Monmouth Finalizes Incoming Lacrosse Class for 2014 Season

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - First-year Monmouth University lacrosse head coach Brian Fisher announced the final group of incoming student-athletes who will comprise the Hawks' roster and compete for the Blue and White in 2014.

Fisher and assistant coach Andrew Geison have received commitments from incoming freshmen Dan Bloodgood (Jackson, N.J./Freehold Township), Neil Ruppert (Chester, Md./St. Mary's) and Ryan Wright (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville DeWitt), while transfers John Castellano (Scarsdale, N.Y./Iona Prep/Curry College), Ryan Horsch (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale C.C.), Zach Johannes (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII/Franklin & Marshall), Jordan McElligott (Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport/Genesee C.C.) and Ryan Schwartz (Corning, N.Y./Corning East/Onondaga C.C.) will join the program as well.

"I am excited to welcome the newest members of our inaugural class here at Monmouth," said Fisher. "This latest group of student-athletes will add some depth, experience and leadership to our first class."

"Throughout the recruiting process this past year we spent our time getting to know each player in the class and found a group of student-athletes that possess the same drive, passion and vision that our staff and University have for the future of our program. This group that we spent our first year recruiting will comprise the core of our team for the next few years and I am looking forward to their arrival next month so that we can get to work."

A 2013 All-American, first-team all-state, First-Team All-Shore and lacrosse MVP at Freehold Township, Bloodgood set school records as a senior with 76 goals and 115 points, while notching a school-best 245 career points. Bloodgood, a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, registered 152 career goals and 93 career assists for the Patriots, and competed in the Gill Gibbs All-State Game and the All-Shore Game in 2013.

Bloodgood, who helped guide Freehold Township to a pair of division championships, including one in his senior campaign following a 15-3 record, was a Second-Team All-Shore and first-team all-division player in 2012. Bloodgood, who earned three varsity letters in football, was a first-team all-division player on the gridiron in 2012.

"Dan is a shore area player who comes from Freehold Township, a few miles from Monmouth," said Fisher. "He is an athletic and tough attack-man who played in the Shore Conference All Star game this past spring."

Ruppert, a long-stick midfielder, played varsity lacrosse at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Maryland, and also earned varsity letters in wrestling, soccer and cross country.

"Neil is an athletic long stick midfielder who adds depth and skill to our defense," noted Fisher. "He plays with a lot of energy, has a very good stick and is very good off the ground."

A four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse at Jamesville DeWitt High School, Wright helped lead the Red Rams to an undefeated (25-0), state championship season as a sophomore. Wright notched 21 goals and six assists as a junior, guiding JDHS to a 19-4 mark and a state semifinal appearance.

Wright, who was part of a nationally-ranked program at JSHS in 2013, played with Team United club team and was a member of the Central Team for the Empire State Cup. Also a four-year varsity letterwinner as a quarterback on the football team, Wright led the 2012 squad to the Section 3 Championship Game in the Carrier Dome, behind an 11-1 record.

"Ryan comes from a very good program in Jamesville Dewitt and brings athleticism to our attack position," said Fisher. "He was the quarterback for his high school football team and is a natural QB on the lacrosse field as well."

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