Monmouth Introduces Incoming Lacrosse Class for 2015

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University second-year head coach Brian Fisher announced the men's lacrosse program's incoming class, a group that features 12 freshmen hailing from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Delaware who will begin play with the Blue & White in 2015.

Joining the Hawks are Dakota Dunmire (Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo), Grant Gillan (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen), Cooper Glass (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Arapahoe), Mike Mazzola (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Rustin), Garrett Pfeifer (Towson, Md./Gilman School), Jack Siddron (Boonton, N.J./Mountain Lakes), Keegan Teluk (Fallston, Md./Fallston), Sean Tornetta (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Nick Valentine (Millersville, N.J./Severna Park [Md.]), Bryce Wasserman (Southlake, Texas/Grapevine Faith), Nick Wilker (York, Pa./West York), and Grier Wilson (Ijamsville, Md./St. John's Catholic Prep).

"My staff, team and I are very excited to welcome our second class and newest members to Monmouth University this fall," stated Fisher. "This diverse group of student-athletes will add depth, athleticism and skill, while also contributing to the foundation of our program."

Dunmire, a four-year letterwinning midfielder at Oviedo High School, is tied for the all-time lead in points (260), goals (163) and assists (97) for the Lions. A three-time first-team all-district performer, Dunmire was twice named second-team all-conference and earned a first-team all-conference nod as well. Dunmire was also tabbed First Team All-Central Florida, a First-Team Florida All Star and an Under Armour South All-American during his time at Oviedo.

Coach Fisher said, "Dakota has a smooth stroke and confidence shooting the ball which can stretch a defense. Playing attack and midfield during his high school career makes him pretty versatile and it will be interesting to see where he fits best for us."

Gillan, a goalkeeper who posted a 65% save-percentage during his senior year while leading Cape Henlopen High School to a state championship title in 2014, was named an All-American and first-team all-state. While earning the Bob Scott Award, Gillan also participated in the State All-Star Game.

"Grant had one wild finish to his high school career winning the Delaware state title," added Fisher. "Grant has good hands and is a talented and athletic goalkeeper, capable of stealing shots while making the big save."

A three-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse at Arapahoe High School in Cenntenial, Colorado, Glass was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-state as a defenseman, as the Warriors won a pair of state championships. Glass also earned a letter as a safety on the football squad and earned a first-team all-conference accolade.

"Cooper is a very cerebral player who has very good athletic instincts about where to be on the field," noted Fisher. "A captain of his high school team, he is a good leader and very good defenseman who will help us this year."

Mazzola, a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Golden Knights of West Chester Rustin High School, was named All Ches-Mont in 2014, while adding a goal and four assists from his defensive position. Mazzola also earned a pair of letters as a member of the football team as well.

"Mike is a physical defender who combines IQ with athleticism and will add depth at that end of the field for us," added Fisher. "After missing his junior season to injury, Mike had a very good senior season at Rustin and I am looking forward to having Mike on campus this fall and watching his game take off."

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