Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes 13 During Early Signing Period

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team and head coach Mike Morgan have announced the addition of 13 future Warriors from the early signing period. All players have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) and are set to join the team next fall.

The baker’s dozen are set to join the Warriors for the program’s second season in NCAA Division I after Merrimack debuts at that level in the coming months. Among the group, Morgan and his coaching staff helped sign a well-balanced group that includes four attackers, four defenders, two midfielders, a pair of face-off men and a goalie. The class also spans nine different states and two countries. The group includes five from New England, two from Wisconsin, two from Virginia, two from New Jersey, one from New York and one from California.

“Our staff is very pleased with the student-athletes who have committed to our program and our future success at the Division I level,” said Morgan. “They are a very talented, hardworking group that fit our program, and they are also very high-level students. As our program continues to be more and more visible, it has helped us continue recruiting in New England, but also across the country, which you can see in this class. Overall, we’re excited once again with how the early signing period turned out for us, and we look forward to welcoming these 13 future Warriors.”

Casey Barnes
Position: Defense
Hometown: Clayton, Calif.
High School: Clayton Valley Charter

About Casey: Was named First Team All-League in the Diablo Athletic League during his junior campaign. Barnes was a key to the Eagles’ perfect 7-0 mark in the league with his 47 caused turnovers and 68 ground balls.

Morgan on Barnes: “Casey is a long and rangy defenseman with good feet. He has a variety of take away checks and has a good stick in transition.  He will be very active on the gloves and covers space defensively.”

Jon Bradbury
Position: Attack
Hometown: New Rochelle, N.Y.
High School: Phillips Exeter

About Jon: Had 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points during his junior year at Iona Prep in New York. Was named to the Team USA U-17 Indoor Lacrosse squad. Also played for Team Israel in 2017.

Morgan on Bradbury: “Jon has a nice combination of slick dodger, great hands inside and high IQ. He can create for himself or play a role in a team offense just as well. He has an all-around skill set.”

Kaden Brunson
Position: Midfield
Hometown: Marshall, Wisc.
High School: Sun Prairie

About Kaden: Has enjoyed a decorated high school career that includes an All-American, All-State and All-Conference honor. Racked up 89 points by way of 43 goals and 46 assists during his junior year with the Cardinals.

Morgan on Brunson: “Kaden is a slippery dodger with very good hands. He has quick feet and gains separation on his dodge. Kaden has a shot that gets on you quick and also can be an asset off ball as well.”

Evan Hayek
Position: Defense
Hometown: New Market, Md.
High School: Oakdale

About Evan: Was a member of the first ever Team USA U17 National Development team. Named an Inside Lacrosse Invitational All-Star and is a captain on the Bears.

Morgan on Hayek: “Evan has good feet and plays a physically strong game. He is very good in space against his dodger and has a good off ball game as well. He brings an aggressive style of lacrosse defensively.”

Keegan Hughes
Position: Attack
Hometown: North Andover, Mass.
High School: North Andover

About Keegan: The local product is a two-time First Team Merrimack Valley Conference selection. Was also named to the MVC All-Conference Second Team his freshman season. Was on a pair of MVC championship teams with the Scarlet Knights.

Morgan on Hughes: “Keegan has a high level IQ and brings a shooter’s mentality to his game. He can see the field as well as finish inside with soft hands. He can create his own shot and play off others.”

Joey Jorgenson
Position: Defense
Hometown: Vienna, Va.
High School: James Madison

About Joey: Helped the Warhawks to their first state title in boys lacrosse. During his junior campaign, started 21 games and had 48 ground balls and caused 32 turnovers with four assists. Earned First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region honors.

Morgan on Jorgenson: “Joey is a big athlete who has the ability to cover tight to the net or on the perimeter. He has a great command on the field and can push the ball with his athleticism in transition.”

Nolan Kenney
Position: Defense
Hometown: Vaughn, Ontario
High School: Hill Academy

About Nolan: Won a pair of gold medals with the Team Ontario Field team and a silver medal as well for the 2016-17 campaign. With the Team Ontario Box team, won a silver medal during the 2017-18 season. Was named a captain of the Hill Academy U16 team.

Morgan on Kenney: “Nolan is a big, tough, physical defenseman who can cover. He has had a very successful box as well as field career and has won at every level. He brings a great combination of skill and grit.”

Matthew Lucozzi
Position: Face-off
Hometown: Billerica, Mass.
High School: Innovation Academy Charter

About Matthew: Has amassed career numbers of 127 goals, 67 assists and 458 ground balls. Also has compiled an impressive 79% win percentage on face offs with the Hawks.

Morgan on Lucozzi: “Matthew has a nice combination of quick hands, a hard clamp and the ability to scrap for the ball. He can grind out a tough face-off as well as beat you off the whistle.”

Cooper Mehlhorn
Position: Attack
Hometown: South Portland, Maine
High School: South Portland/Trinity Pawling

About Cooper: One of the top recruits in the state of Maine, Mehlhorn has earned a pair of US Lacrosse All-American honors. Also named to the All-State team a pair of times and the SMAA All-Conference team three times. Holds the school record with 184 career goals and 308 career points for the Red Riots.

Morgan on Mehlhorn: “Cooper is one of the quickest dodgers we have seen the past few summers. He can turn the corner on a variety of dodges. He is also tough as a shooter from the outside and can finish around the net.”

Anthony Postiglione
Position: Midfield
Hometown: Lincoln Park, New Jersey
High School: Boonton

About Anthony: Earned First-Team All-Conference honors his junior season and was also named the Player of the Year in the NJILL. Was also tabbed a Second Team All-State selection. Had 11 goals, nine assists and 115 ground balls in 2019.

Morgan on Postiglione: “Anthony was at the higher end of athleticism and skill compared to other long stick midfielders we saw this summer. He is very tough on ball and is very dangerous in transition as well.”

Karl Sutter
Position: Face-off
Hometown: Verona, Wisc.
High School: Verona

About Karl: Netted three goals his junior season and also had five assists. Also was strong at the face off X with a .634 win percentage.

Morgan on Sutter: “Karl has very quick hands and is a very good athlete for his position. He can win in a variety of ways, has good escape ability on face-offs and he can push the ball in transition as well.”

Henry Vogt
Position: Goalie
Hometown: Exeter, N.H.
High School: Exeter

About Henry: Had an impressive junior campaign that ended with a New Hampshire US Lacrosse All-American honor. Was also tabbed the Division I Defensive Player of the Year in New Hampshire.

Morgan on Vogt: “Henry was one of the best 2020 goalies we saw last summer. He is very explosive in net with quick hands. For a young goalie, he has good control of the defense.”

Andrew Williams
Position: Midfield
Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
High School: St. Peter’s Prep

About Andrew: Had a junior campaign that included 24 goals and 12 assists for 36 points with the Marauders. Also picked up nine ground balls.

Morgan on Williams: “Andrew has an all-around polished game in regards to his style. He can finish inside, dodge well and shoot accurately from the outside and has a very solid IQ.”

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