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Lacrosse Recruiting Class

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Albany announced their full recruiting class. Heavy on defense with speed.




Albany, N.Y. -- University at Albany men's lacrosse coach Scott Marr announced on Thursday, Aug. 19 that 11 student-athletes have made commitments to play for the Great Danes in 2004-05. The UAlbany program captured the America East Conference championship and earned an NCAA Division I Tournament berth for the second consecutive season last year.


"This is an outstanding group with four high school All-Americans in the class," said Marr, whose program has posted consecutive 10-6 campaigns. "It's an athletic group with good speed and running ability. We've added depth in the midfield and size and athleticism on defense."


Craig McDonald and Garrett Pedley should make the Great Danes' defensive unit even stronger. McDonald (6-0, 200) and Pedley (6-2, 200) each earned high school All-America honors by U.S. Lacrosse. McDonald played in the National High School Senior Showcase, while Pedley, a three-time all-state selection, led his team to New Hampshire's Division II state championship.


Derek Dale, an honorable mention scholastic All-America attackman, was twice named to the All-Suffolk County team on Long Island. Dale accounted for 33 goals and 48 assists as a senior. Steve Ammann, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete, was picked to the U.S. Lacrosse All-America squad as a midfielder. He totaled 68 goals and 26 assists last spring. His brother, Mike Ammann, was the more prolific scorer with 70 goals and 31 assists as a Section I all-star. Both were members of The Journal's All-Westchester/Putnam first team, and led Putnam Valley, the No. 7 team in the Class C state rankings, to a 17-4 record.


Defenseman Mark Phelan and midfielders Jordan Levine and Tyler Endres join the All-Americans in the class. Phelan was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Metro second team, and earned first-team All-Anne Arundel County recognition. Levine, a two-time All-Nassau County selection, led Bethpage to a 16-2 record as one of the state's top Class B squads. Endres made the Section V Senior All-Star Game. Ernie Fusco, one of two recruits from the state of New Jersey, was voted All-Middlesex County as an attackman three times during his high school career.




2004 University at Albany Men's Lacrosse Newcomers


Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown (High School)


Steve Ammann, Mid., 6-2, 200, Putnam Valley, N.Y. (Putnam Valley)


Mike Ammann, Mid., 6-2, 200, Putnam Valley, N.Y. (Putnam Valley)


A.J. Babnik, Glk., 5-10, 185, Putnam Valley, N.Y. (Putnam Valley)


Derek Dale, Att., 5-11, 160, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (Sachem)


Tyler Endres, Mid., 6-1, 175, Brockport, N.Y. (Hilton Central)


Ernie Fusco, Att., 5-11, 210, East Brunswick, N.J. (East Brunswick)


Jordan Levine, Mid., 5-7, 165, Plainview, N.Y. (Bethpage)


Craig McDonald, Def., 6-0, 200, Geneva, N.Y. (Geneva)


Garrett Pedley, Def., 6-2, 200, Bow, N.H. (Bow)


Mark Phelan, Def., 5-11, 175, Arnold, Md. (Broadneck)


Greg Shondel, Def., 6-2, 230, Kinnelon, N.J. (Kinnelon)

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