Smithfield, RI -- Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the addition of 12 student-athletes to the Bulldog men's lacrosse roster for the 2013 season.
The well-balanced Class of 2016 consists of four midfielders, three longstick midfielders, four defensemen and a goalie and hails from eight different states from different regions throughout the country.
A trio of Connecticut natives in Tom Carey (New Canaan, Conn.), William Gould (New Canaan, Conn.) and Joe Marx (Fairfield, Conn.), two Bay Staters, Charles Everett (West Tisbury, Mass.) and Ryan Scheib (Holliston, Mass.), and a strong piece of homegrown talent in Smithfield, R.I.'s Cody O'Donnell make up the New England contingent, while two more rookies -- Zack Micciche (Voorhees, N.J.) and Sean O'Keefe (Madison, N.J.) -- hail from The Garden State.
Virginia (Tyler Kemeny/Richmond), Florida (Jared Hebert/Tequesta), Colorado (Collins Gantz/Denver) and Arizona (Charles Hushek/Phoenix) each contribute one of its top players as well, as the Bulldogs look to defend their 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament title and earn the league's first-ever automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
"For the first time in our tenure, we decided to introduce our freshman class after fall ball," said Pressler. "After 17 practices, we now have a much better feel for the future of Bryant Lacrosse and how this rookie class fits in.
"Our two objectives with this group were to add depth at both the midfield and longpole positions, and we have done just that with the Class of 2016," he added. "We love our speed in the midfield and our overall size and athleticism at the defensive end, and we love the addition of a very promising goaltender who will allow us to continue the success we've enjoyed over the years in our transition game."
The 2013 campaign marks Bryant's third as a full member of the Division I ranks and fifth with a full DI schedule. The NEC enters its third season sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2012-13 and its first with an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
"Coming into practices this fall, we felt excitement about our freshman class," said Pressler. "Today, with fall ball now behind us, we are even more excited about our first-year Bulldogs. With our fifth season at the Division I level upon us, and it's nice to walk into the locker room and truly look the part."
Introducing the Bryant University men's lacrosse 2012-13 newcomers:
Tom Carey / Goalie / 6-1 / 175 / New Canaan, Conn. (New Canaan)
A 2012 graduate of New Canaan High School, Carey was a three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter between the pipes ... Led the Rams to three-straight state playoff appearances, taking the team all the way to the finals as a junior and senior ... Won the FCIAC Championship as a senior, posting a 19-4 overall record ... Named a 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-American ... 2012 first team all-state selection ... First team all-conference pick as a senior ... Named the 2012 FCIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player ... 2012 MSG Varsity Connecticut Goalie of the Year ... Ranked No. 14 on Inside Lacrosse's list of top-20 rising freshmen goalies ... Senior captain ... Two-time MSG Varsity Player of the Week ... Also a four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer at New Canaan, where he led the Rams to the 2011 Connecticut State Championship ... 2012 New Canaan Rotary School Service Award winner.
Charles Everett / Midfield / 6-6 / 205 / West Tisbury, Mass. (Martha's Vineyard)
A 2012 graduate of Martha's Vineyard High School, Everett was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Vineyarders ... Two-time All-Eastern Athletic Conference selection as a junior and senior ... Selected to play in the 2012 all-state all-star game ... Also earned two varsity letters in basketball, where he led the Vineyarders to back-to-back league titles ... Honor roll student.
Collins Gantz / Midfield / 5-10 / 170 / Denver, Colo. (Kent Denver Country Day School)
A 2012 graduate of Kent Denver Country Day School, Gantz was a three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Sundevils, playing midfield and attack ... Team won three-consecutive Metro League Championships ... Led Sundevils to the state tournament all three seasons, including a state title game appearance in 2011 ... Two-time all-state second team selection ... Named to the All-American West Team by Adrenaline Lacrosse in 2012 ... Also a three-year varsity letterwinner in football and basketball, where he was an all-state and first team all-conference pick at wide receiver as well as an honorable mention all-conference pick in basketball.
William Gould / LSM / 5-11 / 175 / New Canaan, Conn. (New Canaan/Westminster School)
A 2011 graduate of New Canaan High School, Gould spent a postgraduate year at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., where he was a varsity starter on defense ... Three-year starter and letterwinner at New Canaan from 2009-11 ... Team finished second in state tournament from 2009-11 ... Named a second team all-state selection as a senior at New Canaan (2011) ... 2012 New England Prep School All-Star selection ... Also a three-year varsity letterwinner in football and indoor track at New Canaan ... Second Team All-FCIAC pick in football and indoor track (4x400 relay) as a senior with the Rams ... Part of the 2010-11 FCIAC and state championship 4x400 meter relay team at New Canaan ... Earned a varsity letter in basketball at Westminster ... Honor roll student ... Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster.
Jared Hebert / Defense / 6-3 / 170 / Tequesta, Fla. (Jupiter Senior)
A 2012 graduate of Jupiter Senior High School, Hebert was a three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Warriors ... Took team to the state final four as a senior ... 2011 and 2012 first team all-district selection ... First Team All-FHSAA South pick as a senior ... 2012 Academic All-American ... Wendy's Heisman winner ... Also earned three varsity letters in bowling ... AP Scholar ... National Honor Society member.
Charles Hushek / LSM / 6-3 / 185 / Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy College Preparatory)
A 2012 graduate of Brophy College Preparatory, Hushek was a four-year varsity starter for the Broncos, playing three years as a longstick midfielder and one as a defenseman ... Led team to state titles in 2010 and 2012 ... Team advanced to state championship game all four years ... Three-time all-star selection ... 2011 and 2012 first team all-state pick ... 2010 second team all-state nod ... 2012 Arizona Defensive Player of the Year ... 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-American ... 2012 Adrenaline Lacrosse All-American.
Tyler Kemeny / Midfield / 6-0 / 180 / Richmond, Va. (Collegiate School)
A 2012 graduate of Collegiate School, Kemeny was a three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Cougars ... Led team to the 2011 Prep League championship ... 2012 MVP ... Also earned three varsity letters in football, two in indoor track and one in basketball ... Led football team to the 2010 state title ... All-state and all-Prep League wide receiver in 2011 and 2012 ... 2012 Football MVP ... Defensive Player of the Year in basketball.
Joe Marx / Defense / 6-0 / 220 / Fairfield, Conn. (Fairfield)
A 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School, Marx was a four-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Mustangs ... Led team to state playoffs as a senior in 2012 ... Senior captain ... 2012 All-FCIAC Second Team selection ... Participated in the Connecticut Senior All-Star Game ... 2012 Team MVP ... Fairfield Warde Defensive Player of the Year ... 2011 All-FCIAC Honorable Mention ... Also earned three varsity letters in football and one in wrestling, where he was a 2012 all-conference honorable mention selection in both sports.
Zack Micciche / Defense / 6-4 / 220 / Voorhees, N.J. (Eastern)
A 2012 graduate of Eastern High School, Micciche was a three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Vikings ... Two-time team captain ... Named a second team all-conference selection as a senior ... Tabbed to the 2012 All-South Jersey Second Team ... Also earned two varsity letters in wrestling as a sophomore and junior and a varsity letter in football as a senior, when he was named second team all-conference ... Honors student.
Cody O'Donnell / LSM / 5-11 / 175 / Smithfield, R.I. (LaSalle Academy/Brewster Academy)
A 2011 graduate of LaSalle Academy, O'Donnell spent a postgraduate year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. ... Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter at LaSalle before becoming a starting longstick midfielder at Brewster in 2012 ... Helped lead team to four-straight division titles at LaSalle, as the Rams posted a four-year record of 53-8 ... Won the Lakes Region Championship with the Bobcats in 2012 with a 15-2 overall record ... Named a High School All-American in 2010 and 2011 ... Also a two-time first team all-state and all-division selection ... 2011 National ESPN Lacrosse Showcase participant ... Also earned a varsity letter in soccer at Brewster Academy.
Sean O'Keefe / Defense / 5-11 / 190 / Madison, N.J. (Delbarton School)
A 2012 graduate of the Delbarton School, O'Keefe was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Green Wave ... Helped team to county and divisional state championships as a junior in 2011 ... Repeated as divisional state champs as a senior in 2012 ... Green Wave were also 2012 TOC finalists ... Also played two years of JV football ... Honor roll student.
Ryan Scheib / Midfield / 5-10 / 170 / Holliston, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers)
A 2012 graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, Scheib was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter for the Hawks ... Named a 2012 First Team Catholic Conference All-Star ... Also played a year of varsity hockey as a junior ... Honor roll student.