Coast Guard Welcomes Eight Recruits for the 2014 Season

New London, Conn. Fresh off the announcement from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Division of Athletics that it will elevate the men's lacrosse program to varsity NCAA D3 status (effective with the 2014-15 academic year), Coast Guard Academy men's lacrosse head coach Gary Weller announced the arrival of a strong in-coming group that is part of the Class of 2017.

The Bears were challenged to fill several positions vacated by graduating 1st Class cadets now serving in the fleet, but a successful recruiting season seems likely to fill the gaps. Eight new cadets round out the list from eight different states all across the country.

This year's recruiting class has the ability to produce immediate impact players for this upcoming year. These eight talented incoming fourth-class cadets will join a Bears team that lost 13 players to graduation from last year's squad.

Coast Guard (12-3, 4-0 PCLL) earned a trip to the 2013 MCLA Division 2 National Tournament in Greenville, SC and produced a 19-8 opening round victory over Sam Houston State University before losing to St. Thomas University (the eventual 2013 National Champion) 18-8 in the Elite Eight. The Bears finished the season ranked No. 7 nationally in the MCLA D2 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Coaches Poll and produced three All-Americans for the first time in the program's 30-year history.

Weller notes, "We are very excited about our class of incoming cadets. We add talent and athleticism to a core of experienced players that led us to our most successful season ever. We will have a nice combination of senior leadership and talented underclassmen that can maintain our drive to the top of the MCLA."

Here is a closer look at the incoming lacrosse players from the Class of 2017:

Carpenter, Ryan      Goalie     Evergreen, CO         Conifer
Curtis, Blaise Attack Riverside, MD Aberdeen
Fiorvanti, Dan Midfield Commack, NY Commack
Geyer, Cory Defense Los Alamos, NM Los Alamos
Guinee, Ryan Midfield Fairfax Station, VA South County
Hathcock, Quinn Midfield Yarmouth, ME Yarmouth
McAllister, Matt Goalie Colchester, CT Bacon Academy
Mombello, Nicholas Defense Newburyport, MA Newburyport

The Bear's pre-season preparations have been underway since returning from Summer Training programs in mid-August. At the time of release of this article, the MCLA/PCLL schedule had not been completed. Fans can anticipate a schedule to be announced by mid-December.


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