BANNER ELK, NC - Lees-McRae College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Mat Edmunds '02 has announced the addition of fourteen players to the Bobcats lacrosse roster. The Bobcats return 21 letterwinners from a season ago and have high expectations for the team heading into the 2009 season.
The class is comprised of six midfielders, five defenders, four attackmen and one goaltender. The third recruiting class in fourth year Head Coach Edmunds' tenure at his alma mater will push the returning players for time immediately.
"Over the past three years we have added large classes to a slim base," stated Edmunds. "Each year the talent level has increased. We are excited about the potential of our current roster and are very much looking forward to our fall season."
The student-athletes listed below will matriculate at Lees-McRae College this fall:
M - Derin Vacca, Wake Forest, NC/Wakefield HS
M - Branden Snyder, Lake Brantley, FL/Lake Brantley HS
M - Matt Smith, Westerville, OH/Westerville South HS
M - Shaun Strodel, Duluth, GA/Northview HS
M - Josh Shingleton, Grand Oak, CA/Grand Oak HS
M - Justin McLaughlin, Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS
A - Blake MacDonald, Toronto, ON/Saint Michaels College HS
A - Brett Yusiewicz - Chapel Hill, NC/Chapel Hill HS
A - Daniel Ives - Cheadle, England/Cheadle Lacrosse Club
D - Bryan Bosley, Hanover, PA/South Western HS
D - Zach Montanari, Cedar Park, TX/Cedar Park HS
D - Joe Salvino, Westerville, OH/Westerville North HS
D - John White, Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy/Herkimer CC
G - Michael Fahey, Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon HS/Onondaga CC
"These fourteen players along with our returning players are going to continue to push this program in the right direction immediately. They are not only talented lacrosse players, each of them are also excellent student-athletes. It has been a pleasure recruiting these individuals over the past few months and will be an even greater pleasure coaching them over the next few years," Edmunds continued. "Right now Bobcats lacrosse has a very solid foundation of a very good collegiate program with our returning players. The addition of these student-athletes to our program is another step in the right direction for our program and indicative of where both the athletic department and institution are headed."
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Head Coach Mat Edmunds '02
PICTURED BELOW: Rising Junior Kyle Ficken; 2008 Second Team All