Mercy Welcomes 10 Lacrosse Newcomers for 2014 Season

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2013) Mercy College has added 10 newcomers to the squad for the 2014 season. The group consists of nine freshmen and one graduate student.

"I am very excited to welcome this class to Mercy College," Head Coach Jordan Levine said. "It is a talented and athletic group. Our staff was looking to add athletic playmakers, and this class definitely fulfills that need. I am confident that they will help us continue to compete with the top teams in the nation."

The incoming class includes Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y./Univ. of Albany), Keith Jefferson (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead), Joe Kelley (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy), Nathan Korutz (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City), Erik Larson (Loudon County, Va./Loudon County), Chris Lopez (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale), Richie Morris (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale), Rico Pasamba (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) and Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg). They will join returning All-East Coast Conference Honorable Mention selections Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and Danny Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) and the rest of a Mavericks team that finished 11-4 last season, placing third in the ECC.

Glueckert headlines the class as a Division I transfer from Head Coach Jordan Levine's alma mater, the University at Albany. Having already earned his bachelor's degree, the midfielder joins Mercy as a graduate student following a record-setting campaign with the Great Danes in 2013, breaking the program mark for ground balls in a single season (100) and winning an incredible 244 faceoffs the 12th-most in NCAA history. A native of Bethpage, N.Y., he totaled 55 points on 40 goals and 15 assists as a senior at Bethpage High School, finishing his career with 130 points on 90 goals and 40 assists. He was named to the All-County Academic Team and earned All-Nassau County honors twice, also picking up Class A Third Team All-State and First Team All-Long Island recognition as a football player and captaining both squads.

Lopez played three years of Varsity lacrosse at Farmingdale High School, serving as team captain his senior year. A three-sport athlete (football and cross country), the midfielder was named All-Nassau County, Academic All-Conference and Team MVP his senior year after leading the squad in points (44) on 27 goals and 17 assists and made the All-Conference team as a junior, one year after helping his team to the 2011 NYS Class A Championship.

Wilcox was a member of the NYS Section 6 Championship Hamburg High School lacrosse team that advanced to the Class B state semifinals last year, earning numerous individual accolades along the way. The midfielder was named All-Western New York (WNY), All-League for Section 6 Class B and Hamburg Offensive MVP while also being recognized with an invitation to the WNY Senior All-Star Game and the NYS Scholar-Athlete Award. He capped his senior year with a 56-point campaign, scoring 38 goals and making 18 assists while also winning 63 percent of his faceoffs.

Speicher was named All-Nassau County as a senior at Seaford High School, leading his team with 86 points on 41 goals and 45 assists. The attackman was also named All-Conference as a junior.

Korutz is a former member of the NYS Section 4 Championship Johnson City High School lacrosse team that advanced to the Class C state semifinals last year. The midfielder was named First Team All-Conference as a senior and Second Team All-Division as a junior, captaining both the lacrosse squad (three years) and football team (two years) as the starting tailback.

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