Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team announced the signing of nine student-athletes Thursday afternoon for the 2019 season. The newest Bobcats include: Jack Callahan (Matthews, N.C.), Bryce James (Mebane, N.C.), Jack Cruz (Wilmington, N.C.), Matt Clary (Blythewood, S.C.), Jackson Galloway (Frederick, Md.), Grant Dickerson (Hardy, Va.), Pat Coyne (Columbia, S.C.), Cole Davidson (Fort Mill, S.C.) and Jake Leath (Indian Trail, N.C.).
"These young men will become the foundation of what everyone will know Bobcat Lacrosse to be," said LMC Head Coach Brad Dunn. "We have a great mix of young men who can play multiple positons and have an understanding of how to both excel on the field and in the classroom. The future is bright here at Lees-McRae!"
Jack Callahan – Attack – Matthews, N.C. (Providence HS)
Jack has been a three-year starter at Providence High School amassing 100 career goals in his career for the Panthers. He has earned multiple awards during his high school career including Charlotte Player of the Week in 2017, Offensive MVP for the 704 Lacrosse Club and Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2017.
Coach's Take: "Jack will make an immediate impact from the attack position the moment he steps foot on campus," said Dunn. "His ability to create for himself while still playing within the schemes of team offense will make him hard to handle!"
Bryce James – Midfield – Mebane, N.C. (Eastern Alamance HS)
Bryce will graduate from Eastern Alamance High School earning multiple Varsity Letters for both football and lacrosse. While a proud member of Eagle athletics, he has earned Academic All-Conference status both in 2017 and 2018 for both football and lacrosse. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Mebane, Bryce has accumulated multiple Player of the Game awards on the lacrosse field as the primary face-off midfielder.
Coach's Take: "Bryce is a true grinder on and off the field," Dunn said of James. "His ability to excel in everything he does as an athlete and a young man makes him the ideal member of the foundation building we are beginning here at LMC!"
Jack Cruz – Goalkeeper – Wilmington, N.C. (New Hanover HS)
With a senior year save percentage of just under 60%, Jack has been a stout leader for the Wildcat lacrosse program. His brilliance on the field is matched by his continued excellence in the classroom as he is a member of both the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Jack has also made the New Hanover High School Honor Roll all four years he has attended.
Coach's Take: "Jack will flourish here in the Green and Gold of Lees-McRae," remarked Dunn. "He is an extremely hard working young man who wants to get better at his craft every day. His ability to compete day in and day out for playing time will bring out the best in this young man."
Matt Clary – Midfield – Blythewood, S.C. (Blythewood HS)
Matt is a midfielder from Blythewood High School, who will be coming to Lees-McRae with multiple accolades, including a team captain for the Bengals lacrosse program for three seasons. Over his career he has accounted for 60 goals and 35 assists. Matt also finds time to mentor the youth lacrosse players of the Victory Lacrosse program.
Coach's Take: "Matt is a true throwback midfielder," Dunn said of Clary. "He can dominate at both ends of the field with lockdown short stick defense and a tremendous shot on the run and with time and room. His game is built to play NCAA lacrosse!"
Jackson Galloway – Midfield – Frederick, Md. (Urbana HS)
Jackson's high school career was split between both Urbana HS and St. James School in western Maryland. Was named Second Team All-County for Washington County, Maryland. Over the course of his career, Jackson has accumulated over 100 career points while playing both attack and midfield. He was selected to Maryland FREESTATE Top 44 in 2017. Jackson was also a standout golfer during his time at St. James School scoring the lowest score on the team.
Coach's Take: "Jackson's abilities absolutely jumped off the field from the moment I saw him play," Dunn said. "After learning more about him and his ability to lead a program, we knew he had to get in in the Green and Gold! He can play any position on the offensive side of the field."
Grant Dickerson – Defense – Hardy, Va. (Franklin County HS)
Grant has been a member of the Franklin County High School Varsity Lacrosse program since his freshman year. He had also earned three varsity letters as a fullback and linebacker for the Eagle football program while also being selected into the National Honor Society and earning Academic All-Conference. Grant earned First Team All-District and First Team All-Roanoke Valley awards during his Junior Year campaign.
Coach's Take: "Grant is one of the purest defensemen in Southwest Virginia," said Dunn "He can play aggressive on ball defense, throw take away checks, carry the ball in transition and command a man down defense. His constantly growing skill set will make him an immediate impact player this fall."
Pat Coyne – Defense – Columbia, S.C. (Blythewood HS)
Pat began his lacrosse career at attack but quickly made the transition to defense and has not looked back. He earned multiple awards including Most Improved and Second Team All-Region his junior season. Pat followed up his successes of the junior campaign with a First Team All-Region, Second Team All-State, Team MVP and Captain while leading the Blythewood program to a final four appearance in the South Carolina 5A State Tournament.
Coach's Take: "Though Pat is one year removed from playing high school lacrosse, his abilities are still top notch," Dunn said. "He is an aggressive defender who will bring a level of leadership to this class that will be unmatched. His time spent away from the game has made him even hungry for success at the NCAA level."
Cole Davidson – Attack – Fort Mill, S.C. (Fort Mill HS)
Coach's Take: "Cole has great size and ability to handle pressure from any and all defensemen," said Dunn. "His ability to change directions and command the crease will make him a huge asset to the Bobcat lacrosse program. His time spent with his older brother (LMC Defenseman Ben Davidson) has made him a tough matchup for any defenseman."
Jake Leath – Midfield – Indian Trail, N.C. (Porter Ridge HS)
Jake has been crafting his skills for nearly a decade and his successes have shown during his career at Porter Ridge High School. He has set school records in goals, assists and points, been chosen for first team All-Conference in 2017 and Honorable Mention in 2016. Jake has also been nominated for the prestigious Greater Charlotte Player of the Year award during his senior campaign. He has also earned several accolades as a member of the 704 Lacrosse Club all while being a nominee for National Honor Society during his Junior and Senior years.
Coach's Take: "Jake is a pure athlete," Dunn said of Leath. "His ability to take the top off a defense will make him an instant player to watch in the conference. He has a bulldog mentality that leads him to being an impact player all over the field. He could play any offensive positon and even pick up a pole and play tenacious defense."