VMI Announces the 14 Members of Incoming Lacrosse Class

Pete McMahon (Zionsville, Ind.) - Playing two sports at University of Detroit Jesuit High School that go hand-in-hand, McMahon lettered one season in lacrosse for Sean Leary, while lettering three times on the hockey team. In high school, he played for a national championship in 2008 and was named first team All-MIHL and second team All-State on the ice. His grandfather player a year of football at the University of Arizona. McMahon plans to major in economics and business at the Institute.

Brad Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) - Lettering three years for Jim Longo at Cazenovia High School, Nardella helped lead his team to a pair of New York State Championships, including one season when he served as captain. He was also a two-year letterwinner on the hockey team as a center, and won four letters on the wrestling mat, taking second at the Section 3 Class B tournament. Nardella played his club ball for the CNY Road Hawks. Off the field, he was an honor student throughout high school. College athletics is a staple for the Nardellas; his father, Andrew, wrestled at Rutgers University while his brother, Joseph, recently concluded his sophomore lacrosse season at Rutgers. Brad plans to major in economics and business at VMI.

Chris Spada (Rivervale, N.J.) - A letterwinner and 2012 graduate of Bergen Catholic, Spada comes to VMI after a stint at Bridgton Academy. In one season, he notched 20 goals with 10 assists and in another season, was named Most Improved Player of his team. Spada played for Tri State Lacrosse and made appearances at Peak 200 All-Star, Champ Camp, and Tri State National. He won't be the first Spada to play college athletics; his brother Adam, played football at Fordham University while his other brother, Steven, played football at the United States Naval Academy in 2009. Chris plans to major in economics and business at VMI.

Mitch Wilson (Arlington, Va.) - A four-year letterwinner at Orchard Park High School, just outside Buffalo, N.Y., Wilson played as a midfielder and faceoff specialist for Gene Tundo. A force on draws, Wilson went 85 percent his senior season, while also notching 25 goals. Not only was he a standout on the lacrosse field, but he scampered for 1,850 yards and 30 touchdowns on the football field for Tundo as a running back. A matter of consistency, Wilson also wrestled for two seasons under Tundo. Wilson was named Athlete of the Year, played for the Gait Cup All-Star team, named the sectional championship MVP, was named All Western New York for football, named Empire State Cup All-Star and his team was the sectional champion three times. The incoming freshman played for the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy. Wilson joins his brother, Matthew, in the college lacrosse ranks; Matthew plays at Saint Leo University, a Division II program in St. Leo, Fla. Mitch will look to major in English at the Institute.

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2013-08-28



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