Vikings' Men's Lacrosse Announces Recruiting Class

Vikings' Men's Lacrosse Announces Recruiting Class

ROME, Ga. – Berry College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Curtis Gilbert is excited to announce his 2015-16 incoming class of recruits. Gilbert's second recruiting class will be one of Berry's largest classes and will represent student-athletes from seven U.S. states and one Canadian province.

"This class needed to be both a large and talented class, due to some of the void left from last year's 10 graduated seniors," said Gilbert. "I am excited for our incoming group and the guys we return. We are now attracting players that we couldn't get a few years ago because of what our recently graduated senior classes were able to build."

The Vikings have some big shoes to fill. Berry loses Cory Hall at the offensive end of the field, and Jack Chase on defense. Both were USILA Scholar All-Americans, and Hall played in the USILA North-South game.

The 2015-16 Men's Lacrosse Recruits are listed below in alphabetical order:

James Bain – Goalie  / Marietta, Ga. / Hillgrove HS

James Bain was a two-sport athlete, lettering in both varsity football and lacrosse. He was a three-year starter and senior captain earning defensive MVP accolades in his senior season. With Bain in the cage his junior and senior seasons, Hillgrove had back-to-back high school playoff appearances.


Joshua Baker – Defense / LSM Suwanee, GA. / Greater Atlanta Christian

Joshua Baker earned three varsity lacrosse letters and was a team captain as a senior. He set the school record for most points by a defender in a season. Baker also played for Copperheads Lacrosse Club and attended Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational and Southern Select Showcase--where he made the All-Star team.


Chris Berchock – Midfield  / Alpharetta, GA. / Chattahoochee HS

Chris Berchock was a dual sport (swimming and diving and lacrosse) and was a four-year letterman and senior year captain on the lacrosse field. He set both the single-season and the all-time goal records at Chattahoochee High School. Berchock was a Coaches Award and Scholar Athlete Award recipient. He attended the Southern Select Showcase and made the all-star team. Additionally, Berchock was a 2014 and 2015 State Qualifier in Swimming.


Thomas Brennan – Attack/Midfield Cornelius, NC. / Davidson Day School

Thomas Brennan was a four-year varsity letterman in both soccer and lacrosse. He was elected captain of the lacrosse team as a senior. Brennan holds the all-time scoring record at Davidson Day and led the team in points for the 2015 season. He was awarded the MVP award in 2014 and the Coaches award in 2015. Brennan attended the John Pepper Classic in West Genesee, N.Y. with Top Tier's national team.


Tyler Cripps – LSM/D  / Calgary, Alberta / Bowness Senior High

Tyler Cripps arrives in Mount Berry after being a member of the Calgary Chill Junior B box lacrosse team. He earned a 2014 and 2015 Jr. B Tier I Southern Division championship and his team is currently playing at Nationals. Cripps plays the transition position in box lacrosse and it's likely he will be a long stick midfielder for the Vikings. He attended the Top 205 West Lacrosse Camp.


Andrew Elgin – Att/Midfield Naples, FL. / Gulf Coast High School

Andrew Elgin was a three-year letterman for the lacrosse team, and lettered twice in football and basketball as a prep. He played on three district championship teams. Elgin was named first team all-county as a senior and attended the Inside Lacrosse Invitational Showcase.


McKinley Gannon – Midfield / Ooltewah, Tenn. / The McCallie School

McKinley Gannon was a three-year letterman in lacrosse and was a member of the 2015 Tennessee state championship team at McCallie, where he played a pivotal role in the midfield. Gannon was also inducted into Teps and Keo Kio; both are storied organizations founded upon leadership. Gannon attended both the Southern Select Showcase and the Inside Lacrosse Invitational.


Ben Grabenhofer – LSM  / Lockport, Ill. / Lockport Township HS

Ben Grabenhofer was a four-year lacrosse letterman and was elected team captain for his 2015 senior season. Following the season, he garnered second team all-conference accolades. Grabenhofer helped lead a rebuilding effort in Katrina through his civic engagement. He played club lacrosse for New Wave and attended the Warrior Blue and Gold Classic on Long Island, N.Y.

Hudson Harris – Midfield / Charlotte, N.C. / Lake Norman Charter
Hudson Harris was a three-year letterman in lacrosse and served as a team captain in 2015. Harris was an All State honorable mention pick as a senior and was tabbed first team all-conference three times. He played for Team Carolina and attended the Charlotte Fall Classic. 

Bailey Martin – Attack / Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum / UVM

Bailey Martin joins Berry after spending his freshman year at the University of Vermont. In high school, he was a four-year letterman on the lacrosse team and helped lead his team to three Delaware State Championships. In 2014--while team captain--he earne All-Delaware accolades. Martin attended the Philly Showcase, Top 205 and the MadLax Invitational--where he made the all-star team.


Kyle Rouleau – Defense / Suwanee, Ga. / Peachtree Ridge HS

Kyle Rouleau was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter for the Peachtree Ridge lacrosse team. He was a captain and defensive MVP as a senior, and was presented the Lion Heart award his sophomore year. Rouleau earned first team all-county accolades and was an all-state nominee. He attended Southern Select Showcase and the Inside Lacrosse Showcase in Baltimore, Md.


Morgan Shirey – LSM / Nashville, Tenn. / Hillwood HS

Morgan Shirey was a three-year letterman and a team captain as a senior. Shirey led his team in groundballs and was third in the region statistically in that category. He earned the Coaches' Award and was Honorable Mention All-Conference pick as a senior. Shirey attended the Chattanooga Challenge Team Camp.


Matt Shover – Midfield / Naples, Fla. / Gulf Coast HS

Matt Shover was four-year letterman in lacrosse and a team captain as a senior. He garnered first team All-Conference, first team all-district accolades and All-Area by the Naples Daily News--where he was also elected Player of the Week. Shover played club lacrosse for Beast and Rhinos where he attended the Florida Team Camp Challenge and Inside Lacrosse Invitational.


Janosch Spohner – Midfield /  Roswell, Ga. / Lassiter HS 

Janosch Spohner was a four-year letterman and helped lead his team to a Georgia State Championship game appearance. He was awarded Lassiter's prestigious Silent Leader honor in 2014. Additionally, Spohner received the Scholar-Athlete award four times. He played club lacrosse for LB3 Atlanta Elite and attended the Philly Showcase, Ft. Devens Mass. Showcase, and the Inside Lacrosse Invitational.


Nathan Taylor – Defense/LSM / Lakeland, Fla. / Summerlin Military

Nathan Taylor was a four-year letterman and starter for the lacrosse team. He was a team captain in 2014 and 2015 and received first team all-league, first team all-conference and league all-star accolades. Taylor, who led the conference in takeaways, is President of the local chapter for America Supporting Americans and Mission Autism Support. He played club lacrosse for the Tampa Elite and attended the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, IMG Nationals, and the Brine National Classic.


Justin Westbrook – Midfield / Duluth, Ga. / Northview HS 

Justin Westbrook was a dual sport athlete in football and lacrosse at Northview. He lettered all four years, and started for three seasons in both sports and captained both squads as a senior. As a senior, Westbrook finished with 77 points and earned second team all-region honors. In 2014 he finished with 50 points and 3rd team All-State accolades en route to a Georgia State Championship. Westbrook was a member of Team Georgia that participated in the Brine National Classic.


Jason Wilhelm – Midfield / Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis HS

Jason Wilhelm was a four-year letterman and starter for the lacrosse team. He was a team captain in his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, Wilhelm garnered first team all-district accolades. Last year, he was tabbed first team all-state as his team advanced to the Texas State Tournament as the #1 seed from their region. Additionally, he was a Texas State All-Star and attended the UNC team camp, King of the Hill, Gait Cup, and Denver Team Camp--where he made the All-Star team.


Stephen Wojcik – Midfield / Alpharetta, Ga. / Chattahoochee HS

Stephen Wojcik was a three-year lacrosse letterman and received the Coaches' Award for Leadership in 2015. In 2013, he led the team in assists and in 2014 helped his team advance to the Georgia State Tournament. He graduated cum laude and was a member of the National Honor Society. Wojcik attended the Southern Select Showcase.

In addition to the student-athletes listed above, the following have been accepted at Berry and intend to participate in men's lacrosse:

Nick Murphy – Midfield / Cherokee, GA. / Cherokee HS

Daniel Poland – Midfield / Norcross, GA. / Norcross HS

Andrew Scheible – Attack / Woodstock, GA. / Kings Academy

The rookies will be tested early at Berry. Their first game will be on Saturday, September 26th in Valhalla against the returning members of the team. Game time is 5 p.m.