STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Bill Cosentino has released the men's lacrosse recruiting Class of 2023.
Cosentino, who will be in his fourth year at the helm when the 2020 season begins next spring, is bringing in another bumper crop of athletes into the fold. His third recruiting class - which consists of 17 players from four different states with two attacks, seven defenders, two goalies, and six midfielders – figures to replenish a roster that lost nine players to graduation last May.
Among the 2019 graduates are All-Conference honorees Michael Finn and Raymond Emery, a pair of standouts who led their units on opposite ends of the field during their careers. Finn, a two-time All-GNAC honoree, netted 49 goals with 14 assists for 63 total points last spring and left the program owning the team's career records for points (210), goals (169), shots on goal (324), and man-up goals (37). Emery a two-time Second Team All-Conference selection, picked up 24 ground balls with 14 caused turnovers while starting all 17 games in 2019. The lockdown defender finished his career with a goal and three assists, 117 groundballs, and 65 caused turnovers in 67 games over four seasons.
Last spring the Monks went 12-5 overall with a 6-2 record in conference play en route to earning the #3 seed in the GNAC Tournament. Saint Joseph's hosted sixth-seeded Johnson & Wales University – the reigning conference champions – in the first round and suffered a season-ending 11-8 setback at the hands of the Wildcats on April 27th.
Despite the disappointing ending, the Monks set new team records for victories (12), winning percentage (.706), and longest winning streak (10) as well as goals (210), assists (136) and points (346).
"We are very excited to welcome in our freshmen and transfers," adds Cosentino. "Collectively, this is a talented class that we believe will help elevate our program to the top of the GNAC. From All-State players, to Academic All-Americans, we have a well-rounded group of student-athletes starting at Saint Joseph's this fall!"
MEN'S LACROSSE CLASS OF 2023:
Why Saint Joseph's? I love the style that the coaches bring to the lacrosse team and I can't get enough of how beautiful this campus is! It's also close to home which is super important to me!
High School: Played lacrosse, football, and track at Thornton Academy…First Team All-State…Two-time First Team All-Conference defender and Underclassmen All-Star…Earned Second Team All-Conference honors in football as a defensive back…Helped the Trojans win the 2018 State Class A Championship with a Southern Maine Finals appearance in 2017…Helped his football team win the 2018 State Class A Championship with a Southern Maine Finals appearance in 2017…Collected All-Academic honors in 2018, and listed on the Honor Roll all four years of high school.
Community Service: Lacrosse Youth Camp, Football Youth Camp, Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Wrestling Tournament volunteer, Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen
Personal: Eli John Arsenault, son of Abi Arsenault…Has one sibling, Avery Roy.
Why Saint Joseph's? To get a reliable and strong education.
High School: Played lacrosse and basketball ball at Oxford Hills…Selected as a team captain and earned the Sportsmanship Award as a junior…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll all four years…Played club for Warrior Sports (travel basketball), the Maine Mussels (travel lacrosse), and 207 (scrimmage sessions).
Community Service: Worked on rebuilding houses and planting trees in New Orleans, helped multiple times with the Oxford youth lacrosse program.
Personal: Zavier Genaro Balzano, son of Kelly and Patrick Balzano…Has one brother, Nick.
Why Saint Joseph's? I love the atmosphere along with the great academics.
High School: Participated in lacrosse, football, hockey, and swimming at Gorham High School…Named as the Rookie of the Year and garnered Honorable Mention Underclassman All-State honors…All-Conference Honorable Mention and nominated for high school All-America accolades…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll.
Personal: Giuseppe Walter Brown, son of Jess and Rob Brown…Has two brothers, John and Connor.
Why Saint Joseph's? I felt like I was at home the second I came here
High School: Played lacrosse and football at Bonny Eagle High School…2019 Second Team All-SMAA selection…Earned 2018 Honorable Mention All-Conference honors and selected as the Most Dedicated Award recipient…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll…Played club for the Southern Maine River Rats for one year and the Maine Mussels for two years.
Community Service: Football clinics, annual Bonny Eagle car show
Personal: Dylan Paul Cobett, son of Michelle Cobett…Has two siblings, Kylie and Brayden.
Why Saint Joseph's? The nursing program along with the promising future of the lacrosse program.
High School: Played lacrosse and basketball at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy…Collected the Scholar Athlete Award…Earned seven varsity letters…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll.
Community Service: Completed 120 hours of community service at Coe-Brown Northwood.
Personal: Dominic Alexander Cronshaw, son of Jennifer and Scott Cronshaw…Has one sister, Emily.
Why Saint Joseph's? Great coaching staff, loved Maine, good nursing program
High School: Played lacrosse at Notre Dame High School…Earned two varsity letters and helped his team reach the Connecticut Class M Semifinals…Claimed the Scholar Athlete Award, listed on the Academic Honor Roll all four years, member of the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society…Played club for Make a Wish for three years, Bucks Lacrosse for one year, Fundamental Lacrosse for one year, and Fairfield County Lacrosse for one year.
Community Service: Hospital volunteer, Hurricane relief beach cleanup, High Intensity Training intern program
Personal: Michael James Delaney, son of Yolanda and Michael Delaney…Has one sister, Abby.
Why Saint Joseph's? St. Joe's has a beautiful campus and a tight knit community that is close to home.
High School: Played lacrosse and soccer at Gray-New Gloucester High School…Three-year team captain…First Team Regional All-Star…In soccer, two-time First Team All-Region, Senior Bowl All-Star, team captain…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll and member of the National Honor Society…
Community Service: Community Service Club, volunteered as a youth goalkeeper coach/helper
Personal: Brannon Eric Gilbert, son of Karyn and Kevin Gilbert.
Why Saint Joseph's? To play lacrosse and major in education at a well-known school institution
High School: Participated in lacrosse, golf, hockey, and track & field at Lewiston High School…Coaches' Award recipient and Second Team All-State honoree…Played club for Maine Mussels Lacrosse for three years.
Community Service: 680+ hours at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center
Personal: Brenden William Hanlon, son of Monique Brousseau and Mark Hanlon.
Why Saint Joseph's? Beautiful campus and the coaching stuff and players made me feel wanted the second I stepped on campus.
High School: Played lacrosse and football at Keene High School…Earned Offensive MVP and All-State honors…Selected as a team captain in both sports…Earned Football Defensive MVP and First Team All-State accolades…Helped his team advance to the NHIAA lacrosse quarterfinals twice…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll…Played club for 4 Leaf for one year and NH Tomahawks for three years.
Community Service: Junior Lions Club, unified basketball and community kitchen volunteer
Personal: Manning Jayson Kirker, son of Wanda and Mike Kirker…Has two brothers, Michael and Matt.
Why Saint Joseph's? Great school for athletics and academics
High School: Played lacrosse, unified basketball, and soccer at Merrimack Valley High School…Four-year varsity starter…Earned High Honors as a junior and listed on the Honor Roll his freshman, sophomore, and senior years…Played club for NH Tomahawks.
Community Service: Best buddies, volunteer at Lawrence General Hospital.
Personal: Nicholas Christos Koufos, son of Tracy and Chris Koufos…Has one sister, Emily.
Why Saint Joseph's? The opportunity was given to me and I had to take it.
High School: Played lacrosse and football at Merrimack Valley High School…Named Second Team All-State, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, and Coaches' Award recipient.
Personal: Max William Lacy, son of Lisa and Harry Lacy.
Why Saint Joseph's? Location and my major
High School: Played lacrosse and football at Thornton Academy…Named Second Team All-Conference his junior year and All-Conference honorable mention as a freshman…Helped the Trojans advance to the Regional Final in 2015, 2017, and 2018 with a State Championship in 2018…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll, member of the National Honor Society, and two-time Academic All-American.
Community Service: Unified Basketball, 1st and 2nd grade coach, Mary's Walk
Personal: Wyatt Irvin LeBlanc, son of Shannon and Mark LeBlanc…Has two siblings, Ethan and Paige.
Why Saint Joseph's? Location and school size
High School: Played lacrosse and soccer at Hopkinton High School…Played club for Penguins (Prime Time) Lacrosse for three years.
Community Service: Yard work through sports, helped set up the new library, volunteered at road races
Personal: Nikolai John Markovich, son of Amy and Nikolai Markovich…Has two siblings, Tatyana and Katya.
Why Saint Joseph's? Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Cosentino.
High School: Played lacrosse and football at Londonderry High School…Played lacrosse and football (running back) for nine years.
Personal: Mason Paul Marquis, son of Nichole and Michael Marquis…Has two siblings, Jacque and Samie.
Why Saint Joseph's? I like the campus
High School: Played lacrosse and hockey at Oak Hill High School…Played in the Maine Senior All-Star Game and the Maine Underclassman All-Star Game as a junior…Helped his team advance to the quarterfinal round his junior and senior years…Earned Second Team All-State honors in hockey…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll…Played club for the Maine Mussels for four years and the Maine Moose for three years, with three state championships and one national championship.
Community Service: Performed 150 hours for Oak Hill High School.
Personal: Xavier Robert Michaud, son of Stephanie and Robert Michaud…Has two siblings, Alex and Nicholas.
Why Saint Joseph's? Small calm environment that was both inviting and interesting
High School: Played lacrosse, football, and unified basketball at Oak Hill High School…Nominated to play in the Underclassman All-Star Game…Earned Sun Journal All-Region Team honors…In football, garnered All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference honors and helped his team claim the 2015 State Championship with a Western Maine runner-up finish in 2018…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll for eight semesters, member of the National Honor Society, Class of 2019 Top Ten…2019 Academic All-American.
Community Service: 204 hours for Oak Hill High School
Personal: Ethan Thomas Richard, son of Erica and Chad Richard…Has one brother, Caleb.
Why Saint Joseph's? The small size, beautiful campus, how at home I felt my first time here, and how welcoming everyone has been.
High School: Played lacrosse and soccer at Merrimack Valley High School…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll his freshman and sophomore years…Played club for 4 Leaf Lacrosse for five years.
Community Service: Helped with Blue Storm Lacrosse, distributed food to homeless for Thanksgiving, helped ref youth soccer games
Personal: Jacob Matthew Roz, son of Christine Roz.