Benedictine College Men's Lacrosse head coach Ben Coughlin has announced the signing of 15 incoming freshmen shoe will join his program in the fall.
"I'm extremely excited to bring in this group of young men," Coughlin said. "We accomplished what we set out to do when we started recruiting the 2016 class and that was to get a wealth of talent that was better than the previous recruiting class. This year's recruiting class will have not only an impact on this season, but it will have an impact on the next 10 years. These 15 young men will set the tone for what will undoubtedly become a great lacrosse tradition at Benedictine College."
Dusty Moore – Goalie – Pearland, TX: Dusty is a very explosive, aggressive and exciting goalie. The energy that he will bring to the field will be infectious and we're expecting him to be competitive in the goalie race. His style of play will generate early offense off of a save or a stop on defense.
Vance Howerton – Goalie – Liberty, MO: Vance Howerton had an incredible high school career and his ceiling is very high. He is a more patient and cerebral goalie and he lets the game come to him. His intelligence, leadership and overall lacrosse IQ will be a huge asset to the team.
Nick Ellis – Defense – Liberty, MO: Nick will be a major addition to an already strong and talented defense. He had an outstanding high school career and usually guarded the other team's best player and had success more often than not. He has a great feel for the game and his intelligence will make the defense better immediately.
Taylor Zarvell – Attack – Peoria, IL: Taylor also enjoyed a very fruitful high school career. He comes in as one of our more highly decorated freshmen. He scored 40 points in 10 games, was one of his team's leading scorers and was selected to participate in the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association All-Star game. Taylor will make an immediate impact upon his arrival to campus.
Jack Kandoth – Attack – Montvale, NJ: Jack is another one of our more highly decorated freshmen. Playing in New Jersey Jack saw top notch competition every contest. He finished with 34 goals and 8 assists and was named first team All County. Jack's ceiling is extremely high and we're very excited to get him on campus.
Peter Girard – Attack – Goffstown, NH: Peter is another kid coming in from a very competitive part of the country. He had a very productive senior season netting 16 goals, dishing out 12 assists and picking up 34 groundballs. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Peter also received the Sportsmanship Award for his team which speaks to his character and the type of guy he is. Peter will be an important part of the team this year and we're glad he's here.
Tyler Santini – Long Stick Midfielder – Chula Vista, CA: Tyler Santini will bring a level of play that is very exciting to watch. He's a very aggressive defender and is a threat in transition. He will undoubtedly set a high tone for our defense and we're very fortunate that he'll be on our side.
Trevor Svoboda – Attack – Omaha, NE: Trevor enjoyed not only a great senior year, but also a great high school career. This season alone he netted 52 goals, had 27 assists and scooped up 56 ground balls. He won this year's Nebraska State Championship and he was named to the Nebraska All Star Team as an attackmen. It goes without saying that we are very excited that he'll be in black, red and white this year.
Cam Schoene – Defense – St. Louis, MO: The first thing about Cam is that he is a fitness nut. His passion and love for exercising and being in the best shape he can be in will take him a long way. If you combine that with his natural athletic ability and strong sense of the game he has all the potential in the world to be one of the top defenders in our conference even as a freshmen. We're pretty high on Cam and look forward to seeing him develop.
Liam Fangman – Defense – St. Johnsbury, VT: Liam Fangman is a prototypical college defensemen. Tall, rangey and aggressive. Playing out east he sees top talent every game and is used to playing at a high level. He is very passionate about the game and thoroughly enjoys playing. He will further strengthen an already strong defense, we're lucky to have him.
Mihail Sourgiadakis – Midfielder – St. Johnsbury, VT: Mihail follows his good friend Liam to Benedictine this fall. The first thing about Mihail is his strength. He will be difficult to push around on the lacrosse field. Mihail can do it all and will be utilized a great deal on this team. His strength and tenacity will make him a very strong defender and a threat to score in transition. He will be a very exciting player to watch.
Steele Moran – Midfielder – Watertown, CT: Steele, like Mihail, Liam, Peter and Jack is from a very competitive part of the country and he will add depth especially at offensive midfield position. We look forward to his contribution.
Mitchell Nickerson – Defender – Grass Valley, CA: Mitchell will be a huge addition to the team this year. As a very intelligent defender he will wear down his opponent and then capitalize on their mistakes. Nickerson is also fresh off of a 2016 California state championship. He's a winner and we like winners.
Grant Mallett – Midfielder – Omaha, NE: Grant is transferring in from Midland University where he played hockey. Grant played high school lacrosse at Millard West (NE) and saw a lot of success. A smaller but very fast player he will be difficult to defend and will be a constant threat to score no matter where he is at on the field.
Gunnar Meyers – Defender – Nevada City, CA: Gunnar is following his buddy Mitchell to Benedictine this fall. Like Mitchell, Gunnar is fresh off of a 2016 California state championship and will make our defense even stronger. His lacrosse IQ and passion for the game are second to none and we're very lucky to have him on board. Gunnar's ceiling is very high and seeing him develop will be a joy.
"Above all the stats, accolades and athleticism these are all quality young men," Coach Coughlin said. "The school as a whole will benefit from them being on campus."