Boston University Announces the Lacrosse Class of 2018

BOSTON Boston University and head coach Ryan Polley announced the Class of 2018 on Monday. Sixteen freshmen will join three transfers in comprising the program's second-ever recruiting class.

"We're excited to welcome in the Class of 2018," Polley said. "We certainly think this class will add talent and depth to our program. I'm most excited about this class' overall athleticism and its versatility. We have several players that we think can play both offensive and defensive midfield as well as some swing players that can play both attack and midfield."

Among the 16 freshmen are two US Lacrosse All-Americans and one US Lacrosse Academic All-American. Six of the incoming recruits are from New England, with three hailing from Massachusetts; overall, the Class of 2018 represents 10 different states.

In addition, three transfers will help bring the 2014-15 roster to 50 players. Jack Beall (Dominican), Kevin Rogers (Hartford) and Allen Winkoff (Ohio State) bring a combined 19 games of experience at the Division I and Division II level to BU.

Ryan Babiak (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury)
Played four seasons of varsity lacrosse at Glastonbury ... Captained the team for final three seasons ... Was a US Lacrosse All-American and also earned first-team all-state and first-Team all-conference honors as a senior ... Received first-team all-state and all-conference recognition as a junior ... Named to all-academic team as both a freshman and a sophomore.

Polley on Babiak: "Ryan was a workhorse for his high school team and performed at such a high level that he garnered All-America accolades. He was Glastonbury's most talented offensive player but also played wing on faceoffs, was involved heavily in the clearing game and played some defensive midfield. Ryan's going to be a do-it-all midfielder for us as well. He's a tremendous athlete and a gifted lacrosse player."

Jack Beall (Camas, Wash./Dominican)
Transfer from Dominican University, where he played as a freshman in 2014 ... Played in all 12 games for the Penguins, scoring nine goals and adding eight assists for 17 points ... Before Dominican, was a four-year varsity starter and three-time captain at Camas High School ... Played in the Champion All-America Showcase televised nationally on ESPNU ... Named US Lacrosse Boys' High School All-American, Adrenaline All-American and Champion All-American as a senior ... Was a first-team all-state honoree as a senior ... Also named to all-state squad in freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

Polley on Beall: "Jack's very versatile and is a tremendous athlete. We're probably going to start Jack at defensive midfield and let him get acclimated to the team, but we do recognize that he has offensive skills. We really think Jack can excel in transition."

James Burke (New Providence, N.J./New Providence)
Was a four-year varsity starter at New Providence High School ... Served as captain and was named team MVP as a senior, earning First-Team All-Union County and First-Team All-Kimber honors along with honorable mention all-state accolades ... Helped lead the team to the Kimber Conference championship as a junior en route to earning First-Team All-Kimber honors ... Selected as team MVP during his sophomore season, receiving First-Team All-Union County and All-Kimber recognition.

Polley on Burke: "James is a very skilled offensive player. He's a strong dodger. We see James competing for time at both attack and midfield. He's a great athlete so we think he can be effective between the lines, dodging short sticks. He's also skilled and athletic enough where he can be a ball handler behind the cage and on the wings."

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