Men's lacrosse adds nine for 2011 season

The JU men’s lacrosse program has its second class. With two months until the first ever faceoff, head coach Matt Kerwick received National Letters of Intent from nine high school seniors ready to don the green and gold next season.

“I am excited that we now have Jacksonville lacrosse’s second class,” said Kerwick. “After going through our first fall season with a committed and aggressive young group, our staff quickly realized that we are fortunate to be ahead of schedule in terms of depth and talent. This has enabled us to be very selective with the class of 2014.

“Although we have two or three more spots to complete a great group, I am looking forward to working with this group of leaders and student-athletes next fall. Once again, we have attracted a very diverse group that hails from north, west and south."

In this installment of our monthly release leading up to the Dolphins’ first ever contest against North Carolina on Feb. 6, we introduce you to the class of 2014:

Will Crenshaw (Midfield/Attack) - Nansemond Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, Va. - Scored 46 goals and added 35 assists as a junior on Trent Blythe’s team, earning first team all-state and all-conference honors. This past fall he led Nansemond Suffolk Academy to a state championship in football after rushing for 1,735 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games, averaging over 144 yards per game and earning first team all-state and conference ‘Player of the Year’ honors.

Peter Deluca (Goalie) - Penn Manor High School, Philadelphia, Pa. - One of the top goalie prospects in the nation, Deluca earned all-American accolades as a junior along with first team all-district and two all-league honors. The three-year captain finished last season with 241 saves and a 70.2% save rate. A member of the National Honor Society, Gold Honor Roll and an AP Scholar, Deluca ran cross country in high school and intends to study with Jacksonville’s prestigious Marine Science program.

David Goldman (A) - Baltimore Polytechnic, Baltimore, Md. - After transferring to Baltimore Polytechnic from Friends School, Goldman earned 2009 ‘Offensive MVP’ honors for head coach Ray Harcum’s team as a junior captain while averaging four goals and five assists per game. Also an all-conference soccer player and starter on the basketball team, Goldman finished near the top of his class academically the last two years and competed for the Baltimore Crabs during the summer.

Conor Igoe (A) - Worthington Kilbourne High School, Columbus, Ohio - Tallied 38 goals, 23 assists and 78 ground balls on the way to first team all-region, third team all-state and second team all-Midwest nods last spring during his school’s state championship season. He continued his aggressive play this summer earning Top 205 ‘All-Star’ accolades.

Robert Moore (A) - West Islip High School, West Islip, N.Y. - Tallied 16 goals and seven assists for one of the best programs in the country last spring. A state champion as a junior, Rob captained the football team this fall as a two-way starter as a linebacker and quarterback. The 2008 Scholar Athlete Award winner will look to break out as a senior for head coach Scott Craig this spring after earning all-division honors in football this fall.

Marcus Nelson (M) - Fletcher High School, Jacksonville, Fla. - The two-way midfielder scored 41 goals and added 17 assists while picking up 80 ground balls last spring. Nelson has tallied 70 goals, 38 assists and 150 ground balls in his career at Fletcher High School while competing for head coach Josh Covelli.

Brendan O’Rourke (Defenseman) - DeMatha Catholic, Washington, D.C. - Under head coach Scott Morrison, O’Rourke earned all-WCAC accolades last spring while picking up 59 ground balls. The defenseman helped DeMatha to two WCAC championships.

Kyle Rebman (A) - Baldwin High School, Baldwin, N.Y. - The four-year honor roll member earned all-county honors as a junior, pacing his team with 59 goals and 26 assists. Rebman also picked up over four ground balls per game. Two-time Newsday ‘Player of the Week,’ the attackman scored the game-winner for head coach Rich Garguilo’s Baldwin team to upset No. 1 Farmingdale in the county semi-finals. Rebman also earned a spot on the Nassau “Nike Empire” team this past summer and was also the starting hockey goalie for the two-time defending county champion Wantagh Seaford Baymen.

JP Ricker (D) - Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn, Md. – Started as a long-stick midfielder for head coach Zach Burkes’ Spalding squad as a sophomore and junior. A tenacious and aggressive defender, Ricker finished a strong junior year with a team-leading 102 ground balls while tallying four goals and eight assists. Ricker also played for Team Propel during the summer.