MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach Mike Sciamanna and the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team have announced their 12-man recruiting class of 2021, which is highlighted by the addition of three high school All-Americans.
Of the 12 incoming recruits, 11 hail from the state of Massachusetts, while the other comes from nearby Nashua, N.H. In terms of position, the class includes five midfielders, two long stick midfielders, two attackmen, one defenseman, one goalie and one faceoff specialist.
"We are extremely excited to welcome the incoming class of 2021 to the Saint Anselm men's lacrosse program," Sciamanna said. "We will be adding 12 exceptional young men who have all excelled on the field and in the classroom over the last four years. We are confident that they will be a great asset to both the men's lacrosse program and the Saint Anselm College community. These young men will no doubt help the Hawks soar higher over the next four years."
Jack Dawson, a long stick midfielder, was a four-sport athlete at South Hadley High School (Mass.). Dawson, whose father Patrick played Division I lacrosse at Rutgers University, was a Second Team All-Western Mass. All-Star in 2016 and holds track & field school records in the 55-meter dash, the 300-meter run and the 4x50-meter relay.
During his career at Reading Memorial High School (Mass.), Anthony D'Avolio was a 12-season athlete, playing four years of lacrosse, football and hockey for the Rockets. In lacrosse, he earned a variety of accolades as a defenseman, including being named a Middlesex League All-Star and a Catholic Conference All-Star, in addition to being a team captain and the team's defensive player of the year.
In his four-year career at Nashua North High School (N.H.), Tyler DuBien was a four-year varsity player and three-year starter in the midfield for the Titans. DuBien was a Division 1 Second Team All-State pick as a junior and represented New Hampshire in the Twin State All-Star Game.
CJ Hart was a three-year starter and two-time team captain at Reading Memorial High School (Mass.), finishing his career with a 55-7 record in goal. He also was a Second Team Boston Globe All-American, two-time Middlesex League All-Star and was selected to play in the Boston Lax All-American Game, while helping the Rockets to two Middlesex League championships and three postseason appearances.
Allen Jarabek played four years of lacrosse and football, as well as one year of hockey, during his career at the Holderness School (N.H.). The Westport, Mass. native was an All-Lakes Region All-Star and All-Northern New England All-Star for the Bulls as a faceoff specialist.
Thomas Mapstone, a long stick midfielder/defenseman from Andover, Mass., comes to the Hilltop after playing both lacrosse and hockey at Andover High School (Mass.). Mapstone was a two-time All-Merrimack Valley Conference selection during his career with the Golden Warriors.
Ryan Melley was D'Avolio and Hart's teammate at Reading Memorial High School (Mass.) and played four years of lacrosse and hockey, as well as three years of golf for the Rockets. During his career, the faceoff specialist/midfielder helped the Rockets win a pair of Middlesex League titles and make three postseason appearances.
William Palmer, a midfielder, was a 12-season athlete at Concord Carlisle High School (Mass.), where he played four years of lacrosse, basketball and soccer for the Patriots, serving as a lacrosse captain his senior year. He was also part of a state championship soccer team in 2014 and a Division 2 state finalist basketball team in 2016.
Originally from Mendon, Mass., Ryan Richards attended Nipmuc Regional High School (Mass.), where he played four years of lacrosse and football for the Warriors. Richards, a midfielder, was named a 2017 CMASS All-American, as well as a three-time Central Mass. All-Star and three-time Mid-Mass. All-Star, while also being named Nipmuc's Male Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Griffin Shoemaker was an All-American at two different positions in his final two years at Littleton High School. The Shirley, Mass. native was an All-American attackman as a junior and an All-American midfielder as a senior. He was also a four-year league all-star, a two-time Worcester T&G Super Team selection, a two-time Lowell Sun All-Star and was selected to play in the Boston Lax All-American Game.
Sean Tomaszewski finished his standout career at Arlington High School (Mass.) as the program's all-time leading scorer with 351 points. During his career as an attackman for the Spy Ponders, Tomaszewski was also a two-time Middlesex League All-Star.
After four-year careers in both lacrosse and hockey, midfielder/attackman Matthew Ward comes to Saint Anselm after collecting a variety of accolades at Shrewsbury High School (Mass.). Ward was a three-time Central Mass. All-Star, a three-time First Team Midland Wachusett League All-Star, a two-time Worcester Telegram and Gazzette Super Team selection, as well as a finalist for the 2017 Worcester Telegram and Gazzette Male Athlete of the Year. He finished his career as a 2017 First Team All-Central Mass. pick and his career totals of 149 goals, 91 assists and 240 points made him the program record-holder in assists and its second-leading scorer. Ward also captained his hockey team to a state championship during his time at Shrewsbury.
In Sciamanna's two seasons on the Hilltop, Saint Anselm has made back-to-back appearances in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship behind consecutive 8-6 seasons. The Hawks were ranked as high as No. 14 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) in 2017 and won a program-record seven NE10 games in a league that included as many as six top-20 teams.