SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the addition of 15 student-athletes to the Bulldog men's lacrosse program for the 2014 season.
The group of newcomers consists of a 14-member Class of 2017 and one transfer and represents a well-balanced addition to the Bulldog lineup. Four players join Bryant's longpole ranks, while the team adds eight to its midfield unit and three at attack.
The group hails from six different states ranging from nearby Connecticut all the way to the West Coast, as three California natives — Will Montero, Kyle Mummau and Ryan Sharpe — suit up for the Black and Gold this spring.
Connecticut (Brett Baker, Drew D'Antonio, Pearse McEneaney and Charles South) and New Jersey (Tucker James, Jared Kaden and Mountain Lakes teammates Spencer Herman and Sam Walsh) lead the way, contributing four players each, while one calls neighboring Massachusetts home (Alex Haigis).
Huntington's Kenny Massa and East Northport's Mike Tufano make up the second pair of high school teammates joining the Bulldogs this fall, and the Elwood John Glenn graduates are the only two who hail from New York state. Graham Seuffert adds Delaware to Bryant's well-traveled roster and completes this year's incoming class.
"For the past month, our coaching staff has had the pleasure of watching, evaluating and coaching these 15 newcomers both on the field and in the classroom as they begin their exciting individual careers as true student-athletes here at Bryant University," said Pressler. "Overall, we have been very pleased with the effort, competitive spirit and general athleticism of the entire group. There is no doubt that many will have a major impact on our lineup as we continue to prepare for our 2014 season debut."
With its new host of incoming talent added to its returning veteran ranks, the Bulldogs head into the spring season with a three-peat on their minds after winning last year's regular-season crown, as well as the 2012 and 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament titles. The victory earned Bryant the league's first-ever automatic bid into the NCAA tournament last spring.
Introducing the Bryant University men's lacrosse newcomers:
Brett Baker l A l 6-0 l 170 l Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield
A 2013 graduate of Ridgefield High School, Baker was a two-year varsity letterwinner and one-year starter at attack for the Tigers … Named a US Lacrosse High School All-American as a senior … 2013 first team all state pick and First Team All-FCIAC honoree … Also played three years of varsity football … Scholar Athlete … Honor roll student.
Drew D'Antonio l A l 5-5 l 150 l Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon
A 2013 graduate of Brien McMahon High School, D'Antonio was a four-year varsity starter at attack for the Senators … Named a US Lacrosse High School All-American in 2012 … Three-time all-area selection … First team all-state and First Team All-FCIAC pick as a junior in 2012 … Second team all-state selection as a senior in 2013 … Named the 2012 Randy McCue Cup MVP … Earned team's offensive MVP award as a junior and overall MVP award as a senior … Two-year captain … Also earned three varsity letters in football, where he was named an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2010 and an all-conference second teamer in 2011 … Captain in both football and lacrosse as a senior … High honors student.
Alex Haigis l D/LSM l 6-0 l 170 l Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead (Dean College)
A 2010 graduate of Marblehead High School, Haigis joins the Bulldogs after spending last season at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. … Appeared in 12 games at defense for Dean in 2013, recording six points off three goals and three assists … While at Marblehead, Haigis was a three-year varsity letterwinner in both lacrosse and football … Three-year starting longpole for the Magicians … Two-time league all-star … Named the 2010 conference and team defensive MVP … 2009 Coaches Award winner … Also lettered in varsity basketball for one season.
Spencer Herman l A/M l 6-0 l 175 l Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes
A 2013 graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, Herman was a two-year varsity letterwinner and one-year starter for the Lakers … Led his team to the Group 1 State Championship as a senior ... Team also won the North Jersey Group 1 Sectional title … 2012 Morris County championship … Also earned two varsity letters in football, where he helped his team to the 2012 NJAC title … 2012 state finalists … Named first team all-conference and second team all-county at running back … Honor roll student … National Society of High School Scholars member.
Tucker James l A l 6-0 l 180 l Essex Fells, N.J./Bergen Catholic
A 2013 graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, James was a three-year varsity starter for the Crusaders … Led team to a Gibbs Conference title in 2013 … Named Gibbs Conference Player of the Year and a first team all-state selection as a senior … Also named first team all-conference, first team all-county, first team all-non-public and first team All-North Jersey … 2013 Second Team All-MSG Varsity … Participated in the 2013 New Jersey North/South All-Star Game … Named a second team all-conference and all-county selection as a junior … Also earned four varsity letters in ice hockey … Senior captain in both hockey and lacrosse … Earned Principal's List honors as a junior and senior … Four-year honor roll student.
Jared Kaden l LSM l 6-1 l 170 l Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan
A 2013 graduate of Bridgewater Raritan Regional High School, Kaden was a three-year varsity starter for the Panthers … Led team to back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles in 2011 and 2012 … Team finished with a perfect 21-0 record in 2012 after going 20-2 a season earlier … 2013 US Lacrosse High School All-American … Named first team all-county and first team all-state … Also earned three varsity letters in football … Honor roll student.
Kenny Massa l M l 5-11 l 180 l Huntington, N.Y./Elwood John Glenn
A 2013 graduate of Elwood John Glenn High School, Massa was a three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter at midfield for the Knights … All-county selection as a senior … Also lettered two years in football and two more in wrestling … Named an all-county wrestler in 2009 and an all-league selection in 2010 … 2013 all-county nominee in football … Named to Suffolk County Football Golden 11 … 2013 Delicave Nominee … National Honor Society member.
Pearse McEneaney l M l 6-2 l 210 l Glastonbury, Conn./Avon Old Farms
A 2013 graduate of Avon Old Farms School, McEneaney spent three years with the Winged Beavers after completing his freshman year at Xavier High School … Played varsity lacrosse at Xavier and earned two more varsity letters at Avon Old Farms in 2012 and 2013, where he started in the midfield … Led his team to the 2012 Founders League Championship … Named to the 2012 Under Armour New England Team … Prep School All-Star Team selection as a junior … 2012 Offensive Player of the Year … Named a Super Sophomore in 2011 … Also earned three varsity letters in football and one in cross country … Honor roll student.
Will Montero l M l 5-10 l 170 l Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle
A 2013 graduate of De La Salle High School, Montero was a four-year varsity starter in the midfield for the Spartans … Led team to league championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and a North Coast Section title in 2010 … Named a first team all-league selection as a junior and senior … 2013 All-East Bay honoree.
Kyle Mummau l D l 6-0 l 170 l Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon
A 2013 graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, Mummau was a three-year varsity starter for the Mavericks … Led team to back-to-back league championships in 2011 and 2012 and a CIF Championship in 2012 … Team was ranked No. 1 in the West and No. 20 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse as a junior … Named a US Lacrosse and Adrenaline High School All-American as a senior … Named to the 2012 Under Armour West Team … 2013 all-league and All-CIF First Team selection … Earned all-league second team honors as a sophomore and junior … All-CIF Second Teamer as a junior … Named the team's varsity rookie of the year in 2011 … San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team pick as a junior … Also lettered in football as a junior and senior ... Named a first team all-league defensive back as a junior and senior … Most Inspirational Player Award winner as a senior … All-Academic Team for football as a senior … Senior captain in both lacrosse and football … NFF Scholarship … AP Scholar … National Honor Society member.
Graham Seuffert l M l 5-10 l 175 l Greenville, Del./Salesianum School
A 2013 graduate of the Salesianum School, Seuffert was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter in the midfield … Led his team to three-consecutive state titles with a three-year record of 38-6 … Team finished second in the state in 2010 … Named an all-state selection in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including a first team nod as a senior … 2013 All-Star pick … Named to the 2012 Under Armour Philadelphia Team … Senior captain … Also earned a varsity letter in wrestling as a freshman, where he was an all-state academic honorable mention … Earned second honors academically in as a freshman, sophomore and senior … National Society of High School Scholars member.
Ryan Sharpe l M l 5-10 l 165 l Poway, Calif./Poway
A 2013 graduate of Poway High School, Sharpe was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter for the Titans … Helped lead his team to league titles as a freshman and senior … Team finished second in 2011 … Earned First Team All-Palomar League selections in 2012 and 2013 … Named First Team All-North County as a junior and senior … Also earned three varsity letters in football, where he helped the Titans set a four-year record of 42-4-1 … Won three league titles on the gridiron … Two-time First Team All-Palomar League and All-North County pick … Two-time all-academic team selection.
Charles South l D l 6-2 l 195 l Ridgefield, Conn./Taft School
A 2013 graduate of Taft School, South was a four-year varsity starter, playing three years for the Rhinos and one year at Ridgefield High School … 2012 and 2013 All-Western New England selection … Named to the 2012 Under Armour New England Team … 2010 All-FCIAC Honorable Mention at Ridgefield … Senior all-star … Also a four-year varsity letterwinner in ice hockey at both Ridgefield and Taft, where he won the Coach's Award as a senior … Honor roll student as a senior.
Mike Tufano l M l 5-9 l 150 l East Northport, N.Y./Elwood John Glenn
A 2013 graduate of Elwood John Glenn High School, Tufano was a three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Knights … All-county selection as a junior and senior … 2012 all-league pick … Also earned two varsity letters in football, where he was a two-time all-county selection … Honor roll student.
Sam Walsh l M l 6-1 l 205 l Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes
A 2013 graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, Walsh was a two-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Lakers … Helped lead Mountain Lakes to the Group 1 State Championship as a senior … Team also won the North Jersey Group 1 Sectional title … 2012 Morris County championship … Collected 107 ground balls in final season … Senior captain … Ball Hawk Award and Dick Sabia winner as a senior … Earned all-state and All-Gibbs Honorable Mention selections as a senior … 2013 all-star … Also played two years of varsity football and two years of varsity basketball at Mountain Lakes … On the gridiron, Walsh was a second team all-conference pick as a senior and helped his team to back-to-back conference titles in 2011 and 2012 … Also earned the Skip Watts Award … On the court, he was a senior captain and all-conference honorable mention … Basketball team also won a conference championship as a senior … Named Mountain Lake's Male Scholar Athlete … National Honor Society member.