August 25, 2006

SHU Men's Lacrosse Welcomes 16 Newcomers for 2007

Aug. 25, 2006

FAIRFIELD, CT (August 25, 2006) - Sacred Heart University head men's lacrosse coach Tom Mariano announced the addition of 16 student-athletes to the Pioneer lacrosse program for the 2006-07 season. Mariano brings in 10 players to the midfield and attack with five defenders and a goalkeeper rounding out this year's class.

The newcomers in the midfield are led by Peter Ridge from Ellicot City, Maryland. The 6-0, 195 pound midfielder from Riverhill High School was a standout on both the football and lacrosse fields. He was a member of the US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase as well as being named a second team All-American. A first team all-county selection his senior year he also excels in the classroom, earning the Maryland Scholar Athlete Award from 2002 to 2006.

Dan Mesler, from Branchport, New York, played football and lacrosse at PennYan Academy. A four-year varsity starter on the lacrosse team, Mesler led his team to the section 5 championship each of his four years. He led his team in scoring in 2005 and 2006 and was named to the All-Finger Lakes first team in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Stephen Gerhard comes to Sacred Heart from Centennial, Colorado and Arapahoe High School. Gerhard was a four-year starter on the lacrosse field where he was first-team all-conference his sophomore through senior seasons after earning the league's rookie of the year award as a freshman. A two-time team captain and MVP, he was named first team All-State as a senior.

Nicholas Brink and Terrence Clancy round out this year's new additions to the midfield. Brink hails from Orchard Park, New York. As a team captain of the Orchard Park High School lacrosse team, Brink was named team MVP, first team all-league and second team All-WNY his senior year. Clancy comes from Floral Park, New York where he played football, basketball and lacrosse for Floral Park High School. Clancy was an all-conference and all-county selection in lacrosse.

On attack, SHU welcomes Evan Morgan, Joe Caridi, Vincent Castelli, Jonathan Flood and Timmy Katz to this year's mix. Morgan is an Ashburn, Virginia native and played his lacrosse at Broad Run High School. A four-year starter, Morgan finished his career with 325 points on 166 goals and 159 assists. Team captain as a senior, Morgan was named the 2006 Regional Player of the Year and the Dulles District Player of the Year. He was also named first team all-district and all-region his junior and senior seasons.

Caridi, from East Northport, New York, was an all-county team pick and team captain at Commack High School. Castelli, a Woodbury, New York native, captained both the football and lacrosse teams at Syosset High School. Flood, from Hauppauge, New York, played both soccer and lacrosse at Hauppauge High School and Katz, an attackman and midfielder from Freeport, New York, played three-sports at Freeport High School. He was a team captain in 2006 and was named all-county as a senior.

Defensively, junior Kevin Morgan transfers to SHU from Suffolk Community College. Morgan hails from Smithtown, New York, was named a JUCO second team All-American both his freshman and sophomore year's and also excelled off the field earning Academic All-American honors. At Smithtown High School, Morgan was an all-county selection and played in the Exceptional Senior All-Star game.

Todd Young, a Longmeadow, Massachusetts native, played football and lacrosse for Longmeadow High School. He was an all-league player in football and was selected for the Shrine Chowder Bowl Classic in lacrosse. Brendan Foley was a team captain for Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He was an all-county selection in 2005 and 2006 and was named Defensive MVP of the Exceptional Seniors All-Star Game. Richard Schmidt also played at Hicksville High School and was a team captain and all-conference pick his senior year. Vic Lucia comes to SHU from Wyckoff, New Jersey where he played lacrosse at Ramapo High School.

Zachary Frank rounds out the 2006 recruiting class from Islip Terrace, New York. Frank, a goalkeeper from East Islip High School, was named team MVP in 2006. A team captain, he was named all-division and all-county and took part in the Exceptional Senior All-Star Game.