Ten Recruits Set to Join Yale Lacrosse Team for 2015 Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Ten new Bulldogs from seven different states will join the Yale men's lacrosse program this fall in preparation for the 2015 season. The class of 2018 includes six who have played midfield and two each on defense and attack. There are two face-off guys and a goalie among the newcomers with the state of New York producing a class-high of three.

Seven of the Eli freshmen earned All-America honors during their high school careers and four led their teams to state championships. Eight of them were multiple-sport participants. Here are the 10 new student-athletes who will try to help Yale produce a fifth consecutive Ivy League Tournament appearance.

Yale Men's Lacrosse, Class of 2018

Phil Huffard
5-8, 150
Darien, CT

Before Yale: Four-year letterwinner as goalie for Darien High School ... 2014 All-American pick ... Three-time all-state and All-FCIAC ... Two-time state and FCIAC Champions ... Went 23-0 in 2014 and was ranked No. 5 nationally ... Only the second sophomore to start in goal in Darien High School history ... MVP of 2014 state championship game.
Personal: Paul Phillippi Huffard V is the son of Kim and Flip Huffard ... . Father graduated from Harvard '85 and mother from Colgate '87 ... Younger brother, Tad, attends Deerfield Academy ... . Worked for lax.com for three years.

Owen Jones
6-1, 180
Bronxville, N.Y.

Before Yale: Two-time lacrosse letterman at Bronxville High School ... Two-time all-league and all-section HM ... Won 70 percent of face-offs senior year including 14/16 in state championship game - with 131 ground balls ... Helped team win 2014 state title ... Four-time league and section 1 champs ... Two-time state semifinalist ... All-league kicker/punter for football team in 2013 ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete ... Bronxville Scholastic Achievement Award
Personal: Owen Parrish Jones is the son of Joanne and Stephen Jones ... Interested in history and political science.

Liam Kelly
6-3, 195
Davidsonville, Md.

Before Yale: Captain and two-year starter on St. Mary's of Annapolis lacrosse team ... Helped 2014 team to conference quarterfinals but was unable to play due to injury ... Coached by Chesapeake Bayhawks player Ben Rubeor ... Captain and three-year varsity letterman for football team ... Scored 16 TDs as a WR the last two seasons ... Anne Arundel Capital Gazette All-County first team junior and senior years ... Numerous other gridiron honors including 2013 team MVP, all-state and Baltimore TD Club Super 22 ... National Honor Society ... National Spanish Honor Society ... President's Education Award
Personal: William Davis Kelly is the son of Marlene and Chris Kelly ... Dad has 11 siblings ... Uncle, Brendan Kelly, is the owner of MLL Chesapeake ...

J. Conor Mackie
6-1, 205
Glen Rock, N.J.

Before Yale: three varsity letters in lacrosse at Delbarton School ... 2014 Mugs Media Player of the Year ... All-league, all-county, All-Daily Record and All-Non Public ... 2014 Mugs Media Team of the Year ... 2013 U-18 FCA Lake Placid Championship Team ... All-Star Battle of the Hotbeds ... Two-time Tournament of Champions winner ... Two-time NJSIAA Non-Public A State Champions ... Two-time league and county champions ... 2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... Two varsity letters with football team as LB, WR, QB ... All-NJAC on gridiron for three-time league championship team ... Delbarton Class of 2014 Highest Honors
Personal: John Conor Mackie is the son of Karen and John Mackie ... Father played football at Williams, mother played field hockey at SUNY Oswego ... Faced off against his brother, Brendan, when Bergen Catholic played Delbarton in state championship game. Delbarton won in 2 OT ... Builds homes for Habitat for Humanity ... Interested in economics and history ... Grandfather and uncle played football at Yale.

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