Multi-Sport Stars Among UVA Signees
from press release
"The message is to continue to participate in the activities that will develop your competitive athletic instinct," Dom Starsia says of Virginia's latest recruiting class.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia announced Tuesday the signing of 10 student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2011-12 academic year.
Joining the Cavaliers next fall are: Greg Coholan (Irondequoit HS/Rochester, N.Y.), Greg Danseglio (St. Anthony's HS/Islip Terrace, N.Y.), Tyler German (Queen Anne's County HS/Centreville, Md.), Rhody Heller (Regis Jesuit/Denver, Colo.), Albert Kammler (St. Albans School/ McLean, Va.), Taylor Michel (St. Paul's School/Lutherville, Md.), Tanner Ottenbreit (Regis Jesuit/Parker, Colo.), Mick Parks (New Trier HS/Kenilworth, Ill.), Ryan Tucker (Gilman School/Towson, Md.) and Carl Walrath (Haverford School/Glen Mills, Pa.)
"We are always pleased to introduce the young men who are about to embark on the journey as University of Virginia student-athletes," said Starsia. "What truly stands out in this group is the background and overall athleticism. As our game continues to grow and spread in popularity throughout the country, more and more players from emerging areas will begin to impact the game at the highest levels."
Coholan is a 6-foot, 185-pound midfielder from Rochester, N.Y. He is listed as the nation's No. 47 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse as he enters his senior year at Irondequoit. A first-team all-county selection in 2009 and 2010, Coholan tallied 35 goals and 15 assists as a junior. He is also a forward on the hockey team.
Danseglio is a 6-foot, 197-pound defenseman from Islip Terrace, N.Y. He is listed as the nation's No. 26 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse as he enters his senior year at St. Anthony's, the same school former UVa captain Max Pomper attended prior to UVa. Inside Lacrosse recognized Danseglio as the No. 15 rising junior in 2009 and 2010 ESPN RISE Warrior 40 ranked him the No. 3 defenseman and No. 24 overall player in his class. He has helped his St. Anthony's squad to back-to-back New York Catholic High School Association championships and was the Catholic League Defensive player of the year this past spring. He was the only sophomore on the squad in 2009. An all-league performer in 2010, Danseglio was also an Under Armour All-Star in 2009 and 2010.
German is a 6-foot, 200-pound midfielder from Centreville, Md. He is listed as the nation's No. 44 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse as he enters his final year at Queen Anne's County High School after tallying over 100 points last spring. The three-sport athlete was a 2010 high school All-American and Under Armour All-Star. He also is the quarterback of his high school football team, which is currently 11-0, and gearing up for the playoffs. German is also the point guard for the basketball squad at Queen Anne's County.
Heller is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound goalie from Denver, Colo. ESPN Rise 2010 listed him as one of their Top 10 goalies and Lax.com ranked him as one of the top seven goalies after the 2010 season. An Under Armour All-Star in 2010, he made 194 saves and posted a 6.60 goals against average with a 64 percent save rate. He earned all-state honors in 2010 and was an All-South Suburban Conference first-team honoree. He is a high school teammate with fellow signee Tanner Ottenbreit.
Kammler is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman from McLean, Va. An Under Armour All-Star in 2010, Kammler earned first-team All-IAC honors middle linebacker. Kammler hails from the same school as current UVa defenseman Chris Landon, a 2009 graduate of St. Albans. Kammler also is a middle linebacker on the football team at St. Albans.
Michel is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound attackman from Lutherville, Md. He scored 29 goals and assisted on 40 other scores to help St. Paul's School to the MIAA conference championship. He tallied 25 goals and 37 assists in 2009. A three-year letterwinner in football, Michel led the MIAA in rushing with over 1,200 yards in 2008. Returning to the gridiron in 2010 after sitting out 2009 with an injury, Michel already has amassed over 1,000 yards on the ground. As a sophomore in 2008, Michel started at midfield and scored 11 goals and assisted 10 scores. He has already been selected as a captain for the 2011 season.
Ottenbreit is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman from Parker, Colo. The Under Armour All-Star in 2010 is also an all-state hockey performer. The lacrosse All-American is teammates at Regis Jesuit with fellow UVa signee Rhody Heller and both have been selected as captains for their senior season. He is also a defensive back on the football team, leading the state in interceptions as a junior. His high school football squad is currently 10-0 heading into playoffs this month.
Parks is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound midfielder from Kenilworth, Ill. The All-American was a member of New Trier's state championship squads in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and the school will be trying to capture its seventh-straight state title in 2011. He scored 46 goals and dished out 23 assists as a junior, while winning 85 percent of his faceoffs. He enters his senior season with 64 goals, 28 assists and 240 groundballs for his career. Parks is 15 groundballs away from breaking former UVa All-American Matt Kelly's school record for a career. Kelly was a 2005 graduate of New Trier.
Tucker is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound midfielder from Towson, Md. The two-time Under Armour All-Star is listed as the nation's No. 5 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse as he enters his senior year at Gilman, the same school former UVa All-American and program career co-leader for goals by a midfielder, Brian Carroll, attended. Current UVa defenseman Harry Prevas is also a Gilman alum. Tucker's 97-mph shot won fastest shot at the Warrior Top 40 game in Boston. Tucker also was a member of Gilman's 2010 MIAA soccer championship club.
Walrath is a 6-foot, 195-pound midfielder from Glen Mills, Pa. The All-American is listed as the nation's No. 12 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse as he enters his final year at Haverford, the same school that current UVa captain John Haldy attended. Walrath scored 34 goals and tallied 48 assists on his way to Under Armour All-Star status in 2010, while helping Haverford to a league championship. He also is a tailback and captain on the Haverford football squad, which this month won the school's first INTER-AC Championship since 1971.
"This group includes high school athletes who have excelled in football and soccer, hockey and basketball and should serve as a message to young, aspiring lacrosse players," said Starsia. "The message is to continue to participate in the activities that will develop your competitive athletic instinct. The goal of Virginia lacrosse has always been to line up each September and begin to work toward playing in the final game of Memorial Day weekend. The group we are introducing to you today gives us a strong chance to continue the outstanding legacy of Virginia lacrosse and to meet those goals. Fans of the program will enjoy getting to know these young men."