Men's Lacrosse Announces Class of 2020

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the program’s Class of 2020. Thirteen young men have joined the Penn program, and will be freshmen for the 2017 season.

“We are excited about the Penn Lacrosse Class of 2020,” said Murphy, who enters his eighth season overseeing the Quakers program. “It is a strong group athletically, with depth at each position. Based on what we have seen this fall, it seems like a number of them are ready to contribute already. It is a great group of young men who will help our program win, but I also feel they will succeed in the classroom and represent our program and the University of Pennsylvania the right way and ultimately go out into the world and make significant contributions.”

Penn’s freshman class was recently selected 18th nationally by Inside Lacrosse. In addition to ranking Penn’s class overall, Inside Lacrosse named three of Penn’s freshmen among its Power 100 Freshmen of 2016: defender Mark Evanchick (41), goalkeeper Alex deMarco (59), and attackman Adam Goldner (71). Two other players -- defensemen Ryan Murray and Kyle Thornton -- were named Top 40 at their position.

The 13-man class is as follows…

#27 JOJO BIDDLE
Attack
Del Mar, Calif./Pacific Ridge
5-11 / 170
High School: Lettered in lacrosse, soccer and basketball … Captain of lacrosse team as a senior … Two-time US Lacrosse All-America … Helped Pacific Ridge to Coastal League title in 2015 (13-4 record) … Three-time all-league … Two-time All-San Diego … Two-time All-Academic Team San Diego … Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Jennifer and Frank Biddle … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.

#30 JACK BOOK
Midfield
Darien, Conn./Darien
6-1 / 175
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse … Helped Darien to three state and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) titles … Darien went 66-3 during his three years, including two 23-0 campaigns (2014, 2016) … Second-team all-state and all-region as a senior … Played in 2016 Connecticut Senior All-Star Game … Two-time second-team All-FCIAC (2015, 2016).
Personal: Son of Stacy and James Book … Father played lacrosse at Duke, where he was a teammate of Penn head coach Mike Murphy; captain of the Blue Devils’ 1992 team that made the program’s first NCAA appearance; and played in the 1992 USILA North-South All-Star Game … Father also won a gold medal playing for the USA at the inaugural Under-19 World Championship in Adelaide, Austalia in 1988 … Uncle, Brian Marchellos, played college lacrosse at Loyola (Md.) … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#34 JAMES CAMPBELL
Midfield
Norwalk, Conn./Hun School
5-8 / 155
High School: Lettered five times in lacrosse between Hun School and Brien McMahon High School … Second-team All-FCIAC at McMahon (2014) … Earned quarterly High Honors at McMahon.
Personal: Son of Katie and Jim Campbell … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#12 ALEX deMARCO
Goalie
Malvern, Pa./Haverford School
5-8 / 180
High School: Ranked 59th on the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen of 2016 (fourth among goalies) … 2016 US Lacrosse All-America … 2016 Under Armour All-America … Four-year letter winner in lacrosse, one letter in football … Captain of the Haverford School lacrosse team … As a junior, played on Haverford team that went 26-0, won the Inter Ac Challenge, and was declared the top high school team in the nation … As a freshman, helped Haverford win Inter Ac Invitational … All-EPSLA as a senior … All-Inter Ac, All-Delco and All-Main Line as a junior … Signet Society member … Character Mentorship Program.
Personal: Son of Caryn and Carlo DeMarco … Older brother, Carlo, played college soccer at UMass … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.

#21 MARK EVANCHICK
Defense
Darien, Conn./Darien
5-11 / 210
High School: Ranked 41st on the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen of 2016 (10th among defenseman) … Three-time US Lacrosse All-America … 2016 Under Armour All-America … Four-year letter winner in both lacrosse and football … Helped Darien to three state and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) titles … Darien went 66-3 during those three years, including two 23-0 campaigns (2014, 2016) … Two-time Connecticut State Player of the Year … Three-time all-state and All-FCIAC … In football, helped Darien to one state and two FCIAC championships (combined record 23-1) … Three-time all-state and All-FCIAC … Connecticut Player of the Year as a senior … Holds the state record for career sacks.
Personal: Son of Christine and Joseph Evanchick … Cousin, Ryan Garko, played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#20 ADAM GOLDNER
Attack
Allentown, Pa./Malvern Prep
5-9 /180
High School: Ranked 71st on the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen of 2016 (21st among attackmen) … 2016 US Lacrosse All-America … Lettered four times in lacrosse … Helped Malvern Prep to Inter Ac titles in 2013 (20-2 record) and 2014 (24-0) … Malvern’s 2014 team finished the year ranked second nationally … Two-time all-state … Two-time first-team All-Inter Ac … Second-team All-Inter Ac as a sophomore … First Honors and Distinguished Honors … Health Award recipient … Art Award recipient … National Honor Society member … National Art Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Sharon and Michael Goldner … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.

#28 MATT McILWRICK
Midfield
Coquitlam, B.C./Port Moody Secondary
5-11 / 175
High School: Played for China at 2016 Under-19 World Championship, serving as team captain and finishing second on the team with 32 points (17g/15a) as team finished ninth … Lettered three times in lacrosse at Port Moody, twice in soccer … Captain of both teams … Helped Port Moody to provincial championship in 2015 (13-0 record), earning Tournament MVP honors … Offensive MVP for Burnaby Mountain Selects club team … Played on British Columbia Provincial team that won 2014 national box lacrosse championship … Also won a national title in soccer with B.C. team … SOAR member at Port Moody … Graduated with Honors.
Personal: Son of Connie Keen and Dale McILwrick … Older sister, Samantha, plays field hockey at Cornell … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#25 SKYLER MICKUNAS
Defense
Danvers, Mass. / Brewster Academy
6-2 / 185
High School: Played at Brewster Academy last year after stops at Trinity-Pawling and St. John’s Prep … Lettered five times in lacrosse overall … Best Buddies Vice President … Mock Trial Club member … Investment Club member.
Personal: Son of Angela and Steven Mickunas … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#17 RYAN MURRAY
Defense
Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep
6-0 / 205
High School: Ranked 40th on the Inside Lacrosse list of the Top Incoming Defensemen … Lettered in lacrosse and football at Malvern Prep … Captain of both … In lacrosse, helped Malvern Prep to Inter Ac titles in 2013 (20-2 record) and 2014 (24-0) … Malvern’s 2014 team finished the year ranked second nationally … All-Inter Ac as a senior … In football, all-state as a senior when he led the state in sacks … First Honors all four years … Freshman Representative.
Personal: Son of Elizabeth and David Murray … Twin brother, Ian, plays football at Holy Cross … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#11 KEYVEAT POSTELL
Attack
Philadelphia, Pa./Haverford School
6-1 / 180
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse and football … As a junior, played on Haverford team that went 26-0, won the Inter Ac Challenge, and was declared the top high school team in the nation … Also won Inter-Ac championship in 2016 (20-5) … Inter-Ac honorable mention and second-team All-Delco and All-Main Line as a senior … 2016 recipient of team’s Founder’s Award … In football, helped Haverford to three-straight Inter-Ac titles … First-team All-Inter Ac and honorable mention All-Delco as a senior … Student Body President … Co-President of Sustainability Alliance … Peer Counseling Leader … Leader of Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D.) … Main Line Student of the Week.
Personal: Son of Lynn Collins and Keyveat Postell … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#8 DREW ROBSHAW
Attack
Mendham, N.J./Mendham
6-1 / 200
High School: Four-year letter winner in lacrosse, three times in football … Captain of both teams … In lacrosse, first-team all-state as a senior and second-team all-state as a junior … Two-time all-conference … In football, second-team all-state in 2015 and second-team all-conference in 2014 … National Honor Society member … French National Honor Society member … Academic Ace Award recipient.
Personal: Son of Stephanie and James Robshaw … Older sister, Amanda, plays college lacrosse at Stevenson University … Uncle, Ron Sansone, played lacrosse at Salisbury University … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#39 TOM STEVENS
Defense
Havertown, Pa./Roman Catholic
6-1 / 175
High School: Lettered four times in lacrosse, three times in football at Roman Catholic … Captain of both teams … In lacrosse, three-time All-Catholic League … Two-time recipient of team’s Defensive MVP award … Also earned team MVP and Coach’s Award honors … In football, All-Catholic League and earned the team’s Defensive MVP award as a senior … Also played in the band at first-chair clarinet … All-Catholic League Band and All-Catholic League Orchestra … AP Scholar with Distinction … 2015 National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar Athlete … Patrick E. Ward Scholar Athlete recipient … National Honor Society member … Kairos Retreat Leader … Big Brother (mentoring freshmen).
Personal: Son of Ann and Tom Stevens … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

#44 KYLE THORNTON
Defense
Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade
6-1 / 170
High School: Ranked 32nd on the Inside Lacrosse list of the Top Incoming Defensemen … Letter winner and captain in lacrosse … Helped Chaminade to Nassau Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association (NSCHSAA) AAA title in 2015 (13-4 record) … All-Long Island and all-league as a senior … National Honor Society member … Four-year Honor Roll student.
Personal: Son of Kathleen and Timothy Thornton … Older brothers, Shane (Yale) and Tim (Amherst), played college lacrosse … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.