July 15, 2013
BOSTON - Boston University head men's lacrosse coach Ryan Polley announced the program's inaugural recruiting class on Monday. Thirty-one true freshmen will help comprise the Terriers' first-ever roster when the program begins varsity play in the 2013-14 season.
"This is a historic day for the Boston University men's lacrosse program," Polley said. "I am so excited to announce our inaugural recruiting class. These 31 young men will play an integral role in creating the foundation for the successful future of BU lacrosse. This group was selected not only for its superior play on the field but also for its leadership skills, its work ethic and its performance in the classroom. What also really excites me about this class is that it's a perfect mix of successful players from traditional lacrosse hotbeds and historically powerful programs combined with talented players from some of the most rapidly developing areas and high school programs."
The Class of 2017 includes seven US Lacrosse All-America selections from this past year and 10 athletes who, as seniors, helped guide their respective teams to state titles. The Terriers hail from 12 different states and one Canadian province.
In addition to the 31 true freshmen, three transfers will be part of the program's inaugural season, including one from 2013 national finalist Syracuse.
"I will look to this group to be leaders and mentors both on and off the field," Polley said. "My hope is they will draw from their previous collegiate experiences to help us set a fast-paced practice environment and a team work ethic that is second to none."
Brian Badgett (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City)
Brendan Barrett (West Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep)
Captained Garden City to its second consecutive state title during his senior season ... Part of top-ranked team in the nation during his junior season ... Earned All-County honors and was Team MVP as a senior ... Part of state runner-up as a sophomore.
Polley on Badgett: "Brian is a very versatile player from a great program who we envision doing a lot of things for us. He's going to play on the wing on faceoffs, be a defensive midfielder and play some offense for us."
Led Seton Hall Prep in goals (30) and points (46) as a senior captain ... Helped guide team to state title game in 2013 ... Was a first-line midfielder as a junior ... Captained the JV team as a sophomore and was also a captain on the freshman team. Polley on Barrett: "Brendan was our first commit. We're real excited about his ability. He's a very good time-and-room shooter, he's someone that can stretch the defense and is a good off-ball player. We see Brendan competing for significant minutes at the left-hand attack spot."
Chad Bell (San Francisco, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep)
Played four seasons at Saint Ignatius College Prep ... Captained team to WCAL championship in his senior season, earning All-America and First-Team WCAL honors ... Also helped team win conference title in his sophomore and junior years ... Won Gait Cup with Alcatraz Outlaws during his junior year ... Was a Las Vegas Tournament All-Star as a sophomore ... Named outstanding offensive player of the year as a freshman.
Polley on Bell: "Chad played for one of the top programs on the West Coast and he was a big part of their success. He's a very versatile player. He's a good dodger from the midfield. We expect him to do a lot for us and compete to be one of the top six offensive midfielders."
Elliott Burr (Hamilton, Mass./Syracuse)
Played four games last season at Syracuse ... Played varsity lacrosse at Hamilton-Wenham High School ... Set the Hamilton-Wenham single-season scoring record with 101 points (61 goals, 40 assists) as a senior in 2012 ... Finished his scholastic career with a school-record 180 points (110 goals, 70 assists) ... Three-time all-league selection ... Team captain as a senior ... First Hamilton-Wenham alum to play Division I lacrosse.
Polley on Burr: "He's a Syracuse transfer and a local product who took some important faceoffs for the Orange this past year. We expect him to compete for time at the faceoff X and also be a do-it-all midfielder for us."
Dominick Calisto (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's)
Was a varsity starter for three seasons at St. Anthony's High School ... Helped Saint Anthony's claim CHSAA Championship during his sophomore and junior seasons ... Played for Long Island Express club team for three seasons ... Also played quarterback on the varsity football team.
Polley on Calisto: "He was a starter on a very strong program who played in a lot of big games. He's a fundamental player who is good off the ground, a good positional guy and a good leader. We expect him to come in and compete for a starting position on our defense."
Christian Carson-Banister (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit)
Played varsity lacrosse at nationally-ranked Dallas Jesuit ... Recipient of the Ranger Heart Award, granted to an outstanding athlete who displays leadership on and off the field ... Was an All-District selection as a junior ... Member of Iron Horse Lacrosse during his senior season ... Played for Leathernecks during his junior season and Dallas Select for two years ... Also a black belt in martial arts.
Polley on Carson-Banister: "He was a major contributor on a nationally ranked team in Texas. He's a very good stopper, a great kid and a vocal leader between the pipes."
James Clarke (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset)
Played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at Manhasset ... Was an All-Conference selection as a senior captain ... Earned All-Conference honors as he helped Manhasset win conference title ... Was captain of JV team before he moved to varsity during his sophomore year ... Also captained varsity basketball team during his senior season.
Polley on Clarke: "James is a first-line midfielder from a very powerful high school program where he was a major contributor for two years. He can really shoot the ball well."
Jake Dansey (Clifton, Va./Chantilly)
Captained Chantilly to state title during his senior season ... Earned All-America, All-Region and All-Conference honors in 2013 ... Named conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a First Team All-Met honoree and earned Team MVP award during senior season after he led team in ground balls (84) and caused turnovers (58) ... Helped Chantilly reach state title game in 2011 and 2012 ... Won 2011 Brine Shootout with Blackwolf ... Earned All-Region and All-Conference honors in 2012.
Polley on Dansey: "Jake led his high school to a state championship last year. He has great ball skills, is very tough and great off the ground. We expect him to be one of our top defenders next year."
Cal Dearth (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield)
Played varsity lacrosse at Ridgefield High School ... Captained the Tigers to the Connecticut state semifinals as a senior and earned All-America honors from US Lacrosse ... Was a First Team All-State selection and earned All-League honors during his senior season.
Polley on Dearth: "Cal is an incredibly athletic midfielder who can run as fast as anybody. He shoots the ball very well and will definitely contribute for us right away. He is probably the most improved guy from the time we recruited him until he finished his senior season. He turned into a great offensive player."
Justin Diamond (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt)
Played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at Jamesville Dewitt High School ... Won section championship in each of his final two seasons ... Helped team win state title as a sophomore ... Played for the CNY Arrows as a freshman.
Polley on Diamond: "Justin played on one of the top high school teams in the country and was a major contributor before an injury cut back his playing time towards the end of the year. He's very slick, has very good hands and is a very good left-handed time-and-room shooter."
Steve Gagliardi (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township)
Played four years of varsity lacrosse at Washington Township High School ... Captained squad during senior season in which he earned his third consecutive First Team All-Conference honor ... Helped team win Gloucester County championship during his sophomore season.
Polley on Gagliardi: "He's a quick lefty attack with good hands and is a very good ball handler. He's very versatile and will compete for time at both midfield and attack. He's a guy we think has very good offensive skills."
Alec Hoag (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa)
Played two seasons of varsity lacrosse at Mira Costa High School ... Earned Second Team All-League honors as a senior ... Also played club lacrosse for the Los Angeles Lazers, West Coast Starz and Adrenaline Tropics.
Polley on Hoag: "Alec is a faceoff guy from the Los Angeles area who had a very nice senior season. He has very quick hands, is very good off the whistle and will compete for playing time at the faceoff position."
Casey Irish (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep)
Named a 2013 US Lacrosse All-American after captaining Lake Highland Prep to a state title ... Earned First Team All-Central Florida honors as a senior and was named Lake Highland's Most Valuable Defenseman ... Helped team reach state title game as a junior and earned First Team All-Central Florida honors ... Named Under Armour Underclass All-American in 2012 ... Named team's Rookie of the Year in 2011 as he helped Lake Highland win state title ... Also captained varsity football team and was the defensive MVP.
Polley on Irish: "Casey played a huge role in his team capturing the Florida state championship. An outstanding football player as well, Casey will add a physical presence to our defense."
Ryan Johnston (Elora, Ont./Hill Academy)
Played for Hill Academy in Ontario ... Helped Hill advance to finals of North American Lacrosse Invitational as a senior ... Part of NALI championship squad as a sophomore ... Also played for Edge Prep ... Played box lacrosse for the Elora Mohawks.
Polley on Johnston: "He's a righty attack who is a very good finisher and who can shoot the ball with time and room. He comes from a great program in the Hill Academy and hopefully he can do some big things for us."
Billy Kane (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach)
Played only two full varsity seasons at Long Beach High School due to injury ... Served as captain during his senior year but only played five games ... Earned All-Conference honors during his junior season ... Missed sophomore season because of injury ... Started as a freshman ... Received Nassau County Scholar-Athlete honors in each of his final two years.
Polley on Kane: "Billy is a workhorse and a tremendous leader. We expect him to come back from injury and be a major contributor in the defensive midfield. He's a tremendous kid and we're excited about the potential for Billy to help us."
Henry Lee (Wilton, Conn./Wilton)
Played varsity lacrosse at Wilton High School ... Helped team win state championship as a senior and as a sophomore ... Earned Second Team All-FCIAC honors as a senior ... Also played hockey at Wilton, captaining the team and earning Second Team All-State honors.
Polley on Lee: "He was a major contributor on a state championship team and scored two goals in the state title game. He was a big factor in Wilton's mid-season turnaround. He has good ball skills and is good off the ground."
Greg Marzec (Livonia, Mich./Brother Rice)
Played two seasons of varsity lacrosse at Brother Rice ... Earned First Team All-Midwest and All-League honors as a senior ... Helped team win state title as a junior ... Won back-to-back conference championships to conclude high school career ... Also won back-to-back state titles in football.
Polley on Marzec: "He's a very tough and gritty faceoff guy. He has very good hands and is quick off the whistle. He'll absolutely compete for playing time at the faceoff X."
Quinn Mendelson (Westport, Conn./Staples)
Was three year varsity starter at Staples High School ... Captained team during his final two seasons ... Advanced to 2013 state title game ... Won outstanding defensive player award as a senior ... Earned James Ivan Award for Leadership as a junior ... Also played varsity football.
Polley on Mendelson: "He had a great season for Staples and was one of our first defensive commits. We expect big things from Quinn He's a real solid player with good position and good ball skills. He will compete for playing time at close defense and at long stick midfield."
Eli Morrissey (Rowley, Mass./The Governor's Academy)
Played four seasons at The Governor's Academy ... Captained the team in his senior season ... Helped lead Governor's to ISL championship in both his sophomore and junior year, including an unbeaten sophomore season ... Was also a four-year standout on the football team.
Polley on Morrissey: "He's a real tough local kid and was a major contributor for Governor's Academy. He's a transition player who plays very well between the lines. We're hoping he will help us in our transition game not only as a good defender but also as a guy who can get out and create unsettled situations and jumpstart our offense."
Pat Myers (Bethesda, Md./Gonzaga College High School)
Helped Gonzaga College High School, ranked third in the nation, win back-to-back WCAC championships in 2012 and 2013 ... Was second on the squad in scoring (49 points) as a senior and led the team in assists en route to earning Second Team All-League honors ... Had 51 points as a junior and was second on Gonzaga in goals ... Was named a Southern States Showcase All-Star and was the DC Classic MVP in 2012.
Polley on Myers: "Patrick played on a top-five high school team and had a tremendous year as the quarterback of their offense. He's a two-handed player who has great vision and can create his own shot. We expect Patrick to come in and compete for a starting attack position. We have visions of him quarterbacking our offense and being a major contributor for four years."
Madison Palms (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park)
Played a post-graduate season at Loomis Chaffee after playing one season of varsity lacrosse at Highland Park High School in Dallas ... Helped guide Highland Park to a state championship as a senior ... Before taking up lacrosse, played basketball, football and golf at Highland Park.
Polley on Palms: "He did a post-grad year at Loomis and covered some of the top attackmen in the New England prep league. Madison is constantly improving and we are excited to get him in our program and help with his development. I believe his best lacrosse days are ahead of him."
Andrew Perkins (San Diego, Calif./Phillips Exeter)
Completed a post-grad year at Phillips Exeter ... Captained Torrey Pines during his senior season en route to earning First Team All-CIF honors ... Garnered First Team All-League honors in each of his final three seasons ... Second leading scorer in each of final two seasons at Torrey Pines... Was invited to Nike Blue Chip camp during his sophomore season ... Played club lacrosse with Starz during his freshman and sophomore years ... Also played quarterback and was captain of the football team.
Polley on Perkins: "He's a tremendous outside shooter and a great athlete. He had a great year at Phillips Exeter and we expect him to help on our man-up unit and develop into a great offensive player."
Clay Phillips (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Highland Prep)
Played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at Lake Highland Prep ... Was part of 2011 and 2013 state champions ... Was top goal scorer in 2013 and named offensive MVP ... Led team in goals during junior year to help lead Lake Highland to state finals ... Only sophomore to start on varsity team during 2011 season ... Also played three years of varsity golf.
Polley on Phillips: "Clay is a right-handed finisher who had a great senior year. He was the leading scorer on the Florida state champion team at Highland Park. He's an inside player who will look to increase his range. He's a great finisher and is someone who will help us on man-up and will compete for playing time at attack."
Cam Pincus (Rochester, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland)
Played two seasons of varsity lacrosse at Pittsford Sutherland ... Captained team during senior season in which he earned First Team All-County honors ... Was team's most improved player during his junior season in which he was a Brine All-American, All-League honorable mention and All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention ... Won Brogden Cup with Team USA and also played for FCA Varsity Elite and Sweetlax as a junior ... Captained JV team as a sophomore ... Also served as captain of the varsity basketball team as a senior.
Polley on Pincus: "He's a long-stick midfielder who is a great athlete and a great cover man. He's great at the transition part of the game and we expect big things from Cam as far as covering and getting out in transition and helping us solidify our defense."
Adam Schaal (Collegeville, Pa./LaSalle College High School)
Played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at LaSalle College High School and was a starter in 2012 and 2013 ... Helped LaSalle win Pennsylvania state championship in his senior season and played in state title game during his junior year ... Helped LaSalle win 2012 Under Armour Shootout ... Was member of Twist Lacrosse Club in his sophomore and junior years ... Was a Philly Showcase Gait Fab Forty All-Star as a junior.
Polley on Schaal: "We see Adam adding a lot of versatility to our 2013 team. He played both attack and midfield for the Pennsylvania state champion and had a great year. He does a little bit of everything very well. He's a good feeder, a good finisher, a good dodger and is very good in the two-man game."
Sam Talkow (Delray Beach, Fla./Pine Crest)
Played three seasons at Pine Crest ... Was named a First Team All-American and earned Player of the Year honors from the Miami Herald and Miami Sun Sentinel as a senior ... Garnered First Team All-District in each of the last three years ... Also played hockey.
Polley on Talkow: "He was an All-American from Florida who was not only a tremendous faceoff player but also scored 70-plus goals. He did a little bit of everything in high school and we're excited about Sam's versatility. He'll take faceoffs for us, could play defense for us and if his skills continue to develop could help on the offensive end."
Sam Tenney (Providence, R.I./High Point)
Transfer from High Point University .... Played varsity lacrosse at Moses Brown High School ... Tallied 104 goals and 68 assists over high school career ... Was an Under Armour All-American ... Earned All-Division and All-State honors in both his senior and junior seasons ... Was an All-Star selection at the Baltimore Summer Kickoff tournament ... Also earned All-State honors as a sophomore ... Played club lacrosse with the Top Gun Fighting Clams.
Polley on Tenney: "He's a local product who went down to High Point for a year. Sam's a big body with great hands and great skills. He's a good outside shooter who can handle the ball and will compete for time at attack."
Ryan Tinklepaugh (Syracuse, N.Y./Hobart)
Transfer from Hobart College ... Played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at West Genesee ... Earned First Team All-League honors as a senior ... Helped team win section championship as a sophomore and a junior ... Named a Nike Rising Sophomore ... Captained the freshman lacrosse team.
Polley on Tinklepaugh: "He comes from a great high school program. He's very versatile with two good hands. He's athletic, big and someone we're very excited about."
Robby Weingart (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional)
Played two varsity seasons at Eastern Regional High School ... Missed senior year due to injury ... Led team in assists and points as captain, garnering First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-South Jersey honors ... Named 2012 Brine All-American ... Started on varsity team as a sophomore, leading team in assists ... Also played for South Jersey Shamrocks.
Polley on Weingart: "Robby's a quick attackman who handles the ball well and can see the field. He'll be good in the two-man game, has good vision and does a little bit of everything."
Court Whitney (North Chesterfield, Va./Douglas S. Freeman)
Played three seasons of varsity lacrosse, including his senior year at Douglas S. Freeman High School after recovering from a broken vertebra during his freshman year ... Captained team as a senior and earned All-District and All-Region honors ... Played for Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey during his sophomore and junior seasons ... Helped lead team to Morris County Tournament victory as a junior.
Polley on Whitney: "He's a good ball stopper, a good leader and a good communicator. He will compete for the starting goalie position."
Greg Wozniak (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep)
Captained Holy Ghost Prep during his senior year and was a Top 205 Rising Senior All-Star ... Helped lead Holy Ghost to Bicentennial Athletic League title during junior season ... Earned First Team All-League honors during his sophomore and junior seasons ... Also played two years of varsity basketball.
Polley on Wozniak: "He comes from a long line of BU alums; both of Greg's brothers attended BU and played club lacrosse here. Greg had a very nice senior year. He is a big, aggressive and athletic defender who will give us depth at the defensive position."
Brady Wulster (Wyckoff, N.J./Don Bosco)
Captained Don Bosco to state championship during his senior season ... Was team's offensive MVP after leading Don Bosco in scoring in 2013 ... Earned Second Team All-State, First Team All-County, First Team All-League and First Team All-Group honors as a senior ... Helped guide Don Bosco to state finals as a junior en route to being named Second Team All-County ... Also played on the varsity team as a sophomore.
Polley on Wulster: "He's a quarterback type player who handles the ball very well. He has a good first step and good vision and helped lead Don Bosco to one of its most successful years. Brady was a huge component of its offense. He does a lot of things very well; he's a scorer, he's a feeder and possesses a good time-and-room shot. We expect Brady to compete for playing time at attack or midfield."
Craig Zebrowski (Chester Springs, Pa./Salesianum)
Played four years of varsity lacrosse at Salesianum High School, a top-25 team in the nation this past season ... Helped team win three consecutive state titles from 2011-2013 ... Served as captain during senior season in which he earned an All-America selection and a First Team All-State selection ... Named team's offensive player of the year in 2013 ... Was team's MVP and a Third Team All-State honoree as a junior ... Also played football.
Polley on Zebrowski: "He's a do-it-all midfielder who helped lead his team to a state championship. He's a winner who does everything well. His best attributes are his toughness and his ability to feed from the midfield. I can't say enough good things about Craig. He'll play somewhere and we're very excited to have him in our program."
Tyler Zickel (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson)
Earned US Lacrosse All-America honors as a captain during his senior season ... Was the 2011 Ohio Goalie of the Year as he helped lead Hudson to state title ... Earned All-Region and All-State honors in each of his final three seasons ... Participated at Under Armour Underclassmen Games during his sophomore season.
Polley on Zickel: "He's an All-American from Ohio who is a good ball-stopper with a good stick. He's a good leader and is someone who we're excited about. Tyler will be part of the competition for our starting goaltender position."