Eleven Freshmen Join the Yale Lacrosse Squad for 2013-2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Eleven newcomers have joined the 2014 Yale Men's Lacrosse Team as it prepares to defend its two-year run as Ivy League tournament champions. The Class of 2017, which brings much talent and experience, hails from all over New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

There are six high school varsity lacrosse captains among the 11. Five of the newcomers were all-league, four were All-Americans and they combine for a plethora of conference and state championships.

Two players participated in regional all-star games and another was named Player of the Year in his state. Eight of the freshmen went to preparatory school. Nine played multiple sports in high school, including football, basketball, hockey, soccer and golf.

The most common theme across the board for these new student-athletes is their connections to the Ivy League. Ten of the players either have or had family, friends, and former teammates playing varsity sports in the Ivy League. Some players are upholding family tradition by attending Yale, while others will be rivals with siblings at opposing universities.

Charlie Better
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
High School: Brunswick School
Position: D
Intended Major: Economics

At Brunswick: Three varsity letters and captain of lacrosse team ... Two varsity letters for hockey, team won Empire Cup in 2013 ... Defensive MVP in lacrosse for 2013 season ... Selected for New England East-West All-Star Game in 2013 ... Lacrosse team finished second in Western New England Division I with a 13-3 record in 2013 ... Three-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner for varsity lacrosse and hockey ... National AP Scholar ... Four years on Brunswick high honor roll ... Awarded Faculty Citation for Excellence at graduation.

Personal: Charles Edward Better is the son of Jamie and Nancy Better ... Mother is a 1984 Yale graduate ... Older brother, David, is on the Yale lacrosse team and will graduate in 2015 ... Father played varsity hockey for Williams College ... Uncle, Steven, played varsity hockey for Harvard ... Enjoys playing golf during leisure time ... Worked as intern at Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors in Dublin, Ireland in the summer of 2013.

Jeff Cimbalista
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Year: Fr.
Hometown: New Hope, PA
High School: La Salle College High School
Position: M/A
Intended Major: Economics

New Hope/At La Salle: Captain of varsity lacrosse team, played for four years between the two schools ... First-Team All-Pennsylvania Catholic League during junior and senior seasons ... Member of the PIAA Lacrosse State Championship team in 2013 ... Played golf for two seasons ... Coached at lacrosse camps during summer ... National Honor Society member ... First honors all four years ... Academic All-American for lacrosse.

Personal: Jeff Cimbalista is the son of Jim and Julie Cimbalista ... Father graduated from Temple University in 1989 and mother graduated from Philadelphia University in 1985 ... Older brother, John, is currently attending Drexel University and younger brother, Jake, attends New Hope Solebury High School.

Henry Guild
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
High School: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Position: M/A
Intended Major: Economics

At Lincoln-Sudbury: Lettered for four years in lacrosse ... Two-time All-American in lacrosse and two-time Dual County League All-Star ... 2013 Boston Globe Player to Watch ... 2012 Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team ... Lettered for three years in football and was captain during senior year ... Played quarterback senior year and cornerback during sophomore and junior year ... 2013 Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation Top Scholar-Athlete ... Four-time Dual County League champions in lacrosse and three-time champions in football ... LS Scholar all four years ... St. Lawrence Book Award recipient ... Varsity Football Junior and Senior Academic Award ... Cum Laude Society member ... Had internship during senior year teaching third grade students.

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