Robert Morris Welcomes 19 Lacrosse Newcomers to Campus

Moon Township, Pa. Sept. 6, 2013 Robert Morris University, under the direction of third-year head lacrosse coach Andrew McMinn, has welcomed 19 new Colonials to campus this fall.

Seventeen freshmen and two transfers make up the incoming class, all of whom will look to play a part in the program's recent run of success. In 2012, the Colonials earned their first post-season win in program history and also advanced to its first Northeast Conference (NEC) championship game.

The class features student-athletes from eight different states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. 13 of the 19 newcomers are either attackers are midfielders, while the other six consist of defensemen, long-stick midfielders, and goalkeepers.

M Alexander Bohl (Vancouver, British Columbia/The Hill Academy) is one of three newcomers who attended The Hill Academy. He helped the Pride capture the 2011 North American Lacrosse Invitational (NALI) Championship, and also competed for the New Westminster Junior A Salmonbellies, who were Minto Cup Finalists while Bohl was there.

G Brett Cass (Ottawa, Ontario/The Hill Academy) joins Bohl as a teammate at RMU. While at The Hill Academy, he served as a team captain and won the team's Defensive Player of the Year and Jamieson Kuhlmann Memorial awards. Cass also won two regional city championships and made two Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) appearances with St. Joseph Catholic High School, and won a Patriot Cup Championship as a member of Evolve Elite Canada.

G Brett Czerwonka (Louisville, Ky./Western Reserve Academy) was named to the All-State team in 2009 and 2010, and helped lead the Western Reserve Academy Pioneers to the Division II state championship in 2010. A Midwest Scholastic Coaches Lacrosse Association (MSCLA) honorable mention All-League honoree in 2012, Czerwonka also competed for Team Stickhead in Louisville.

M John Emmenecker (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) tallied 35 goals and 59 assists in his career at St. John's Jesuit, and was named to the All-Region team during his senior campaign. He also competed for Burning River Elite, and helped lead them to the 2012 MVP Tournament championship.

M Ryan Fornatora (Damascus, Md./St. John's College) was a three-time All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) selection at St. John's College High, and tallied 38 goals for the Cadets as a senior. He was a part of the 2012 UNC Team Camp championship squad, and has also competed for Madlax All-Stars and the Reebok National Team.

M Marshall Gibson (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial) served as a captain for Central Memorial during his senior year and also played for the Elite Elev8 Lacrosse team. He also competed for the Okotoks Raiders, helping them to Alberta Junior A championships in 2011 and 2013, while winning the Collean Worshke Memorial Award for off-the-floor excellence and play.

D Alec Johnston (Kingston, Ontario/Culver Military Academy) won three letters for Culver Military Academy, compiling a record of 55-8 in his three years with the Eagles. He helped lead the team to North American Lacrosse Invitational Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013, and was both an All-State honoree for his play on-the-field and for his work in the classroom. Johnston has also competed for the Nepean Knights.

A/M JonPatrik Kealey (Ottawa, Ontario/South Carleton) took South Carleton team MVP honors in all four years as a varsity player, and helped the Storm win the Capital High School Region championship in 2012. That wasn't the only title for him in 2012 however; he played on the Turkey Shoot Tournament championship-winning Ottawa Nemesis as well. Kealey was named MVP for that tournament, and also was honored by the Nemesis as their U19 team MVP.

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