July 16, 2009

Courtesy of Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse head coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the commitment of nine student-athletes who will join the program beginning in the 2010 season. The newcomers hail from six different states, including four from Maryland.

Among the nine standouts, there are three Under Armour All-Americans, which are the most in program history for a single recruiting class. The class features two attackmen, four midfielders, two defensemen and one goalie.

"I think this is one of the best classes we've ever signed," says Corrigan. "We have players at every position that we think can come in and compete for playing time right away. We couldn't be more happy with the quality and depth at every position."

Here is a breakdown of Notre Dame's incoming freshman class ...

Tyler Andersen - Defense - Wayne, Pa./Radnor
Tyler Andersen
Two-sport letterwinner in football and lacrosse and Radnor High School ... earned varsity letters in both sports in each of his final three years ... served as team captain of both squads his senior year ... named to the 2009 all-state team ... two-time all-league selection ... also a two-time all-Delaware County and all-Main-Line pick ... selected as his team's defensive MVP ... two-time team captain ... led his team in ground balls his final three seasons ... established school record for ground balls in a career ... was named MVP, as well as a member of the all-conference and all-county teams junior year in lacrosse and both junior and senior seasons in football ... was a member of the Radnor Recreation Department ... father played football for Bucknell University ... has one sibling.

Corrigan on Andersen ... "Ty Andersen is an athlete first right now, but a player with a great instinct for the game. He's continued to refine his lacrosse skills. He'll keep getting better and his best lacrosse is in front of him. I think he proved this year that he's ready to play at a very high level."

Pat Cotter - Midfield - Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep
Pat Cotter
Under Armour All-American ... an Under Armour Senior All-American Classic participant ... a USL high school All-American ... a two-sport athlete at Georgetown Prep, earning a combined seven varsity letters in football (3) and lacrosse (4) ... Georgetown Prep went 20-3 during his senior season in lacrosse en route to winning their league and finishing 13th nationally ... team went 83-7 during his four-year career ... helped Georgetown Prep go undefeated and finish nationally ranked, all on the way to capturing a conference, regional and state championships his freshman year ... team achieved national ranking during his sophomore and junior campaigns as well ... was chosen as team captain for both football and lacrosse teams as a senior ... participated as a member of the Under Armour Underclassmen team in 2007 and 2008 ... first team all-state in 2008 and 2009 ... two-time member of the Maryland Free State lacrosse team ... notched 30 goals, 20 assists and 75 ground balls as a senior ... 2009 conference (IAC) champions in lacrosse ... was No. 4 prospect according to the Inside Lacrosse rising senior list ... high school teammate of fellow Irish signee John Kemp ... three-year starter in football at running back and linebacker ... has two siblings ... father played rugby at Holy Cross and grandfather, Tom, played baseball for Iona.

Corrigan on Cotter ... "Pat Cotter may be the most celebrated of our group coming in. He's very skilled and does a lot of things well. He's very athletic and has played in an excellent program. He's been playing at a high level so he'll have a chance to come in and compete right away."

Quinn Cully - Midfield - Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury
Quinn Cully
U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... four-year lacrosse player at Duxbury High School ... four-time Division I state champion ... 2009 Boston Globe Massachusetts Lacrosse Player of the Year ... captained his high school team during his senior season ... 2009 Boys' Lacrosse All-Northeast Region Team honorable mention ... team MVP as a senior ... Patriot League All-Star in 2008 and 2009... named the team's most valuable midfielder as a senior ... 2009 Eastern Mass All-Star ... member of Top Gun Clams Lacrosse ... named varsity rookie of the year ... four-year football player at Duxbury ... Super Bowl champion in 2008 ... named defensive player of the year in football as a senior along with being a Patriot League all-star ... played hockey for two seasons ... Boston Globe Gold Key Scholastic Art Award in 2009 ... an honor roll student.

Corrigan on Cully ... "Quinn Cully is very athletic, tough and hard-nosed. He's a guy who knows how to make plays. As he continues to refine his game, we think he'll be an excellent player. All of our midfielders coming in are big, strong and athletic and can do a variety of things. They all have great upside."

Ryan Foley - Attack - Glen Ridge, N.J./Delbarton
Ryan Foley
Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... team captain as a senior ... first team all-area, all-league and all-state ... selected to New Jersey state all-star game ... Under Armour underclassmen All-America game MVP ... named Morris County Scholar-Athlete of the year ... Morris County Champions ... member of two non-public state championship teams ... earned three letters in football ... New Jersey tournament of champions runner-up as a junior in football ... first-team all-conference and all-county at wide receiver and cornerback ... received football team's MVP award as a senior ... high honors student ... an AP art student.

Corrigan on Foley ... "I think Ryan Foley is going to be a terrific player. He's a guy who understands the game and plays the way that we like to play. He's capable of scoring, but does a lot of things well. That's the kind of guy that is successful for us."

John Kemp - Goal - Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep
John Kemp
Under Armour All-American ... Under Armour Senior Classic participant ... U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... recipient of the Tim Wynne Award as the `Outstanding Goalie in the State of Maryland' ... garnered the C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Memorial Award as the `Outstanding Maryland High School Lacrosse Player' ... selected to the Toyota High School `All Tewaaraton Team' ... first team all-state ... named the Washington D.C. area player of the year by The Washington Post ... first team all-Met ... tabbed as the county player of the year and first team all-county ... team MVP and captain at Georgetown Prep ... first team all-conference (IAC) ... boasts a career save percentage of 71 percent and a career goals-against average of 3.58 ... was a member of the undefeated and top-ranked team nationally during his freshman lacrosse season ... team went on to capture conference and state titles as well ... saw lacrosse team finish nationally-ranked sophomore (4th) and junior (21st) years ... served as team captain for both hockey and lacrosse teams senior year ... was selected as honorable mention All-Metro DC area as well as being named second team All-Maryland in lacrosse as a junior ... Under Armour Underclassmen regional team in 2008 ... part of the Maryland Free State team ... played both hockey and lacrosse at Georgetown Prep, earning varsity letters every year in both sports ... was a member of the German National Honor Society ... high school teammate of fellow Irish signee Patrick Cotter ... hails from same school as current Notre Dame players Billy Maloney, Patrick Maloney, Kevin Ridgway and Jake Brems ... brother, Joey, was a three-time All-American in goal for the Irish from 2005-08 ... has six siblings ... sisters Julie, Erin and Liz were swimmers for Miami (Fla.), Towson and Florida, respectively ... brother, CJ, was a lacrosse goalie at Fairfield ... father played football at William and Mary under former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz.

Corrigan on Kemp ... "I think John Kemp was the best high school goalie in the country this year. He's from a family of goalies. Two of his three older brothers were All-America goalies at the Division I level. We think we're in a very fortunate position to bring him in behind a guy like Scott Rodgers this year. We know that John will have a great career for us. He's extremely skilled and extremely poised."

Tyler Kimball - Midfield - Phoenix, Md./Gilman
Tyler Kimball

Prep team ranked first nationally ... netted two goals in the 2007 Under Armour underclassman game ... ranked 73rd overall and 23rd ranked midfielder in Inside Lacrosse Power 100 ... tallied 16 goals and 12 assists as a senior ... two-time first team all-Baltimore and first team all-Examiner in football ... two-time honorable mention all-state on the gridiron in addition to being all-conference ... led the team in touchdowns, rushing yards and passing yards during his senior season ... selected to Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior all-star game ... played football at the Naval Academy prep during the fall of 2008 and was the second-leading scorer on the team.

Corrigan on Kimball ... "I think Ty Kimball is a guy who is really hungry for the opportunity to prove himself. He's another big, strong kid and an excellent football player who we think will get better and better as he commits himself to just playing lacrosse. I think he has a lot of potential."

Matt Miller - Defense - Warrenton, Va./Notre Dame Academy
Matt Miller
A four-year varsity letterwinner with the lacrosse team at Notre Dame Academy ... switched from midfielder to defense during sophomore year ... tallied seven goals and nine assists during his senior season along with compiling 120 ground balls and 64 takeaways ... named team MVP during his senior campaign ... selected to Washington Post all-Met second team in 2009 in addition to being a Washington Post all-Extra first team ... first team Maryland Independent Lacrosse League ... named all-conference and all-state on the way to leading team to a conference and state championship during sophomore campaign ... also earned all-conference honors and a conference championship junior year ... named team captain for his senior season ... participated in the Under Armour underclassmen game as a member of the DC team ... was a member of the National Honor Society ... nominated school president for student government ... has one sibling ... mother and brother, David, played lacrosse at Lynchburg and Maryland, respectively.

Corrigan on Miller ... "Matt Miller has a great feel for the game and a great way of moving and playing the game. I think he's really going to benefit from getting in the weight room and take advantage of what we can offer with our strength and conditioning facilities. I think he's really going to improve the physical side of his game."

Steve Murphy - Midfield - Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd
Steve Murphy
Under Armour All-American ... Under Armour Senior Classic participant ... U.S. Lacrosse All-American ... U.S. Lacrosse National Senior Showcase ... three-time first team all-county in lacrosse ... gold medalist at the 2008 Empire State games ... all-Long Island ... tallied over 200 career goals ... scored 46 goals as a senior in an injury-shortened season ... picked up 130 ground balls during his final prep campaign ... holds every record at William Floyd for ground balls, goals, assists and faceoff wins ... three-time all-county and three-time all-division ... North vs. South Senior Showcase invitee ... 2009 USILA preseason All-American ... named a top-five player on Long Island according to Newsday ... three-time all-division and academic all-division in football at quarterback and wide receiver ... first team all-state in football ... also two-time all-county and all-Long Island on the gridiron ... received Boomer Esiason Award as the best quarterback on Long Island ... Boomer Esiason Classic starting quarterback ... Tony Cachia Award as the outstanding football player in Suffolk County ... amassed 2,200 all-purpose yards as a senior (1,150 passing, 1,050 rushing) and 12 total touchdowns (13 passing, 12 rushing) ... three-time Long Island champions in football ... football team ranked 20th nationally during his junior campaign ... received the Dellacave Award for the top athlete in Suffolk County (all-sport award).

Corrigan on Murphy ... "Steve Murphy is a guy who has really started to come into his own. He blossomed into a tremendous athlete on Long Island this year. He's a great football player and a great lacrosse player. He really understands how to make things happen on the field. He's a very hard worker and he is committed to becoming a great player."

Andrew Will - Attack - Olney, Md./The Bullis School
Andrew Will
Two-sport athlete in football and lacrosse for The Bullis School ... earned a varsity letter all four seasons in lacrosse and final three years in football ... three-year starter in lacrosse ... tallied 37 goals and 21 assists as a senior en route to being selected first team all-state and honorable mention all-metropolitan ... also named first team all-county, all-gazette and all-conference (IAC) ... competed in the Maryland state senior game ... received MVP award for his high school squad after leading the team in points ... tallied 85 goals and 44 assists during his prep career ... selected team captain for senior campaign in lacrosse ... named to adidas All-America team as well as the Baltimore Elite Lacrosse all-star team for lacrosse in 2008 ... named defensive MVP in football after junior season ... three-year starter at running back and outside linebacker ... member of the National Honor Society ... has one sibling ... brother, Brian, currently plays lacrosse at Georgetown University ... intends on majoring in finance/international business.

Corrigan on Will ... "Andrew Will is a guy who doesn't need the ball in his stick to be an effective player. He knows how to play without the ball and he can finish. He has a chance to really work his way into our lineup."

2008-09 Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Recruits 

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL
Tyler Andersen D Wayne, Pa./Radnor
Pat Cotter M Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep
Quinn Cully M Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury
Ryan Foley A Glen Ridge, N.J./Delbarton
John Kemp G Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep
Tyler Kimball M Phoenix, Md./Gilman
Matt Miller D Warrenton, Va./Notre Dame Academy
Steve Murphy M Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd
Andrew Will A Olney, Md./Bullis