St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) enters the 2014 varsity season on a mission after seeing its run of four straight CHSAA AAA titles ended last season.

The Friars will have no shortage of college-bound players aiming to achieve that goal. St. A’s has 17 — count ’em — 17 Class of 2014 commits alone.

One of them, starting defenseman Dan O’Brien, will spend a post-grad season at Avon Old Farms (Conn.) in 2015 before enrolling at Army.

“The main factors in my decision were academic honors that comes with the West Point experience and the fact that Army’s a great lacrosse program and has a great staff with (Head) Coach (Joe) Alberici and (Assistant) Coach (Mac) Diange. I also feel that a military career will put me in a good place for future employment.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound O’Brien also drew interest from Navy, Providence, Holy Cross, Richmond, Brown and Lafayette. He visited Navy, Providence and Holy Cross.
O’Brien is the second 2014 Friar defender headed to Army, joining Andrew Nadjari. O’Brien is also the second 2014 Friar planning a post-grad season, along with Zack Merle (Lafayette, defense).

A fast and quick player, O’Brien is an aggressive, takeaway defender. He played for FLG’s travel program last summer, and is now planning on playing with the Long Island Lobsters.

“I started playing lacrosse in second grade for Cold Spring Harbor town league and have been going strong since then,” he said. “Many of the kids I started with I still play with today.”

St. Anthony’s Class of 2014 commits

Ryan Bonomi
Richmond, midfield

Connor Byrne
Providence, midfield

J.T. Caputo
Princeton, midfield

Luke Castellano
SUNY Cortland, midfield

Jack Concannon
Hofstra, goaltender

Michael DeLuca
Marist, longstick midfield

Brendan Dwyer
SUNY Cortland, midfield

Greg Galligan
Georgetown, midfield

Paul Guarino
SUNY Oneonta, attack

Tom Laupus
Providence, midfield

Brian McDonald
Mercer, defense

Zack Merle
Lafayette, defense (after post-grad year)

Baylee Modugno
SUNY Oneonta, goaltender

Andrew Nadjari
Army, defense

Daniel O’Brien
Army, defense (after post-grad year at Avon Old Farms, Conn.)

Greg Rivera
SUNY Cortland, attack

Mike Ruane
Quinnipiac, longstick midfield

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