Rutgers Welcomes 16 Newcomers for 2014 Lacrosse Season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 3, 2013) The Rutgers lacrosse program welcomed 16 newcomers to campus with the start of fall classes Tuesday, third-year head coach Brian Brecht announced. The class includes two attackers, eight midfielders, five defensemen and a goalkeeper.

"This is an exciting week for us as we start the new school year and welcome a new group of players to our program," said Brecht. "I am confident that this group of young men will provide our program with the balance and depth to grow when added to the returning players we have in our locker room. We will lean on our experienced older guys to be leaders and look forward to our younger players taking steps each day to help our program as we compete in the Big East this spring before moving into the Big Ten Conference.

"This class of freshmen and transfers have all the qualities, values, work ethic and toughness that we are looking for in a Scarlet Knight. We were excited to start classes today and can't wait to start fall practices next week as we prepare for the upcoming season."

The Scarlet Knights bring in multiple players who have received US Lacrosse All-America honors, including D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.), A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) and M Anderson Wheeler (Boca Raton, Fla.). The group also features two junior transfers in D Nick Capparelli (Glen Head, N.Y.), who played for Nassau CC, and D Chris Daley (Kennesaw, Ga.), who played two seasons at Onondaga CC.

The class welcomes players from eight different states, including seven from New York, two from New Jersey and Florida, and one from California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Tom Beck, Midfield, 5-10, 170
Cross River, N.Y., John Jay HS

Four-year member of the varsity lacrosse squad at John Jay HS ... posted 48 career goals and 31 career assists for 79 points ... tallied seven goals and four assists in an injury-shortened senior season ... received all-league honors after notching 31 goals and 17 assists as a junior ... did not play as a sophomore due to injury ... recorded 10 goals and 10 assists in his initial season ... member of the varsity football team for three seasons, receiving all-league honors as a sophomore and missing junior and senior seasons due to injury ... son of Sue and Tom Beck ... has an older brother, Drew ... born July 31, 1995.

Nick Capparelli, Defense, 6-2, 210
Glen Head, N.Y., North Shore HS, Nassau CC

Played two seasons at Nassau CC, being named a team captain for both seasons ... helped his team to two NJCAA national runner-up finishes, while earning all-region honors in 2012 and 2013 ... four-year member of the North Shore HS lacrosse team, serving as captain for two seasons ... named all-county twice, while also earning all-conference and being recognized as a member of the 2012 Long Island Empire State Games Team ... also starred in football and wrestling ... selected as a three-year football captain, earning all-county and all-conference (twice) honors, while being named the Nassau County All-Star Game captain ... wrestled for four years, captaining two seasons, being named all-county (twice) and all-conference (four times) ... earned North Shore HS Athlete of the Year honors as the lacrosse, football and wrestling MVP ... parents are Carmine and Kiki ... has one brother, Carmine ... born Jan. 21, 1993.

Chris Daley, Defense, 6-2, 210
Kennesaw, Ga., Harrison HS, Onondaga CC

Played two seasons at Onondaga CC, winning the NJCAA National Championship both years, going 37-0 ... member of the Onondaga team that broke the all-time record for lacrosse at all levels in 2013 with 70 consecutive wins ... first lacrosse player from Georgia to play at Onondaga, Rutgers, or an established Division I lacrosse program ... graduated from Onondaga with a 3.1 GPA in Humanities ... four-year varsity letterwinner and two-time team captain at Harrison HS ... one of 96 players nationwide invited to play in the 2011 US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase ... named Harrison Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, while also being selected to the all-county team ... recognized as the 2010 Harrison HS Special Teams MVP ... helped Harrison to the 2011 and 2009 5A Georgia State Finals, reaching the Semifinals in 2010 and 2008 ... won the Dicks Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions as a member of the Copperheads Lacrosse Club in 2010 ... parents are Mark and Susan Daley ... has two sisters, Camille and Michelle ... uncle, Gary Lambert, played rugby for the US Eagles National Team and was a three-time team captain ... cousin, Garrett Lambert, plays rugby for Life University and was a member of the 2013 national championship team ... born Dec. 20, 1992.

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