LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 10/18/11
From Press Release
University of Hartford head coach Peter Lawrence and his coaching staff welcomed 10 newcomers to the Hawks’ roster for the upcoming 2012 season, a class that is headlined by nine high school standouts and a two-time NCAAademic All-American honoree.
The Hawks’ Class of 2015, which consists of three attackmen, four midfielders, one long stick midfielder, one defenseman and a goalie, will join 30 returning student-athletes as the squad looks to repeat as America East Tournament champions in 2012.
The Hawks are coming off their most successful season in program history after finishing the campaign with an 11-7 overall record and capturing the program’s first-ever America East Tournament championship while earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2011.
Matt Carroll • East Northport, N.Y. • Attack
Carroll, a native of East Northport, N.Y., attended Northport High School where he was a four-year member of the Tigers’ attack unit. A team captain in 2011, Carroll was named to Suffolk’s All-County squad and was tabbed to the Division I Team after tallying 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) while leading his team to the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinals. Additionally, Carroll etched his name into Northport High School’s record book when he finished his career as the 12th best scorer in school history, accumulating 73 goals and 64 assists for 127 career points. Carroll also spent five seasons with the Tigers’ wrestling squad. Carroll is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Monks • Bellmore, N.Y. • Defense
Monks, a decorated two sport athlete from Mepham High School, is a 6-0, 190-pound defender out of Bellmore, N.Y. A two-time B1 All-Conference honoree as both a sophomore and junior, Monks was deemed the Pirates’ most valuable player at the conclusion of his senior season in 2011. In addition to lacrosse, Monks was also a five-year member of the wrestling team at Mepham where he racked up all-conference accolades as a freshman in 2008 and a junior in 2010. Monks is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.
Kevin O’Shea • Dix Hills, N.Y. • Attack
O’Shea arrives at Hartford by way of Half Hollow Hills High School West where he earned four varsity letters in both lacrosse and football. A native of Dix Hills, N.Y., O’Shea joins the Hawks’ attack unit at 5-8 and 165 pounds. At Half Hollow Hills West, he graduated as the all-time career point leader, was a three-time all-county lacrosse honoree and was also an All-Division Second Team pick in football. In addition, O’Shea appeared in Inside Lacrosse’s 2011 Post-Graduate Top-10 Recruits, taking the eighth spot in the publication’s annual rankings. O’Shea is enrolled in the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture.
Rob Zecher • Merrick, N.Y. • Midfield
Zecher is a 5-11, 180-pound midfielder who played four years of lacrosse at Long Island’s Holy Trinity High School. As a senior in 2011, Zecher captained the team and led the Titans to a New York State Catholic High School AA title, the school’s first-ever state championship. In addition, the Merrick, N.Y. native was a four-year member of Holy Trinity’s football team and spent one season with the school’s wrestling squad. Zecher is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.