Detroit Inks Nine Lacrosse Recruits During Early Signing Period

DETROIT (12/16/2013) -- The 2013 MAAC Champion University of Detroit Mercy men's lacrosse team added to its riches, as head coach Matt Holtz announced the signings of nine preps for next year.

The players are Mark Anstead (Potomac, Md./Gonzaga), Sean Birney (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central), Jeff Fernandes (Whitby, Ontario/Donald A. Wilson), Brady Gagner (Scottsdale Ariz./Brophy Prep), Charlie Hayes (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower), Adam Perroni (Whitby, Ontario/Donald A. Wilson), Austin Polson-McCannon (Prior Lake Minn./Prior Lake), Travis Sparling (Novi, Mich./Novi) and Michael Turnbull (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne).

All will enroll in school next fall as freshmen.

Mark Anstead * Attack * 5-11 * 170-LB * Potomac, Md. * Gonzaga College High School
A three-year letter winner and a two-year captain as he enters his senior season ... Was ranked #3 by the Under Armour Inside Lacrosse rankings ... Helped lead his school to back-to-back conference championships ... Posted eight goals and 12 points as a junior ... Plays club with Blackwolf Lacrosse ... Off the field, he is a member of campus ministry and the Gonzaga Young Republicans.

Coach Holtz on Anstead: "Mark is possibly the most polished player in this class. He comes from an excellent program and knows how to play the game at the highest level."

Sean Birney * Midfield * 6-1 * 175-LB * Plymouth, Mich. * Catholic Central
A name that is easily recognizable in UDM athletics, Sean is the younger brother of current Titan junior and 2013 MAAC Championship MVP Mike Birney and sophomore Kylie Birney of Detroit ... A three-year letter winner in lacrosse as well as a two-year letter winner in football ... Had a great junior campaign topping all the midfielders on the team in goals ... Plays club with Team Total and led his squad to a title at the Pipe City Chicago Tournament and the Cherry Bomb Tournament, earning Offensive Team MVP at Pipe City.

Coach Holtz on Birney: "Sean is a great athlete. He is going to be another weapon in our arsenal at offensive mid for years to come and we can expect great things from him."

Jeff Fernandes * Attack * 6-0 * 170-LB * Whitby, Ont. * Donald A. Wilson
Played football, hockey, volleyball and lacrosse as a prep ... His lacrosse coach in high school Shawn Williams plays in the NLL for the Buffalo Bandits and he is from the same school that produced former UDM women's lacrosse standout and Team Canada member Emily Boissonneault ... A team captain, he was named Team MVP as a junior ... Also awarded the OFSAA True Lacrosse Award in 2013 ... Played minor lacrosse with Whitby and has been a part of three field provincial A championships and five box provincial A championships ... Tallied 39 points on 13 goals and 26 assists this past season playing Jr. B lacrosse ... Also a member of the Brogden Cup as a junior and was the 2012 Jammer Classic MVP.

Coach Holtz on Fernandes: "He is a consummate goal scorer. He knows how to finish around the goal and how to put himself in places to score and he will be an important part of our offense in the future."

Brady Gagner * Attack * 6-1 * 180-LB * Scottsdale Ariz. * Brophy Prep
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Gagner has three letters in lacrosse as he begins his senior season ... Guided Brophy Prep to two-straight undefeated seasons and state titles ... A member of the AZ Burn club team and the West Coast Starz Elite traveling team, he has also attended a number of elite camps, including the Adrenaline High Rollers, Sonoma Shootout and Top 205, earning an All-Star Appearance at the Adrenaline Challenge ... Co- Captain of the 2008 box lacrosse national champions.

Coach Holtz on Gagner: "Brady is an athletic and tall attackman who can score in multiple ways. His skills combined with his frame will be a great asset to our program.

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