Men's Lacrosse Announces 2016-17 Recruits

Men's Lacrosse Announces 2016-17 Recruits

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – Berry's head men's lacrosse coach Curtis Gilbert announced 21 additions representing 10 states for the 2016-17 season. 

"The class of 2020 is here to fill in the holes with the graduation losses from the past two years," head coach Curtis Gilbert said. "This is a diverse group of talent that includes four attackmen, eight defensemen, five goalies and four midfielders."

The Vikings graduated their all-time ground ball leader in Christian Akers and co–scoring leader Jake Emche who shot 44% on the season in 2016.  One of the biggest losses will be goaltender Nick Voso, who finished his career off with a 60.2 % save percentage ranking him 9th nationally among all goalies in DIII in 2016. 

The 2016-17 Vikings squad will face 4 teams that played in the post-season in 2016 and will rely upon a balanced mixture of returning talent and incoming impact players to return to the SAA Championship game. 

"Our expectations are that with this talented incoming class, blending with our returning talent, we absolutely feel we can win an SAA Championship this season," Coach Gilbert said.


The 2016-17 Men's Lacrosse Recruits are listed below in alphabetical order:



Eric Aaser - Attack / Knoxville, Tenn. / L&N Stem Academy

Eric was a three-year starter for the West Knox Warriors, team captain as a senior, and named to the All-Region Team. He also played Club for all four years in high school for the Smoky Mt. Elite, leading the team in scoring as a Senior.




Hudson Bradley - Defense / Lexington, Ky. / Henry Clay

Bradley, a 6'1" 185 lbs defenseman from Henry Clay High School, led the Blue Devils to 3 KLA State championships.  Hudson has recorded 120 caused turnovers, 175 groundballs and 4 assists. Bradley was voted team captain and the 2015 State Championship game MVP, in addition to being named a Carolina Summer Shootout All-Star.




Riley Brogdon - Goalie / Lawrenceville, Ga. / Mountain View

Riley is a 6 foot 180 pound goalie coming to Berry College from Mountain View High School and looks to add much needed depth to the Goalie position.  Brogdon was voted 2nd Team All-County in 2016, as well as being elected team captain his senior season. 




Landon Bosworth - D/LSM / Orlando, Fla. / William R. Boone

Landon is a diverse talent on and off the field. He is an Eagle Scout who was voted team captain, Defensive MVP and All-Metro Team in 2016. This member of the National Honor Society was chosen as a 2015 American Legion Florida Boys State Delegate. 




Sean Canfield - Mid. / Orlando, Fla. / Lake Highland Prep

Sean is a 6 foot 205 pound midfielder from Lake Highland Prep high school where he went to eight state championships in lacrosse and wrestling.  He graduated as an AP Scholar with distinction and a National Merit commended scholar.  Sean is hoping to study to be a veterinarian.




Dylan Cantoral - Goalie / Carrollton, Ga. / Carrollton

Dylan is coming to Berry College from Carrollton High School. Cantoral was elected team captain his senior year, and was a standout Goalie in the Carrollton program. Dylan is the first player to play at the college level from his high school. 





James Caswell - D/LSM / Austin, Tex. / Westlake

James is a promising talent at 6 foot 4 inches 215 pounds and earned three varsity letters and four straight years Academic All-District.  In 2016 he was voted Texas DI All-District Defense and Academic All-State. In 2015 he was Texas DI All- District Honorable Mention Defense.   In addition to being a scholar student-athlete, Caswell is also an Eagle Scout.




Max Coleman - Goalie / Huntsville, Ala. / Huntsville

Max comes to Berry College after a great career where he finished off with a state championship and a 72% save percentage.  He was a team captain for three years and All-State for two seasons.  Max graduated with the distinction of being a scholar athlete.  



Sam Druelinger - D/LSM / Germantown, Tenn. / Houston

Sam was a four year varsity letterman who was voted 2nd Team All-Region in '14, '15, '16, All-Metro in '15,16 and Houston Defender of the Year '14,'15. He led the team in ground balls three of the four years. 




Mitch Estes - Def. / Havertown, Penn. / Haverford

Estes was a three sport Varsity Athlete, lettering in Football, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse; winning Central League Championships in both Ice Hockey and Football.  He was a team Captain and awarded Rookie of the Year (9th) and the Gabe Davis Award (12th).  Estes is a member of Best Buddies where he was a Peer Buddy, Board Member and Representative at the Summer Leadership Conference in Indiana.  Mitchell was also awarded the Union League Good Citizenship Award and Freedom Foundation Spirit of America Youth Leadership. Mitchell is the first Berry Lacrosse player awarded the Bonner Scholarship.


Michael Fredlock - Attack / Lexington, Ky. / Henry Clay

Michael comes to Berry as a potent scorer with a champion's pedigree.  Fredlock has won three state championships in the past four years. Last season he was voted 1st Team All-State while averaging 4.6 points per game, scoring 38 goals and having 41 assists.   Michael was an Academic Award winner all four years of high school graduating with a 3.5 GPA.




Kyle Grafmeyer - Goalie / Bethesda, Md. / Landon

Kyle comes to Berry College after playing for the #1 High School in the Nation in 2015 at Landon.  Grafmeyer saw limited time as a junior before breaking out his senior year.  Kyle played High School Lacrosse in the Nation's toughest conference, the MIAA, and looks to compete for time in the cage at Berry.





Cole Johnson - LSM / Alpharetta, Ga. / Chattahoochee

Cole is a Chattahoochee product that immediately adds to the depth on the defensive side of the field. He was the team captain, the Cougar Award Winner, MVP and the Most Positive Athlete in 2016 alone.  Johnson was the 2015 Defensive MVP for Chattahoochee. He scored 19 goals, had 16 Assists, 122 caused turnovers and a staggering 308 ground balls with 114 ground balls his senior season. 





Luke Koferl - Attack / Huntersville, N.C. / Lake Norman/Mt.Olive

Luke comes to Berry College after a season a Mt. Olive College in North Carolina where they advanced to the NCAA National Tournament. At Lake Norman Charter he scored 108 goals and had 48 assists in his career. He was voted as team captain 2015 and 2016 and 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-Conference as well. 





Joe Maggio - Mid/Def. / Buford, Ga. / Buford

Joey is coming to Berry College after growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, and moving to Atlanta, GA.  Maggio was a two-time captain after only starting his lacrosse career his junior year at Buford High School. He received the Most Improved Award his junior season and the Wolf Award his senior season. Maggio is a midfielder that is highlighted through defense.




Miles Mitchell - Mid/Att / Hendersonville, Tenn. / Hendersonville

Miles is a talented midfielder who was a three-year starter at Hendersonville High School where he tallied 80 goals, 35 assists and 121 ground balls.  The Tennessee Scholastic Lacrosse Association voted Mitchell 1st Team All-Region in 2016, and 1st Team All- Tournament in 2015. Miles was also elected team captain for his junior and senior seasons. 




Kevin Murphy - Goalie / Vero Beach, Fla. / St. Edwards

Kevin was a four year starter at St. Edwards School where he was voted team captain his last two seasons and winning the Defensive MVP Award in 2015.  In 2016 he was voted All-District Honorable Mention.  Kevin was voted All- Area Honorable Mention and 2nd team All- District. 



Evan Sale - Attack / Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Jesuit

Evan heads south after a great career at University of Detroit Jesuit. In 2016 he was voted All-Catholic League, All-Region and All-Midwest.  The 6 foot 6 inch incoming freshman had 30 goals and 23 assists with 40 ground balls, despite being hurt for half of the season. 




Matt Tatum - Attack / Avondale Estates, Ga. / Decatur

Matt Tatum comes from Decatur High School where he was a captain his senior year as well as a calculus academic award recipient . He has been on Honor roll all four years of high school and in 2015, led the Bulldogs in scoring.  During his sophomore year he won an academic achievement award and Top Dog in Literature.




Ryan Wilson - Defense / Suwanee, Ga. / North Gwinnett

Ryan, the 6 foot 4 inch 215 pound freshman, comes to Berry College after a strong finish to his high school career. Last season he was voted team captain, 2nd Team All-State, Gwinnett All- County, North Gwinnett High School Defensive MVP and Gwinnett High School Association Defensive MVP.  Wilson is a legacy at Berry College, where both of his parents attended and met one another.






Nick Zakacia - Defense / Johns Creek, Ga. / Chattahoochee/UMass-Lowell

Nick transfers to Berry College after two seasons at DI UMASS- Lowell. While at UMass-Lowell, Zakacia appeared in 23 games and recorded 1 goal, 24 GB's, and 8 caused turnovers.  At Chattahoochee, he was a four year varsity letter winner and voted captain in 2014. In 2014 he was voted Georgia 6A All-State Honorable Mention, Chattahoochee High School PTSA Male Scholar of the Year, Defensive Player of the year. He holds the Chattahoochee records for Career caused turnovers (133) and Single season caused turnovers (63). Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude of Chattahoochee High school and was named a National Merit Scholar in 2014. 





The men's lacrosse team will begin action this Fall on September 18th with their first day of practice culminating in the Rookie vs. Returner game on Saturday September 24th.

Berry College will also host the 2nd Annual Face-Off for a Cause Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday October 22nd where they will host Young-Harris College, Birmingham-Southern College, North Greenville University, Emmanuel College, and Georgia Tech University in a day of Lacrosse and charity at Valhalla Stadium on the campus of Berry College.