Merrimack Inks 12 Recruits to NLIs in Early Signing Period

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Highlighted by a pair of All-Americans and a talented crop of talent from New England and the Tri-State area, head coach Mike Morgan is pleased to announce that 12 incoming student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join Merrimack College in the fall of 2014 during the Early Signing Period.

Featuring 12 student-athletes in total, the Warriors' first batch of recruits for the Class of 2018 features a number of talented players from New York and Jersey, a handful more from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and even boasts some talent from north of the border, as the Canadian province of Alberta is represented in the mix of signees.

Among the mix are a pair of All-Americans, although the early signees' honors are cumulative through just three seasons at the high school level; the 12 future Warriors will round out their high school and/or prep careers this spring with the opportunity to further add to their already impressive resumes. All 12 are slated to arrive in the fall of 2014 to begin their collegiate campaigns.

Student-Athlete    Position          High School/Hometown
James Bassett Defense St. Joseph's Collegiate/Getzville, N.Y.
Eric Coburn Defense Londonderry H.S./Londonderry, N.H.
Joey Diaco Midfield West Deptford H.S./West Deptford, N.J.
Cody Graden Midfield National Sport Academy/Calgary, Alberta
Mitchell Green Goalkeeper Derryfield School/Kent School/Manchester, N.H.
Tommy Koster Attack/Midfield Cicero North Syracuse H.S./Cicero, N.Y.
Sean Lattimore Attack Auburn H.S./Auburn, N.Y.
Dean Prouty Midfield Hanover H.S./Hanover, Mass.
Aidan Sears Defense Masconomet H.S./Boxford, Mass.
Kyle Stenberg Attack St. Joseph H.S./Annandale, N.J.
Scott Wedgeworth Midfield Jackson Memorial H.S./Jackson, N.J.
Sam Ventresca Goalkeeper Woburn H.S./Woburn, Mass.

James Bassett | Defense | St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute/Getzville, N.Y.
Under Armour Underclassmen All-American Team ... Brine All-American Team ... First-Team All-Catholic and All-Metro ... Defensive MVP ... Four-year varsity member ... Three-year varsity starter ... Five goals, six assists, 53 takeaways as a junior ... Played club for Champion and Crush Lacrosse.

Morgan on Bassett: "James is a tenacious defender who is great between the lines as well as in transition. He has a very good combination of speed, toughness and being great off the ground. We are looking for James to come in and fight to contribute right away for us next year."

Eric Coburn | Defense | Londonderry H.S./Londonderry, N.H.
New Hampshire Division 1 Defensive Player of the Year 2013 as a junior ... First-Team All-State in 2013 ... Four-year varsity starter ... Defensive captain ... All-time LHS ground ball leader with 272 after three seasons ... 111 groundballs, 6 goals, 16 assists as a junior ... Played club for the New Hampshire Tomahawks

Morgan on Coburn: "Eric was one of the top defensemen we saw this summer. He has a long frame and is very rangy on the perimeter. Eric also is a very skilled takeaway defender who can score in transition. We expect he will compete for serious minutes next year."

Joey Diaco | Midfield | West Deptford H.S./West Deptford, N.J.
South Jersey Times Player of the Year in 2013 as a junior ... Brine All-American for New Jersey ... First-Team All-Olympic conference ... Three-year varsity starter ... Led West Deptford to the NJSIAA Semifinals in 2013 ... 51 goals and 50 assists as a junior ... Played club for the South Jersey Shamrocks.

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