Amplo Announces Inaugural Recruiting Class
from press release
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University head coach Joe Amplo announced today the first recruiting class in the history of the Golden Eagles' varsity men's lacrosse program. Amplo's inaugural class is comprised of 25 student-athletes -- including 12 college transfers – whom have signed a National Letter of Intent or an Acceptance of Admission form to attend MU this fall.
"The thing that stands out to me the most is their genuine excitement about Marquette and what exists here, and their ability to be a part of the first group of guys to start this program," Amplo said. "That is definitely something we can build on when we talk to our next set of recruits."
Amplo and his coaching staff welcome a broad range of talent from across North America in 2011, including players who have demonstrated different styles of play at a variety of positions. Ten different states and two Canadian provinces are represented in Marquette's first recruiting class with a geographic footprint ranging from Long Island, N.Y. to as far west as California and north to Calgary, Alberta.
"There is an exciting challenge in front of us because we are the first men's lacrosse team at Marquette University and we get to represent that," said Amplo. "The thing I talked to this group about specifically is that we have to build a culture -- intellectually, academically, and athletically. They are going to set the standard for Marquette men's lacrosse and be accountable to maintaining that standard."
The class includes 13 incoming freshman, six sophomores and six juniors, all of whom will redshirt in 2011-12. MU will play its first men's lacrosse season in the spring of 2013 as an NCAA Division I independent. Marquette will then become a full member of the BIG EAST Conference in men's and women's lacrosse beginning with the 2014 season.
MU announced the addition of varsity men's and women's lacrosse in December 2010, and Amplo was named MU's head men's lacrosse coach on Feb. 4, 2011. He has since been joined by top assistant coach Stephen Brundage and assistant coach John Orsen.
Amplo, formerly the associate head coach at Hoftra University, and his coaching staff will continue to recruit through the 2011-12 academic year. The average men's lacrosse roster size at the NCAA Division I level is nearly 45 student-athletes.
2011-12 Marquette University Men's Lacrosse Roster
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/High School/Previous College
Steve Abba D 5-11 190 So. Niskayuna, N.Y. Niskayuna/Hofstra
Bryan Badolato A 5-11 185 Jr. West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Sacred Heart
Matt Barry D 6-0 195 So. Rolling Meadows, Ill./Saint Viator/Denver
Tyler Burhans G 6-3 175 Fr. Bayville, N.Y./Locust Valley
Michael Burke A/M 6-1 165 Jr. Caledon, Ontario/Hill Academy/Hofstra
Liam Byrnes D 5-9 180 Fr. West Islip, N.Y./West Islip
Cullen Cassidy M 6-0 205 Jr. Potomac, Md./Landon School/Hofstra
Grant Dressen G 5-11 175 Fr. Wayzata, Minn./The Blake School
Ben Dvorak M 6-1 195 So. St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North/Bellarmine (Ky.)
Nick Fotsch D 6-0 185 Fr. Sausalito, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep
Charley Gargano D 6-1 175 Fr. Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore
Tyler Gilligan M 5-10 175 Fr. Whitby, Ontario/Hill Academy
B.J. Grill D 5-7 145 Fr. Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan
Connor Hewett M 5-11 195 So. Westfield, N.J./Westfield/Franklin & Marshall
Kyle (K.C.) Kennedy M 6-2 165 Fr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice
Matt Melnyk M 5-11 185 Jr. Calgary, Alberta/Bishop O'Byrne/Presbyterian
Tyler Melnyk A 5-11 195 Jr. Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial/Presbyterian
Dan Mojica D 6-2 180 Fr. Springfield, Pa./Springfield
Jerry Nobile D 5-10 190 Jr. Bay Shore, N.Y./West Islip/Hofstra
James Ravaret M 5-11 185 So. Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West/Hofstra
Travis Shelhorn D 5-10 170 Fr. Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale
Andrew Smistad M 6-2 205 So. Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial/Presbyterian
Alex Utt D 5-8 190 Fr. Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont
Kyle Whitlow A 5-10 170 Fr. Coldwater, Ontario/Hill Academy
Greg Willey M 5-10 190 Fr. St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep