For Immediate Release
May 22, 2013
Men’s Lacrosse Adds Seven for Next Season
SALT LAKE CITY – Fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2013 MCLA Division II National Championships, the Westminster College men’s lacrosse team announced its signing class for the 2014 season on Wednesday. Head coach Mason Goodhand has added seven student-athletes for next season when the team moves to Division I of the MCLA.
Andrew Baird, D, Carlsbad, CA / San Marcos HS
Baird is a 6-foot-3, 195 pound defender and three year varsity player for Coach Mike Mathai’s San Marcos Knights. As a senior and team Captain in 2013, the Knights have outperformed expectations with an 11-4 regular season record in the very tough San Diego CIF in which they have amassed 31 wins across the last 3 years.
“Andrew is a rangy athlete with very strong on ball fundamentals and above average awareness and lacrosse IQ,” assistant coach Brad Lavoie said. “Along with those attributes, we are also excited about the leadership qualities that he has shown down the stretch this season as his defense heads into the postseason giving up a stingy 4.7 goals per game.”
In past summers Andrew attended 205 east, the Nifty 60 and Elite 100 recruiting events as well as the Uplax Summer Shootout. Baird plans to study Computer Science at Westminster.
Jake Berard, M, Meridian, ID / Meridian HS
A 5-foot-8, 185 pound speedster, Berard is a throwback two-way midfielder through and through. As a four year varsity starter in high school he has helped lead his team on defense, offense, special teams as well as at the face-off X. He is a 4.0 student in the classroom and a two year starter for the Warrior football team as an option Quarterback garnering All-Conference honorable mention accolades. In past summers, Berard has traveled with the Sawtooth Lacrosse Club, All-Idaho Team as well as the Utah Black Hawks, making an all-star appearance at the 2012 Denver Shootout and leading his Black Hawks team to the Semi-finals at the 2012 Adrenaline Elite Shootout. Berard plans to major in Biology as a pre-med student at WC starting in the fall.
Dylan Check, M, Las Vegas, NV / Faith Lutheran HS
Check is a 5-foot-10, 165 pound midfielder and three year varsity performer for Coach James Gravitt and the Crusaders. A very aggressive player on both ends, Check has shown the willingness to scrap for ground balls that will make him an instant fit in the Griffin system. Also a varsity soccer player at FLHS, he is noticeably strong in transition with good instincts and vision that will pay dividends as he moves on to the next level. Check has spent the past three summers running for Coach Gary Campo and the Vegas Starz competing in the adrenaline series tournaments and recruiting events, as well as the 2011 UA All-American tryouts.
“We are excited about his potential in up-tempo college game and look forward to getting his competitiveness in the weight room and at practice every day,” Lavoie commented.
Check’s intended major is History with a film minor.
Ryan Coffelt, M, Yorba Linda, CA / Esperanza HS
At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Coffelt brings a pound-for-pound toughness to the field with him every day that was a pleasure to watch on the summer circuit. As the sport of lacrosse becomes more and more specialized, Coffelt is a true throw back player setting out to do whatever is necessary for his team to be competitive that day. He is crafty at the face off X, extremely quick and gritty on ground balls and a legit threat in transition. As a three year varsity performer for Coach Deron Hansen, Coffelt was awarded team MVP and received his teams “Iron Man Award” in 2012. In past summers, Coffelt ran with the OC Kings for Max & Zander Ritz and competed in the Adrenaline Series team events. Coffelt intends to major in communications.
Josh Holland, A/M, Riverton, UT / Riverton HS / Seton Hill Univ. (PA)
Josh is a 6-foot, 185 pound sophomore transfer that is capable of high production from the midfield as well as the attack. He prepped at Riverton High School where he was First Team All-State and named a US Lacrosse HS All-American as a senior. Holland is a prototypical slasher with a devastating first step and a lightning quick release to match. He is regarded by many as one of the most talented lacrosse players to ever come out of the state of Utah. Holland brings a 3.5 GPA and an unstoppable work ethic with him to Westminster. Holland recently returned home to Utah after serving a two-year church mission in Mexico. His intended major is currently undecided.
David Lopez, D, Marietta, GA / Lassiter HS
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Lopez is a physical defender with the mean streak absolutely necessary for success as a close defender at the next level. As a three year varsity performer for Coach Brendan Leezer, Lopez has shown the ability to quickly process information and lead an aggressive Trojan defense. He is a two-time team captain and defensive MVP whose strong vocal leadership helped propel his team back to the 2012 Georgia HS State Championship Game. Across the last two seasons, Lopez has captained his team to a 31-5 record and a 4.95 goals-against-average. Lopez is expected to arrive in shape ready to compete from day one in the fall. Lopez plans on majoring in engineering.
Jack Ryan, D, Englewood, CO / Kent Denver HS
Ryan is a 6-foot-4, 190 pound defender for Coach Ben Brenneman and the Kent Denver Sun Devils. A role player in a very strong nationally recognized program, Ryan has a tremendously high ceiling as a lengthy close defender at the college level.
“He is quickly becoming a gym rat and we are excited about the work ethic he will bring with him to our program,” Lavoie added. “Jack has completed a rigorous National Outdoor Leadership Course in Alaska and now becomes the second member our program to do so.”
Ryan will major in Aviation at Westminster College.
This group of seven will join a 2014 team that will also feature the return of key players to the program after church missions and red shirt seasons in 2012.
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