Bryant Welcomes 15 Newcomers to the 2014 Lacrosse Roster

SMITHFIELD, R.I. Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the addition of 15 student-athletes to the Bulldog men's lacrosse program for the 2014 season.

The group of newcomers consists of a 14-member Class of 2017 and one transfer and represents a well-balanced addition to the Bulldog lineup. Four players join Bryant's longpole ranks, while the team adds eight to its midfield unit and three at attack.

The group hails from six different states ranging from nearby Connecticut all the way to the West Coast, as three California natives - Will Montero, Kyle Mummau and Ryan Sharpe - suit up for the Black and Gold this spring.

Connecticut (Brett Baker, Drew D'Antonio, Pearse McEneaney and Charles South) and New Jersey (Tucker James, Jared Kaden and Mountain Lakes teammates Spencer Herman and Sam Walsh) lead the way, contributing four players each, while one calls neighboring Massachusetts home (Alex Haigis).

Huntington's Kenny Massa and East Northport's Mike Tufano make up the second pair of high school teammates joining the Bulldogs this fall, and the Elwood John Glenn graduates are the only two who hail from New York state. Graham Seuffert adds Delaware to Bryant's well-traveled roster and completes this year's incoming class.

"For the past month, our coaching staff has had the pleasure of watching, evaluating and coaching these 15 newcomers both on the field and in the classroom as they begin their exciting individual careers as true student-athletes here at Bryant University," said Pressler. "Overall, we have been very pleased with the effort, competitive spirit and general athleticism of the entire group. There is no doubt that many will have a major impact on our lineup as we continue to prepare for our 2014 season debut."

With its new host of incoming talent added to its returning veteran ranks, the Bulldogs head into the spring season with a three-peat on their minds after winning last year's regular-season crown, as well as the 2012 and 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament titles. The victory earned Bryant the league's first-ever automatic bid into the NCAA tournament last spring.

Introducing the Bryant University men's lacrosse newcomers:

Brett Baker | A | 6-0 | 170 | Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield
A 2013 graduate of Ridgefield High School, Baker was a two-year varsity letterwinner and one-year starter at attack for the Tigers ... Named a US Lacrosse High School All-American as a senior ... 2013 first team all state pick and First Team All-FCIAC honoree ... Also played three years of varsity football ... Scholar Athlete ... Honor roll student.

Drew D'Antonio | A | 5-5 | 150 | Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon
A 2013 graduate of Brien McMahon High School, D'Antonio was a four-year varsity starter at attack for the Senators ... Named a US Lacrosse High School All-American in 2012 ... Three-time all-area selection ... First team all-state and First Team All-FCIAC pick as a junior in 2012 ... Second team all-state selection as a senior in 2013 ... Named the 2012 Randy McCue Cup MVP ... Earned team's offensive MVP award as a junior and overall MVP award as a senior ... Two-year captain ... Also earned three varsity letters in football, where he was named an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2010 and an all-conference second teamer in 2011 ... Captain in both football and lacrosse as a senior ... High honors student.

Alex Haigis | D/LSM | 6-0 | 170 | Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead (Dean College)
A 2010 graduate of Marblehead High School, Haigis joins the Bulldogs after spending last season at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. ... Appeared in 12 games at defense for Dean in 2013, recording six points off three goals and three assists ... While at Marblehead, Haigis was a three-year varsity letterwinner in both lacrosse and football ... Three-year starting longpole for the Magicians ... Two-time league all-star ... Named the 2010 conference and team defensive MVP ... 2009 Coaches Award winner ... Also lettered in varsity basketball for one season.

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