Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard
men’s lacrosse team’s incoming freshman class of 10
student-athletes has been ranked ninth in the nation by Inside
Lacrosse, the magazine announced Tuesday.
The Crimson boasts the second highest rated class in the Ivy League, trailing only Penn (seven) and is the first freshman class under Chris Wojcik ’96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse.
North Carolina topped the rankings, followed in order by Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia and Duke. Johns Hopkins appeared sixth, while Ohio State and Princeton rounded out the top 10 classes. This season’s No. 9 ranking for newcomers marks the second straight season Harvard has garnered a top 10 ranking by Inside Lacrosse, as last year’s freshman class was rated third in the country.
In addition, newcomer attackman Carl Zimmerman, a native of Homer, N.Y., earned the No. 30 individual newcomer ranking, while defender John Rose, who hails from Locust Valley, N.Y., appears at No. 35 on the list. Midfielder Eric Slingerland, a Beverly, Mass., product, stands at No. 43, while faceoff specialist Gabriel Mendola of Ithaca, N.Y., earned the No. 92 ranking by the publication.