UVM Men’s Lacrosse Adds 17 Newcomers for 2015 Campaign

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Vermont men’s lacrosse team has added 17 newcomers to the squad for the upcoming 2015 season. Head coach Ryan Curtis announced the recruiting class on Wednesday.

Bubba Anderson
FO – 5-8 – 180 – Montgomery Village, Maryland/St. Johns College HS

Anderson was a WCAC First Team and Washington Post Honorable Mention selection in 2014, while also earning the Team’s Offensive MVP honor. Anderson currently holds his high school’s record for most career face-off wins (890).

Graham Bocklet
LSM – 5-11 – 160 – Waccabuc, New York/John Jay

Bocklet, a long-stick middie from Waccabuc, New York, was selected as an all-section performer in each of his final three seasons in high school.

John Brainard
M – 6-3 – 195 – New Canaan, Connecticut/New Canaan/UMass

Brainard, a transfer from UMass, tallied 24 goals and 22 assists during his senior year of high school. He helped lead his team to the FCIAC Championship title in 2012.

Zack Bucci
M – 5-11 – 175 – Crown Point, Indiana/Crown Point

Bucci was named to the all-conference first team and earned all-state honorable mention selections in his junior and senior seasons. In 2013, he finished sixth in the state with 74 points.

Patrick Buono
G – 6-1 – 195 – East Greenbush, New York/Columbia

Buono was a team captain and Unsung Hero Award winner as a goalie at Columbia High School. In 2011-12, Buono made 167 saves and posted a .480 save percentage in net.

Matt Burke
LSM – 6-0 – 175 – Timonium, Maryland/Calvert Hall

Burke, a long-stick middie, played alongside classmate Dan Flock at Calvert Hall. As a senior, Burke picked up 25 ground balls and registered four assists on the year.

Andrew Duffy
M – 5-10 – 180 – Katonah, New York/John Jay/SUNY Cortland

Duffy, a transfer from SUNY Cortland, was named an all-Section and all-league performer during his senior year at John Jay High School in 2013.

Dan Flock
G – 5-10 – 165 – Ellicott City, Maryland/Calvert Hall

Flock comes to Vermont from Calvert Hall, where he played goalie for the Cardinals. In 2012, he helped lead his squad to the MIAA Championship title.

Matt Gudas
M – 5-10 – 170 – Concord, New Hampshire/Holderness School

Gudas, a team captain for his senior season, was named an All-Lakes Region performer in his final three seasons at Holderness. In 2014, Gudas tallied 25 goals and 45 assists.

Nate Howard
M – 6-0 – 189 – Damascus, Maryland/St. Johns College HS

Howard was an all-league honorable mention selection in 2014 en route to leading his team to a WCAC Championship. Howard registered 20 goals and 21 assists during his senior campaign.

James Leary
D – 5-10 – 185 – Seabrook, New Hampshire/Governor’s Academy

Leary, a team captain for his senior season, won the Coaches’ Award and also helped lead his squad to a league championship title in 2012.

Christian Magnan
LSM – 5-10 – 185 – Bedford, New York/Fox Lane/SUNY Cortland

Magnan played alongside Duffy at SUNY Cortland last season and appeared in 11 games for the Red Dragons. In high school, Magnan was an all-section and all-league performer.

Bailey Martin
A – 5-11 – 155 – Wilmington, Delaware/Salesianum

Martin led his Salesianum squad to state championship titles from 2011-13. In his senior season, he was a team captain and earned the squad’s Offensive Player of the Year honor.

Jake Richards
D – 6-1 – 180 – Dover, Massachusetts/St. Mark’s School

In 2014, Richards was tabbed West Division I Defensive Player of the Year and also earned a spot on the New England West All-League team.

Tim Shield
A – 6-1 – 210 – Mansfield, Massachusetts/The Taft School

Shield joins the Catamounts after spending his high school years at the Taft School, where he finished second on the team in goals (25) during his senior campaign.

Cam Stafford
A – 6-0 – 170 – Greenwich, Connecticut/Brunswick School

Stafford collected rookie of the year honors and also earned an all-league selection in 2013. In his final season at Brunswick, Stafford tallied 34 goals and seven assists.

Connor Van Ryn
M – 5-8 – Whitby, Ontario/The Hill Academy

Van Ryn played his high school lacrosse for The Hill Academy and also played Junior B for the Clarington Green Gaels in box lacrosse. Van Ryn tallied 13 goals and 27 assists in 14 games this past summer for Clarington.

The Catamounts return eight of their top 10 scorers from last year’s squad, including Ian MacKay (42 pts.), Nick Bartlett (21) and Andrew Buckanavage (20). MacKay was named America East Rookie of the Year after leading all conference freshmen in both points and goals per game in 2014.

Photo courtesy Brian Jenkins