SELINSGROVE, Pa. – While the Susquehanna University men's lacrosse team lost only four players to graduation last year, head coach Stewart Moan has brought in a class of 12 freshmen in an effort to fill openings and create competition for the other starting spots, while at also providing the Crusaders with depth at all the crucial positions.
"Although we did not lose a lot of players, we did lose a First-Team All-Conference defenseman in Jimmy Warburton and three other seniors who were also starters and major players for our program," Moan said. "They were critical to our success last year when we won a program-best 11 games. We went into the recruiting process believing we needed to bring in a strong and talented group of 10-12 players to continue the development and be contenders in the competitive Landmark Conference.
"I am very excited about the upgrade in talent and athleticism that this class possesses," he continued. "Many of these men were multi-sport athletes in high school and I believe the athleticism, stick skills and lacrosse knowledge that our freshmen bring with them will increase the competitive nature of our team."
Susquehanna qualified for the Landmark Conference tournament for the first time in the school's history last season. The Crusaders now have their sights set on advancing to the championship game.
Steve Arhontoulis – Four-year varsity defenseman at Southern Lehigh in Center Valley, Pa. Served as a two-year captain and was Southern Lehigh's defensive MVP. Was named to the Lehigh Valley All-Star Team.
Christian Bost – Four-year varsity player of both lacrosse and hockey at Central Dauphin in Harrisburg, Pa. where he played attack. Member of the National Honor Society and also a Second-Team All Mid-Penn Conference.
Conor Boyland – Varisty letter midfielder from West Morris Central in Long Valley, N.J. Also an honor roll student.
Ryan Downey – Varsity letterwinner as a midfielder from Seton Hall Prep in West Caldwell, N.J.
Nick Kifolo – Four-year varsity midfielder from Lewisburg in Lewisburg, Pa. An honor roll student as well as a three-time Central Susquehanna Nittany League player. Played on the Central PA Adidas team.
Jared Knowlton – Goalie from Kent School in Conn. A three-year varsity player and honor student who was selected to play in the New England 150 All Star Team, Top Star All-Star Team and Peak 200 All-Star Team.
Phil Lapone – Three-year hockey and lacrosse varsity player for West Essex High School. As an attackman, he led his team to an Essex County Championship and received Honorable Mention All-Essex County. Also played on a state champion hockey team.
Reid LeDonne – Four-year varsity defenseman for Charlotte Latin in Charlotte, N.C. Selected for the Great 38 NC Lacrosse Team. An All-Mecklenberg County Conference defenseman.
Mark Lottes – Four-year varsity defenseman from Long Island Lutheran in N.Y. An honor roll student as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Served as team captain his senior year.
Gannon Meister – Three-year varsity goalie for Kennett Square in Kennett Square, Pa. Selected as an Honorable Mention All-Chesmont Conference his senior year.
Ryan Natusch – Three-year varsity player for Daniel Hand in Conn. Played at the Battle of the Hotbed Tournament. Was a member of Connecticut Super Junior Team.
Carmen Raroha – Four-year varsity starter for Bishop Eustace in N.J. Team MVP for junior and senior seasons. A two-time All-Fitch Division player.