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Hey gang –

Be sure to check back here each day for the latest recruiting news. As we all know, this time of year, there is plenty — and you never know when it’s going to happen.

Case in point: Rye star attackman Rob Santangelo, who e-mailed me late tonight to inform me that he has verbally committed to Fairfield University.

For newly updated commitments, be sure to scroll down to the “Comments” portion of this thread each day.

• You can get your own recruiting profile by clicking here.

Santangelo is a strong addition to second-year Stags coach Andy Copelan’s 2010 freshman recruiting class without question.

Santangelo still plans on attending Westminister for a post-grad year before enrolling at Fairfield.

“Fairfield ended up being the best fit academically, and the campus is great as well as the lacrosse, and the overall environment was awesome,” said Santangelo, who also considered Bucknell and UPenn.

Be sure to e-mail me with news/info on any commitments at, and scroll down to read the latest recruiting updates. recruit profiles:

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88 Responses to “Your source for recruiting news”

  1. Joe Lombardi says:

    We will be updating this thread throughout the summer with the latest recruiting news.

    Congrats to Shawn Honovich, midfielder for Lakeland/Panas, who will be following his brother Billy’s footsteps by attending Fairfield. Shawn played very well throughout the season and in the sectional final, attracting a great deal of interest from Fairfield as well as UMass and UPenn.

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  3. RebelYell says:

    Yeah Shawny. Congrats man. That’s awesome news.

  4. Laximus says:

    Great job by Copelan recruiting the Westchester area with commits from Honovich, Santangelo and Pete DeSalvo from Iona.

  5. Lax Novice says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but when exactly did the University of Pennsylvania become “UPenn”? Is that big track meet they hold there the last weekend of April now called the UPenn Relays? Perhaps an alum can lend guidance.

    If anything, they should work on the nickname, not the school name. My suggestion would be the “Fighting Quakers”. lol

  6. SirLaxalot says:

    Other than Galasso who are the top LI juniors? Have any others committed?

  7. Toliver says:

    Great job with all the info after HS season ends with rec leagues and recruiting. Just goes to show you lax never stops!

  8. RyeGuy says:

    Not sure about the LI guys but other than Kevin Interlicchio, as far as juniors, there is Eric Pfiffner of Somers who is going to Colgate and Cole McCormack of Rye is now being recruiting by lots of big D-I schools and ofcourse Sean Honovich going to Fairfield.

  9. QuakerNation says:

    Hunter Bastian of Greeley, rising senior defenceman, is being recruited by a bunch of major Division I programs.

  10. Pequa says:

    Doug Tesoerio (sp?) Is a rising senior for Syosset. Very athletic middie. Will go to a big D1.

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  12. Joe Lombardi says:

    We have some breaking recruiting news, folks. Manhasset’s Zac Koufakis informed me this morning that he has just committed to Dartmouth.

    For more, check the link below:

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  15. Joe Lombardi says:

    As noted in Comment 1, an interesting aspect of Lakeland/Panas rising senior midfielder Shawn Honovich’s commitment to Fairfield is the fact that his brother Billy, a defenseman, was a team captain for the Stags this past season.

    I talked to both of them about that, and here are their thoughts:

    Shawn Honovich: “Having my brother Billy play there was a plus for me since I’ve been on the campus for four years and know every aspect of the campus. Also having my brother on the team made it easier for me to meet and get to know the team even before they were interested.”

    Billy Honovich: “I had told Shawn that I wasn’t going to tell him to go to Fairfield or make him decide. It was going to be up to him. I helped him way the positives and negatives of schools that Shawn was potentially looking at because Shawn was looking at similar schools that I was looking at when I was
    doing the recruiting process.”

  16. Joe Lombardi says:

    Just got word that Donald Keough, the defensive standout from Rye, has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

    Keough, who has been leaning toward ND for months, has received his acceptance and will be good to go after a PG year at Westminster.

  17. RyeGuy says:

    That’s awesome news. Congrats Big Don!

  18. slacrosse says:

    Congrats Don!! Great high school career in lacrosse and football!!

    All teams that have played against you know you were one of the premiere LSD’s in the region. Not surprised at all that a top D1 school like Notre Dame was after you.

    After a yr at Westminster you’ll go out to South Bend and tear em up!

  19. Joe Lombardi says:

    We’ve reported recently on several players from the region who have committed to attend Fairfield as incoming freshmen for 2010.

    But here’s a look at several of the area players who will be incoming freshmen this fall, including Manhasset’s Matt Rubertone, Ridgefield’s Brendan Walsh and another player well-known throughout the state: Canandaigua’s Marshall Johnson:

  20. slacrosse says:

    Think I may have seen Johnson at Jake Reed. If this is the kid, a beast at middie and strong face-off guy.

  21. Joe Lombardi says:

    He was phenomenal in the state finals vs. Niskayuna in Canandaigu’s 10-5 win. He won 14 of 19 faceoffs and scored four goals. Excellent recruit for Andy Copeland at Fairfield.

    Speaking of recruits, Loyola just put together a press release on four additions to its incoming freshman recruiting class, including Yorktown four-year starter Michale Bonitatibus. Here’s the link:

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  24. Joe Lombardi says:

    The University at Albany’s incoming 11-member recruiting class includes five players from Long Island.

    Here’s a look in a press release the Great Danes’ sports information office sent out today.

    Click on the click below to read it.

  25. Joe Lombardi says:

    We have news of a big commitment, gang.

    Somers rising senior defenseman John Bello informed me just moments ago that he verbally committed earlier this evening to St. John’s, which will be joining the newly formed Big East Lacrosse Conference with Syracuse, Georgetown, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Providence and Villanova.

    Read more by clicking on the link below:

  26. Joe Lombardi says:

    Rising senior Brandon Merlino, who has been an impact player at John Jay since transferring from Arlington, is in Italy. But that didn’t stop him from making a verbal commitment moments ago.

    Read more here:

  27. Joe Lombardi says:

    Somers’ Greg Petre just became the third player in the Tuskers’ Class of 2010 to commit to a D-I school.

    Read all about it here:

  28. Joe Lombardi says:

    Derek Koelsch, the heir apparent to take over for four-year starterr Michael Bonitatibus in goal for Yorktown next season, just called to inform me he’s made his college choice. Koelsch will attend one of the nation’s premier academic/athletic Division III programs, Trinity.

    We will be hearing from Derek on his thoughts about Trinity and the recruiting process a bit later. So be sure to check this link:

  29. Joe Lombardi says:

    Three Darien rising seniors have joined classmate Andrew West by making college commitments. Here’s a rundown:

  30. Red Ranger says:

    north county puts an article out about Bello

  31. Joe Lombardi says:

    Yorktown rising senior attackman Remy Lieberman has committed to Division III power Wesleyan where he will jpin Yorktown grad John Froats, the 2009 NESCAC rokie of the year and incoming freshman Brett Cabriele, another Ytown grad.

    Check back later at the link below for Remy’s thoughts on his commitment:

  32. Joe Lombardi says:

    Mahopac rising senior attackman John Brandofino has committed to Division II power New York Tech.

    Check back later at the link below for John’s thoughts on his commitment:

  33. Joe Lombardi says:

    Ridgefield should have at least five college-bound rising seniors. Two have already committed and three others are weighing their options.

    For more, check the link below:

  34. Joe Lombardi says:

    Imagine deciding where you will spend four years playing college lacrosse on a porch in Sicily? That’s exactly what John Jay rising senior Brandon Merlino did.

    We told you about his commitment the day he made it on Saturday, Aug. 1. Now, Brandon is back from Sicily and we just completed an interesting Q&A on his trip to Italy and his decision to attend UMBC.

    You can check it out now on the second page of the post on Brandon’s commitment here:

  35. Joe Lombardi says:

    Syracuse just checked in with West Islip coach Scott Craig for an update on rising senior commitments and recaps of commitments from the Class of 2009.
    It’s a pretty impressive list. Here’s the link:

  36. Joe Lombardi says:

    I have news of one of the biggest commitments of the year, gang.

    Rye star midfielder Cole McCormack, who has been a major D-I target since his sophomore year, informed me late this morning he has given a verbal commitment to NCAA finalist Cornell.

    You can read more here:

  37. Joe Lombardi says:

    Congrats to Mahopac midfielder Okie Bernabo, whose efforts during the varsity season and this summer with WestRock helped him attract interest from D-II national champion C.W. Post, where he has committed.

    You can read more here:

  38. Joe Lombardi says:

    Just got word that Putnam Valley rising senior attackman Ryan Fitzgerald has verbally committed to St. John’s.

    Somers defenseman John Bello committed to the Red Storm last month.

    For more info on Fitzgerald’s commitment check the link below:

  39. Joe Lombardi says:

    John Jay rising senior Fletcher Franklin, whose strong play in goal down the stretch helped the Indian make their sixth straight sectional final appearance, has committed to Division III Kenyon in Gambier, Ohio.

    For more click the link below:

  40. Joe Lombardi says:

    Be sure to check the link below for a rundown of recent Long Island commitments:

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  42. Joe Lombardi says:

    Wesleyan has landed another commitment from one of the top rising senior attackmen in Section 1. Lefty Chris Walsh has committed to join the program, which is one of the tops in Division III.

    “Chris had a great year for us this year, finishing with 28 goals and 21 assists, including the game winning goal in overtime against Fox Lane,” Bronxville coach Tim Horgan said. “Chris has been on the varsity since his freshman year, and has taken on more of a leadership role on the field each year, and will be one of three captains for the team this spring.”

    Yorktown’s Remy Lieberman committed to Wesleyan last month.

  43. Joe Lombardi says:

    Sept. 1 is almost in the books and John Jay rising junior attackman Mike Daniello heard today from virtually every D-I program.

    Does he have a list? Is he planning unofficial visits?

    Find out by checking this update:

    Also, be sure to weigh in with your choice for his ultimate destination in the latest poll.

  44. Joe Lombardi says:

    Army has just landed a commitment from a hard-nosed midfielder in John Jay rising senior Will O’Donnell.

    Check back for more info.

    O’Donnell is a hard-hitter, too. You can see what I mean by checking out this video clip from the Indians’ game last year against Somers, when the 6-foot-1, 200-pound O’Donnell was a sophomore.

  45. Bronco Bob says:

    Congrats Chris! Great to see Bville represented at the next level!

  46. Observer says:

    Not exactly breaking news that September 1 is first day of contacts as you noted Joe because you’ve been reminding everyone on the blog. We know you’re top of it as always though.

  47. Joe Lombardi says:

    I just got off the phone with Somers’ Eddie Schurr who told me that he has verbally committed to Johns Hopkins. He becomes the first player in school history to do so and our first rising junior commitment of the year. And it’s obviously a big one.

    For more, check this link:

  48. Joe Lombardi says:

    Congrats to Yorktown senior defenseman Stephen Burke, who just informed me that he committed today to Division II national champion C.W. Post.

    Be sure to check back for Stephen’s thoughts on his commitment.

  49. Joe Lombardi says:

    Good morning, gang. Just got word that Hen Hud senior goalie Bobby Sincero, who was also a standout on the WestRock summer team, has committed to Army. Joe Alberici has now landed his third Section 1 recruit as Sincero joins Greg Petre (Somers) and Will O’Donnell (John Jay).

  50. Monty says:

    Yeah! Nice nice Bobby!

  51. Sailor Nation says:

    Nice, nice Sincy! Way to rep HH!!!

  52. SirLaxlot says:

    Great news. Congrats to a good, hard working kid.

  53. Jericho says:

    Joe … all the recruiting updates have been excellent. They keep me coming back each day. Definately the best lax recruiting coverage on the web.

  54. Joe Lombardi says:

    For a rundown of commitments from throughout the southern New York/Greater Fairfield area, be sure to check the “Fall recruiting roundup,” that just went live.

    Just click this link:

  55. CT.South Lax says:

    Joe – Wondering?? “Diamond Lacrosse Showcase” in Maryland, suppose to be invition only in Novemember. Is this worth attending if invited?? Thanks and congrats to all who have been given offers and committed!!

  56. Joe Lombardi says:

    CT.South Lax –

    Depends on the date for starters. The evaluation period for college coaches ends the first weekend in November.

  57. CT.South Lax says:

    Sorry the invite is for 2011 and 2012 players. According to letter it says only 120 invites only to be held at St. Pauls school in MD. With all the options trying to figure were to go????

  58. Joe Lombardi says:

    We have another recruiting commitment, gang. Senior goaltender Matt Weiner of Mamaroneck just informed me that he’s committed to Union College.

  59. Jericho says:

    Bobby Duvnjak (sp?) of Set will be the next big thing.

  60. Joe Lombardi says:

    Mike Daniello has made his decision. One of the nation’s most coveted recruits has selected North Carolina over Johns Hopkins and Syracuse.

    For more, check this link:

  61. Joe Lombardi says:

    Another Bronxville player has landed a spot with a top college program.

    Read all about Joe Wood’s commitment to Washington & Lee here:

  62. Joe Lombardi says:

    John Jay star Mike Daniello has had a change of heart. The attackman, ranked No. 9 among juniors in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, has changed his verbal commitment to Johns Hopkins. He had committed to North Carolina on Sept. 28. You can find out more about this late-breaking story here:

  63. Dave says:

    Joe, IL reports Greg Danseglio, defense, St. Anthoy’s verballed UVA.

  64. Joe Lombardi says:

    Colgate has landed another commitment from a standout from the region.

    Derek Katchis, the former Greeley star now pg-ing at Deerfield, informed me late tonight he has committed to the Raiders.

    Read more here:

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  67. Joe Lombardi says:

    Jesse Troy, a senior defenseman at Arlington who played on the Moonlight Blue team coached by Mike Bocklet at today’s UMass Mid-Fall Classic, informed me moments ago that he has just committed to Division II power Le Moyne.

    Check back for more info on this commitment at a program that could soon become a contender in Section 1.

  68. Joe Lombardi says:

    Brewster goaltender Andrew Nicol has committed to Vassar, where his father, John, the former head coach at Yorktown and founder of the Hen Hud program, is an assistant coach.

  69. Joe Lombardi says:

    Colin Clive, a 6-3, 210-pound attackman from St. Anthony’s, just informed me that he has given a verbal commitment to Siena.

    Be sure to check back for more info.

  70. Joe Lombardi says:

    White Plains coach Mark Armogida just informed me that Tigers standout Ryan McGee will be signing a national letter of intent today to attend St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia.

  71. slacrosse says:

    Good to see WP continuing to increase their exposure

  72. Joe Lombardi says:

    Just got word of another commitment by a White Plains senior attackman — Norman Greenfield, who will play at Dickinson.

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  74. Joe Lombardi says:

    Congrats to the talented and outgoing Troy Press. The Briarcliff standout told me just moments ago that he has committed to Wingate University, a strong D-II program in sunny North Carolina.

  75. Joe Lombardi says:

    Sachem North coach Jay Mauro contacted me earlier today and passed along the commitments of six of his seniors, led by defenseman Evan Bloom (Dartmouth).

    Be sure to check out our national signing week commitment rundown to see all of them:

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  77. Joe Lombardi says:

    Junior defenseman Matt Shannon has become the seventh Ridgefield player in the last two years to commit to a D-I program. The 6-foot-4 Shannon decided on North Carolina after considering Syracuse, Hofstra, Fairfield, Loyola, Towson and Notre Dame.

    Check back for Matt’s thoughts and his decision and the selection process.

  78. Joe Lombardi says:

    Yorktown senior midfielder Joey Porcelli has just given a verbal commitment to Wesleyan as the ‘Husker pipeline there continues. Former Yorktown standout John Froats is a sophomore at Wesleyan, 2009 YHS grad Brett Cabriele is a freshman there and teammate Remy Lieberman has also committed to Wesleyan.

    Be sure to check back for Joey’s thoughts on his commitment.

  79. Joe Lombardi says:

    Pleasantville junior goaltender Conor Fraylick has given a verbal commitment to Fairfield University.

    Check back for more on Conor’s commitment.

  80. Joe Lombardi says:

    Clarkstown South coach Adam Chagares informed me tonight that senior midfielder Sean Day has committed to Union College.

  81. Joe Lombardi says:

    Congrats to midfielder Jake Bernard of Irvington who informed me this morning that he has committed to the College of Wooster in Ohio.

    Check back for more from Jake on his commitment.

  82. Joe Lombardi says:

    Matt Weiner, the standout goalie from Mamaroneck who originally committed to Union, just informed me that he will instead be continuing his lacrosse career and studies at Connecticut College.

  83. Joe Lombardi says:

    Chase Thompson, a 6-foot-1 righty midfielder for Mahopac, has given a verbal commitment to Division III power Franklin & Marshall.

    Check back for more on Chase’s commitment.

  84. […] Union Recruiting updates, Section 1 lacrosse Add comments We will continue to follow up with our “Breaking recruiting news” updates by taking more in-depth looks at the commitments we have been reporting […]

  85. Joe Lombardi says:

    Just got word that Rye Country Day attack standout Harry Razook has committed to Washington & Lee. Check back for more.

  86. Joe Lombardi says:

    I just received word that Julius Mouser, a talented and athletic junior attackman/midfielder from the Havertown, Pa., has committed to Rutgers.

    Julius was one of the top performers I saw this past summer at the Maverik Showtime Showcase at Western Connecticut in Danbury.

    For more on Julius, check his recruit profile below:

  87. Joe Lombardi says: has a list of committed recruits from its coverage area. You can check it out here:

    You can read more on Julius Mouser’s commitment to Rutgers mentioned in the comment above in this story published just moments ago on

  88. Joe Lombardi says:

    Iona Prep coach Rick Trizano just informed me moments ago that standout defenseman Brian Fahy has committed to Division III power Stevens Tech in Hoboken, N.J. Check back for more.

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