VMI Announces the 14 Members of Incoming Lacrosse Class

Andrew Givens (Spotsylvania, Va.) - A Virginia native, Givens was a three-year letterwinner at Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, Va. as a midfielder. A two-time captain, Givens holds the school record for single season goals (27), assists and groundballs (89), earning him MVP honors in 2013. Givens also played for Team Virginia in 2011 and the Dominion Capitals in 2010 and 2011, both teams playing in the summer. During his high school days, Givens participated in the Brine Shootout, Champ Camp with Team Virginia and attended the Stonewall Lacrosse Boot Camp at VMI. In the falls of 2009 and 2010, Givens was a member of his high school's cross country team. Off the field, he was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with distinguished honors. He earned an Army ROTC scholarship to VMI, where he plans to major in civil engineering. His sister, Lauren, is a member of the cross country and track teams at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Michael Hutwelker (Lahaska, Pa.) - Another product of a military system, Hutwelker comes to VMI from the Valley Forge Military Academy in Radnor, Pa., graduating in 2012 and spending the following year at Mercersburg Academy as a college prep year. Hutwelker lettered in two seasons for coach Pat Ryan, starting as a sophomore goalie and making saves on 60 percent of the shots he faced. For another two years, he lettered under Jay Peaky, earning team MVP honors while stopping shots at a 65-percent clip. While at Mercersburg, he lettered once under Mark Schindler, making saves nearly 70 percent of the time. In the club scene, Hutwelker was active with LB3 Lacrosse, Braveheart Lacrosse and the Penn Charter Club, a team with which he participated in the Brine Shootout. He was named All-League in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League, Metro Independent Lacrosse League and the Independent Parochial School League. Off the field, he was a chairman for Keystone Boys State and was in the Anthony Wayne Legion Guard at Valley Forge. He finished second among all cadets in oratorical competition and won the Chaplin's Award for outstanding service at Valley Forge. Hutwelker was also named the Best New Cadet. College lacrosse is part of the Hutwelker family, as his cousin, Steven Hutwelker, played for four years at St. Mary's (Md.) College. Hutwelker will look to major in mechanical engineering at VMI.

Anthony Izzo (Hillsborough, N.J.) - Izzo won a letter his senior year at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J., playing for Marc Moreau. He was also a member of the football team as a defensive tackle for Bob Molarz. Not to be trifled with, Izzo is a first degree black belt in the taekwondo discipline. Izzo plans to major in business and economics during his time on Post.

Kasey Kettle (Annandale, Va.) - Another Virginian, Kettle lettered all four years at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va., including three for Adam Rice as a midfielder. He also lettered for coach Eldridge, earning offensive MVP honors that season. Kettle participated on the FCA, SMS and VLC club teams, earning an FCA regional scholarship. During his senior season, Kettle helped lead Flint Hill to the state playoffs. A dual athlete, he lettered in one season in football, playing outside linebacker and wide receiver for Mike Verbanic. His father, Kevin, was a club rugby player at the University of Richmond. The incoming freshman plans to major in economics and business at VMI.

Dale Mattice (Victor, N.Y.) - Another incoming freshman who opted for a year at prep school, Mattice competed at Bridgton Academy in 2013, following a four-year career at Victor High School. During that span, he lettered all four seasons as a midfielder for Nick Ballou in ninth and 10th grade, while Mike Gottko coached him in his final two seasons. The 2012 Victor graduate served as a team captain in 2011 and 2012, Victor High School has never seen a better faceoff man, with Mattice winning 58.60 percent of his draws (338 of 576), ranking him first all-time. He finished career ranked 13th in total points (88), fourth all-time in shots (275), eighth in groundballs (179) and 10th in goals (61). For a single season, Mattice holds the mark for best faceoff winning percentage (56.69), winning 182 of his 321 draws in 2012. On the list of 24 players ranked in single-game faceoff percentage, Mattice's name appears eight times, including the single-game mark of 75.86 (22-29). Mattice was named All-League Honorable Mention three times (2010-12), while also earning All-Sectional plaudits in 2012. He was twice named Victor's MVP (2009, 2011) while earning a spot on the Nike Shootout Team in 2011. A multi-sport athlete, Mattice was a four-year starter and letterwinner on the gridiron for Geoff Mandile, playing both running back and linebacker. He was named the Most Athletic of his senior class at Victor, and while he was as Bridgton Academy, he won the Sportsmanship Award. During the club season, Mattice played for the Rochester Blaze Lacrosse Club. He plans to major in economics and business at VMI.

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2013-08-28



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