BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse program is pleased to welcome eight incoming players into the fold for the 2010-11 season, announced head coach Brendan Arthur Wednesday. This year's recruiting class features three all-conference performers, as well as one all-state and one all-county selection.
Kevin Losier (Palm Harbor, Fla.) joins the Bobcats from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was a first-team all-conference selection in 2009 in addition to being named the league's Goalie of the Year. A native of Palm Harbor, Fla., Losier also received the City of Clearwater Sportsmanship Award in 2008.
"Kevin is a great addition to our already strong goalie corps," said Arthur. "Aside from being a great shot stopper, he communicates well and has the ability to take control and really quarterback the entire defense."
Kyle Judge (Hampstead, Md.) comes to Lees-McRae from North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Md. where he tallied 25 goals and five assists as a senior attackman. "Kyle is a big, athletic player and I see him getting better and better every practice session," said Arthur. "As he matures as a lacrosse player, I expect great things from him in his career at LMC."
A.J. Weitzner (Hilton Head, S.C.) joins the Bobcats from Hilton Head High School in Hilton Head, S.C. where he garnered all-state recognition as a senior. The 5-7, 150-pound attackman tallied 65 points during his senior season at Hilton Head. "A.J. is a very intense player who works hard and hustles every second he is on the field," said Arthur. "He plays with a lot of heart and will fit in well with our offensive philosophy."
David McLaughlin (Weston, Fla.) comes to Lees-McRae from Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. where he tallied 60 points as a senior. The 5-11, 175-pound attackman earned all-conference honors as a senior in 2010. "David is a very quick and deceptive offensive player," said Arthur. "He does a great job creating opportunities for himself and is beginning to see the field very well."
Travis Preston (Baltimore, Md.) joins the Bobcat family from Long Reach High School in Columbia, Md. where he recorded 23 goals and 28 assists during his senior season. The 5-8, 150-pound midfielder parlayed his 51-point season into a first-team all-county selection in 2010. "Travis is a very talented athlete," said Arthur. "With his speed and shooting ability, I am expecting him to make an immediate impact in our offensive unit."
Robert Roland (Asheville, N.C.) comes to Lees-McRae from T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C. where he enjoyed a successful career at the club level. "Robert is a very raw defender who has all the tools to be successful," said Arthur. "He is a hard worker and has gotten better every day since he joined the team."
Carrington Parker (Anaheim, Calif.) joins the Bobcats from Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C. after growing up in Anaheim, Calif. "Parker is a very fast and athletic player who can make an impact in our defensive midfield unit," said Arthur. "He has the athletic ability to keep up with anyone he plays against."
Chris Holloway (Winston-Salem, N.C.) comes to Lees-McRae from Reagan High School in Pfafftown, N.C. where he was a two-time all-conference selection at goalie. "Chris is a natural shot stopper," said Arthur. "He has very quick hands and will only get better with more experience."
Lees-McRae College, located in Banner Elk, N.C., is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a NCAA Division II member of Conference Carolinas which is comprised of 11 colleges and universities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
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