After announcing nine early signees during the November signing period, head coach Mike Morgan of the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team is pleased to welcome four more future Warriors who signed national letters of intent (NLI) over the past month.
The newest Warriors will help usher in the program’s first season in the Division I era as a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC) in 2019-20. There are two attack, a midfielder and a faceoff specialist in the quartet, and altogether they represent four different states: one each from Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Wisconsin. All four of them have earned their share of state, regional and conference accolades, in addition to helping their teams reach high levels of success, as well.
Height/Weight: 5-10 // 175
Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wis.
High School: Sun Prairie
Club Team: Amplify Lacrosse / Milwaukee
Major: Mechanical Engineering
About Caron: Four-year letterwinner and four-year starter at Sun Prairie High School … Has served as a captain three times … Three-time all-conference selection, including twice being named to All-Big 8 First Team … Named the conference’s Co-Player of the Year as a junior … Finished career with 208 points (125g, 83a) … Named the team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman … Born May 7, 2000 … Son of Becky and Steve … Brother to Josh … Plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.
Morgan on Caron: “Andrew has a slick stick, good vision and is a good shooter from the outside. He plays with a high-level of IQ and he’s very savvy. He has a quick first step and is solid on the run as a feeder and also as a shooter.”
JOEY FORD III
Height/Weight: 5-11 // 190
Hometown: East Longmeadow, Mass.
High School: Williston Northampton School
Club Team: 3D New England
About Ford: Four-year letterwinner and starter at Williston Northampton School … Two-time first team all-conference selection … Plays for 3D New England club team and Junior Black Wolves Box Lacrosse … Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip camp attendee … Brine National camp attendee … One-time all-conference honorable mention honoree … Serving as team captain in 2019 … Born Feb. 22, 2001 … Son of Lori and Joe … Brother to Allie … Plans to major in Business.
Morgan on Ford: “Joey is a skilled scorer who can do so off the dodge, as well as from the inside. He has a heavy shot and also really smooth hands inside. He has good size and uses it well in his game.”
Height/Weight: 6-1 // 190
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Club Team: Florida Crabs
About Gauch: Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida … Plays on Florida Crabs club team … Born June 1, 2001 … Son of Elsa and David … Brother to David.
Morgan on Gauch: “Lucas is a top-level athlete with a great first step. He has the ability to get to both hands and is really good shooter on the run. He also has a big presence between the lines with his size and speed.”
Height/Weight: 5-7 // 205
Hometown: Clifton, N.J.
High School: Bergen Catholic
Club Team: Blue Star
About Hicks: Four-year letterwinner at Bergen Catholic … 2018 Team Jamaica National Team member and participant at the 2018 FIL World Championships … Three-time Face-Off Academy Nationals invitee (2016, 2017, 2018) … Selected to the Jamaican National Men’s Team in 2017 … Twice played in the I-95 Cup representing Team New Jersey … Played for the Team Jamaica Box Lacrosse team in 2016 … LASNAI 2016 MVP … Named Brett Manney’s 13 Best Faceoff Specialists … Named a 2015 Gil Gibbs All-Star … Born Aug. 16, 2001 … Son of Najlah and Michael … Plans to major in Engineering.
Morgan on Hicks: “Michael has a great combination of solid technique, physicality and skilled ability off the ground. He has really elevated his game in the last year and had a real nice showing at the FIL World Lacrosse Championship.”