Men’s lacrosse welcomes nine members of the Class of 2017
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, has once again assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation as he has announced the addition of nine freshmen for the 2014 season. Harvard’s Class of 2017 has been ranked as the seventh-best recruiting class by Inside Lacrosse and features four individuals ranked in the top 100.
“We are happy to welcome the class of 2017 to campus,” Wojcik commented. “The class embodies high character, talent, and a strong collective work ethic. The nine young men hail from eight different states, and are a product of strong high school programs. Our staff is excited to welcome them to campus this week, and begin preparations for the 2014 season.”
Harvard has boasted a top 10 recruiting class each of the last five years, including the third-ranked classes in 2011 and 2009, and the fourth-ranked class a year ago. This year’s group includes Inside Lacrosse‘s No. 15 recruit in midfielder Sean Coleman, the No. 22 recruit in long stick midfielder Matt Ryan and one of the top faceoff prospects in the nation in Austin Williams. The class also includes No. 31 Max Greene, No. 69 Luke Mendola, Colin Delea, Spencer Evans, Ryan Norton and Jamie White.
The Class of 2017
Sean Coleman | Midfielder | 5-10 | 170 | Doylestown, Pa. | LaSalle College High School
Ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the class of 2017 by Inside Lacrosse … Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner in lacrosse … Led LaSalle College High School to a state championship as a senior … Helped LaSalle to three Philadelphia Catholic League championships … Named Under Armour All-American as a senior … All-State first team selection as a junior … Three-time All-Catholic first team selection … Also a four-year letterwinner in football … Helped LaSalle to a football state championship in 2010 … Won four Philadelphia Catholic League championships in football … Named Philadelphia Player of the Year as a senior … All-State first team selection in 2012 … In 2011, named first team All-Catholic receiver and safety … All-Catholic cornerback first team selection as a sophomore … Travis Manion Award recipient … Member of the student branch out program.
Colin Delea | Goalkeeper | 6-2 | 180 | Westford, Mass. | Phillips Exeter Academy
Lettered in lacrosse at Phillips Exeter Academy … Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Bishop Guertin … Led Bishop Guertin to three consecutive New Hampshire Division I State Championships … Named NSCLA All-American and Champion All-American in 2012 … Competed in the Champion All-American showcase … Two-time NH Division I All-State first team selection … Two-time Nashua Telegraph boys lacrosse all-star … In 2012, named boys lacrosse all-star by the Lowell Sun … Graduated a member of Cum Laude Society at Phillips Exeter Academy in 2013 … Named a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2012 … Class Valedictorian at Bishop Guertin … Recipient of the 2012 Bishop Guertin Senior Award for leadership demonstrated through both academics and athletics … For three years went on mission trips to Gulfport, Miss., to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Spencer Evans | Midfielder | 6-2 | 195 | Mill Valley, Calif. | Saint Ignatius
Named captain as a senior and earned three varsity letters in lacrosse … Led Saint Ignatius to three straight undefeated West Catholic Athletic League seasons, three WCAL championships and a No. 12 ranking by LaxPower.com as a senior … Named an Adrenaline All-American and Under Armour Underclass All-American … All-WCAL first-team selection in 2013 … In 2011, earned Gait Cup and King of the Hill All-Star status … Also lettered in football … National Merit Commended Scholar … Graduate with honor … Eight-semester Deans List student …Volunteered at West Rehabilitation Center.
Max Greene | Attackman | 5-10 | 175 | Towson, Md. | Gilman
Ranked as the No. 31 recruit in the class of 2017 by Inside Lacrosse … Three-year letterwinner … Helped Gilman to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship as a sophomore … Named an Under Armour All-American in 2013 … Winner of the Smith Cup Award and was a C. Markland Kelly Finalist … First team All-MIAA selection in 2013 … Second team All-Metro as a senior … Towson Times first team selection in 2013 … Lettered in hockey and helped the team win the MIAA crown while earning All-MIAA first team honors as a senior … Also lettered in football as quarterback … Volunteered at Paul’s Place.
Luke Mendola | Defenseman | 6-1 | 205 | Ithaca, N.Y. | Ithaca
Ranked as the No. 69 recruit in the class of 2017 by Inside Lacrosse … Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain … Helped Ithaca to its first NYSPHAA championship appearance in school history in 2011 … Led Ithaca to back-to-back runner-up performances in the NYSPHAA championship as a sophomore and junior … Helped Ithaca to the final-four in the NYSPHAA tournament in 2010 … Four-time all-section team selection … Voted Ithaca’s best defensive player for three straight years … Also a five-year letterwinner in hockey and captained the team as a senior … James Tatscore School award recipient for achievement in athletics and academics … Part of the Vitamin L Project since 2006 and was the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Youth Award … Vitamin L Project was honored by President Obama and Governor Davis Paterson of New York for its volunteer work.
Ryan Norton | Defenseman | 6-0 | 180 | Great Falls, Va. | Georgetown Prep
Named as captain as a senior and earned three varsity letters in lacrosse … Led Georgetown Prep to two IAC championships … In 2013, All-Maryland first team and All-IAC first team selection … Two-time all-county selection … Named to the Washington Post All-Met team as a senior … Also a three-year varsity letterwinner in football and captained the team as a senior … In 2012, named to the All-IAC first team and all-county first team for football.
Matt Ryan | Long Stick Midfielder | 6-2 | 190 | Ipswich, Mass. | Phillips Exeter Academy
Ranked as the No. 22 recruit in the class of 2017 by Inside Lacrosse … Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in lacrosse … Helped Phillips Exeter to 20 wins, the most victories in school history, as a junior … Led Phillips Exeter to a runner-up finish in the New England Class A tournament in 2012 … Two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American … Named Under Armour All-American as a senior … U.S. Lacrosse Regional Bob Scott Award recipient … Named Phillips Exeter Lacrosse MVP and Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 … Four-time Phillips Exeter Goodwin Cup recipient … In 2013, participated in the Warrior 40 … Led Phillips Exeter’s offense in 2013 with 21 goals and 28 assists … Also a four-year letterwinner in soccer and captained the team as a senior … Academic Honor Roll student.
Jamie White | Midfielder | 5-9 | 175 | Summit, N.J. | Delbarton School
Three-year letterwinner … Led Delbarton to two Morris County championships and Non-Public A state championships … Led Delbarton to a 17-1 record as a senior … Also a three-year letterwinner in football … As running back, led Delbarton to two NJAC league championships as a junior and senior … Helped Delbarton to back-to-back runner-up performances in Non-Public Group 3 State Championships …. Two-time All-NJAC first team and all-county first team selection … As a junior, named to the Non-Public first team and all-area first team … Morris County Coaches Association senior first team selection … Named to the New Jersey Super 100 senior team … Named team MVP as a senior … Morris County Scholar-Athlete Award recipient … Worked on the Appalachia Christmas Project as a junior.
Austin Williams | Midfielder | 6-1 | 205 | Morristown, N.J. | Delbarton School
Two-year letterwiner … Considered one of the top faceoff prospects in the nation … Helped Delbarton to a Morris County championship in 2013 and the Non-Public A state championship in 2012 … Named a US Lacrosse All-American as a junior and senior … Also named first team All-State as a junior and senior and was the New Jersey Midfielder of the Year in 2013 … Was an AP Scholar, member of the Honor Roll and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Photo courtesy Gil Talbot