Men's Lacrosse adds 22 for 2017
Sept. 20, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Twenty-two newcomers have joined the Marquette University men's lacrosse program for the 2016-17 academic year to help offset the loss of the first 19 four-year student-athletes in program history.
"We are excited to welcome a large group of student-athletes to campus," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "This contingent of young men come from very diverse backgrounds and are entering the Marquette Community at a great time. In the wake of those who came before, and did so much for our program, this new collection of Marquette Lacrosse players has a lot to live up to and some great things to prove. We all look forward to helping them grow as individuals and having them impact our culture."
The group includes student-athletes from 12 different U.S. states, as well as Ontario, and features three players each from California, Washington, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
The Golden Eagles will also have a Grill and Fleming on the field yet again as the program adds a pair of legacy recruits in USA Today First Team All-American Nick Grill (younger brother of B.J. Grill) and Griffin Fleming (brother of Blaine Fleming). They join sophomore Noah Richard (brother of Jacob Richard) as legacies on the MU roster.
In all, the class includes nine long pole players, two goalies, one faceoff specialist and 10 midfielders/attackmen.
The Golden Eagles return seven starters from the first NCAA tournament team in program history, including USILA All-American Ryan McNamara and All-BIG EAST goalie Cole Blazer. Marquette ended the 2016 campaign No. 11 in the USILA Coaches Poll and captured its first BIG EAST Championship over then-No. 1 Denver on its way to a record 11 victories.
Ben Allen | D | 5-11 | Alamo, Calif. | De La Salle
Prior to Marquette: Served as a team captain his junior and senior campaigns at De La Salle High School ... Honored as all-league second team ... De La Salle's defensive player of the year his final season ... Notched 48 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers in his senior year
Personal: Born in Alamo, California ... Son of Julia and Jason Allen ... Has two siblings, Rachel and Matt ... Plans to major in public relations.
Luke Anderson | M | 6-3 | Lakeville, Minn. | Lakeville North
Prior to Marquette: Earned four varsity letters throughout his high school career at Lakeville North High School ... Was dubbed an All-American and first team all-state performer his senior year ... Four-time all-section performer, three-time all-conference ... Also second team all-state as a sophomore and junior ... Participated in the state tournament three of four years, including the state championship in 2016 ... Served as team captain his junior and senior seasons ... Played for True Lacrosse National Team ... Ran cross country in high school where he was the leading runner on the team for two years and an all-conference runner ... Academic all-state in cross country.
Personal: Born in Lake Mary, Florida ... Son of Chris and Jennifer Anderson ... Has a younger sister, Lauren ... Plans to major in business.
Connor Campbell | M | 6-2 | Kirkland, Wash. | Juanita
Prior to Marquette: Earned three varsity letters throughout his high school career... Was dubbed his high school squad's most valuable offensive player following his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns... Served as team co-captain his senior season... Ran with West Coast Starz, and Adrenaline Tropics on the club circuit.
Personal: Born in Seattle, Washington ... Son of Shawn and Tracey Campbell... Has one brother, Jake ... Plans to major in business administration.
Anthony Courcelle | LSM | 6-1 | Sunrise, Fla. | Cypress Bay
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner, captain and starter for his Cypress Bay High School ... A two-time US Lacrosse All-American (junior and senior year) and named to the US Lacrosse All-District and All-Region First Team in his last season ... Chosen to play in the FLN Senior All-Star Game as a senior ... Helped his team to three district championships in his four years.
Personal: Born in Plantation, Florida ... Son of Lisa and Joe Courcelle ... Has a younger brother, Joey, and sister, Alexa ... Plans to major in physical therapy.
P.J. Cox | LSM/D | 5-9 | Sammamish, Wash. | Skyline
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner ... Served as captain his junior and senior year ... Selected as both a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Adrenaline Lacrosse All-American in 2016 ... Also played football, where he helped his team to the state championship his senior year at outside linebacker.
Personal: Born in Bellevue, Washington ... Son of Ingrid and Ron Cox ... Has two younger siblings, Drew and Nicki ... Plans to major in business administration.
Dylan Dobrosky | A | 5-6 | Flemington, N.J. | Hunterdon Central
Prior to Marquette: Served as captain his senior year for Hunterdon Central ... Earned first team all-conference and all-state honors in 2016 ... Selected to play in the New Jersey state senior all-star game ... Notched 100 career points.
Personal: Born in Flemington, New Jersey ... Son of Mike and Rose Dobrosky ... Has two brothers, twins Colin and Cory ... From same hometown and high school as MU women's lacrosse head coach Meredith Black.
Jackson Ehlert | D | 5-11 | Reading, Pa. | Exeter Township/CCBC Essex
2016 (Fr. - CCBC Essex): Started all 19 games on defense for the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex ... Helped the Knights to the NJCAA national semifinals where they fell 11-5 to Onodaga Community College ... Part of a CCBC Essex defense that gave up just 5.4 goals per contest.
High School: Lettered four years and served as team captain for three as a defenseman at Exeter Township High School ... Awarded first team all-county honors his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns ... Second team all-county as a freshman.
Personal: Born in Reading, Pennsylvania ... Son of Selena and Brad Ehlert ... Has three siblings, Dylan, Maggie and Ella ... Plans to major in corporate communications.
Ryan Fazio | A | 5-11 | Solana Beach, Calif. | Cathedral Catholic
Prior to Marquette: Earned three varsity letters in lacrosse at Cathedral Catholic High School ... Served as a team captain his senior season ... Honored as an Adrenaline All-American ... In his high school career, compiled 97 goals, 110 assists (school record) and 82 ground balls for 207 total points ... Also was a member of his high school surf team for two years.
Personal: Born in San Diego, California ... Son of Kirstan and Dave, who played women's soccer and men's lacrosse at UCLA ... Plans to major in business.
Griffin Fleming | A | 6-1 | Bryn Mawr, Pa. | St. Joseph's Prep
Prior to Marquette: Received four varsity letters in lacrosse at St. Joseph's Prep ... Was captain his senior year ... Earned First Team All-Philadelphia Catholic League ... Helped his team to the Pennsylvania State Championship game his junior year ... Also earned two letters in soccer.
Personal: Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania ... Son of Brian and Mimi Fleming ... Brother of Blaine Fleming, a former Marquette midfielder.
Cole Froemming | D/LSM | 6-3 | Eden Prairie, Minn. | Eden Prairie
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner ... Won two state championships in Minnesota ... Named all-state, all-section and all-conference .... Honored as a top player in the Midwest by Adrenaline ... Also received two varsity letters in football.
Personal: Born Oct. 16, 1997 in Minneapolis, Minnesota ... Son of Kim and Scott Froemming ... Has an older brother, Nathan, and a younger sister, CJ.
Ryan Granger | D | 6-0 | Media, Pa. | Penncrest
Prior to Marquette: Received four varsity letters and captain status his senior year ... 2014 Pennsylvania State Champion ... Three-time All-Central League First Team ... Two-time All-Delco ... Honored as first team all-state ... Also earned three letters in basketball and one in football.
Personal: Born in Media, Pennsylvania ... Son of Diane and Dave Granger ... Has one brother, Zach ... Plans to major in education.
Nick Grill | D | 5-7 | Bridgewater, N.J. | Bridgewater-Raritan
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner at Bridgewater-Raritan High School ... 2016 USA Today All-USA Boys Lacrosse First Team ... Ranked as the No. 97 incoming freshman in the class of 2016 by Inside Lacrosse ... Elected captain for his senior campaign ... Honored with the 2016 New Jersey Player of the Year award ... Two-time high school All-American ... Awarded 2015 New Jersey Defender of the Year ... Selected First Team All-State Group Four (three times), first team all-conference (three times) and first team all-county (three times) ... Helped his team to two conference championships, county championships, Group Four North Championships and Group Four Championships ... 2015 New Jersey State Champion (Tournament of Champions).
Personal: Born in Summit, New Jersey ... Younger brother of former Marquette lacrosse All-American defenseman, captain and current Denver Outlaws Major League Lacrosse player B.J. Grill ... Son of Bob and Mary Grill ... Plans to major in journalism.
Peter Henkhaus | M | 5-9 | Palos Verdes, Calif. | Palos Verdes
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner ... Captain for his senior season ... Helped his team to four conference championships in four years and two Los Angeles City Championships/CIF runner-ups ... Honored as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, Adrenaline All-American, first team all-area and second team all-league in his senior campaign ... Selected to the Under Armour Underclass West Team in 2015 ... Notched 101 career points despite missing his junior season.
Personal: Born in Long Beach, California ... Son of Ken and Elizabeth Henkhaus ... Has one brother, Zach, who plays lacrosse at Bucknell ... Plans to major in business.
Jared Hershman | FO | 5-10 | Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. | Hendrick Hudson
Prior to Marquette: Three-year letter winner and captain as a senior ... Selected All-Hudson Valley/Westchester in 2016 ... Earned all-league and all-section honors as a junior ... As a senior, went .700 on face-offs, scored three goals, picked up 62 ground balls and dished seven assists ... In his junior campaign, went .750 on face-offs, scored 10 goals, collected 60 ground balls and recorded eight assists ... Was selected to participate in the Inside Lacrosse Committed All-Star Game and King of Hill All-Star game.
Personal: Born in Queens, New York ... Son of Todd and Marlene Hershman ... Has a twin sister, Mikala ... Plans to major in finance.
Connor McClelland | M | 6-0 | Brampton, Ontario | Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
Prior to Marquette: Spent a post-graduate year at Trinity-Pawling in New York after attending St. Michael's College School in York, Ontario ... Played lacrosse for one year at Trinity-Pawling and two year at St. Michael's ... Was named all-conference in the New England West 1 High School Lacrosse League at Trinity-Pawling in 2016 ... Won a provincial championship with St. Michael's in 2015 ... Played with Team Ontario, with whom he captured box lacrosse national championships in 2009, 2011 and 2013 as well as a field title in 2015 ... Played with Marquette midfielder Tanner Thomson while at St. Michael's.
Personal: Born in Brampton, Ontario ... Son of Caryl and Glenn McClelland ... Has an older brother, Ryan, who played lacrosse at Colgate ... Plans to major in advertising.
Keenan Moffitt | A | 6-5 | Aurora, Colo. | Arapahoe
Prior to Marquette: Four-year varsity letter winner at Arapahoe High School ... Led the Warriors to a conference championship in 2016 and a state runner-up finish ... Earned Adrenaline All-America and first team all-state honors as a senior.
Personal: Born in Aurora, Colorado ... Son of Kevin and Kim Moffitt ... Has two siblings, Kyle and Abigail ... Plans to major in communications.
Colin O'Donnell | A | 5-9 | Old Saybrook, Conn. | Xavier
Prior to Marquette: Four-year varsity letter winner and starter for Xavier High School ... Named First Team All-Southern Connecticut Conference for his final two seasons and second team all-state as a senior ... Helped lead his team to the first Division I Lacrosse Conference Championship in school history in 2015 ... Notched 46 goals and 21 assists as a sophomore, good enough to earn Second Team All-Southern Connecticut Conference that year ... Tallied five more goals (51) and assists (26) in his junior season and 30 goals and 10 assists his senior year ... Totaled for 209 points in his high school career (145 goals/64 assists).
Personal: Born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut ... Son of Sean O'Donnell ... Has two brothers, Aidan and Liam ... Plans to major in applied mathematical economics.
Chris Rolfing | G | 6-0 | Woodbury, Minn. | Woodbury
Prior to Marquette: Five-year letter winner in lacrosse and four-year academic letter winner ... Served as team captain for three seasons ... Named Mr. Goalie Minnesota and all-state his senior year ... Was a three-time all-section, four-time all-conference and three-time team defensive MVP in his high school career ... During his senior season in 2016 he helped his team go 13-0 in the regular season (the only undefeated team left in the state) and notched the first conference championship in school history ... Made over 700 career saves and held a save percentage of .697 during his final campaign.
Personal: Born in St. Paul, Minnesota ... Son of Tim and Sue Rolfing ... Has one brother, Brandon ... Plans to major in digital media.
Nick Singleton | D/LSM | 5-11 | Wheaton, Ill. | Wheaton North
Prior to Marquette: Earned four varsity letters during his high school career ... Was a four-year starter on the varsity squad, where he was a three-time MVP ... Selected to first team all-conference his junior and senior year ... Grabbed 206 career ground balls and had 29 caused turnovers his senior year ... Also had a .700 faceoff percentage in 19 games as a senior.
Personal: Born in Plano, Texas ... Son of Gary and Lisa Singleton ... Has two siblings, Zach and Sam ... Majoring in exercise physiology.
Jackson Suarez | D | 5-11 | Dallas, Texas | Dallas Jesuit
Prior to Marquette: Earned three varsity letters throughout his high school career... Helped his team to a 2016 Division I Texas State Championship and an overall record of 17-2 ... Notched 20 ground balls and 43 caused turnovers during his senior campaign ... Recognized as an all-district defenseman in 2016 and an honorable mention all-district pick as a junior ... Jesuit was the state runner-up during his sophomore year ... Participated in the Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy on the BIG EAST Conference team during the summer of 2016 ... Selected for the 2016 U.S. vs. Canada High School Challenge.
Personal: Born in Dallas, Texas ... Son of Poppy and Javier Suarez ... Has two younger brothers, Henry and William ... Plans to major in international affairs.
Ezra Tillinger | G | 6-0 | Mercer Island, Wash. | Mercer Island
Prior to Marquette: Honored as a US Lacrosse All-American ... 2015 Washington Division I State Champion as Mercer Island went 21-1 ... In his senior season, compiled a .659 save percentage as the Islanders went 15-6 ... Named defensive and team MVP as a senior ... First team all-conference as a senior and second team all-conference as a junior.
Personal: Born in Savannah, Georgia ... Son of Geri Schaffer and Jerry Tillinger ... Has two siblings, Brian and Jordan ... Plans to major in business.
Tommy von den Benken | M/A | 5-10 | West Roxbury, Mass. | Roxbury Latin
Prior to Marquette: Four-year letter winner and was a captain during his senior season ... Named All-ISL honorable mention as a junior and senior ... Honored as a Brine All-American ... Tallied 27 goals and 24 assists during his junior season and 14 goals and 12 assists for his injury-shortened senior campaign ... Scored 65 goals in his high school varsity lacrosse career ... Also was a member of his high school hockey team.
Personal: Born in Boston ... Son of Glenda and Tom von den Benken ... Youngest of four, including three sisters ... Plans to major in engineering.
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