Editor’s Note: It is hard enough just being a member in the United States Armed Services, so imagine how tough recruiting must be for these gentlemen. Sean Cross of the USCGA said the hardest part of recruiting is easily the very rigorous academic standards. While they receive hundreds of recruit forms from very talented lacrosse players, they struggle to find talented players that ALSO meet their character, GPA, and standardized test score standards. Brings a new meaning to the complete player.
New London, CT – The United States Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse team is excited to announce the arrival of a strong in-coming group that is part of the Class of 2016. The Bears were challenged to fill several positions vacated by graduating 1st Class cadets now serving in the fleet, but a successful recruiting season seems likely to fill the gaps. Thirteen new cadets round out the list from ten different states all across the country. The incoming class arrived on R-Day June 25, 2012 and is currently at the Coast Guard Academy having completed Swab Summer indoctrination.
General Manager LCDR Daniel Ursino said, “We are very excited at the level of talent and athleticism of this year’s incoming class. We were able to find a great group of driven and accomplished student-athletes from all over the country to push our returners and make an immediate impact on the field.”
“The goal for this year’s recruiting class, as always, was to find quality young men to serve in the Coast Guard. Our next goal was to add overall depth to our team while bringing up the skill level,” said Ursino. “As a coaching staff we feel like we have far exceeded those goals.”
“This is a group of well-rounded student athletes that possess the character, work-ethic and hunger to represent the Coast Guard Academy, serve their country and become Commissioned Officers in the United States Coast Guard. We are very excited that they and their families have agreed to join the Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse family.”
This year’s recruiting class has the ability to produce immediate impact players for this upcoming year. These thirteen talented incoming fourth-class cadets will join a Bears team that lost six players to graduation from last year’s squad. Coast Guard (11-5, 3-1 PL) made it to the PCLL Division 2 title game, but lost to Briarcliffe College 9-8 in overtime. The Bears finished the season ranked No. 17 nationally in the MCLA D2 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Coaches Poll.
Head Coach Gary Weller notes, “We are very excited about adding talent and athleticism to our core of returning players. We will have a nice combination of senior leadership and talented underclassmen that can take our program to the top of the PCLL.”
Here is a closer look at the incoming lacrosse players from the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016:
Cadet 4/c Jeff Bohrs, Defense, Annapolis Md./Broadneck
Cadet 4/c Kyle Carosotto, Midfield, East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich
Cadet 4/c Louis DePaolis, Midfield, Valhalla N.Y./Fordham Prep
Cadet 4/c Christian DiBari, Defense, Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills
Cadet 4/c James Engelhardt, Defense, Burke, Va./Lake Braddock
Cadet 4/c Justin Huemme, Midfield, Sherborn Mass./Dover-Sherborn
Cadet 4/c Robert McKenna, Midfield, Middletown, Conn./Xavier
Cadet 4/c Trent Moon, Attack, Yorktown, Va./Tabb
Cadet 4/c Troy Nunes, Midfield, Montville, Conn./Montville
Cadet 4/c Joaquin Reyes, Midfield, Plainville, Mass./King Philip
Cadet 4/c Allen Shaw, Midfield, Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain
Cadet 4/c Mason Totri, Defense, Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood
Cadet 4/c Joe Wineke, Midfield, Boise, Idaho/Borah
For additional information – check out the Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse HQ
As the smallest of the five U.S. service academies, the Coast Guard Academy offers the elite higher education, rigorous professional development, and honor and tradition of a military academy but with a more personalized approach.
The CGA offers an integrated life experience which emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership, in order to graduate officers of the highest caliber. Graduates go directly to positions of leadership in “The Shield of Freedom,” one of the most admired organizations in the world. The Academy also features an impressive teacher-student ratio and picturesque waterfront campus that instills a traditional small college feel.
Cadets devote themselves to an honor concept and graduate to work at sea, on land, in the air, and even in space, in meaningful careers of selfless service to others.