Men’s Lacrosse Signs Six to National Letters of Intent; Ranked 7th Nationally in Inside Lacrosse Face-off Magazine Preseason Poll
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Nov. 30 2011) – The Mercy College men's lacrosse team has signed six recruits to National Letters of Intent for the spring 2013 season, Head Coach Steve Manitta announced today. These recruits will join a third-year squad recently ranked seventh in the Inside Lacrosse Face-off Magazine Preseason Poll. In addition, four Mavericks were named preseason All-Americans.
Dan Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y.), Thomas Lackaye (Summit, N.J.), Connor McLachlan (Guilderland, N.Y.), Joe Persico (Plainedge, N.Y.), Justin Rohr (Bethpage, N.Y.) and Tyler Van Benschoten (St. Joseph, N.J.) have already joined the Class of 2016 and will suit up for the Mavericks next spring.
Chillianis is a 6 ft 185 lbs defenseman who started all four years for the Golden Eagles under Head Coach Erwin Dill, where he was an All-County selection twice and All-America Scholar Athlete.
Lackaye, 6 ft 180 lbs, played as a two-way midfielder for New Jersey Hall of Fame coach Jim Davidson at Summit High School, which won three state titles and shattered the state consecutive wins record.
"Thomas is an old-school midfielder who can easily succeed on both ends of the field. He's a terrific athlete who comes from a well-coached, storied program," Manitta said.
McLachlan, a 6 ft 3in 190 lbs attackman, led the Dutchmen and ranked in the top 15 in New York's Section II in total points last season.
"Connor combines tremendous size and scorer's touch that will complement this offense. This is a young man who will push for time immediately," Manitta said.
"Joe is another one of our big, strong and intelligent recruits who will help us develop the growth of our defensive system and protect Division II's top goaltender," Manitta said.
Rohr, a 6 ft 180 lbs four-year teammate of Chillianis' at Bethpage High School, was an All-Conference and Academic All-Conference selection as a midfielder in his senior year under Coach Dill. He also started at quarterback the past two seasons for the Golden Eagles football team, which went undefeated in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs this year.
"It's no coincidence that he was the starting quarterback for the past two seasons for a successful Golden Eagle program. A tough, hard-nosed midfielder who can trigger transition from defense to offense, he is another athletic, two-way player we are excited about," Manitta said.
Van Benschoten, a versatile 5 ft 7 in 170 lbs attackman who also excels in midfield, was named First Team All-League, All-County and All-State after amassing over 130 total points in his three seasons with the Green Knights playing for Head Coach Andrew Decicco.
"Tyler is a shifty playmaker who has a true knack for scoring. He can create offense from the midfield and at attack. He's a threat on the run, and with time and room," Manitta said.
As aforementioned, Mercy will enter the 2012 season with four preseason All-Americans on its squad, voted by Inside Lacrosse Face-off Magazine. DiCarlo was tabbed to the First Team and chosen as the preseason Division II Goaltender of the Year, while Michael Munch was selected to the Second Team. Rounding out the group of All-Americans were Michael Marzocca and John Lionetti.
Head Coach Manitta and the Mavericks open the 2012 season on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. when they will host Chestnut Hill College. Mercy will also host NCAA Division II champion Mercyhurst College on Saturday, March 10 and face off against C.W. Post, ranked No. 1 in the nation last season, on Saturday, April 14.