After Winning Ivy Title, Men's Lacrosse Adds 12 for 2015
The Crimson welcomes 12 newcomers after winning the Ivy League title in 2014 (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has announced the addition of 12 incoming freshmen for the 2015 season.
"We are happy to welcome our freshmen to the Harvard Lacrosse family as they arrive on campus today," Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, stated. "Twelve young men join our program, representing seven states and Washington D.C. The incoming class is an accomplished group, well prepared to begin the next chapter of their lives at Harvard. We expect the class of 2018 to make a significant contribution to our program as we begin preparations for the 2015 season."
Harvard is coming off a banner year in which is captured the program's first Ivy League championship in 24 years and received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson will return 28 letterwinners from last season's squad, including USILA All-American's Bobby Duvnjak and Devin Dwyer.
Beau Bayh | Attackman | 6-3 | 205 | Washington, D.C. | St. Albans Prep
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at St. Albans Prep … Captained lacrosse team as a senior … Named All-IAC and All-Met honorable mention after leading St. Albans in scoring as a senior … Played club lacrosse for Madlax … Also lettered in football … Named to the headmasters list each year of high school … Member of the Business/Investment Club and the St. Albans Chorale … Performed community service at the Bishop T. Walker School of Washington, D.C.
Peter Blynn | Midfielder | 6-2 | 200 | Villanova, Pa. | The Haverford School
Earned three varsity letters in lacrosse, two in soccer and two in basketball … Captained lacrosse, soccer and basketball teams as a senior … Named first team All-State, All-Inter-Ac, All-Delco and All-Main Line in lacrosse in 2013 … Also played club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2014 and Dukes LC.
Morgan Cheek | Midfielder | 6-1 | 200 | Wellesley, Mass. | Noble and Greenough
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Noble and Greenough … Captained lacrosse team senior year … As a senior, named US Lacrosse All-American, ISL Player of the Year and The Boston Globe All-Scholastic … Named first team All-ISL three straight years … Two-time Arnold Bowl recipient for overall contribution to the team … Led Noble and Greenough in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior … Played club lacrosse for Laxachusetts Lacrosse … Also earned four varsity letters in soccer and helped the team to back-to-back ISL Championships in 2010 and 2011 … Captained soccer team senior year … Named a NEPSAC Senior All-Star and first team All-ISL in 2013, and was awarded the Weiss Bowl for effort and contribution to the team … Led the soccer team in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior … Mother, Charlotte Joslin '90, was the first female athlete in Ivy League history to earn First Team All-Ivy honors in three unrelated sports – field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse – and helped Harvard's women's lacrosse team to its first national championship in 1990 … Father, Leslie Cheek IV '88, played JV hockey at Harvard and grandfather, Jim Joslin '57, earned three varsity letters in football … Grandfather, Leslie Cheek III '63, also graduated from the College.
Tim Edmonds | Attackman | 5-8 | 160 | Fairfield, Conn. | Deerfield Academy
Played one year at Deerfield academy after earning four varsity letters in lacrosse at Fairfield Prep … Named All-New England West after helping Deerfield to the Western New England Div. I championship and a 15-1 overall record in 2014 … Earned US Lacrosse All-America honors as a senior at Fairfield Prep and was named All-State as a junior and senior … Helped Fairfield Prep to three straight SCC tournament championships … Father, Brian, graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and was a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse.
Joe Kearney | Defenseman | 6-2 | 205 | Duxbury, Mass. | St. Sebastian's School
Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse at St. Sebastian's School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Helped St. Sebastian's School to its first ever ISL Championship in 2012 … Earned All-ISL honors as a senior as a defenseman and as a junior as a long stick midfielder … Played club lacrosse for Laxachusetts Lacrosse … Also earned three varsity letters in football and helped the team to the ISL Championship and NEPSAC Championship in 2012 … Named All-ISL as a junior and senior at cornerback and safety, respectfully … Earned Honors with Distinction upon graduation.
Joe Lang | Attackman | 5-11 | 160| Mill Valley, Calif. | St. Ignatius College Prep
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at St. Ignatius College Prep … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Set the St. Ignatius career scoring record with 367 points … Two-time US Lacrosse All-American … Also named an Under Armour All-American and Adrenaline All-American as a senior … Two-time West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year and three-time first team All-League recipient … Named Marin County Player of the Year and Team MVP as a senior … Played club lacrosse with the Alcatraz Outlaws and ADVNC … Also earned two varsity letters in football, setting the California state record for single season punt return touchdowns (5) and total return touchdowns (8) … Tabbed as the WCAL Utility Player of the Year, first team All-League, second team All-Bay Area and team MVP as a senior … Recipient of the St. Ignatius Brophy Award as the most outstanding senior athlete … Honored as the Cal-Hi Sports Scholar Athlete of the Year and National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2014 … Recognized as a California Scholarship Federation Sealbearer for community service … Graduated with High Honors … Brother, Roy, and sister, Kelly, played lacrosse at Cornell, graduating in 2012 and 2013, respectively … Father, Steve, lettered in both lacrosse and football at Princeton.
Carney Mahon | Midfielder | 5-10 | 170 | Garden City, N.Y. | Chaminade High School
Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Chaminade High School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Helped Chaminade to back-to-back New York State Championships … Named MVP of the state championship game as a senior … Two-time All-League selection … Played club lacrosse with Gotskillz and For the Love of the Game … Helped For the Love of the Game to the 2011 US Lacrosse U15 National Championship … Named to the US Lacrosse U15 All-Tournament team and team MVP … Also earned two varsity letters in soccer and helped the team to back-to-back CHSAA Championships … Recipient of the Chaminade High School Student-Athlete Award and German Langenscheidt Award … Performed community service at Friendly Sons of St. Patrick … Brother, Sean, is a rising junior at Harvard and a member of the lacrosse team.
Robert Mencke | Midfielder | 6-0 | 185 | Dallas, Texas | Highland Park High School
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Highland Park High School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Helped Highland Park to the 2012 Texas State Championship and semifinal appearances in 2013 and 2014 … Named a US Lacrosse All-American in 2013, Adrenaline All-American in 2014, and was an Under Armour All-America Underclass selection in 2012 and 2013 … Also named All-State as a senior and Highland Park Offensive MVP as a junior … Played club lacrosse for Coast 2 Coast … Tabbed to the King of the Hill All-Star Game and FLG All-Star Game in 2012 … Also earned two varsity letters in football and was a member of the Football Player Committee as a senior … Helped Highland Park to district championships as a junior and senior, and an appearance in the state semifinals as a senior … Earned All-District honors as a cornerback in 2012 and 2013 … AP Scholar with Distinction … Named the Highland Park High School Cornerstone Scholar Athlete as a junior and senior … Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society and was Vice-President of the English National Honor Society … Presented with the Presidential Community Service Award (2011-14) and Class of 2014 Community Service Award … Founding member of Bridge Lacrosse, a sports-based youth development nonprofit serving the urban communities of North Texas … Sat on the board of Bridge Lacrosse from 2010-14.
John O'Leary | Midfielder | 6-1 | 175 | Westwood, Mass. | St. Sebastian's School
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at St. Sebastian's School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Helped St. Sebastian's School to its first ever ISL Championship in 2012 … Named All-ISL as a senior and All-ISL honorable mention as a junior … Played club lacrosse for Laxachusetts Lacrosse … Also earned three varsity letters in soccer … Received All-ISL honors as a senior, All-ISL honorable mention as a junior, and played in the East-West Senior All-Star Game … captained soccer team senior year … Brother, Matt, graduated from Harvard in 2013 and was captain of the men's lightweight crew team as a senior … Mother, Liz, is head coach of Radcliffe heavyweight crew.
J.T. Palladino | Attackman | 6-1 | 195 | Basking Ridge, N.J. | Ridge High School
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Ridge High School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Helped Ridge High to the 2013 New Jersey State Championship and 2013 New Jersey Tournament of Championships title … Also helped Ridge high to county championships in 2013 and 2014 … Set Ridge High career scoring record with 250 points … As a junior and senior, named US Lacrosse All-American, first team All-State, first team All-County and first team All-Conference … Also named to the Star Ledger All-State first team, Courier News All-Area first team, and MSG Varsity All-New Jersey team as a junior and senior … Selected for the Gill Gibbs New Jersey State Senior All-Star Game … Honored as the 2014 Skylands Conference Scholar Athlete … Played club lacrosse for Leading Edge Elite Lacrosse … AP Scholar … Volunteered with Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County.
Jake Scott | Attackman | 6-3 | 195 | Berwyn, Pa. | Conestoga High School
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Conestoga High School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Helped Conestoga to back-to-back Pennsylvania State Championships, District Championships and Central League Championships in 2011 and 2012 … Named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American as a senior … Also named All-Area and All-Central League first team as a senior, and was an Under Armour All-America Underclass, All-Central League second team and All-Main Line selection as a junior … Voted as Conestoga's team MVP as a senior and offensive MVP as a junior … Played club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh Lacrosse … Father, Peter, was a 3-time All-American at Johns Hopkins graduating in 1984.
Robert Shaw | Goalkeeper | 5-8 | 155 | Canton, Mass. | The Roxbury Latin School
Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at The Roxbury Latin School … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American as a senior and All-ISL as a junior and senior … Also received Team MVP honors as a senior … Played club lacrosse for Top Gun Fighting Clams … Also earned four varsity letters in hockey … Received All-ISL honorable mention honors and the Flood Shield Award as a senior … Honored with the William Coe Collar Prize as a senior and Harvard Book Prize as a junior.