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Long Island’s Joseph (Smithtown West), Morelli (Manhasset) head freshmen recruits for Bucknell men’s team

Wednesday, 5th October 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Rankings, Posted 10/5/11
From Press Releases

After winning a Patriot League title and pushing eventual national champion Virginia to the very brink in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Bucknell men’s lacrosse team has its sights set on even bigger and better things in 2012. There will be some different faces in the program, however, as 15 first-year players have joined the roster, in addition to some familiar faces in new roles on the sidelines.

This year’s incoming class comes with high acclaim, and Fedorjaka feels that there are impact players at every position from attack all the way back to goalie. The class features student-athletes from talent-rich areas such as Baltimore, Long Island, Upstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as two in-state recruits. More than a quarter of the class earned U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America honors last spring.

“I am very excited about this incoming class,” said Fedorjaka, who won Patriot League Coach of the Year honors after leading Bucknell to a school-record 14 wins in 2011. “It is a very talented class both academically and athletically. Most importantly, I think they all chose Bucknell for the right reasons, which is academics first and lacrosse second. It certainly has the potential to be one of the best classes that I have ever been associated with here at Bucknell.

“The thing that impresses me most about this class is its balance. We have potential impact guys in every position, and we have depth in every position. We have two very talented face-off guys in Gavin Sullivan and Joe Kearney; there are a couple of ball-carrying attackmen who ride very well; we have two outstanding goalies who know how to win; we have two defenseman in Cam Bulgione and Ben Kellar who have the capability of starting as first-year players due to our graduation of Alex Lyons and John Collett; we have a couple of very talented short-stick defensive middies in Andrew Dempsey and Mike Ondrusek; and there is plenty of talent coming in at midfield.”

On the sideline, third-year assistant coach Joe Conner Jr. moves into the offensive coordinator position after Judd Lattimore departed this summer to join the staff at the University of Michigan, which is moving from the club ranks to Division I this year. Conner, a 2007 Mount St. Mary’s graduate, has coached Bucknell’s outstanding faceoff unit for the last two seasons.

New to the staff this year but a familiar face to Bison fans is Nick Marks, a 2008 Bucknell graduate and a four-year starting midfielder for the Bison. Since graduating, Marks been active in coaching at the high school and club levels, and now he joins the collegiate coaching ranks for the first time.

Below is a more detailed look at Bucknell’s first-year players:

Player Pos. Hometown/High School
Alex Bradbury A Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township
Cam Buglione D Vestal, N.Y./Vestal
Andrew Dempsey M Timonium, Md./Boys’ Latin
David Dickson A/M Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich
Cole Fisher A/M Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle
Sam Grinberg G New York, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
Ryan Joseph M Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Joe Kearney M Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah
Ben Kellar D Glyndon, Md./Boys’ Latin
Wyatt Land D Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul’s
Frank Morelli G Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset
Garrett Novotny A Phoenix, Md./Calvert Hall
Mike Ondrusek M Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield
Alex Ryan A Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Friends Academy
Gavin Sullivan FOM Bluemont, Va./Loudoun Valley

RYAN JOSEPH, Midfielder, Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Born June 21, 1993 in Huntington, N.Y. … parents are Steven and Kathleen Joseph … has three siblings, Kimberly, Daniel and Eric … mother is a 1983 Bucknell graduate … played varsity lacrosse and volleyball at Smithtown West High School … all-county lacrosse player … scored 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) as a senior … earned all-league honors in volleyball … named to all-county academic team.

FRANK MORELLI, Goalie, Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset
Born Feb. 26, 1993 in New York City … son of Steven and Lois Morelli … has six siblings: Prinston, Tommy, Chris, Lizzie, Katie and Grace … Tommy played football at Hartwick … twin sister Grace was also a goalie in high school … father played football at Hamilton College … grandfather, Frank, played football at Washington & Lee … competed in football, lacrosse, wrestling and indoor track at Manhasset High School on Long Island … earned US Lacrosse High School All-America honors … All-Nassau County selection … starter on a team that went undefeated (20-0) season and won a state championship in 2010 … named defensive MVP of senior all-star game … was also all-county in indoor track.

ALEX BRADBURY, Attack, Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township
Born Apr. 23, 1993 in Lancaster, Pa. … parents are Scott and Beth Bradbury … has two younger siblings, Joseph and Alaina … three-year lacrosse letterman at Manheim Township High School … recorded 50 goals and 19 assists as a senior, and 103 goals and 49 assists in his career … tied the school record with eight goals in a game in the 2010 state quarterfinals … third team all-league selection as a senior … U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic pick … recipient of U.S. Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete Award … member of the 2010 gold medal-winning Keystone Games team … member of the Central Pennsylvania adidas All-America Team in 2009 and 2010.

CAM BUGLOINE, Defender, Vestal, N.Y./Vestal
Born May 4, 1993 in Vestal, N.Y. … son of Raymond and Kathleen Buglione … has four older brothers: Dana, Brendan, Bobbby and Brian … Dana played football at Holy Cross; Brendan played football at Colgate; and Brian plays lacrosse at Notre Dame … father played college baseball at Georgetown … captained the lacrosse and football teams at Vestal High School … first team all-section, all-division and all-conference all-star in lacrosse … three-time Coaches’ Award recipient … in football was a fourth team all-state selection as well as an all-conference and all-division selection … earned football team’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.

ANDREW DEMPSEY, Midfielder, Timonium, Md./Boys’ Latin
Born Jan. 1, 1993 in Baltimore … son of Brian and Cindy Dempsey … has two brothers, Patrick and Colin … earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and four in soccer at Boys’ Latin School … captained the soccer team as a senior … midfielder on Boys’ Latin’s nationally ranked lax squad.

DAVID DICKSON, Attack/Midfielder, Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich
Born July 10, 1992 in Greenwich, Conn. … son of David and Meline Dickson … has three siblings, Amie, Marshall and Xander … earned four letters in lacrosse and two in soccer at Greenwich High School … scored 70 points as a senior and 52 as a sophomore … US Lacrosse High School All-American in 2011 … two-time first team all-state and first team All-FCIAC.

COLE FISHER, Attack/Midfielder, Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle
Born June 7, 1992 in Concord, Mass. … parents are James and Kristen Fisher … has one sister, Sophie … grandson of Dick Kazmaier, who won the 1951 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award at Princeton … nephew of the late Patty Kazmaier, the former Princeton hockey player and namesake of the women’s college hockey national player of the year award … uncle, Dave Donnelly played in the NHL for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Oilers … lettered four times in lacrosse and three times in football at Concord Carlisle High School … three-time All-Dual County League selection … named DCL Midfielder of the Year … Boston Globe All-Star … helped lead team to four DCL championships … winner of the Justin Cain Memorial Love of Lacrosse Award … recorded 114 points in his junior season but suffered a knee injury just 20 points away from the school record … also a DCL all-star in football.

SAM GRINBERG, Goalie, New York, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (COnn.)
Born Oct. 27, 1992 in Armonk, N.Y. … son of Efraim Grinberg … has one sister, Margot … father played football at Brown … step-sister, Jacqueline Schoninger plays on the Brown women’s basketball team … attended The Ethical Culture Fieldston School and The Hotchkiss School … earned a total of five varsity letters in lacrosse between the two schools: two at Fieldston and three at Hotchkiss … first team all-league selection as a sophomore at Fieldston … at Hotchkiss became a US Lacrosse High School All-American as a senior … also named Western New England Division I Goalie of the Year while serving as team captain … All-Founders League pick as a junior … helped lead team to Founders League championship as a sophomore … played in the New England Division I East-West Senior All-Star Game … winner of the C. Nelson Corey II Lacrosse Award … also lettered in football at Hotchkiss.

JOE KEARNEY, Midfielder, Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah
Born Oct. 2, 1992 in Teaneck, N.J. … son of Tom and Deb Kearney … has four siblings: Dan, Katie, Mike and Kevin … Katie is a junior on the Rutgers diving team … earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and one in football at Mahwah High School … three-time first team all-league selection in lax, where he scored more than 100 career goals … second team all-state pick as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior … two-time first team All-Suburban selection … named Sophomore of the Year in 2009 … first team all-league running back in football in 2009.

BEN KELLAR, Defender, Glyndon, Md./Boys’ Latin
Born May 22, 1993 in Reisterstown, Md. … son of Kevin and Julie Kellar … has two siblings, Emmit and Emily … Emmit played lacrosse at North Carolina … earned three letters in lacrosse at national power Boys’ Latin … captained the 2011 lacrosse team … attended the Nike Rising Junior Blue Chip Camp … member of the Baltimore Crabs in 2011 … also played football at Boys’ Latin and was an All-MIAA selection.

WYATT LAND, Defender, Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul’s
Born July 5, 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. … parents are B.J. and June Land … has a sister, Fennelly … father played football and lacrosse at Johns Hopkins … uncle, Pete, played rugby at Towson … has cousins who compete in swimming at Bowdoin and field hockey/lacrosse at Middlebury … played both football and lacrosse at St. Paul’s School for Boys in Brooklandville, Md. … 2010 Under Armour Underclassmen All-American in lax … recorded two goals, five assists and 37 ground balls as a defenseman in 2011 … had two assists and 30 GBs as a junior.

GARRETT NOVOTNY, Attack, Phoenix, Md./Calvert Hall
Born Apr. 13, 1993 in Baltimore … son of John and Phyllis Novotny … 2011 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Md. … competed in both lacrosse and wrestling … captained the lacrosse team … helped lead team to MIAA state championship game.

MIKE ONDRUSEK, Midfielder, Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield
Born Dec. 7, 1992 in Morgantown, W.Va. … son of David and Tina Ondrusek … has a sister, Stephanie … father played lacrosse at St. Michael’s college … played lacrosse at Hempfield High School, where his father was his coach in 2011 … first Central Pennsylvania player to be a two-time US Lacrosse High School All-America selection … three-time first team all-league and two-time first team all-district choice … 2011 District III Player of the Year … team captain … participated in 2011 Champion All-American Showcase … 2010 adidas All-American … helped lead team to 2009 and 2010 Lancaster League championships and 2010 District III title … prolific scorer in high school … broke school record for points in a season with 140 as a senior (111 goals, 20 assists) … finished career with 254 goals and 79 assists for 333 points.

ALEX RYAN, Attack, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Friends Academy
Born Feb. 19, 1993 in Huntington, N.Y. … son of Keith and Anna Ryan … has one brother, Keith … earned four varsity letters in both lacrosse and football at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, N.Y. … all-county selection in lacrosse … Coaches’ Award recipient as a junior and senior … produced 27 goals and 12 assists as a senior … in career had 61 goals and 45 assists for 106 points … academic all-county selection in football.

GAVIN SULLIVAN, Faceoff Midfielder, Bluemont, Va./Loudoun Valley
Born June 13, 1993 in Phoenix, Ariz. … parents are John and Laura Sullivan … has a sister, Meghan, who is a member of the USA bobsled and skeleton team … lettered four times in lacrosse, twice in swimming and once in golf at Loudoun Valley High School … team captain and MVP in lacrosse … first team all-district and second team all-region selection … recorded 28 goals, 28 assists and won 77.5 percent of his faceoffs … took second place in the under-18 division of the 2010 Sprint Triathlon.

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