Bulldogs Welcome 21-Player Frosh Class
from press release
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the addition of 21 student-athletes to the 2011 Bulldog men's lacrosse team. And in the program's first season of full Division I membership, the Class of 2014 and three incoming transfers will look to contribute immediately with a spot in the conference and national playoffs on the line.
Two fifth-year seniors and a junior college transfer compliment the 18-member freshman class, a group that adds depth and athleticism to a team that finished an impressive 12-5 against some of Division I's toughest competition a season ago.
"The goal for this recruiting class was to add depth to the team, especially in the offensive half," said Pressler, who enters his fifth year at Bryant in 2010-11, "with the byproduct then being immediate competition among those positions. And after just eight fall practices and two short weeks to evaluate our newcomers, we really feel like that goal will be accomplished by the time spring practice begins."
Fifth-year senior transfers Trever Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y.) and Ryan Morrell (Glen Mills, Pa.) headline the 21 first-year Bulldogs, as the duo enrolls in Bryant's MBA graduate program after completing undergraduate careers at Notre Dame and Princeton, respectively.
"When fifth-year players join your team, those guys – with their experience and knowledge of the game – are going to be immediate impact players," said Pressler. "And ours come from two of the most prestigious and successful programs in the country in Notre Dame and Princeton.
"Trever Sipperly was one of the best faceoff guys in the country a year ago and was a huge part of Notre Dame's run to the national championship game," he continued. "Ryan Morrell was a highly touted player out of high school who has been a bit snakebitten by injury over his career. But when he was healthy, he was certainly a marquee player for the Tigers – and we expect him to be the same here."
The pair is joined on the list of transfers by James Kiernan (Greenwich, Conn.), who joins the Bulldogs after two successful seasons at Nassau Community College. Kiernan will also be looked upon to fill in holes quickly this fall and into the spring season.
"Kieran was a very accomplished player out of Greenwich (Conn.) High School, and after two solid years at Nassau Community College, he will fill an immediate need for us – adding a lefty out of the midfield," said Pressler. "He is certainly one of the best athletes on our team and has outstanding breakaway speed. We are really excited and thrilled with our three transfers."
Sipperly, the top faceoff specialist for the NCAA national championship finalist University of Notre Dame last season, will also experience something altogether new with the Bulldogs in 2011. He will get to play side-by-side with younger brother Dan, who joins the Black and Gold as a freshman. The pair marks the fourth sibling combination on the 2011 squad.
The trio of transfers compliments a midfield-heavy Class of 2014 which includes 18 players at all four major positions. The 21 newcomers feature in their ranks the addition of three attackers, 14 midfielders, a pair of defensemen and two rookie goalies. Each will challenge for a spot in the lineup and look to fill in holes left by the graduation of a strong 2010 senior class, a group that included the nation's top faceoff specialist and MLL draftee Andrew Hennessey and All-American defenseman Matt Murnane.
"In the midfield and at attack, those two positions are now more wide open than ever due to the ability and athleticism of our newcomers," Pressler said. "The other hole we needed to fill immediately was at the faceoff X, finding someone to step into the role played last year by Andrew Hennessey, who is one of the best faceoff specialists I have ever seen or coached. We've added three freshmen and [Trever] Sipperly to a mix that already includes returner Evan Roberts to fill the void of old No. 40."
The Bryant University men's lacrosse program enters its first season as a full member of the Division I ranks and third with a full DI schedule. The Northeast Conference will sponsor its first season of men's lacrosse in 2011, and the Bulldogs will be eligible for an NCAA Division I tournament at-large bid for the first time in program history this spring. The NEC will earn an automatic bid into the national tournament beginning in 2013.
Introducing the Bryant University men's lacrosse Class of 2014 and transfers:
Matt Bletzer, Attack (Medfield, Mass. / Medfield / 5-11 / 165)
A 2010 graduate of Medfield High School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter in lacrosse... 2010 Tri-Valley League MVP and High School All-American selection... Three-time league all-star pick... Led Medfield to four-consecutive league championships and two state titles in four years... Was also a four-year letterwinner in varsity hockey at Medfield.
Brendan Bouchard, Midfield (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor / 5-10 / 155)
A 2010 graduate of Cold Spring Harbor High School, where he was a two-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse... Led the Seahawks in scoring in 2010... 2010 all-county selection... Also a two-year varsity letterwinner and 2009 football captain as the team's quarterback... Earned one varsity letter in basketball.
Colin Dunster, Midfield (Cos Cob, Conn. / Greenwich / 6-0 / 170)
A 2010 graduate of Greenwich High School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starting midfielder for the Cardinals... First team all-state and All-FCIAC selection in 2010... Senior captain and 2010 High School All-American... Named team MVP as a senior... Paced Greenwich in goals, assists and total points as a junior and senior... Connecticut Senior All-Star Game participant... Named 2010 Greenwich High School Male Athlete of the Year... Led team to FCIAC championships as a freshman and senior (first-ever in school history)... Chosen for the 2010 MSG Varsity All-Star Team... Earned All-FCIAC and all-state second team honors as a junior... Helped Cardinals to program's best-ever record as a sophomore as the team went 18-3... Also a two-year varsity letterwinner in football, where he earned all-state and First Team All-FCIAC selections as a senior... Named Greenwich High School's Scholar-Athlete as a senior... Four-year Cantor House scholar... High honor roll member as a junior and senior.
Niko Dutra, Goalie (Danville, Calif. / Monte Vista / 5-11 / 195)
A 2010 graduate of Monte Vista High School, where he was a two-year varsity letterwinner and starter in lacrosse... 2010 first team all-league selection... Named team and defensive MVP as a senior... Senior captain and Coaches' Choice award winner... First Annual East Bay Senior Showcase participant... Led team to 2009 King of the Hill tournament title... Led team to 2008 Vail Lacrosse Shootout (U-17) Championship... Players' Choice award winner as a freshman and sophomore... Also earned two varsity football letters... Principal's Honor Roll... Student of Excellence... Student-Athlete Honors... Graduated Monte Vista with high honors.
Patrick Emmer, Midfield (Skaneateles, N.Y. / Avon Old Farms / 6-5 / 220)
A 2009 graduate of Skaneateles Central School, Emmer spent a postgraduate year at Avon Old Farms in Avon, Conn., where he graduated in 2010... Four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse (three at Skaneateles, one at Avon Old Farms)... Led Avon Old Farms to a league championship in 2010... Led Skaneateles Central team to three-consecutive league titles from 2007-09... Team won Section III Championship in 2008... Also earned five varsity letters in hockey (four at Skaneateles, one at Avon Old Farms)... Named to the 2008 All-Central New York Second Team in hockey and earned honorable mention honors in 2008 and 2009... Led team to 2008 Section III Championship and back-to-back league titles in 2008 and 2009... Avon Old Farms honor roll member... Earned Dean's List and Headmaster's List at Avon Old Farms.
Nick Giampaolo, Midfield (Setauket, N.Y. / Ward Melville / 5-11 / 145)
A 2010 graduate of Ward Melville High School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner and starting midfielder... Named an all-county selection... Also lettered in winter track as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
Rob Goeren, Midfield (Massapequa, N.Y. / Massapequa / 5-10 / 190)
A 2010 graduate of Massapequa High School, where he was a three-year letterwinner and starter for the Chiefs... 2009 all-conference selection... Led team to a 10-2 record en route to county finals as a senior...Also a two-year varsity football letterwinner... Earned an all-conference selection in football as a senior... Named to the 2009 all-academic team for football.
Ryan Jarvis, Attack (Annapolis, Md. / Boys Latin School / 6-2 / 190)
A 2010 graduate of Boys Latin School of Maryland, where he was a two-year varsity letterwinner and one-year starter... Led team to MIAA Championship as a senior... Baltimore Messenger All-Star selection in 2010... Also a three-year varsity football letterwinner, leading team to a 10-0 season as a senior... Honor roll student.
James Kiernan, Midfield (Greenwich, Conn. / Greenwich / 6-1 / 190)
A 2008 graduate of Greenwich High School, Kiernan attended Nassau Community College where he was a two-time Junior College All-American... Led the Lions' midfield in points scored the last two seasons, taking Nassau to the national championship game as a freshman and to the national semifinals as a sophomore... Was a four-time varsity letterwinner in lacrosse and hockey in high school... Earned an All-FCIAC selection... Hockey captain as a senior.
Dan Kloos, Goalie (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington / 5-11 / 165)
A 2010 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, where he was a three-year varsity letterwinner... Led team to Ohio state championships in 2008 and 2010... 2010 first team all-state selection... First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference and first team all-region choice as a senior... Honorable Mention All-Midwest honors... Named the 2010 Ohio Goalie Position Player of the Year.
Matt MacGrotty, Defense (New Westminster, British Columbia / Taft School / 6-4 / 210)
A 2009 graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., where he played varsity lacrosse and basketball after attending four years of high school in British Columbia... Member of the U-16 National Lacrosse Championship team, where he was named Defensive MVP of the national tournament... Also a member of the U-13 (2002), U-15 (2004), U-17 (2006) and U-19 (2007 and 2009) teams that won the Provincial Field Lacrosse title... Led high school team to a combined 30-2 record as a junior and senior en route to back-to-back second-place finished at the British Columbia Provincial Championships... Also a two-year varsity letterwinner in basketball and a four-year varsity football letterwinner while in high school in Canada... Honor roll student throughout high school and postgrad.
Ryan Morrell, Midfield (Glen Mills, Pa. / Princeton University / 6-3 / 210)
A 2010 graduate of Princeton University, Morrell joins the Bulldogs as a graduate student after completing a four-year undergraduate career for the Tigers... At Princeton, recorded a pair of goals and an assist despite being injured for much of his career... Prior to attending Princeton, Morrell graduated from Tatnall School in 2006, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse... Named a High School All-American as well as earning all-conference and all-state selections... Led team to Delaware state championship titles as a freshman and senior... Selected to the U.S. Lacrosse Senior Showcase... Scored 70 goals and 50 assists as a junior... Also lettered twice in football at Tatnall, where he was an all-conference selection... High honor roll student.
Sean Mullin, Midfield (Danville, Calif. / De La Salle / 5-10 / 170)
A 2010 graduate of De La Salle High School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Spartans... Two-time captain as a junior and senior... 2010 first team all-league selection... 2009 second team all-league pick... Led team to EBAL titles as a freshman and senior... Team went to conference championship game in 2008.
Brian Murphy, Defense (Apalachin, N.Y. / Vestal / 5-10 / 170)
A 2010 graduate of Vestal High School, where he was a three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter... Led team to the league semifinals as a junior and senior... 2010 Section 4 First Team All-Star selection... Named a Section 4 Second Team All-Star and Adidas All-American in 2009... Also earned four varsity letters in swimming and one in football... Named a 2010 all-metro selection for swimming... Eagle Scout.
Bruce Pirie, Midfield (Oakland, N.J. / Indian Hills / 5-9 / 180)
A 2010 graduate of Indian Hills High School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner and starting midfielder... Led team to four-straight New Jersey state tournament appearances and a league title as a sophomore... Set a new single-season record for faceoff wins as a senior in 2010 (283)... Set a new record for career faceoff wins... Two-time first team all-league selection (2009 and 2010)... Second team all-suburban honors as a senior... Second team all-league pick as a sophomore... Also a three-year varsity football letterwinner, where he earned a second team all-league selection as a junior... Two-sport captain as a senior... Earned a varsity letter in basketball as a senior as well.
Bo Redpath, Midfield (Norwich, Vt. / Taft School / 5-9 /
A 2010 graduate of Taft School in Watertown, Conn., Redpath started his career at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H.... Four-year varsity letterwinner and starter... 2010 First Team All-Founders League selection at Taft... Two-time first team all-Western New England choice... 2010 runner-up for the Lance Odden Award for the top midfielder in Western New England... Senior captain... Played in the 2010 New England East vs. West Senior Prep All-Star Game... At Hanover, was a 2007 DI honorable mention all-state selection as a freshman... Led team to a 19-1 en route to the 2007 New Hampshire D1 state title... Also earned three varsity letters in hockey and soccer.
Kevin Sherrill, Midfield (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day School / 5-11 / 185)
A 2010 graduate of Providence Day School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Chargers ... 2010 High School All-American... Earned NCISAA All-State honors as a sophomore and senior... Set school record for career goals (185) and career points (252)... Named the 2010 Providence Day School Male Athlete of the Year... Also earned a varsity letter in football as a junior.
Dan Sipperly, Attack (Greenwich, N.Y. / Christian Brothers Academy / 5-10 / 175)
A 2010 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner in both football and lacrosse... 2010 High School All-American... Four-time First Team All-Big Ten Athletic Conference selection at attack... Set record as the all-time leading scorer in Section 2 as a senior... Two-time Troy Record All-Star pick... Member of the 2009 and 2010 Empire State Games Adirondack Team... As a freshman, nominated as a Post Star "Player to Watch"... 2007 Greenwich Lacrosse Offensive MVP... Led team to four league championships... High honors student.
Trever Sipperly, Midfield (Greenwich, N.Y. / Notre Dame / 6-2 / 215)
A 2010 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Sipperly joins the Bulldogs as a graduate student after completing a four-year undergraduate career for the Fighting Irish... Was the starting faceoff specialist for the Irish as a junior and senior, collecting 95 ground balls while going 271-for-488 (.555) from the faceoff X over his three-year career... Led Notre Dame to the 2010 NCAA Championship game, where he took every faceoff, going 8-for-15 in the game... Before joining the Irish, Sipperly was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Greenwich High School... 2006 High School All-American... Three-time MVP and team captain... Two-time all-conference selection... Holds school record for most points and goals in a season... Also a three-year track letterwinner and two-year soccer letterwinner... Two-time soccer all-conference selection... Was a member of the two-time undefeated conference champion track and field program.
Gerry Smith, Midfield (Narbeth, Pa. / Episcopal Academy / 6-0 / 215)
A 2010 graduate of Episcopal Academy, where he was a three-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse and soccer... Also earned two varsity letters in winter track and one in wrestling... Volunteers with L.E.A.P.S., a non-profit lacrosse program that brings lacrosse to the city of Philadelphia.
Alex Zomerfeld, Midfield (Port Jefferson, N.Y. / Comsewogue / 5-10 / 175)
A 2010 graduate of Comsewogue High School, where he was a three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter for the Warriors... 2010 High School All-American... Named team MVP as a junior and senior... 2010 Second Team All-Long Island selection... Led team to back-to-back league titles in 2009 and 2010... Listed in the top-75 players on Long Island as a senior... Team won county championship in 2009... Also earned a varsity track letter and two varsity football letters... Set a record for the longest interception return for a touchdown as a senior (99 yards)... Received all-county football honors in 2009... Played in the Suffolk vs. Nassau Football All-Star Game as a senior... Earned first and second academic honors.