Jacksonville Inks Nine Early Signees
from press release
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The JU men's lacrosse
team is continuing to build on its successful inaugural season and
first-year roster with the announcement of its third recruiting
"We are pleased to announce our incoming class of initial signees," said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. "This is another excellent group of student leaders who will add to our depth and athleticism. With our aggressive style of play, we feel this group will enable us to take the next step to achieving a consistent top 15 program at Jacksonville University.
"This group comes from excellent high school programs and is comprised of multi-sport athletes. The competitive drive of this group will make an immediate impact next fall."
Charlie Archer, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound, defenseman from Woodberry Forest School (Va.), recently won his second state football championship and was elected a team captain for this spring. Rated a "Top 20 Senior Defensemen" by ESPN rise magazine, Archer was an all-prep award winner as a junior for Coach Brian Hemming after leading the team in takeaways last spring.
Ben Carter, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defenseman from the Salisbury School (Conn.), lead Salisbury to a WNEPS Championship last spring in one of the most challenging leagues in high school lacrosse. The Under Armor New England All-America honoree won a Vermont State Championship for South Burlington High School and recently helped Salisbury win the New England Championship in Football.
Austin Curtis, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound, defenseman from Whitesboro High School (N.Y.), earned Class B All-Central New York accolades last spring after leading the Whitesboro A. He tallied nine goals and four assists while also leading the team in ground balls and takeaways. One of the top defenders for the silver medal winning Central Empire team last summer, Curtis was also a three year starter on the basketball team.
Sam Haus, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound, midfielder from Reynolds High School (N.C.), earned Offensive MVP for his high school while receiving all-county and all-conference accolades. Haus tallied 27 goals and 25 assists while also facing off and playing both ends of the field. He recently received all-league honors as a leader of the soccer team this fall.
Brian Kensil, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound attackman from St. Anthonys High School (N.Y.), will be looked to in his senior campaign as a finisher and presence for The Friar's offense. Kensil is coming off an impressive football season this fall earning all-league honors as a receiver for the 11-0 league champions while finishing the season as the No. 1 AA team in the state. In lacrosse, The Friars finished with another Long Island Championship last spring and a 20-2 record.
Grayson Lecompte, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound defenseman from Ashley High School (N.C.), earned First Team All-North Carolina honors in the MEAC conference as a junior and a spot on the Adidas National All-America Team. Lecompte is also a starter for the football program at Ashley.
Quint Miller, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound attackman from Manheim Township High School (Penn.), is a two time first team all-section player and also earned first team all-district after tallying 176 goals and 44 assists for Manheim over his first three seasons. Miller has also earned all-state accolades for the football team.
Rob Wertz, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound midfielder from Manheim Township High School (Penn.), tallied 27 goals and 12 assists as a junior earning all-section honors. An explosive two way midfielder, Rob also tallied 21 goals and six assists as a sophomore.
Ari Waffle, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound attackman from Fayetteville Manlius High School (N.Y.), is a three-sport star at and recently finished a great career for the Division Champion football team this fall where he earned "Special Teams MVP." Last spring, Waffle led the lacrosse team in goals with 63 while tallying 18 assists for the 17-2 Hornets en route to earning first team all-section III honors. He tallied 48 goals, 12 assists while earning second team all-league honors as a sophomore. Waffle also started for the silver medal winning Central Empire Team last summer and earned a spot on the Under Armor Upstate New York team last summer.
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