Men's Lacrosse Announces 11 Newcomers for 2015-16
Aug. 25, 2015
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University head men's lacrosse coach Joe Amplo has announced the addition of 11 student-athletes for the 2015-16 academic year, all of whom will have four years of eligibility remaining.
The group adds size to Marquette's current roster with six players checking in at over 6-feet-tall and includes seven midfielders, two attackmen and a pair of long pole players.
The Golden Eagles signed a pair of high-scoring Michigan prep players to National Letters of Intent in November in Bob Pelton (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) and John Wagner (St. Davids, Ontario/Cranbrook (Mich.)) and added another nine players this spring.
The class is expected to play a large role for the Marquette program as 18 current Golden Eagles are expected to exhaust their eligibility following the spring of 2016.
Randy Black | LSM | 5-7 | Orangeville, Ontario | The Hill Academy
Prior to Marquette: Black played at The Hill Academy, where current MU players Kyle Whitlow and Tyler Gilligan also competed ... Led the Hill Academy to a 13-1 record in 2015 ... Helped the Hill Academy to a championship in the 2015 North American Lacrosse Tournament with a 12-11 overtime victory over Culver ... Named 2014 team most valuable player ... Played for the Orangeville Northmen junior A box lacrosse team in 2015 after winning rookie of the year honors in 2014 for the club's junior B squad ... Assistant captain for box lacrosse team in 2013 and 2011 ... Also played hockey.
Personal: Born in Orangeville, Ontario ... Son of Barb Black and has one older sibling, Morgan ... Plans to major in sociology.
Brendon Connolly | LSM/D | 6-3 | Towson, Md. | St. Paul's School
Prior to Marquette: Two-year letter winner at St. Paul's School (Towson, Maryland) ... Competed on the Under Armour Underclass Baltimore Team in 2014 ... Also excelled at volleyball in high school, garnering the 2015 George L. Mitchell '44 Best Athlete Cup and being named Under Armour Underclass All-American in 2014.
Personal: Born April 18, 1996 in Towson, Maryland ... Son of Charles Connolly and Suzanne Koch ... Has one brother, Brain, and one sister, Bridgett.
Matt Del Duca | M | 5-9 | Wyckoff, N.J. | Ramapo
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner and named team captain during his senior season ... Named All-Bergen County First Team in lacrosse and was also a first team all-state honoree during his high school career ... Tallied 32 goals and 50 assists during his senior season ... His 82 total points during his senior year were a career high ... Finished his career with 83 total goals and 77 assists for 160 career points ... Played cornerback and wide receiver on his football team ... Helped the team to a state championship in 2012 ... Totaled five interceptions as a cornerback and 388 yards on 35 receptions at the wide receiver position during his senior campaign.
Personal: Born August 8, 1996 in Wyckoff, New Jersey ... Son of Evelina and Jack Del Duca ... Has one brother, John, and one sister, Mia.
Scott McNamara | M | 5-11 | Apple Valley, Minn. | Academy of Holy Angels
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner at the Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield, Minn.) and was named team captain during his junior and senior seasons ... Ranked among the top 200 high school seniors in the class of 2015 by StudentSports ... Earned a bevy of awards as a senior including first team all-section, first team all-state, All-American, Epoch Lacrosse Player of the Year and Minnesota Mr. Lacrosse ... Named team's rookie of the year as a freshman ... Garnered numerous awards his sophomore year including team MVP, first team all-section and first team all-state ... Named to third team all-state and first team all-section as a junior ... Tallied 51 goals and 25 assists during his sophomore campaign ... Notched 63 goals and 33 assists as a senior to lead the state of Minnesota in points... Also played hockey as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Personal: Born March 21, 1997 in Apple Valley, Minnesota ... Son of Sue and Joe McNamara ... Has two brothers, Alex and Luke.
Brett Molina | M/FO | 5-10 | San Diego, Calif. | Cathedral Catholic
Prior to Marquette: Named all-academic by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2014 ... Won 60 percent of face-offs during his senior season ... Molina joins fellow face-off specialist and 2014 signee Owen Weselak as native San Diegans on the MU roster.
Bob Pelton | M | 6-0 | Grand Rapids, Mich. | Forest Hills Northern
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner at Forest Hills Northern High School (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and was named team captain during his junior and senior seasons ... Ranked among the top 200 high school seniors in the class of 2015 by StudentSports ... Was an all-state honoree during all four seasons of his high school career ... Named All-America during his junior and senior campaigns ... Three-time regional champion and appeared in the state semifinals on three occasions ... Led his squad in total points during each of his four years and set career marks at Forest Hills Northern High School in assists, goals and points.
Personal: Born December 19, 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan ... Son of Bob and Claudia Pelton ... Has one brother, Bennett, and one sister, Paige.
Noah Richard | M | 6-3 | West Chester, Pa. | Henderson
Prior to Marquette: Three-year letter winner at B. Reed Henderson High School (West Chester, Pennsylvania) and was captain his junior and senior seasons ... Recorded 125 points during his high school career, including 78 goals ... Named to the all-league team three times, and all-district on two occasions ... Tallied six other high school letters between basketball, football and track ... Like lacrosse, Noah was captain of his football team during his junior and senior campaigns.
Personal: Born March 3, 1997 in West Chester, Pennsylvania ... Son of David and Suzanne Richard ... Has six siblings: Christopher, Timothy, Bethany, Jacob, Joshua and Rebecca ... Brother, Jacob, is a senior on the Golden Eagles roster.
Colin Strange | M | 5-9 | Lancaster, Pa. | Hempfield
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner at Hempfield High School (Lancaster, Pa.) ... Named to the All-Lancaster Lebanon League during his senior season ... Totaled 70 points on 42 goals and 28 assists ... Member of Duke's LC, one of the premier lacrosse clubs in the nation.
Personal: Born May 1, 1996 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania ... Son of Linda and James Strange ... Has one brother, Andrew and one sister, Emily.
Luke Vassos | M | 6-2 | Bethesda, Md. | Gonzaga Prep
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner at Landon School (freshman year) and Gonzaga College High School (sophomore-senior year) where he was named captain for his senior campaign ... Tallied 35 points in 18 games his senior season which included 15 goals ... Conference champion during all four years of his high school career ... Also played football in high school and was captain his senior year ... Played in high school with current Golden Eagle defensive midfielder Colin Riehl.
Personal: Born June 26, 1996 in Silver Spring, Maryland ... Son of John and Joan Vassos ... Has three siblings, Allison, Erica and Nicholas.
John Wagner | A | 6-2 | St. Davids, Ontario | Cranbrook-Kingswood (Mich.)
Prior to Marquette: Earned a varsity letter during each of the three years he attended Cranbrook-Kingswood (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) and was voted captain for his senior season .... Ranked in the top 200 seniors in the class of 2015 by StudentSports ... Was a three-time all-state and US Lacrosse All-America selection ... Led his team to regional championships all three years of his high school career and helped the squad to state championships in 2013 and 2015 ... Concluded his high school career by totaling five goals in the Michigan state title game against Okemos, including the game-winner with 10.5 seconds remaining ... Also scored the game winner in the 2015 state semifinal ... Amassed 69 goals and 41 assists as a senior, marking his third-straight 50-plus goal campaign ... Netted 51 goals and tallied 30 assists in 20 games his sophomore season ... Followed that with a 54-goal, 58-assist performance in 19 games during his junior season... Named Perani's Michigan Lacrosse 2015 Player of the Year during his senior campaign ... Also played hockey at Cranbrook and helped to Cranes to state titles as a sophomore and the program's 17th state championship as a senior ... Plays box lacrosse with the Niagara Thunderhawks junior B team ... Picked Marquette over Syracuse, Cornell and Brown, among others.
Personal: Born May 4, 1997 in St. Catharines, Ontario ... Son of Mike and Lainie Wagner ... Has one brother, Ryan, and one sister, Rachel.
Josh Williamson |A | 6-0 | Redondo Beach, Calif. | Redondo Union
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner at Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and was named team captain during his senior campaign ... Garnered the all-class MVP award on three occasions during his high school career ... Named first team all-league in 2013 and 2015, and earned team offensive MVP honors for his efforts during his senior season ... Named an Adrenaline All-American during his senior campaign ... Tallied 89 goals and 113 assists during his four-year high school career.
Personal: Born June 2, 1997 in Redondo Beach, California ... Son of William and Silvia Williamson ... Has two siblings, Kristina and Nick.
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