Two More Added to Marquette Men's Lax Inaugural Recruiting Class
Aug. 18, 2011
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University men’s lacrosse head coach Joe Amplo announced Thursday the addition of University of Maryland transfer Joey Fontanesi and Wausau, Wis., native Ryan Condon, the Golden Eagles’ first in-state player, expanding MU’s inaugural recruiting class to 27 student-athletes.
Fontanesi was a two-time all-American at Brother Rice High School and played eight games in two seasons as a midfielder with the Maryland Terrapins, who last year advanced to the final of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Condon was a four-sport standout at Wausau West and two-time all-state attackman for the Wolfpack.
“Both Joey and Ryan possess the character traits we were looking for in attracting our first recruiting class to Marquette this fall,” said Amplo. “Hard work, a commitment to get the most out of themselves and the toughness we will need while developing our culture are all things that both Joey and Ryan stand for.”
Amplo’s first recruiting class now includes 13 college transfers with a geographic footprint that includes 11 different states and two Canadian provinces, ranging from Long Island, N.Y. to as far west as California and north to Calgary, Alberta.
Fontanesi will be the lone senior when the MU men’s lacrosse team takes to the field for their first season of competition in spring 2013. He was the No. 14-ranked freshman midfielder in the nation coming out of Brother Rice, according to Inside Lacrosse. Fontanesi tallied 126 goals, 82 assists and 140 groundballs during his high school career, helping Brother Rice claim four MHSAA championships, including an 85-4 record in four seasons.
“Joey, having just been a part of a team [Maryland] that competed in the national championship game, is excited about his challenge of becoming a leader for us,” said Amplo. “He played for a staff that demands excellence and in a program that has a history of success. I am confident Joey will help set our standards for hard work and success.”
An all-around athlete, Condon was captain of the boys lacrosse, hockey and soccer teams at Wausau West, earning at least all-conference accolades in each sport, in addition to twice being named an all-conference punter in football.
He scored 138 goals with 38 assists in four seasons of prep lacrosse and helped Wausau West make three state tournament semi-finals appearances. This past year, Condon also scored 18 goals with 17 assists in helping the boys hockey team win its first WIAA state championship after a runner-up appearance in 2010.
“Ryan is one of the best pure athletes I saw this summer and is the type of athlete that gets me excited to coach,” said Amplo. “The sky is the limit for him on the lacrosse field. Being from Wisconsin, he is truly excited about this opportunity, and I think he is the perfect person to represent the first in-state lacrosse player at Marquette University.”
MU will play its first men’s lacrosse season in the spring of 2013 as an NCAA Division I independent. Marquette will then become a full member of the BIG EAST Conference in men’s and women’s lacrosse beginning with the 2014 season.