Detroit Mercy Inks Eight to NLIs
from press release
DETROIT – The University of Detroit Mercy head men's lacrosse coach Matt Holtz has announced the signings of eight student-athletes as Brandon Beauregard (Clarkston, MI/Notre Dame Prep), Damie Danseglio (Sayville, NY/Connetquot), Joe Gifford (Rochester Hills, MI/Notre Dame Prep), Tyler Harper (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin), Chris Kelly (Valrico, FL/Saint Andrews School), Chris Mandell (Sterling Heights, MI/De La Salle), Tyler Schroer (Lakewood Ranch, FL/ Lakewood Ranch) and Chris Shevins (Merrick, NY/Mepham) have decided to continue their academic and athletic careers for the Titans.
All eight will enter the University as freshmen next fall.
Brandon Beauregard * A * 5-9 * 150 * Clarkston, MI * Notre Dame Prep
Beauregard enters his senior season having already earned back-to-back All-State honors, including first team accolades as a junior. He is coming off a 100-point season with 65 goals and 44 assists as a junior after posting 54 goals and 22 assists as a sophomore. He is also a two-time All-Catholic and All-Oakland County honoree as well as an All-Region selection. He teamed with fellow signee Joe Gifford to lead the Fighting Irish to three straight Catholic League championships and a regional title and state semifinals appearance in 2010.
Coach Holtz on Beauregard - "A savvy player who plays tougher
than his small frame. He has a knack for scoring and plays well in
Damie Danseglio * G * 5-9 * 170 * Sayville, NY * Connetquot
Danseglio has earned two varsity letters as he gets ready to play his senior season. He was tabbed MVP of his team in 2008, took home the Player's Player Award in 2009 and the Sportsmanship Award this past season. He has played great on the club lacrosse scene where he was a team captain leading the Long Island Stampede to a championship in the Tri State Lax tournament. He also posted 26 saves in a game while helping the squad to a semifinals appearance at the Lehigh Lax Fest tournament.
Coach Holtz on Danseglio - "Damie is a very smart player. He is
an aggressive ball stopper who plays with poise."
Joe Gifford * D * 6-0 * 200 * Rochester Hills, MI * Notre Dame Prep
Another local area product from Notre Dame Prep, Gifford was selected second team All-State as well as All-Catholic and All-League as a junior after his stellar play on defense. With Titan signee Brandon Beauregard on the offensive side of the ball, Gifford led a Fighting Irish defense that won three straight Catholic League B Division titles and a regional championship in 2010.
Coach Holtz on Gifford - "Joe is a physically imposing defender
who plays strong and athletic and has a very high lacrosse
Tyler Harper * M * 5-7 * 150 * Baldwin, NY * Baldwin
Harper will join former high school teammate and current UDM freshman Troy Dennis on the team once he arrives. Harper has notched 28 goals and 24 assists in two years on the Baldwin varsity lacrosse team and helped the Bruins to a Long Island Class A County Championship in 2008. He played club lacrosse for six years with the Long Island Express Orange and was part of the team's King of the Hill and Jersey Shoot Out championships. He was also selected to the All-Star team at the Blue Chip lacrosse camp in 2009.
Coach Holtz on Harper - "Tyler is a great two-sport athlete
playing football and lacrosse. He will help us not only at the
faceoff X, but he also has the ability to contribute on offense and
Chris Kelly * G * 6-3 * 215 * Valrico, FL * Saint Andrews School
Kelly has already earned three varsity letters as a goalie. He started his prep career at Jesuit High School in Tampa, but has made his mark at Saint Andrews where he led the school to a state championship as well as a national ranking in 2010. Kelly, a prep teammate of Titan freshman Alex Wilson, totaled a 58.1 saves percentage earning All-League and second team All-District honors, and was a WFLL All-Star team honorable mention. He is coming off a summer in which he was selected Goalie of the Session at the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip camp.
Coach Holtz on Kelly - "Chris comes from one of the top programs
in the country. He is solid in every part of his game."
Chris Mandell * M * 5-10 * 150 * Sterling Heights, MI * De La Salle
A three-year letterwinner, Mandell earned second team All-State honors as a junior. In his career, Mandell has scored 52 goals and has tallied 28 assists. He played club lacrosse with team 1763.
Coach Holtz on Mandell - "Chris is a smart player who works
extremely hard and makes very few mistakes."
Chris Shevins * D * 6-1 * 205 * Merrick, NY * Mepham
A fierce defenseman, Shevins is a three-year starter for the Pirates. He has earned back-to-back All-Conference and Academic All-Conference accolades and was also awarded the Coaches Award as a junior. A team captain in 2010, Shevins picked up 135 ground balls and forced 33 turnovers while adding two goals and three assists.
Coach Holtz on Shevins - "Chris is a physical defender who can have an immediate impact for us. He plays very hard and very smart".
Tyler Schroer * A * 5-11 * 185 * Lakewood Ranch, FL * Lakewood
Ranch (pictured above)
The Titans second recruit out of the Sunshine State in this class, Schroer is already his school's all-time leading scorer, entering his senior season with 229 career points in just 45 games. He was tabbed Sunshine State Lacrosse League Player of the Year and the Attackman of the Year as a junior after posting 95 points on 64 goals and 31 assists. A three-time All-League honoree, he also picked up 32 ground balls leading his team to a league title and a No. 3 ranking in the state of Florida.
Coach Holtz on Schroer - "Tyler is a strong lefty who plays with almost a Canadian style, despite being from Florida. He will fit in well as a finisher on the offensive end of the field."
Detroit will begin its third year as a Division I program in 2011 with the Titans taking major strides this past season including posting their first three wins, two in conference play. The official 2011 schedule will be announced in the near future. .
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