June 16, 2011

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Dominican (Calif.) Adds 15 Recruits for 2011-12

from press release

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Dominican University of California Head Coach Ned Webster has announced that 15 student-athletes will be added to the Penguins roster for the 2012 season.

Webster, in his seventh season as head coach, bolsters a deep roster that did not lose a single player to graduation and includes nine players named to the 2011 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) All-Western Team. The 2012 recruiting is certain to breed leadership for the Penguins — all 15 players served as team captains in their senior seasons.

"Top to bottom, this is our strongest recruiting class ever. They are all accomplished students-athletes, and they all come from good families with high morals," said Webster. "This class will push our returners every day in practice and create an intensity between games that we've never had before. This competition for starting spots and playing time will help lead us to bigger and better things in 2012."

Dominican finished the season strong in 2011 by handing Notre Dame de Namur University its only WILA loss with a convincing 9-3 victory in the "Battle For The Bay" at Kezar Stadium on April 30.

Brief player bios appear below along with Webster's comments.

Dylan Acevedo/Yorba Linda, CA/Mater Dei HS/Midfielder
Acevedo was a three-time member of the All-Trinity League. In his junior season, Acevedo was named to the All-Orange County first team and was the Trinity League Offensive Player of the Year. Webster: "What drew me to Dylan was his intensity and his fire. He is a competitor who really wants to win. Dylan does a lot well: he faces off, he plays smart defense, and he's dangerous at the offensive end. What is unique about Dylan is the vision and unselfishness he possesses for a midfielder."

Nick Allan/Colorado Springs, CO/Air Academy HS/Defender
The 6-foot-4 Allan was the 2011 Pike's Peak Conference Player of the Year, marking the first time that a defender has earned the honor. Additionally, he was named the 2011 All-State Second Team. He was a two-time Pike's Peak First Team member in his junior and senior campaigns. Allan has also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-State honors during his sophomore through senior seasons. Webster: "Nick has that outstanding blend of having quick feet for a large man. He can press out to the sidelines under control and not get beat. Nick has an aggressiveness and nastiness about him that make attackmen run away."

Jake Bernstein/Kirkland, WA/International Community School/Midfielder
Bernstein was invited to participate in the Adrenaline All-American Game on June 5, 2011. He earned All-State honors his sophomore, junior, and senior campaigns. Webster: "Jake is smart, fast, quick, tough, active off-ball, and he will be an excellent dodging threat for us. He will be an outstanding representative of this program on and off the field."

Patrick Butler/La Jolla, CA/La Jolla Country Day School/Midfielder
Butler was a 2011 Second Team All-Conference member after the Torrey Pines captured the 2011 Coast Conference Championship. He also served as team captain during his junior season. Webster: "Patrick is an outstanding faceoff middie who relishes the role and works very hard to perfect his craft. For a team that was below 500-percent in faceoffs the past two seasons, Patrick will help fill a much needed role."

Case Donahue/El Dorado Hills, CA/Oak Ridge HS/Midfielder
Donahue earned 2010 and 2011 Delta River League All-Conference honors. Webster: "Case really matured physically during his senior year, mainly because of his commitment to the weight room, which is a sign of good things to come for him. He may be more accomplished at the defensive end, but his shot and dodging skills have really strengthened this year."

Conor Doyle/Larkspur, CA/Redwood HS/Attack
The 6-foot-6 Doyle helped his team reach the MCAL Championships in 2011, a season that saw the Marin native named an All-MCAL selection and the program's Offensive MVP. He was also named an All-MCAL selection in 2010. As a sophomore, Doyle was part of the Giants' MCAL Championship team. Webster: "Conor is a big athlete with a powerful shot who is still developing as a dodger. With his size and athleticism, he is tough to stop when given space and could be a guy who draws double-teams and unsettles a defense for us. The great thing about Conor is that he's still growing and maturing. The weight room will really strengthen his confidence."

Dane Farguson/Coronado, CA/Coronado HS/Defense
Farguson helped Coronado capture the CIF Division II Championship. He was a 2011 Adrenaline All-American, First Team All-CIF and All-City selection. He was an All-City selection and Second Team All-CIF selection in 2010. Webster: "Dane matches up perfectly with teams' quicker attackmen and shuts them down by playing sound position defense. Once a save is made or the ball is on the ground, Dane uses his speed to create transition."

Jake Fritz/Issaquah, WA/Issaquah HS/Attack
Fritz was named to Washington's All-State First Team in his senior campaign. In 2010, he was recognized as a WHSBLA All-Star. As a sophomore, Fritz earned Second Team All-State Honors in 2009. Issaquah won the WHSBLA Division I State Championships in 2008 and 2009. Webster: "Jake is a well-rounded, steady attackman. He's smart and sneaky off-ball and he finishes extremely well, always coming to the front of the cage and willing to take a hit. "

Kiel Galvin/Austin, TX/McNeil HS/Attack
Galvin was named to the 2011 All-State First Team. He was named Team MVP in his junior and senior seasons. In 2009, the Mavericks went undefeated and earned the District Championship. Webster: "Kiel loves lacrosse as much or more than anyone in this class. With his big frame, stick skills and creativity off-ball, I can see him developing into a solid crease attackman."

Kiernan Mueller/Oakland, CA/Bishop O'Dowd HS/Midfield
Mueller was named to the 2011 All-BSAL First Team as well as the Dragons' Offensive MVP. As a junior, he earned All-BSAL Second Team honors. Webster: "Kiernan has excellent speed, a smoothness about him, and a toughness that allows him to get to the goal. He comes from a high school where he was the go-to guy, so he will develop a lot as a team player this fall."

Ian Nickel/Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS/Attack
Nickel and the Diablos captured the 2011 Division II Orange County Championship and CIF Championship. He was a Second Team All-League selection in 2010 and 2011 and was the recipient of Missions Viejo Lacrosse's Coaches Award in 2010 and 2011. Webster: "Ian is a quick, little attackman with a good stick, an accurate shot and a smart mind for the game. The weight room will really help him develop into a solid player at the next level."

Jimmy Plain/Alameda, CA/St. Mary's College High School/Attack and Midfield
Plain was named Team MVP and to the All-BSAL First Team. As a junior, he was named the Panthers' Offensive MVP and was an All-BSAL Honorable Mention. Webster: "Jimmy is one of the fastest players in this class and his split dodge is very difficult to stop. During his high school career, he was asked to do a lot which may have translated into him doing too much at times. Jimmy will benefit from being surrounded by other great players, helping him become more unselfish and smarter in unsettled situations."
Kevin Powers/Issaquah, WA/Issaquah HS/Midfield
Powers racked up the honors in his senior campaign – he was an Adrenaline All-American and an All-State First Team player. He earned All-State Second Team honors in 2010. Webster: "Kevin is a excellent addition to our program and a perfect fit for the style we want to play. He faces off well, plays tough defense, clears the ball smoothly, has a great shot on the run, and he finishes well in tight."

Brian Raaka/Orinda, CA/Miramonte HS/Midfield
Another local product, Raaka was an All-DFAL First Team member in 2010 and 2011. As a sophomore, he earned All-DFAL Second Team honors. Webster: "Brian has been described as ‘the nicest kid off the field and the meanest kid on the field,' and I love that about him. He is extremely aggressive, he throws hard checks, he causes turnovers, he sucks up groundballs, and he makes smart decisions with the ball in transition."

Mack Starnes/Round Rock,TX/McNeil HS/Midfield
Starnes earned 2011 First Team All-State honors. In 2009, the Mavericks went undefeated and earned the District Championship. He served as team captain in his junior season as well. Webster: "Coming from Texas, it makes sense that Mack is a big, strong, tough kid. Like the other midfielders in this class, Mack is versatile: he can create fastbreaks off the faceoff, and he can get up and down the field."

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