PHILADELPHIA- University of Pennsylvania Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Brian Voelker has announced the addition ofnine freshman recruits to his program for the 2008 season.
“I am thrilled with the class we have put together,” said Voelker, who enters his sixth season with the Quakers. “This group had tremendous success at the high school level; we look for them to continue that here at Penn. I am especially happy because I feel we got four of the best players off of Long Island, and two top players from schools that were ranked in the top ten. There are some talented athletes in this class who can help us win a lot of games. I look forward to working with these young men for the next four years.”
Biographical information on Penn’s Class of 2011 can be found below.
Will Amling, M
Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep
High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and soccer ... Helped lacrosse team to IAC championships and undefeated seasons in 2006 and 2007 ... Prep was ranked No. 1 nationally his junior year, No. 4 his senior year ... As a senior, selected to Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association All-State Team ... Named to high school Tewaaraton Watch List ... Washington Post honorable mention All-Met ... As a junior, Under Armour All-American Underclass Team ... Maryland Free State Team ... In soccer, All-IAC and team’s leading scorer as a senior.
Personal: Born Aug. 20, 1988 ... Son of Ann and Terry Amling ... Played high school lacrosse with current Penn players Brendan Saxon and Chris Casey ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Morgan Griff, A
High School: Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse, basketball and soccer at Pingry School in New Jersey before taking a postgraduate year at Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.) ... Helped Pingry lax team to 2006 Group 1 state title ... Team also won Somerset County championships in 2004 and 2006 ... Three-time all-area selection ... Two-time all-conference ... All-county as a senior ... At Andover, New England Prep All-Star ... In basketball, earned all-area as a senior at Pingry ... Helped Pingry soccer win three Somerset County titles from 2003-05.
Personal: Born Aug. 2, 1988 ... Son of Mary Ellen and John Griff ... Both parents played basketball in college, father at Fordham and mother at Holy Cross ... Brother, Liam, plays lacrosse at Harvard ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thomas Hawkins, M
Marblehead, Mass./Deerfield Academy
High School: Played two years at Deerfield after three years at Phillips Academy (Andover) ... Five-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Deerfield won New England West-1 title and went 16-0 his senior year ... Also lettered twice in football and skiing ... Took third place at Mountain Institute Ski League (MISL) Championships as a senior ... Helped Deerfield to consecutive MISL team titles ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Born July 9, 1988 ... Son of Teresa and Thomas Hawkins ... Father was a member of ski team at Montana ... Brother, Rob, played goalie for the Williams College lacrosse team ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Terry Kennedy, M
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
High School: Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Captain as a senior ... Team won Nassau County titles each of his last two seasons, going a combined 35-5 ... Two-time all-county and all-academic selection ... Winner of team’s Thomas B. Nolan Award in 2007 ... Member of gold medal-winning lacrosse team at 2006 Empire State Games ... Also lettered four times in football, helped team to two Nassau County titles and a Long Island championship ... Advanced Regents diploma ... Principal’s List.
Personal: Son of Patricia and John Kennedy...Mother is in the C.W. Post Hall of Fame as a lacrosse player ... Brother, Buddy, played lacrosse at North Carolina ... Played high school lacrosse with current Penn player Justin Lynch ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Al Kohart, M
Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue
High School: Lettered four times in lacrosse, two-time captain ... Helped team to county championship as a ninth-grader (15-3 record) ... As a senior, All-America and All-Long Island ... Two-time all-league and all-county ... Also lettered in wrestling (two-time captain) and football ... All-league and all-county in wrestling ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born July 18, 1989 ... Son of Denise and David Kohart ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Julian Maldonado, A/M
Annapolis, Md./The Key School
High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, basketball and soccer at The Key School ... Two-time captain of lacrosse team ... Led lacrosse team in scoring as a sophomore and junior, sat out senior year due to injury ... Still played in 2007 county all-star game ... Four-time All-MIAA selection in basketball ... Graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, with more than 1,000 points ... Two-time All-MIAA in soccer ... Second-team all-county as a senior in soccer ... National Merit Commended student ... National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.
Personal: Born June 7, 1989 ... Son of James Maldonado and Katherine Heines ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kyle Mulligan, A/M
Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge
High School: Lettered four times in lacrosse ... Captain as a senior ... Scored 206 goals in his high school career ... Helped team to 2004 Kimber Conference title (16-3 record) ... 2007 US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... First-team all-state (Group B) ... Two-time first-team All-Waterman Conference ... First-team All-Kimber Conference and all-state (Group C) in 2004 ... Also lettered four times in soccer and three times in basketball ... In soccer, third-team all-state (Group 1) and honorable mention All-Colonial Hills Conference ... Glen Ridge’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2007 ... Edward Bloustein Distinguished Scholar ... Essex County AD Scholar Athlete Award ... Men of Essex Student Athlete Award ... Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Jan. 7, 1989 ... Son of Lori and John Mulligan ... Father played soccer at New York University ... Brother, Ryan, plays lacrosse at Hamilton College ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kevin Nolan, D
Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
High School: Listed as an Inside Lacrosse Top 100 Recruit ... Two-year letterwinner at St. Anthony’s ... Captain as a senior ... Newsday All-Long Island as a senior ... 2007 US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... All-league honors in 2006 ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Dec. 9, 1988 ... Son of Lisa and Philip Nolan ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Corey Winkoff, A
Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Captain as a senior ... Inducted into CSH Hall of Fame ... Helped team to New York State Class C title in 2006 (19-2) and Nassau County Class C championship in 2007 (16-2) ... Two-time all-county ... Honorable mention all-county as a sophomore ... Also lettered in football two times, helping team to Long Island Conference IV title ... Art Booster Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Born Jan. 26, 1989 ... Son of Loralee and Michael Winkoff ... Father played lacrosse at Ithaca College, captained the Bombers in 1983 ... Uncle, Rich, played lacrosse at Towson and was in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.