VMI Announces the 14 Members of Incoming Lacrosse Class

LEXINGTON, Va. - On August 17, the Virginia Military Institute held matriculation, and among those present that day, 14 were recruited lacrosse players. All 14 of those players survived the Institute's Hell Week, and head lacrosse coach Brian Anken has announced the incoming class for the 2013-14 academic year.

"We are all very excited about this class. They have all successfully completed their Hell Week requirements and are focused on the start of classes and the rapidly approaching first day of practice," said Anken, who begins his fourth year on Post. "This class includes some tremendous athletes that will be expected to compete for playing time Immediately. Most importantly this group possesses the character and maturity necessary to be successful both on and off the field at VMI. We are all looking forward to the opportunity to begin working with this group."

Tom Brown (Baltimore, Md.) - Not only was Brown one of the top defenseman at the highly-touted Boys Latin School of Maryland, but he was ranked No. 33 on Inside Lacrosse Magazine's Top 40 Defensemen in the publication's recruit rankings. Brown was a two-year letterwinner for coach Shriver at the perennial powerhouse and was named an MIAA second team All-Star by both the Towson Times and Baltimore Sun. Brown also collected second team All-Metro honors. Additionally, Brown was a member of the Baltimore CRABS Lacrosse Club, and participated in the Vail Shootout. A versatile athlete, he was a three-year letterwinner on the gridiron for coach Schell, playing both left tackle and defensive end, earning first team All-Conference honors, according to the Baltimore Sun. Brown plans to major in economics and business at the Institute.

Frank DiGiacomo (Sloatsburg, N.Y.) - DiGiacomo was a three-year standout in goal for Mike Springer at athletic power Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., seeing his team to a state championship as a senior. DiGiacomo was also active at the club level, playing for both the Trilogy All Stars and the Tri State All Stars. Off the field, DiGiacomo was the class president and served as a high school ambassador. DiGiacomo will look to major in economics and business at VMI.

Nick Dodd (Loudonville, N.Y.) - Serving as a captain at Shaker High School in Latham, N.Y., Dodd was a three-year letterwinner for Shawn Hennessey as a midfielder. He was named a first team Suburban Council All-Star his senior year, potting 34 goals along with 20 assists in the process. Dodd was also a member of the Albany Power Lacrosse Club. A dual-sport athlete, he was a four-year letterwinner on the wrestling mat for Dan Gibson, also serving as a captain. In his senior campaign, he collected 34 varsity wins and was named second team All-Suburban Council. Out of the athletic venues, Dodd was a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to major in international studies at the Institute.

Dan Ferrel (Naperville, Ill.) - No stranger to the military process, Ferrel comes to Lexington from the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind. The defenseman was a four-year letterwinner for Jon Posner at the Academy. He also played for True Lacrosse, in addition to playing defensive tackle on Culver's football team, earning one letter for Tom Baumgardner.

Joe Funaro (Smithtown, N.Y.) - Coming from one of the traditional hotbeds of lacrosse, Long Island, Funaro was a three-year letterwinner at attack for coach Lambert at Smithtown High School East in St. James, N.Y. Funaro was active on the Team Smithtown East lacrosse club. A three-sport athlete, he played forward on the basketball team and was a tight end on the football field. College athletics runs in his family; Funaro's father, Joseph, was a pitcher at St. John's University. During his time at the Institute, the younger Funaro plans to major in business and economics.

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