July 21, 2009

Courtesy of Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Jeff Tambroni, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced the Cornell men's lacrosse incoming class of 2013. The Big Red, looking to replace 16 graduated seniors, will add 15 players to next year's squad, six of which earned high school All-American honors. The group is comprised of eight midfielders, three attackmen, three defensemen and one goalkeeper. Additionally, the players represent five states and Canadian provinces with 10 players hailing from New York, two from Ontario, and one each from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas.

"Our staff is extremely excited about this year's incoming freshman class," said Tambroni. "We believe this is a group of well-rounded young men that possess the character, work-ethic and hunger to represent Cornell. We are very excited that they and their families have agreed to join the Cornell men's lacrosse family.

Myan Adams – 5-11 – 195 – M – Akwesasne, N.Y. (Salmon River Central School/Northfield Mount Hermon School)

Adams was a four-year letter winner at Northfield Mount Hermon high school and Salmon River Central school. He served as team captain as a senior and was named Northfield Mount Hermon's Athlete of the Year as a sophomore. Adams also plays for the Akwesasne Junior A Indians of the Ontario Lacrosse League. He also lettered twice in both football and ice hockey.

Tambroni on Adams: Myan is a young man with many talents both on and off the field. His size and strength is his biggest asset and we're excited to see him play and compete with our midfielders.

Mike Bronzino – 5-10 – 180 – D – Berwyn, Pa. (Conestoga HS)

A high school All-American, Bronzino lettered three times at Conestoga high school. As a senior captain, he led his team to a 23-2 record and finished as Central League Champions and as the PIAA runner-up. His team also won the Central League in 2007. A three-time All-Central League selection, Bronzino was the league MVP and the Main Line Times Player of the Year as a senior. He was also named both All-Eastern Pennsylvania and All-Main Line Times as a junior and senior. He was named his team's MVP as a senior, after being named the team's Defensive MVP as a junior. Bronzino also lettered three times in football.

Tambroni on Bronzino: Mike plays very similar to former defender Mitch Belisle '07. He is a hard nose, blue collar defensemen who competes and plays with a tremendous amount of tenacity.

Kyle Ewanouski – 6-2 – 200 – M – Scituate, Mass. (Boston College HS)

A high school All-American, Ewanouski lettered four times for Boston College high school. He also earned all-conference and all-scholastic honors during his prep career. Ewanouski also lettered three times in football and led his team to the 2008 Massachusetts DI Football Championship, earning all-conference and all-scholastic honors in the process. He served as team captain of both sports during his senior season.

Tambroni on Ewanouski: Kyle is a big, strong athlete who was recruited to play football and lacrosse at the Division I level. He has always been a two-sport star so we are excited to see just how good he can be when he is focused solely on lacrosse. We believe that he will be a big asset to our program.

A.J. Fiore – 5-10 – 165 – Ithaca, N.Y. (Ithaca HS)

A high school All-American, Fiore was also selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American game. A four-year letter winner at Ithaca high school, he was his team's MVP for his final three seasons. Fiore led the Little Red to the 2009 New York State semifinals, earning Ithaca's first victory in the state tournament since 1978. He was a first-team all-Section 4 selection as a senior, following a second-team nod as a junior. As a freshman, he was named his team's Defensive MVP and made the Section 4 all-tournament team. Fiore also lettered five times in hockey, helping the Little Red to the 2007 New York State championship title.

Tambroni on Fiore: AJ is a program-changing recruit who has succeeded at every level in both lacrosse and hockey. We have high hopes for AJ and we are confident he will work hard to learn the game and get comfortable with the speed of the Division 1 level. We're excited that he chose to stay in Ithaca in order to compete for Cornell and play in front of his friends and family.

Ross Gillum – 5-6 – 160 – A – Plano, Texas (Plano Senior HS)

A two-time high school All-American, Gillum was a four-year letter winner at Plano Senior high school. He served as team captain during his junior and seionr seasons, earning all-state honors during both of those seasons. Gillum had his jersey number retired and was named his school's Player of the Year following the 2009 season. He was named his team's Offensive MVP in 2006, 2008, and 2009 and earned the team's Pinnacle Award in 2007 and Rookie of the Year honors in 2006.

Tambroni on Gillum: Ross is one of the hardest working young men that we have ever recruited here at Cornell. His work ethic along with his passion to compete and play the game of lacrosse is a formula that we believe will earn him immediate success when he arrives on campus this fall.

Shane Henry – 6-3 – 180 – M – Mount Sinai, N.Y. (Mount Sinai HS)

Henry lettered three times at Mount Sinai high school and earned first-team all-county honors as a senior. He helped his team to back-to-back Suffolk County Class C boy's lacrosse championships (2008, 2009), as well as the 2008 New York State Class C boy's lacrosse championship. Henry also lettered four times in soccer and indoor track. He earned all-conference and all-state honors in soccer.

Tambroni on Henry: Shane possesses the tangibles such as size, strength and speed which we believe will lead to a successful combination here at Cornell. His athleticism will certainly help us fill the void that we sustained through graduation at the midfield.

Thomas Keith – 6-0 – 180 – D – Woodbury, N.Y. (Syosset HS)

A high school All-American at Syosset high school, Keith lettered twice, earning all-county honors both seasons. He served as team captain as a senior and earned MSG all-region first-team honors following the season. Keith helped the Braves to two Nassau County championships.

Tambroni on Keith: Keith was a two-sport athlete who was also recruited to play Division I hockey. Over the past year he has improved significantly with a primary focus on lacrosse and has become one of the most talented defenders and players to come out of Long Island this summer.

Cody Levine – 6-0 – 180 – M – Purchase, N.Y. (Rye Country Day School)

A four-year letter winner at Rye Country Day School, Levine was a high school All-American as well as the 2009 WNESSLA Division 2 Offensive Player of the Year. He was named D2 All-Western New England first-team twice and was a three-time All-FAA League selection. As team captain during his senior season, Levine scored 75 goals and added 31 assists for 106 points on the year. Levine also lettered twice in soccer.

Tambroni on Levine: We were thrilled to keep another young man in the family of Cornell lacrosse, as his father Jonathon '76 won a national championship with the Big Red in 1976. Cody joins his brother Julian '10 and brings a tremendous amount of athleticism to our midfield or attack.

Steve Mock – 5-9 – A – Huntington, N.Y. (Huntington HS)

One of the most prolific scorers in Huntington high school history, Mock scored 123 goals and 61 assists during his four-year varsity career. An honorable mention All-American selection in 2009, he was a three-time all-division selection, while being named all-county twice. He served as team captain during his final two seasons and helped his team to a Long Island championship in 2007 and a New York State championship in 2006. Mock also lettered twice in soccer and once in golf.

Tambroni on Mock: Steve is a player in the mold of Eric Pittard '07. He possesses tremendous vision and skills in the offensive end. He will bring a field leaders mentality and a high level of and talent at our attack.

Jason Noble – 5-10 – 165 – D – Orangeville, Ont. (The Hill Academy)

A two-year letter winner at The Hill Academy, Noble was team captain in his final two seasons and earned the school's Lacrosse Award in 2008 and 2009. He has also played box lacrosse for seven seasons, most recently with the Orangeville Jr. A Northmen. He helped the Northmen to the 2008 Canadian National Minto Cup, as well as the 2007 Ontario provincial gold medal. Noble also won a gold medal in the Canadian National U-16 field lacrosse championship in 2007 and was selected as the tournament MVP.

Tambroni on Noble: Jason is a tenacious defender and our staff could not be more excited about the idea of plugging him into our defensive system. He has had an immediate impact on every team that he's ever been associated with of and was just recently named MVP of his high school team.

Matt Sharkey – 6-1 – 185 – M - Painted Post, N.Y. (Notre Dame HS)

A four-year letter winner at Notre Dame high school, Sharkey was named first-team All-Section 4 as a junior and senior, after second-team honors as a sophomore. A two-time team MVP, he dominated in the face off circle, winning 71 percent as a senior captain. Following his senior season, Sharkey was named the Section 4 Exceptional Senior, won the Elmira Kiwanis' Art Hirst Award as the male athlete of the year and was given the Notre Dame high school Ray Gavigan Award as the male athlete of the year. Sharkey also lettered four times in soccer and was a two-time all-conference honoree, and was selected to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-State team.

Tambroni on Sharkey: We are excited to have attracted some local talent to join our team. We believe that Matt's diligence and attention to details at the face-off X will make him a viable option to replace John Glynn and the midfield.

Matt Taylor – 5-11 – 190 – A – Manlius, N.Y. (Fayetteville-Manlius HS)

A high school All-American, Taylor lettered four times at Fayetteville-Manlius high school where he set both the career (288) and single-season (104) points records. He was a two-time first-team All-CNY selection, as well as a third-team pick. Taylor served as team captain twice and was a three-time first-team all-league honoree. He also participated in two Empire State Games. Taylor also lettered three times in football, earning all-league and All-CNY honors.

Tambroni on Taylor: We are proud of the fact that we have another Cornell legacy following in the footsteps of his father – Joe Taylor '80. We believe Matt will bring a tremendous amount of athleticism and a blue collar mentality into our offensive line up.

Jake Thompson – 5-5 – 150 – A – Orangeville, Ont. (Orangeville District Secondary/Western Reserve Academy)

Thompson earned three letters at Western Reserve Academy and Orangeville District Secondary School. As a senior captain, he led Western Reserve to a 19-5 record and an MSCLA championship. He was named first team All-MSCLA as a senior and won his team's MVP award as a junior. He also plays for the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Orangeville Northmen. Thompson also lettered three times in hockey and once in cross country. As a senior year, he served as the hockey team captain and earned second-team all-league.

Tambroni on Thompson: On paper, his size will not overwhelm you, but he will impress and surprise a lot of people during his time as a Cornellian due to his heart and passion for the game. He is an extremely hard working young man with a nose for the goal.

Tom Trasolini – 5-9 – 190 – M – Fayetteville, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy)

Trasolini played four years and lettered once at Christian Brothers Academy. He finished his senior season with 32 goals and 18 assists for 50 points on the year. Trasolini was named first-team all-league in 2009, after earning second-team honors in 2008. He won both the Section III Scholar Athlete Award, as well as the Air Force Scholar Athlete Award in 2009. Trasolini also played football all four years at CBA, lettering once. He was a two-team all-league selection and won his team's Most Outstanding Back Award as a senior.

Tambroni on Trasolini: Tom will bring tremendous athleticism and quickness to our program. He was a two sport athlete in high school (football and lacrosse) and another local recruit coming to Cornell from the Syracuse area. He will complement our team well with his mentality and work ethic.

Van Bourgondien – 6-1 – 180 – M – New York, N.Y. (Lawrenceville School)

A four-year letter winner, Van Bourgondien started for three seasons at Lawrenceville, leading the team in scoring during his final year with 38 goals. He finished his career with 113 goals and 74 assists, while leading his team in ground balls over his final two seasons. Van Bourgondien was named the Star-Ledger Prep Player of the Year after helping Lawrenceville to its eighth consecutive NJISAA championship. As a senior, he was named first-team all-state and was a Trenton Times first-team all-area selection. Van Bourgondien also received Lawrenceville's Marshall H. Chambers '62 Lacrosse Trophy, awarded annually to the member of the varsity team who has made the most outstanding contribution to lacrosse through his performance and devotion to the sport. He played for the New York City Empire State team in 2005, '06, and '07. Van Bourgondien also lettered four times each in soccer and hockey, earning all-state honors twice on the ice.

Tambroni on Van Bourgondien: We have had great success with the young men from the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and we believe that Max will continue that trend of success. He is very well schooled and very hard working. We're excited that Max has decided to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Lawrenceville graduates who have all made great contributions throughout their careers. We are confident that Max will do the same.