LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 10/11/11
From Press Releases
Colgate head coach Mike Murphy welcomes 11 newcomers to the 2012 roster from five different states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Texas.
Joining the Raiders this year are Trevor Atkins, Conor Braddish, Matt Clarkson, Alex Kinnealey, Jack O’Callaghan, Matt Reyes-Guerra-Dunn, Geoffrey Sullivan, Ryan Walsh, Forrest Walter, Parker Weinstock and Matt Yeager.
“I have been very impressed with this group from the first day I met them,” stated Murphy. “Even though I did not recruit most of them, it has been very easy to build relationships with these young men and I have been pleased with their attitude and work ethic. Many of them will see immediate action as we gear up for the 2012 season.”
Conor Braddish – Midfielder, West Islip, N.Y. (West Islip HS)
Braddish comes to Colgate from West Islip HS where he was a member of the lacrosse team that won the 2009 and 2010 New York State Championships as well as the 2011 Suffolk County Championship. During his career he was named to the all-league team in 2010 and the all-county team in 2011.
Murphy on Braddish: “Conor is a very skilled midfielder who has played with the first line in practice and has shown a great feel for the game. He is a very instinctual player and has the ability to shoot both off the dodge and off the catch with either hand. He comes from a great high school program and is showing that he is ready for college lacrosse.”
Matt Clarkson – Attackman, Garden City, N.Y. (Chaminade HS)
Clarkson joins the team from Chaminade HS where he tallied a total of eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points his senior year.
Murphy on Clarkson: “Matt has really impressed the coaching staff with his level of play. He comes from one of the great high school programs in the country and it shows. He has a great mind for the game and continues to impress us in all phases of practice. He will push for immediate playing time at attack.”
Ryan Walsh – Attackman, Wantagh, N.Y. (Wantagh HS)
Walsh comes to Colgate from Wantagh HS where he was member of the team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Long Island Empire State Games. During his career at Wantagh he recorded a total of 157 goals and 100 assists for 257 career points, with 52 of his goals and 24 of his assists coming from his senior season. Walsh was a three-year member of the all-county and academic all-county teams and was an All-American Finalist in 2011.
Murphy on Walsh: “Ryan has been one of the most productive first-year players this fall. He is a big target and is tough to guard on the goal line extended. He uses his size to his advantage and is becoming quite the finisher. The coaching staff has high hopes for Ryan as he continues to develop both mentally and physically.”