Marquette Lacrosse adds 18 for 2018

Two-time defending BIG EAST champions add 17 four-year players and one transfer.
Aug. 29, 2017


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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team has announced the addition of 18 newcomers for the 2017-18 academic year, including 17 four-year players and a junior transfer.

"We welcome another great contingent of young men to campus this fall and look forward to immersing them in our culture from day one," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "The trajectory for this program continues to point upwards and this group will play a vital role as we aim to be among the elite players in our sport. This class enters our program at a great time and will be presented with the unique challenge of helping push us from BIG EAST Champions to NCAA title contenders."

The group includes student-athletes from 10 different U.S. states, as well as Ontario, and features four players Pennsylvania and a pair each from California, Maryland, Illinois and New York. The Golden Eagles also add two players with Wisconsin ties as Jordan Schmid (Waukesha, Wisconsin) from Kettle Moraine High School was a late addition to the class, while Moey Lardy spent two years at Cedarburg High School before transferring to the Trinity-Pawling School in New York.

Marquette also continues to add legacies to the roster in Aaron Joseph (Noah), Keaton Thomson (Tanner) and Zach Granger (Ryan). They join Noah Richard, Nick Grill as current MU players whose brothers also suited up in Blue and Gold.

Kai Storrs, a Minnesotan who spent each of the last two seasons at 2017 NCAA Champion Maryland, is the lone transfer in the class and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Marquette. In all, the class includes six long pole players, one goalie and 11 midfielders/attackmen.

The two-time defending BIG EAST Conference champions return five starters after making their second straight NCAA Championship appearance and will enter their sixth campaign in 2018.

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No.Student-AthletePos.Ht.HometownHigh School/Last College
2Aaron JosephM/A5-9Paoli, Pa.Great Valley
10Alex MalitasD5-10Jenkintown, Pa.William Penn Charter
17Keaton ThomsonA6-1Toronto, OntarioSt. Michael's College
11Jacob HallamM5-9Centennial, Colo.Cherry Creek
27Cade StrattonA6-0Morton, Pa.Ridley
28Kyle SouzaLSM6-0Walnut Creek, Calif.San Ramon Valley
32Moey LardyM6-2Granite Bay, Calif.Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
33Gabe SteinG6-3Sherman, Conn.New Fairfield
34Zach GrangerD/LSM6-1Media, Pa.Penncrest
36Brendan AltA6-0Bethesda, Md.Gonzaga College
38Patrick DonahueA5-9Burr Ridge, Ill.Fenwick/IMG Academy
39Jordan SchmidM5-9Waukesha, Wis.Kettle Moraine
40Kai StorrsD6-3Plymouth, Minn.Salisbury School/Maryland
43Elliott YacuD/LSM5-10Homewood, Ala.Homewood
45Kyle KochD5-10Glenview, Ill.Loyola Academy
71Garrett MoyaA6-2Huntington, N.Y.Huntington
72Anthony OrsiniA6-0Middletown, Md.Middletown
88Jace WhelanM5-7Cicero, N.Y.Christian Brothers Academy

2 | Aaron Joseph | 5-8 | M | Paoli, Pa. | Great Valley H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Was a four-year letter winner at Great Valley, serving as captain during his final season of high school competition ... Twice named All-Ches-Mont League and earned second team all-area honors once ... The 13th all-time leading scorer at Great Valley missed the end of his senior season after suffering a knee injury ... Played club with Man Up.

Personal: Born in Paoli, Pennsylvania ... Son of Mary Beth and Mark Joseph ... Younger brother of former Marquette midfielder Noah Joseph ... Also has a sister, Sarah, and another brother, Ethan, who plays lacrosse at Eastern University ... Plans to major in chemistry.

10 | Alex Malitas | D | 5-10 | Jenkintown, Pa. | William Penn Charter

Prior to Marquette: Malitas earned five varsity letters in lacrosse and three in water polo at William Penn Charter School ... Picked up 28 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers as a senior, while serving as team captain ... Called on to play for the Greek National Team in 2016 ... Water polo team captain as a senior and earned top defensive player honors as the goalie.

Personal: Malitas was born in Abington, Pennsylvania .. Son of Mary and Harry Malitas ... Father played football at Widener University ... Has younger siblings, Nina and Peter ... Plans to major in finance and computer science.

17 | Keaton Thomson | 6-1 | A | Toronto, Ontario | St. Michael's College

Prior to Marquette: Played at St. Michael's College School ... Played junior box lacrosse with the Mimico Mountaineers and competed in the Minto Cup in 2017.

Personal: Son of Tim and Amanda Thomson ... Has three siblings, Tanner, Hudson and Finaly.

11 | Jacob Hallam | M | 5-10 | Centennial, Colo. | Cherry Creek

Prior to Marquette: Hallam earned seven varsity letters combined in lacrosse and football at Cherry Creek High School ... Served as lacrosse team captain in both 2016 and 2017 ... Won a state title in football in 2014.

Personal: Hallam was born in Vail, Colorado ... Son of Scott and Melissa Hallam ... Plans to major in accounting ... Started Unified Lacrosse, a non-profit for children with disabilities who want to play lacrosse, with high school teammates.

27 | Cade Stratton | 6-0 | A | Morton, Pa. | Ridley H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Stratton was a four-year varsity starter at Ridley High School ... Named offensive MVP for the Green Raiders as a senior and was a two-time lacrosse captain ... Competed with the HEADstrong Lacrosse Club and was a member of the championship BIG EAST squad at the Epoch IL Committed Academy with Marquette classmates Gabe Stein, Garrett Moya, Kyle Koch and Brendan Alt ... Also started three years on the varsity football team at Ridley and was named the offensive MVP as a senior.

Personal: Son of Lisa and Joe Stratton ... Has a younger sister Corrinne ... Plans to major in education.

28 | Kyle Souza | LSM | 6-0 | Walnut Creek, Calif. | San Ramon Valley H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Named first team All-East Bay and All-American as a long stick midfielder after his senior campaign at San Ramon Valley ... Named captain for his junior and senior year ... Helped his team to a North Coast Section championship in 2015 and East Bay championships in 2014, 2015 and 2017 ... Played football for two seasons.

Personal: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... Son of Tom and Amy Souza ... Has an older brother, Niko, who played lacrosse at Furman University, and a sister, Madison ... Plan to major in business.

32 | Moey Lardy | 6-2 | M | Granite Bay, Calif. | Trinity-Pawling School (N.Y.)

Prior to Marquette: Lardy was a four-year letter winner in lacrosse, twice at Cedarburg High School in Wisconsin and the final two years at the Trinity-Pawling School in New York ... Served as captain of both the lacrosse and soccer squads as a senior ... Played with MU teammate Connor McClelland at Trinity-Pawling in 2015-16 ... Guided the Trinity-Pawling lacrosse team to a 9-6 record as a senior in 2017 ... Competed with Team Amplify under head coach Michael Storts.

Personal: Born in Flemington, New Jersey ... Third oldest of six children to Jim and Val Lardy ... Has an older brother, Jon, and sister, Amanda, as well as younger sisters, Lauren Nyla and Natasha ... Lived in the Milwaukee area for a brief time during his high school career.

33 | Gabe Stein | G | 6-3 | Sherman, Conn. | New Fairfield H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner in lacrosse at New Fairfield High School where he also lettered in soccer ... Listed as the No. 94 player in his high school class by the Inside Lacrosse Top-100 Young Gun Senior Rankings entering his final high school campaign ... Helped his team to a Southwest Conference championship, and was elected tournament MVP ... Was named to the second team all-state as a senior ... Named defensive MVP in 2016 at the Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy ... Part of a BIG EAST squad that won the title at the 2017 Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy and included classmates Garrett Moya, Brendan Alt, Kyle Koch and Cade Stratton ... Led his team to the Connecticut state semifinals ... Played club with Primetime Lacrosse.

Personal: Son of Craig and Susan Stein ... Has one older sister, Sierra ... Plans to major in either communications or business.

34 | Zach Granger | D/LSM | 6-1 | Media, Pa. | Penncrest H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Granger earned four letters in lacrosse at Penncrest High School, where he served as a team captain as a senior ... Earned second team All-Central League honors as a senior in 2017 as well as honorable mention All-Delco accolades ... Also All-Delco as a junior ... Member of a 2014 squad that went 25-1 alongside brother Ryan to capture a state championship ... Won Central League championships as a freshman (2014) and sophomore (2015).

Personal: Born in Media, Pennsylvania to Dave and Diane Granger ... Older brother Ryan, who graduated from high school a year ahead of him, is also on the MU men's lacrosse roster as a long-stick midfielder ... Plans to major in history.

36 | Brendan Alt | A | 6-0 | Bethesda, Md. | Gonzaga College

Prior to Marquette: Three-year letter winner at Gonzaga College, and served as captain during senior year ... In his final campaign as a Purple Eagle, scored 23 goals and earned all-conference recognition ... Helped his team to back-to-back conference championships in 2015 and 2016 ... Part of a BIG EAST squad that won the title at the 2017 Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy and included classmates Gabe Stein, Garrett Moya, Kyle Koch and Cade Stratton.

Personal: Alt was born in Bethesda, Maryland ... Son of Neil and Maura Alt ... Father, Neil, played lacrosse at Syracuse ... Has one older sister, Maggie ... Plans to major in marketing.

38 | Patrick Donahue | A | 5-9 | Burr Ridge, Ill. | Fenwick H.S./IMG Academy

Prior to Marquette: Donahue completed a post-graduate year at IMG Academy after earning four letters in lacrosse at Fenwick High School in Illinois ... Part of an IMG squad that finished No. 2 in the nation in 2017 ... Earned all-state honors as a junior (second team) and senior (first team) at Fenwick, while serving as team captain ... All-American as a senior in 2016 ... Led Fenwick in both goals and points his final two years ... Notched 120 points as a senior and is the all-time points and goal leader in Fenwick history ... Has played club lacrosse with True Lacrosse, East Avenue and FCA ... 2017 Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions MVP with FCA lacrosse.

Personal: Born in Burr Ridge, Illinois ... Son of Devera Hayes and Mike Donahue ... Has a younger brother Keaton ... Plans to major in economics.

39 | Jordan Schmid | 5-9 | M | Waukesha, Wis. | Kettle Moraine H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Was a four-year letter winner at Kettle Moraine High School and a two-time team captain ... Amassed 120 goals, 112 assists and 232 points in 71 games during his final three high school seasons ... Named first team all-state as a senior in 2017, while also earning Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year and US Lacrosse All-Academic and All-America accolades ... Also earned US Lacrosse All-America honors as a junior in 2016 and was named first team all-conference ... Second team all-conference as a sophomore in 2015 ... Posted 59 goals and 51 assists as a senior in 2017 as the Lasers won state and conference titles while going 21-3 ... Also earned a state championship as a junior in 2016 after posting 42 goals and 42 assists while KMHS went 17-7 ... Team captured a conference crown in 2015 and went 21-2 as Schmid put up 27 goals and 19 assists ... Competed at the club level with True Lacrosse Wisconsin and Legends U19 ... Also lettered in football as a sophomore and senior.

Personal: Born in Wales, Wisconsin and is the son of Michele Schmid ... Has an older brother, Jordan ... Would be the first player of the state of Wisconsin to see the field for the Golden Eagles when he makes his NCAA debut ... Plans to major in exercise physiology.

40 | Kai Storrs | D | 6-3 | Plymouth, Minn. | Salisbury School (Conn.)/Maryland

Prior to Marquette:

2017 (So. - Maryland): Saw the field in three games for the 2017 NCAA Champions ... Grabbed a ground ball in his collegiate debut against High Point (Feb. 18) ... Named Academic All-Big Ten. 2016 (Fr. - Maryland): Did not see any action due to injury.

High School: Earned letters for lacrosse, which included a letter as an eighth grader in Minnesota ... Finished his high school career in Connecticut at the Salisbury School.

Personal: Son of Jason Storrs and Kera Messinger ... Earned academic high honors in high school ... Transfer from Maryland was also recruited by North Carolina and High Point out of high school.

43 | Elliott Yacu | 5-10 | D | Homewood, Ala. | Homewood H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Lettered at Homewood High School all four years and served as team captain ... Was listed as a Brine All-American ... Played on the Trilogy Aces All-Star team, Carolina All-Star team ... Named to the Dixie Top-200 Invitational ... Received varsity letters in football, and was the special teams MVP, highest GPA award recipient, Patriots Award winner and team captain ... Competed with Bama Lax Select travel team.

Personal: Son of David and Lisa Yacu ... Served as a counselor for Trinity Methodist Discovery weekend from 2014 through 2017 ... Part of the Cahaba River Clean-up Foundation and spent time in high school volunteering at an animal clinic ... National Honor Society inductee in high school, who graduated with a grade-point average above a 4.0, and was a member of the National Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

45 | Kyle Koch | D | 5-10 | Glenview, Ill. | Loyola Academy

Prior to Marquette: Earned four letters in lacrosse at Loyola Academy in suburban Chicago ... Team captain his final two campaigns ... Three-time first team all-state and all-conference defenseman ... Earned second team all-conference honors as a freshman ... Conference player of the year (Tony Lawless Award) as a senior ... Most valuable player at Loyola as a senior and named top defensive player as a junior ... Helped the Ramblers to a state championship in 2016 and runner-up appearances in 2014 and 2017 ... Part of a defense at Loyola that limited opponents to an Illinois state high school record for goals allowed per game ... Part of a BIG EAST squad that won the title at the 2017 Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy and included classmates Gabe Stein, Brendan Alt, Garrett Moya and Cade Stratton ... Competed with the Midwest team at the Under Armour Underclass Championships in 2016 and for Team Illinois at the 2015 Brine event.

Personal: Son of Jeff and Stacy Koch ... Mother played collegiate tennis at Drake, while father wrestled at Minnesota-Morris ... Graduated Summa Cum Laude at Loyola Academy ... Plans to major in biomedical sciences.

71 | Garrett Moya | A |6-2 | Huntington, N.Y. | Huntington H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Earned four letters in lacrosse and was a two-time team captain at Huntington High School ... Posted 244 points in his high school career, including 155 goals and 89 assists ... Led the Blue Devils in points in each of his final three seasons, which included a career-best 89 points (third on Long Island) on 60 goals and 29 assists as a junior ... Also recorded 76 points as a senior (44 goals) ... Part of a BIG EAST squad that won the title at the 2017 Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy and included classmates Gabe Stein, Brendan Alt, Kyle Koch and Cade Stratton ... Attack MVP and point leader at the Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational Session II in 2015 ... Two-time all-county selection ... 2015 Under Armour All-American ... Played club lacrosse with the Long Island Outlaws.

Personal: Moya was born in Huntington, New York ... Son of Lorraine and Modesto Moya ... Has an older brother Daniel ... Plans to major in business.

72 | Anthony Orsini | A | 6-0 | Middletown, Md. | Middletown H.S.

Prior to Marquette: Earned four letters in lacrosse at Middletown High School, and was elected team captain for his sophomore, junior and senior years ... Was named a US Lacrosse All-American as a junior and senior ... First team all-area and first team all-conference all four years in high school ... Named the Frederick News Post Male Athlete of the Month in his junior year, and named Athlete of the Month during his senior campaign by WHAG-TV ... Helped his team to a regional championship as a sophomore ... Played club with Baltimore Crabs ... Also lettered in football.

Personal: Born in Frederick, Maryland ... Son of Mike and Kennetha Orsini ... Has two older siblings, Nick and Ashley ... Plans to major in business.

88 | Jace Whelan | M | 5-7 | Cicero, N.Y. | Christian Brothers Academy

Prior to Marquette: Lettered in lacrosse and was named the team co-captain his junior and senior campaigns... Also lettered in football at Christian Brothers Academy ... Helped lead CBA lacrosse to the New York state crown in 2017.

Personal: Born in Shreveport, Louisiana ... Has two younger siblings, Zoie and Payton ... Son of Melissa and Dan Whelan ... Plans to major in biomedical engineering.

 

 

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