PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of men’s lacrosse, Brian Voelker, has announced his Class of 2012. These athletes are on campus and have begun fall workouts with the current team, and they will be freshmen on this year’s squad.
“I am very excited to add this group to our program,” said Voelker, who enters his seventh season with the Quakers. “I feel there are some outstanding lacrosse players in this class who will help us win a lot of games. We addressed some needs on the defensive end, and really helped our depth on offense. In addition, these guys come from some of the top high school programs in the country, and have played in big games. They are bright and driven young men, and I expect them to help us reach our goal of winning the Ivy League.”
This year’s squad features a pair of US Lacrosse All-Americans from last year -- goalkeeper Joe Hegener and attackman John Conneely -- and several players who were teammates of current Penn players in high school.
The Quakers have gone 6-7 (3-3 Ivy League) each of the last two years, after earning NCAA Championship berths in both 2004 and 2006. This spring, they will return 23 letterwinners and 12 out of 13 starters from a year ago.
Biographical information on the Penn men’s lacrosse program’s Class of 2012 can be found below.
New York, N.Y.
High School: Lettered four times in lacrosse ... Helped team to Prep A state title in 2007 and 2008 (combined record of 34-3) ... Two-time first-team all-state in New Jersey ... Pitt Division Midfielder of the Year ... Played on New York City’s Empire State Games team for three years ... Also lettered in soccer and basketball.
Personal: Born August 10, 1989 ... Son of Frances Bealty and Allen Adler ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse, serving as a two-time captain ... Two-time first-team all-conference ... Second-team all-state in 2008, honorable mention all-state in 2007 ... Honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore in 2006.
Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1990 in Denver ... Son of Judi Lutz and Jon Bock ... Father lettered in lacrosse at Penn from 1972-74, captaining the 1974 team and earning second-team All-Ivy ... Father also served as an assistant coach with the Quakers from 1975-77 ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dix Hills, N.Y.
Half Hollow Hills West
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse ... High school’s all-time leading scorer ... 2008 USLacrosse All-America ... Participated in National Senior Lacrosse Showcase ... All-Long Island as a senior ... Member of gold medal team at 2007 Empire State Games ... Also lettered four times in soccer and three times in basketball ... Helped soccer team to 2007 Long Island championship (20-1-2 record) ... Two-time all-county ... Helped basketball team to Suffolk County AA title (21-2 record), leading team in assists and earning all-league ... At end of senior year, given his high school’s outstanding athlete honor ... Athletes Helping Athletes member ... Steve Brennen Memorial Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Born April 11, 1990 ... Son of Joyce and Brian Conneely ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse ... Helped team win MIAA championships in 2007 and 2008 (combined record 26-6) ... Earned team’s Unsung Hero Award in 2008 ... 2008 US Lacrosse Academic All-America ... National Honor Society member ... National Merit Scholarship finalist ... National AP Scholar ... Maryland Distinguished Scholar ... Baltimore Archdiocesan Distinctive Scholar ... 2008 Troy Vance Award and James K. McManus (Jim McKay) Award recipient ... Loyola Medal and Fr. Lloyd George Medal recipient.
Personal: Born May 14, 1990 in San Diego, Calif. ... Son of Theresa and Albert Ferro ... Father played lacrosse at Navy from 1985-88 ... High school teammate of current Penn player Joe Kelly ... Enrolled in Wharton and also the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Management & Technology program).
San Diego, Calif.
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse ... Helped team win California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) title in 2007 ... 2008 US Lacrosse All-America ... Three-time all-league selection ... Three-time scholar athlete ... Academic honor roll.
Personal: Born Aug. 8, 1990 ... Son of Julie and Joe Hegener ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning an economics major.
Kings Park, N.Y.
High School: Lettered twice in lacrosse ... Two-time all-league ... Also lettered once in track ... St. Bonaventure Award recipient ... National Honor Society member ... Rogers Corporation Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Born Aug. 6, 1990 ... Son of Lisa and Bill Koshansky ... Cousin, Stephen Koshansky, plays lacrosse at Army ... High school teammate of fellow Penn recruit Tim Schwalje ... Enrolled in Wharton.
High School: Lettered four times in lacrosse ... Two-time all-county ... Also lettered three times in hockey, helping team to Red Division titles each year as well as the 2007 NYS Section V championship ... National Honor Society member ... National Honor Roll ... President’s Award ... High honor roll with distinction.
Personal: Born Jan. 3, 1989 ... Son of Pamela and Robert Machucki ... Has served as an equipment manager with the Rochester Rattler of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning an economics major.
Garden City, N.Y.
High School: Lettered three times in lacrosse ... Helped team win three Nassau County titles ... Two-time honorable mention All-America ... Two-time all-county ... Played on gold medal winning team at 2007 Empire State Games ... Also lettered twice in football ... Helped team win league championship in 2007, earning all-league honors ... Principal’s List.
Personal: Born April 4, 1990 ... Son of Gretchen and Robert Savage ... Played in high school with Penn teammates Justin Lynch and Terry Kennedy ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered three times ... Helped team to NSCHSAA final in both 2007 and 2008 ... Two-time NSCHSAA all-league ... Earned St. Anthony’s Alumni Award in 2008 ... Also lettered twice in soccer ... National Honor Society member ... Duns Scotus Academic Award recipient ... Gregorian Scholar.
Personal: Born Feb. 1, 1990 ... Son of Mary and Mike Schwalje ... High school teammate of current Penn player Kevin Nolan and fellow Penn recruit Will Koshansky ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.