PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Brian Voelker, has announced the addition of 11 freshman recruits to his program for the 2007 season.
"I am very pleased with this group," said Voelker, who enters his fifth season with the Quakers. "We addressed a lot of our needs on the defensive end, and brought in some talented athletes on offense. These guys all had very successful high school careers; I look forward to them continuing that at the college level. We have been in the playoffs two out of the last three years, and I expect the Class of 2010 to help us continue that success. They will be a major factor in taking our program to the next level."
Biographical information on Penn's Class of 2010 can be found below.
Ryan Bailey, M
West Orange, N.J./Morristown-Beard
High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Two-time first-team all-state and all-conference ... Second-team all-area in 2006 ... Helped team to four state Prep 'B' titles ... MVP of 2005 Garden State Games ... Also lettered two times in basketball ... Academic honor roll all four years.
Personal: Born April 8, 1987 ... Son of Barbara and Sean Bailey ... Brother, Sean, plays lacrosse at Georgetown ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Casey, GK
Rockville, Md./Georgetown Prep
High School: Played three years of varsity lacrosse at Georgetown Prep ... Backstopped team to undefeated season and No. 1 national ranking as a senior ... Prep won 2006 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) title, shared 2005 IAC title ... 2006 Washington Post All-Met ... Maryland Senior All-Star ... 2006 All-IAC, all-county and second-team all-state ... Maryland Free State First Team in 2005 ... Spanish National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Feb. 18, 1988 ... Son of Dcette and Patrick J. Casey Jr. ... Father played lacrosse and football at Duke ... Brother, Patrick, played lacrosse at Washington & Lee ... Sister, Courtney, is a nationally ranked tennis player at the high school level ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tommy Dodge, D
High School: Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... 2006 all-county and Academic All-America ... Honorable mention all-county in 2005 ... Team won state title in 2004 (20-0) and was a finalist in 2005 (17-3) ... Won gold with 2005 Empire State Games team ... Also lettered two times in football and was a team captain as a senior.
Personal: Born Sept. 3, 1988 ... Son of Cathleen and Tod Dodge ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Harms, A
High School: Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Captain as a senior ... 2006 honorable mention Division A All-State ... First-team All-North Jersey ... Two-time second-team All-Gibbs League ... Alternate for 2006 National All-Star Game ... Second-team All-North Jersey and All-NNJIL as a junior ... Team won 2004 and 2006 Group III state titles and was a Tournament of Champions semifinalist both years ... Participated in 2004 and 2005 Garden State Games ... Also ran two years of cross country ... National Honor Society member ... Academic Achievement in English.
Personal: Born July 14, 1987 ... Son of Marcy and Christopher Harms ... Father played baseball at Villanova ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Brett Hughes, D
York Beach, Maine/Phillips Exeter (N.H.)
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse ... Captain as a senior ... 2005 High School All-America ... 2006 All-New England ... Earned team MVP honors as a senior ... Also lettered four times in hockey and twice in football.
Personal: Born March 17, 1987 ... Son of Connie and Peter Hughes ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Jackson, M
Potomac, Md./The Bullis School
High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Captain as a senior ... 2006 honorable mention All-Met, All-Gazette and All-Interstate Athletic Conference ... Also lettered in cross country and hockey at Bullis.
Personal: Born Jan. 14, 1988 ... Son of Linda Parmelee and Richard Jackson ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tom Jackson, D
Atlanta, Ga./The McCallie School (Tenn.)
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Two-time first-team all-state ... Two-time Team Georgia member ... Defensive MVP of 2005 state tournament ... Helped team to 2004 and 2005 state titles ... Played in US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase ... National Honor Society member ... Graduate cum laude.
Personal: Born August 30, 1987 ... Son of Ann and Jim Jackson ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Joe Kelly, D
Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse ... Team MVP as a senior ... 2006 first-team all-state, All-Towson Times, Sun Papers All-Baltimore County and All-Metro ... 2006 All-MIAA and All-Tewaaraton ... Also lettered in football (twice) and wrestling (once) ... Maryland Distinguished Scholar ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born May 17, 1988 ... Son of Mary and John Kelly ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Justin Lynch, M
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
High School: Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse and football ... Captained both teams ... 2006 honorable mention All-America and all-county ... 2005 all-conference ... Team won 2006 Nassau Class B title ... In football, first-team all-state and all-county ... Helped Garden City's football teams to combined 31-1 record, three Nassau Conference II titles and the 2003 Long Island Conference II championship during his career ... National Honor Society member ... National Football Foundation Top Scholar-Athlete.
Personal: Born May 10, 1988 ... Son of Judy and Jeff Lynch ... Enrolled in Wharton as a finance major.
Brendan Saxon, D
Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse, twice in football and once in indoor track ... Member of two-time IAC lacrosse champions ... Team was ranked No. 1 in the nation his senior year.
Personal: Born Oct. 13, 1987 ... Son of Roberta and Steve Saxon ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mark Wright, D
High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Honorable mention all-Midwest ... Second-team all-state as a junior, third-team all-state as a senior ... 2005 honorable mention All-Midwest ... Team won 2006 regional title ... Graduated cum laude ... Phi Beta Kappa.
Personal: Born Jun 4, 1988 ... Son of Cathy and Randy Wright ... Brother, John, played lacrosse at Syracuse and was captain of the Orange's 2006 NCAA semifinal team ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.