April 28, 2010

UNC Announces Impressive Recruiting Class

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina men’s lacrosse program has signed 12 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent, head coach Joe Breschi announced Wednesday.  These 12 student-athletes will enroll at the University in August 2010 and compete for a Tar Heel program which is currently 11-2 during the 2010 season and ranked No. 4 in the nation by both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse.  The current Tar Heel team will complete its regular season on Saturday, May 8 with a 12 noon game at Fetzer Field against Ohio State.
 
UNC’s incoming players are midfielder Will Campbell of Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne High School);  midfielder Ryan Creighton of West Chester, Pa. (Malvern Preparatory School);  attackman Pat Foster of Lutherville, Md. (Boys’ Latin School);  attackman Nicky Galasso of West Islip, N.Y. (West Islip High School);  defenseman Connor Hunt of Arnold, Md. (Severna Park High School);  midfielder Duncan Hutchins of Baltimore, Md. (Gilman School);  midfielder R.G. Keenan of Perry Hall, Md. (Boys’ Latin School);  midfielder Frankie Kelly of Lutherville, Md. (Calvert Hall College High School);  midfielder Troy Kemp of Chattanooga, Tenn. (McCallie School); midfielder Mark McNeill of West River, Md. (St. Mary’s High School);  goalkeeper Andrew O’Connell of Aston, Pa. (Malvern Preparatory School);  and defenseman Jordan Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C. (Forsyth Country Day School).
 
“Our staff could not be more excited about the 12 young men who have decide to sign letters of intent to attend North Carolina,” said head coach Joe Breschi.  “We feel they fit in well with our program academically and athletically and they will thrive in the family atmosphere we are creating here.
 
“On the field we have a great group coming in.  Nine of these young men are ranked among the Top 40 Inside Lacrosse seniors and we anticipate this class being ranked at the top or near the top of the final Inside Lacrosse recruiting ranks when they are made official this summer.  We are tremendously excited about the group as a whole.”
 
The incoming freshmen will be looked on to take the place of an outstanding senior class which will depart the UNC program after completing their careers in May. UNC’s eight seniors include attackman Gavin Petracca, midfielder Tommy D’Alessandro, attackman Kevin Federico, defenseman Sean Jackson, midfielder Cryder DiPietro, defenseman Michael Jarvis, attackman Joe Howard and midfielder Sean DeLaney.
 
Biographies of the incoming freshmen follow:

Will Campbell, Midfielder, Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne H.S.)
William Joseph Campbell is the son of James and Deborah Campbell…6-5, 200-pound midfielder…born April 7, 1992 in Columbus, Ohio…midfielder at Worthington Kilbourne High School…offensive MVP of 2009 Ohio Division I state championship game when he scored two goals in 7-6 victory over Upper Arlington, giving WKHS its first-ever state title…led ’09 team to 21-2 record and Top 25 national ranking…four-year letterman and 2010 team captain…selected by Inside Lacrosse Magazine at No. 6 rising junior and No. 13 rising senior in Class of 2010…played on high school teams which made state final 4 as a freshman, championship game as a sophomore and won title as a senior…selected to play in Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Tournament on Midwest Elite Team in 2009…three-year letterman in football…three-year scholar-athlete and honor roll member.

Ryan Creighton, Midfielder, West Chester, Pa. (Malvern Preparatory School)
Ryan Thomas Creighton is the son of Charles and Margaret Creighton…5-11, 185-pound midfielder…born October 21, 1991 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. …midfielder at Malvern Preparatory School…All-League selection as sophomore and junior…team’s leading point producer as junior…team captain as senior…captain of basketball team his junior and senior years…led lacrosse team to three Inter-Ac championships…lacrosse team made state finals as a sophomore and semifinals at a freshman…played club lacrosse for Team HEADstrong…played for team Philadelphia in Under Armour Underclass Tournament in 2009…member of National Honor Society.

Pat Foster, Attackman, Lutherville, Md. (Boys’ Latin School)
Patrick Craig Foster is the son of Richard Foster and Elizabeth Ferree…6-3, 185-pound attackman…born March 12, 1992 in Lutherville, Md. …attackman at Boys’ Latin School…leading goal scorer on team as a junior…No. 20 Inside Lacrosse Young Gun Rising Senior…won BL’s A. Mason Lebraun Award as school’s outstanding junior athlete…named All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in volleyball as a junior…led his freshman team to an 18-0 mark…plays for Baltimore Crabs Lacrosse Club…Dean’s List student.
 
Nicky Galasso, Attackman, West Islip, N.Y. (West Islip H.S.)
Nicholas Galasso is the son of Daniel Galasso…6-0, 185-pound attackman…was born December 5, 1991 in West Islip, N.Y. …attackman at West Islip High School for coach Scott Craig…No. 1 Young Gun Rising Senior by Inside Lacrosse…two-time high school All-America…Newsday Long Island Player of the Year…two-time Empire State Games member…MVP of state championship game…all-time leading scorer at West Islip…holds school records for points in a season with 136, goals in a season with 72 and goals in a game with 11…member of three state, Long Island and county championship teams…led WIHS to 2007 national No. 1 ranking…high school team was first to ever be featured on cover of Inside Lacrosse…led L.I. Empire State Games team to gold medal…honor roll student.
 
Connor Hunt, Defenseman, Arnold, Md. (Severna Park H.S.)
Connor Denison Hunt is the son of Geoffrey and Ellen Hunt…6-3, 215-pound defenseman…was born August 7, 1992 in Annapolis, Md. …defenseman at Severna Park High School for coach Larry Kramer…has two older brothers who have played at UNC  — Ben, midfielder, Class of ’09, and Chris, midfielder, current junior…coaches All-County selection in 2008 & 2009…played for state championship team in 2007 and county and regional title team in 2008…member of Baltimore Crabs Lacrosse Club…played for Baltimore team in 2009 Under Armour Underclassmen Tournament…named to Inside Lacrosse Magazine Top 50 senior recruits in 2010 as the No. 34 Young Gun Rising Senior…honor roll student all four years.
 
Duncan Hutchins, Midfielder, Baltimore, Md. (Gilman School)
Duncan Miller Hutchins is the son of Christopher and Catherine Hutchins…6-0, 185-pound midfielder…born May 13, 1991 in Baltimore, Md. …midfielder at the Gilman School for Coach Brooks Matthews….three-sport athlete at Gilman in football, basketball and lacrosse…ranked as No. 14 Inside Lacrosse Magazine recruit among Young Gun Rising Senior…made varsity lacrosse team as a freshman…president of the Gilman Athletic Association…led Gilman to 2009 MIAA championship and combined 36-2 record his sophomore and junior years…honor roll student as sophomore and junior.
 
R.G. Keenan, Midfielder, Perry Hall, Md. (Boys’ Latin School)
Robert G. Keenan, III is the son of Bob and JoAnn Keenan…5-11, 195-pound midfielder…was born March 24, 1992 in Baltimore, Md. …midfielder/face-off man for Boys’ Latin School…won squad’s spirit and ground ball awards…All-MIAA selection in 2009…top-ranked face-off man in MIAA ranks…Inside Lacrosse No. 38 Young Gun Senior…All-Metro Second Team in 2009…led 2007 team to undefeated JV season and MIAA championship…plays for Baltimore Crabs Club Team which has lost only one game in four seasons.
 
Frankie Kelly, Midfielder, Lutherville, Md. (Calvert Hall College H.S.)
Francis Xavier Kelly, IV is the son of Francis Kelly and Gayle Kelly…5-10, 165-pound midfielder…was born October 31, 1991 in Baltimore, Md. …midfielder at Calvert Hall for coach Brian Kelly…captain of 2010 Calvert Hall team…three-year varsity player…academic achievement award for team’s highest GPA…led Calvert Hall to 2009 MIAA “A” Conference finals and No. 4 national ranking…played on teams which went 32-7 his sophomore and junior years…2008 & ’09 adidas high school All-America Team selection…plays for FCA National High School Team and Chesapeake Rock Lacrosse Club…Calvert Hall’s student body president 2009-10…three-year president of CHCHS’s FCA…McMullen Scholar with 4.0 GPA.
 
T.J. Kemp, Midfielder, Chattanooga, Tenn. (McCallie School)
Troy Fred Anthony Kemp, Jr. is the son of Troy Kemp, Sr. and Diane Kemp…6-1, 203-pound midfielder…was born August 17, 1991 in Philadelphia, Pa. …midfielder for McCallie School for coach Troy Kemp, Sr. …2009 high school All-America and first-team All-State Tennessee…Inside Lacrosse’s No. 29-ranked Young Gun Rising Senior…LaxPower All-South Team…named All-State as a sophomore as well…led McCallie to state title as a junior and runner-up finish as sophomore…played for Midwest Team in 2009 Under Armour All-America Tournament…2008 & ’09 adidas All-America selection…2009 National Achievement semifinalist and National Merit Commended Scholar…has scored 46 goals and 15 assists and won 62 percent of his face-offs as a sophomore and junior…ran for 676 yards and scored seven TDs for football team last fall.
 
Mark McNeill, Midfielder, West River, Md. (St. Mary’s High School)
Mark Christopher McNeill is the son of Kenneth and Charlretta McNeill…6-4, 204-pound midfielder…was born July 11, 1992 in Annapolis, Md. …played midfield at St. Mary’s for coach Matt Hogan…named to 2009 Tewaaraton High School Team…ranked as the No. 3 Top Gun Rising Senior by Inside Lacrosse Magazine in 2009…Annapolis Capital/Gazette Athlete of the Year and All-County choice in 2009…Baltimore Sun All-Met Team in ’09…led St. Mary’s to 15-2 record and MIAA semifinals in 2009 as well as No. 13 Inside Lacrosse national ranking…competes for Baltimore Lacrosse Club from 2006-09, leading team to 24-1 mark…academic honor roll member.
 
Andrew O’Connell, Goalkeeper, Aston, Pa. (Malvern Preparatory School)
Andrew Michael O’Connell is the son of Terrence and Doreen O’Connell…6-0, 185-pound goalkeeper…was born April 15, 1991 in Aston, Pa. …goalkeeper at Malvern Prep…No. 40 Young Gun Rising Senior by Inside Lacrosse All-State, All-Inter AC and All-Area selection in the goal for Malvern…has led team to three straight Inter Ac titles and state runnerup finish…named to Philadelphia Team on Under Armour Underclassmen Tournament…played for Dukes Lacrosse Club and EPSLA Private School Team.
 
Jordan Smith, Defenseman, Winston-Salem, N.C. (Forsyth Country Day School)
Jordan Alexander Smith is the son of Moyer Smith, Jr. and Julianna Smith…6-1, 185-pound defenseman…was born June 15, 1991 in High Point, N.C. …plays defense at Forsyth Country Day School for coach Michael Burnett…younger brother of Gray Smith, redshirt freshman defenseman for UNC…All-State selection…three-time All-Conference honoree…two-time team MVP…twice named All-County…also plays football where he is team MVP and All-Conference and All-County selections…has led squads to two conference titles in lacrosse and one in football…Team Carolina member for three years.


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