PISCATAWAY, NJ – Eight high school seniors have signed national letters of intent to further their academic and athletic careers as members of the Rutgers University men’s lacrosse team, head coach Jim Stagnitta has announced.
The group includes five midfielders, two attackmen and one goalie. Rutgers’ eight recruits signed during the NCAA’s early signing period.
“We are very excited with the quality of our early signees,” said Stagnitta, the 2003 National Coach of the Year. “We were able to meet our needs with this talented and athletic group of student-athletes.”
The newest Scarlet Knights include goalie Lyle Farrar (Lexington, VA/Episcopal High School), midfielders Nick Filippone (Northport, NY/Northport HS), Chris Hoffman (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia HS), Ted Melanson (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield), Brian Melvin (Livingston, NJ/Kent School), Trevor Michaelson (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage HS) and attackmen Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, NY/Henninger HS) and Nathan Sanderson (Orangeville, Ontario/Salisbury School/Salisbury, CT).
Farrar (5-9, 150 lbs.) is a three-sport athlete at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, lettering in football, basketball and lacrosse. Last year as a junior, he made 14.2 saves per game, tallied 213 total saves and stopped 71 percent of the shots he faced. In a five-overtime victory late in the season, he made 32 saves. Farrar was an All-Star selection this summer at the Duke, Top Star and Northeast 150 Lacrosse Camps.
Filippone (6-2, 190 lbs.) has lettered in soccer and lacrosse at Northport High School, earning all-league honors in both sports as a junior. Last fall, he was an all-league selection in soccer and was named team captain for lacrosse.
Hoffman (6-0, 175 lbs.) was a first-team all-conference choice last spring after collecting 34 goals and 20 assists (54 points). He also added 120 ground balls. Hoffman is a three-sport athlete who also plays football and basketball. In football, he is a three-time all-conference selection, a two-time all-Central New York honoree and earned second team all-state honors as a junior.
Melanson (6-0, 230 lbs.) is a face-off specialist who won 68 percent of the draws he took last season. Melanson also plays football, and received All-Baltimore honors from the Baltimore Touchdown Club this year.
Melvin (6-1, 190 lbs.) spent his first two years of high school at Livingston High School in New Jersey where he was honorable mention all-state as a freshman and sophomore. Last spring, he starred for the Kent School in Kent, CT, scoring 37 goals and dishing out 26 assists for First Team All-New England honors. He will serve as a team captain this season for the second consecutive year. On the football field, he was an All-New England pick.
Michaelson (6-2, 195 lbs.) scored 25 goals and added 16 assists to earn all-county accolades. As a sophomore, he had 16 goals and 10 assists. Also a placekicker in football and soccer player, Michaelson holds the Nassau county record for most career and single game PAT’s and PAT’s in a playoff game.
Rommel (5-10, 170 lbs.) was a first-team all-league selection last year for Henninger High School, where he had 30 goals and 28 assists last season. He was the recipient of the Cornell Award, which recognizes the outstanding athlete of Henninger’s junior class. He was also a Bausch & Lomb Science Award recipient for outstanding achievement in chemistry.
Sanderson (5-10, 200 lbs.) earned second-team all-New England honors last season after scoring 39 goals and adding seven assists.
Rutgers fashioned the most dramatic turnaround in Division I last season, improving from 2-12 in 2002 to 10-5 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. This season, RU features the ECAC Rookie of the Year Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) and ECAC First Team selection Delby Powless (Six Nations, Ontario, Canada). The Scarlet Knights open their season on Saturday, Feb. 28 against Dartmouth in Baltimore, MD.
Rutgers 2003 Men’s Lacrosse Signing
Name Hometown Position
Lyle Farrar Lexington, VA Goalie
Nick Filippone Northport, NY Midfield
Chris Hoffman Cazenovia, NY Midfield
Ted Melanson Baltimore, MD Midfield
Brian Melvin Livingston, NJ Midfield
Trevor Michaelson Bethpage, NY Midfield
Jeff Rommel Syracuse, NY Attack
Nathan Sanderson Orangeville, Ontario Attack