The Crimson will add 11 newcomers to a squad which finished 10-6 last season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has announced the addition of 11 freshmen to the Crimson lacrosse team. The class was ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to Inside Lacrosse.
Wojcik, who will be in his second year as the head coach, has added three defensemen, four midfielders, three attackmen and one goalkeeper for the upcoming campaign. Five of the eleven newcomers have been ranked in the ESPN Rise top 50.
The student-athletes have been recruited from six states with the majority representing New York (four) and Massachusetts (three). One recruit has come from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.
"I am pleased to announce the Harvard lacrosse class of 2015. We are fortunate to welcome a group of high character individuals who have excelled on and off the field. The class is strong at each position, and we expect the group to make an immediate impact on our team and program. I am looking forward to the welcoming everyone to campus later this month as they embark on their college careers."
Harvard finished the 2011 season with a 10-6 overall record and was 3-3 in Ivy League play and advanced to the Ivy League tournament final for the first time in program history. The Crimson was ranked No. 15 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and No. 16 by Nike/Inside Lacrosse in their respective final polls.
Jack Breit/Essex Fells, N.J./Delbarton School/Defenseman
Three year starter on defense for the lacrosse team at Delbarton … Also bowled and played football during his high school career … Named first team All-Gibbs and second team all-state for lacrosse during junior year … Named first team all-county, first team all-state, All-American, New Jersey Defenseman of the Year, and Morris County player of the year during senior campaign … Led team to MCT and Non-public A state championship during senior season.
Brian Fischer/Garden City, N.Y./Garden City High School/Defenseman
Named Nassau County All-American three times in lacrosse … Only the second lacrosse player in Garden City history to receive Nassau County All-American selection as a sophomore … Named first-team All-Tri-State, first team All-Long Island, Nassau County Championship defenseman of the game, and Nassau County long pole Defenseman of the Year … Rated No. 5 defenseman and No. 34 overall player in the class of 2011 by ESPN Rise … Led team to state finals during his junior and senior seasons … Finalist for Defenseman of the Year and named second-team All-Long Island selection during his junior year … Also a member of the football team at Garden City … Rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior and served as team captain as a senior … Member of the National Honor Society … Delta Epsilon Phi German Consulate's book award winner in 2008 … Named to the Principal's List for sixteen consecutive quarters.
Jake Gambitsky/Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh High School/Goalkeeper
Lettered four times in lacrosse and two times in football at Wantagh … Named U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Under Armour All-American in lacrosse as a senior … All-Nassau County and Academic All-Nassau County as a junior and senior … Rated as the No. 1 goalie and No. 10 overall player in the class of 2011 by ESPN Rise … Selected all-conference in football in 2010 … Led lacrosse team to Nassau County Class B championship in 2010 … Named U.S. Army national scholar-athlete award winner in 2011 … Member of the marching band, wind ensemble and jazz band … Winner of the John Philip Sousa Band Award in 2011 … Father, Ed, graduated from North Carolina State in 1979 and was a two-time captain of the lacrosse team.
Stephen Jahelka/Garden City, N.Y./Garden City High School/Defenseman
Four year starter on the lacrosse team and three year starter on the football team at Garden City … Captained the lacrosse and football teams for two seasons … Named Garden City lacrosse MVP, first-team all-metro, first-team All-Long Island and first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011 … Chosen as Under Armour All-American in lacrosse in 2011 … Named Long Island Player of the Year in 2011 … Two-time All-Long Island lacrosse team captain … Selected to the U19 USA lacrosse team … Ranked the No. 1 defenseman and No. 6 overall by ESPN … Earned two first-team All-New York state honors in football … Owns the Garden City career record with 37 touchdowns … Member of the National Honor Society … Winner of the James J. Regan Award presented to Long Islands' exceptional male scholar athlete … Named first team academic All-American for lacrosse and National Football Foundation first team scholar athlete … Presented with the GCHS Peer Leadership Award for his work with special needs children … Father, Bob, was a first team academic All-American in 1984 as a football player at C.W. Post College and a member of the C.W. Post Football Hall of Fame.
Sean Mahon/Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade High School/Midfielder
Four year starter on the lacrosse team and three year starter on the football team at Chaminade … Two-time lacrosse team MVP … Named all-conference in lacrosse two times…Chosen as an Under Armour All-American in 2011 … Named Nassau Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association Midfielder of the Year in 2011 … Selected as Channel 12 scholar athlete in 2011 … ESPN Rise ranked him as the No. 13 midfielder and No. 49 overall player in the class of 2011 … Member of the U.S. Men's U19 team to compete in the U19 Men's World Championship in Finland in 2012 … Member of the National Honor Society and honor roll … Selected as a Newsday scholar-athlete in 2011.
Keegan Michel/Westminster, Md./McDonogh School/Midfielder
Three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for the lacrosse team … Named all-conference, Baltimore Sun all-metro, first-team Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association all-state and ESPN Rise first-team All-America as a senior … Won the C. Markland Kelly Award presented to the most outstanding athlete at McDonogh School … Led his conference in points by a midfielder with 65 … Led team in assists, ground balls and face-off win percentage … Selected to the Dean's list and honor roll.
Matt Scalise/Nahant, Mass./St. John's Preparatory School/Attackman
Lettered four years in lacrosse, two in swimming, once in water polo and once in track at St. John's Preparatory … Two-time Catholic Conference all-star … Selected Lynn Daily Item player of the year as a senior … Chosen as a Salem News all-star and EMass senior all-star as a senior … Led team to Massachusetts division 1 state championship in 2010 … Also helped his team to state final appearances in 2009 and 2011 … Member of the National, Spanish Honor Societies … Mother, Maura Costin '80, swam at Harvard and was the women's swimming coach from 1984-96 … Father, Bob Scalise, is Harvard's Nichols Family Director of Athletics and was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Ivy selection in lacrosse at Brown … He will be teammates with his brother, Mark, on the Harvard lacrosse team … His brother, Michael '10, was a midfielder for Harvard lacrosse.
Grove Stewart/Malvern, Pa./The Haverford School/Midfielder
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and two-year letterwinner in soccer … Has a rich family history of college athletics as his cousin, Steve Feather, graduated from Bucknell in 2003 and played soccer and his cousin, Scott Feather, graduated from Wake Forest in 2005 and played basketball … His father, Bill, was a member of the lacrosse team at Duke and graduated in 1983.
Peter Vandervelde/Wellesley, Mass./St. Sebastian's School/Midfielder
Lettered four years in lacrosse and two years in football at St. Sebastian's … Received all-league honors for lacrosse … Selected to the New England prep east-west all-star game … Selected as a Jake Reed Nike blue chip … Member of the National Honor Society … Received honors with distinction from St. Sebastian's … His father, Murphy, graduated from Trinity College in 1987 and was a college athlete.
Philip Wagley/Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas/Attackman
Member of the lacrosse, basketball and soccer teams … Captained the lacrosse team as a junior and senior … All-state selection as a junior and senior … Chosen as an All-American as a junior … Won a conference championship is three sports … Awarded the presidential award all four years … Contributed over 100 hours of community service.
Will Walker/Scituate, Mass./Phillips Academy Andover/Attackman
Lettered and started for four years for the lacrosse team and lettered one year for the hockey team … Captained the lacrosse team as a senior … ESPN Rise rated him as the No. 12 attackman and No. 36 overall player in the class of 2011 … Chosen as the lacrosse team's MVP and New England senior all-star … Selected to the Under Armour All-American underclassmen games in 2010 … Helped team to New England east 1 championship in 2008 … Scored 88 goals and had 78 assists, while starting all 59 career games … Led team in scoring as a junior and senior … Named to the honor roll … Cousin, Natalie Curtis '08, is a former captain for Harvard's women's lacrosse team … Cousin, Freddie Martignetti '06, played football at Harvard … Uncle, Carl Martignetti '81, played ice hockey at Harvard.