PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 9, 2012) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse program has welcomed 22 newcomers to join second-year head coach Brian Brecht “On the Banks”, it was announced Tuesday. The fresh Scarlet Knight group features 12 student-athletes who earned All-America recognition during their high school careers, as well as two RU players who have showcased their talents internationally.
“I’m excited to welcome our first recruiting class to Rutgers as student-athletes,” Brecht said. “As a staff, assistant coaches Keith Cromwell, Craig McDonald and Noah Fossner worked very hard and put a lot of time into bringing this strong and well rounded class to ‘The Banks’. It has been a pleasure working with these young men this fall, as I look forward to having them mesh with our upperclassmen. They will gain experience as we grow the program. With our upcoming fall scrimmages less than a week away, it will be nice to see them in their first college action as Scarlet Knights.”
The nationally renowned contingent included eight players who earned 11 total US All-America recognitions. Freshmen attackmen Jacob Coretti (East Grand Rapids, Mich.), Ryan Hollingsworth (Martinsville, N.J.) and Nick Kilkowski (Summit, N.J.) were each named US All-Americans twice, with Coretti taking the honors from 2010-11 and Hollingsworth and Kilkowski earning the recognitions from 2011-12. Goalie Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.), attackman Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.), defenseman Luke Enzweiler (Raleigh, N.C.), defenseman Nate Gowen (Amherst, N.Y.) and Zack Sikora (Clifton, Va.) also earned US All-America nods in 2012.
Freshman midfielder Pat Carotenuto (West Chester, Md.) and freshman defenseman Eric Cooley (Yorktown, N.Y.) played internationally before arriving “On the Banks”, with Carotenuto serving as a member of Italy’s 2012 European Championships squad in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cooley played on Finland’s U-19 team in the 2012 World Lacrosse Championship in Germany.
Three new Scarlet Knights entered the fall with previous collegiate experience. Junior midfielder Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Rich Rambo (Glenside, Pa.) previously played at Hofstra, while sophomore faceoff specialist Brian Lenskold (Martinsville, N.J.) played at Manhattan.
Brecht’s group of newcomers arrived at Rutgers from seven different states, with seven coming from the “Garden State”. Six in the class call New York home, while two Scarlet Knights each came from Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The class was rounded with single additions from Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina.
2012 Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Newcomers
Kris Alleyne, Clarkstown South HS, New City, N.Y., Goalie, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American in 2012 … standout goalie for Clarkstown South High School and head coach Adam Chagares, making 576 career saves as a three-year starter … earned all-league recognition three times for the Vikings from 2010-12 … made first team all-county as a junior and senior … twice named captain of Clarkstown South squad … played in the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., prior to joining the Scarlet Knights … attended Nike’s Blue Chip/Inside Lacrosse camp … also participated in football for Clarkstown South, playing varsity as a wide receiver and safety for two seasons … academic honor roll member all four years at Clarkstown South … son of Karen Alleyne.
Jake Andersen, Hunterdon Central HS, Flemington, N.J., Goalie, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year starter at goalie, leading Hunterdon Central High School to an appearance in the 2012 NJSIAA Group 4 State Championship game … starred in goal for head coach Mike Vergalito, compiling a .680 save percentage to cap his career … earned Star-Ledger Third Team All-State recognition in 2012 … earned all-state and All-Skylands Conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior … played in the Gil Gibbs All-Star Game and Garden State Challenge during his high school career … son of Joseph and Linda Andersen.
Hunter Barnett, Pine Crest HS, Lighthouse Point, Fla., LSM, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: First Team All-County from The Miami Herald … hauled in 36 groundballs in his senior season, along with six goals and six assists … helped lead Pine Crest High School and head coach Doug Shanahan to a 15-5 record in 2012 … First Team All-Broward as a junior … also starred on the football field for Pine Crest … son of Robert and Lynn Gurin.
Scott Bieda, Bridgewater-Raritan HS, Bridgewater, N.J., Attackman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American in 2012 … scored a single-season school -record 108 points as a senior, netting 60 goals and dishing out 48 assists for Bridgewater-Raritan head coach and former Scarlet Knight Chuck Apel … Under Armour Underclass All-American as a junior in 2011 … finished Bridgewater-Raritan career with a school-record 204 points … Star-Ledger First Team All-State selection … Courier News 2012 Player of the Year … earned all-state recognition as a junior and senior, as well as first team all-conference honors … honored with the team’s Marshall Chamber Award for attackman of the year … son of John and Carol Bieda.
Pat Carotenuto, Calvert Hall, West Chester, Md., Midfielder, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Italy team member at 2012 European Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands … helped Calvert Hall and head coach Bryan Kelly to the 2012 MIAA Conference Championship, recording a 16-2 overall record … selected to the National Lacrosse Classic as a junior in 2011 … parents are Joe and Carole Carotenuto … has one brother, Joseph Jr.
Eric Cooley, Yorktown HS, Yorktown, N.Y., Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Finland U-19 team member at 2012 World Lacrosse Championship in Germany … earned all-league and all-section recognition as a junior and sophomore for head coach Dave Marr at Yorktown High School … an all-state performer on the football field for Yorktown, playing at nose guard and offensive guard … also earned all-league and all-section accolades on the gridiron … son of Lars and Margit Cooley.
Jacob Coretti, East Grand Rapids HS, East Grand Rapids, Mich. (Hotchkiss School), Attackman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2010, 2011) at East Grand Rapids High School for head coach Adam Vincent … spent a post-graduate season in 2012 at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., under head coach Chris Burchfield … scored 99 points on 69 goals and 30 assists as a senior at East Grand Rapids, earning unanimous first team all-state recognition for the third-straight season … totaled 106 points on 60 goals and 46 assists as a junior after netting 74 total points (52 goals, 22 assists) as a sophomore … three-time all-conference performer from 2009-11 … earned his squad’s offensive most valuable player award all four seasons … helped the Pioneers to Michigan Division II State Championships as a freshman in 2008 and again in 2009 as a sophomore … helped squad take state runners-up honors as a senior in 2011 … also starred on the hockey squad for East Grand Rapids … son of Joseph and Amy Coretti.
Rob Dattolo, Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, Fla., Midfielder, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Helped lead the Benjamin School and head coach Shane Rye to the 2012 Florida State Championship playoffs in 2012, recording 30 goals and 10 assists for 40 total points … scored 77 points on 43 goals and 34 assists as a junior, earning first team all-district honors and leading Benjamin to a perfect 19-0 campaign … received a Congressional Gold Medal from United States Congressman Tom Rooney for public service and personal development in 2011 … son of Robert and Julia Dattolo.
Steve DiGiovanni, Cranford HS, Cranford, N.J., (Hofstra), Midfielder, Jr.
Prior to Rutgers: Played two seasons at Hofstra before continuing his career “On the Banks” … appeared in 10 games as a sophomore in 2012, scoring five goals … saw the field in six games in initial collegiate season in 2011 … two-time adidas All-American National Lacrosse Classic selection coming out of Cranford High School for head coach Al Reinoso … totaled 193 goals and 81 assists for 274 points during his four-year career at Cranford, twice earning first team all-state accolades … four-time first team all-conference selection … earned his conference’s offensive most valuable player award in his final high school season … selected to Under Armour’s Underclass All-Star Team as a junior after scoring 90 points on 65 goals and 25 assists … born March 19, 1992 … son of Al and Denise DiGiovanni … has two older brothers, Michael and Robert.
Luke Enzweiler, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C., Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American in 2012 … earned first team all-state and all-East region honors as a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School for head coach Mike Curatolo … served as team captain in his final Cardinal Gibbons campaign, helping lead the squad to a 20-1 record and state runner-up finish … played in the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., prior to joining the Scarlet Knights … selected to participate in the Great 38 All-Star Game after his senior season … earned academic all-state accolades in 2011 … son of Mark and Mary Anne Enzweiler.
Clay Goris, Cazenovia Central HS, Cazenovia NY, Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: New York OHSL Second Team selection for Cazenovia High School and head coach Jim Longo … All-Central New York Third Team selection … moved to long-stick midfielder after starring as a backline Defenseman as a junior … helped squad to the New York Class C Championship in 2011, finishing the season with a 22-1 record … high school teammate of current Scarlet Knight Joseph Nardella … son of Mark and Janet Goris.
Nate Gowen, Amherst Central HS, Amherst, N.Y., Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American in 2012 ... earned First Team All-Western New York as a junior and senior for Amherst High School head coach Stefan Henn … served as team captain in 2011 and 2012 … First Team All-NYS Section 6 in 2011 and 2012 … won the 2011- 2012 Brogden Cup International Field Lacrosse Series for the United States with squad from Rochester, N.Y. … All-ECIC First Team as a sophomore after earner honorable mention as a freshman ... four-year starter for Amherst Central’s soccer squad ... earned scholar-athlete award for lacrosse and soccer four times … son of Dean and Wendy Gowen.
Ryan Hollingsworth, Bridgewater-Raritan HS, Martinsville, N.J., Attackman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2011, 2012) ... All-NJSIAA Group IV First Team as a junior and senior from 2011-12 for Bridgewater-Raritan head coach and former Scarlet Knight Chuck Apel … tallied 52 goals and 38 assists in his senior season for ... named to 2012 Courier News All Area Lacrosse team ... earned NJILCA All American junior and senior year ... elected to All Skyland conference junior and senior year... made 1st Team All State junior and senior year ... three time Group IV state champion ... helped Bridgewater-Raritan HS win Tournament of Champions his senior year ... son of MG and Patti Hollingsworth.
Nick Kilkowski, Summit HS, Summit, N.J., Attackman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2011, 2012) … earned New Jersey State Player of the Year recognition from the Star-Ledger and New Jersey Coaches Association to cap his 2012 season at Summit High School for head coach Jim Davidson … scored 252 career points to leave Summit as the school’s all-time leading scorer … helped lead squad to three state championships as a three-year starter, with Summit claiming the Tournament of Champions crown in 2010, Group 2 title in 2011 and Group 1 trophy in 2012 ... played in the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., prior to joining the Scarlet Knights … New Jersey Coaches Association’s Attackman of the Year in 2011 … earned first team all-state and All-Gibbs Conference honors in back-to-back seasons as a junior and senior … totaled 105 points as a senior after compiling 86 points as a junior, earning first team all-county accolades both seasons … scored 61 points as a first-year starter in 2010, claiming first team all-sophomore team recognition from the Star-Ledger ... son of Rob and Rosanne Kilkowski … father played lacrosse at Penn.
Brian Lenskold, Bridgewater-Raritan HS, Martinsville, N.J. (Manhattan), FO, So.
Prior to Rutgers: Played the 2012 season at Manhattan, compiling a .506 faceoff winning percentage to rank 39th in the country before continuing his career “On the Banks” … also hauled in 30 ground balls over 14 games … earned all-state honorable mention recognition and all-conference honors as a senior for Bridgewater-Raritan head coach and former Scarlet Knight Chuck Apel … helped the Panthers to New Jersey Group IV State Championships in 2009 and 2011 … Bridgewater-Raritan also won the state’s Tournament of Champions in 2011 … born May 31, 1993 … son of Brian and Josephine Lenskold … has three brothers, Richie, Joseph and Mike.
Nick Masciantonio, Southern Lehigh HS, Center Valley, Pa., Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Earned all-area honors from Lehigh Valley’s The Morning Call … three-year starter at Southern Lehigh High School, receiving coaching from Eric Stemple, Ben Snyder and Brian Boorse … twice led the Spartans in ground balls … four-time Southern Lehigh academic honor roll member … son of Carmen and Lauraine Masciantonio … older siblings Taira and Mikelle … father played football at Penn State, lettering from 1982-83.
Cody Petillo, Sachem North HS, Holbrook, N.Y., Midfielder, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: All-divison and all-county player for Sachem North High School and head coach Jason Mauro, scoring 74 goals and scooping 108 ground balls over his four-year varsity career … served as team captain and led the team in scoring as a senior who moved from midfield to attack … showed versatility by dishing 39 assists and causing 12 turnovers in his career … starred on the football field for Sachem North, starting at wide receiver and earning all-division honors … son of Rich and Corinna Petillo.
Bryan Phillips, St. Augustine Prep, Somers Point, N.J., Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: First Team All-Cape Atlantic out of St. Augistine Prep for head coach J.C. Valore … helped lead the squad to a 13-6 record as a senior in 2012 … earned The Press of Atlantic City All-Stars First Team recognition … powered the Hermits to a 17-5 mark as a junior in 2011 … played club lacrosse with South Shore Lacrosse … son of Joseph Phillips and Maureen Kern … has two older brothers, Dave and Buddy.
Danny Plant, Huntington HS, Huntington, N.Y. Midfielder, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: 2011 adidas All-American Classic player for Team NJ … earned all-county and all-division accolades at Huntington High School for head coach Paul McDermott, claiming the squad’s offensive MVP award as a senior … recipient of the 2012 Donald A. Loughlin Founder’s Award ... served as team captain for both lacrosse and football ... earned Huntington football’s MVP award his senior year … named a scholar-athlete at Huntington … son of Mike and Christina Plant … one brother, Tommy, and one sister, Meghan.
Rich Rambo, Abington HS, Glenside, Pa. (Hofstra), Midfielder, So.
Prior to Rutgers: Played the 2011 season at Hofstra and saw action in five games before continuing his career “On the Banks”... two-time All-Pennsylvania first team honoree at Abington High School for Randy McNeil, recording 35 goals, 20 assists and 42 ground balls as a senior in 2010 ... scored 33 goals and 17 assists for 50 total points as a junior ... scooped 100 ground balls as a junior after hauling in 110 ground balls as a sophomore … also played two years of football for Abington … born Sept. 17, 1991 … son of Rich Sr. and Annette Rambo.
Branford Rogers, St. Anne’s-Belfield, Ruckersville, Va., Defenseman, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Two-time Brine All-American … ranked as the 13th-best LSM in the country by ESPN RISE as a senior in 2012 … ended final high school season with a career-high 77 ground balls to earn first team all-conference, all-prep and all-state honors under head coach Bo Perriello … earned recognition to adidas’ 2010 All-America team … also starred on the football field and basketball court for St. Anne’s-Belfield … twice earned first team all-state honors at running back … participated in basketball as a freshman, sophomore and junior … son of Charlie and Jude Rogers.
Zack Sikora, Centreville HS, Clifton, Va., Midfielder, Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American in 2012 … netted 44 goals and 50 assists to total 94 points in final season at Centreville High School for head coach Jed Williams … assist total ranked in the top 25 in the nation … Washington Post All-Metro Second Team as a senior … Concorde District Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Concorde District in 2012 … two-time team MVP as a junior and senior … played all four seasons for the Wildcats, earning first team all-district honors as a sophomore and making the second team as a junior … played club lacrosse for Team Madlax … son of Kevin and Sally Sikora.
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