.

A GNAC Goalie of the Week recipient from Anna Maria College (Division III) in 2013, Giarratano will be coming to Weston this year after playing one season for the AMCATS. He backstopped 12 games including nine starts with a 10.83 goals against average. A graduate of Toll Gate High School in Rhode Island, he joins forces with former teammate and incoming freshman defender Colby Connell. He also previously earned a spot on the first team Rhode Island Coaches Association All-State team.

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