Success at finding a college home in DII lacrosse is not new. The fact is that DII and DIII Lacrosse is growing leaps and bounds and Division II will eventually eclipse DI opportunties; Division III opportunities already far exceeds DI opportunities. NCAA DII currently has 50 teams, and will expand to 56 teams in 2014.
Former Blue Mtn and current Division II players include: Dakota Maurer, Chestnut Hill; Chris Manly, Lake Erie; Michael Rivera, Seton Hill; Matt Curcio, Lake Erie; Michael Landau, Chestnut Hill; Ryan Bailey, Florida Tech; Alex Frederick, Chestnut Hill; Alex Cummins, Florida Tech; Chris Schaeffer, Chestnut Hill; Jake Watson, Florida Tech; Thomas Pontius, Chestnut Hill; Nick Brown, Florida Tech. These gentlemen have hit the field running, and playing with lots of game time . Simply, all of them are very good lacrosse players!
You should recognize the incredible choices out there for young men, and understand that a great education and athletic opportunity isn't found in just Division I of college lacrosse. DII and DIII are much like DI, each Division has it's top tiered teams, along with teams battling to get into the top tier.
DII and DIII are fantastic opportunties that offer academic grants (DII & DIII), athletic grants (DII), and gaining academic opportunity and field time at a much faster rate. It still takes your desire, determination and dedication, no matter what level you play at!
Links to 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Teams and Conferences:
Division I Lacrosse
Division II Lacross
Division III Lacrosse
Township's Stratton Making his "Mark!"
LANCASTER, Pa. – Ursinus College men's lacrosse freshman attack
Stratton, the lone freshman to be named to the first or second team, had an outstanding first year for the Bears. He led the team with 25 goals, was tied fot he lead in assists with 17 and was the team leader in points with 42.
He also had 29 ground balls and scored five man-up goals.
He scored a season-high five goals in his first collegiate game on February 29, a 14-8 win over Widener.
Manheim Township's Jake Weber's freshman campaign included 12 apearances in 15 games, scoring 11 goals and adding 7 assists (18 points).
Great job Jake!
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
Warwick's Thomas Pontius made five game appearances for the Chestnut Hill College team during his freshman year.
Michael's 85 points in 2010 led Hempfield's potent offense to a LL League and District III Championship.
Hempfield's four year starting attackman and Blue Mountain Lacrosse's, Michael Ondrusek, attends Bucknell University. Michael's outstanding academic record over his four years of high school and his excellent lacrosse ability have given him a great opportunity at Bucknell University.
Michael teamed with an great group of attackman at the PA Keystone Games and had a fantastic Keystone Games effort, helping his Blue Mtn team to the 2010 Gold medal.
Hempfield Captain Michael Ondrusek led his team with 140 points, 111 goals and 29 assists. Michael was also named All-League, All District III and earned Central PA HS All American in both 2010 and 2011.
Manheim Township's Rob Wertz played in 13 games, had two game starts, and finished with 9 points (9 goals) this season with the Jacksonville Dolphins. Rob also played with the 2010 Blue Mountain team that won the PA Keystone Games Gold Medal.
Manheim Township's Alex Bradbury, Midfield, ended his freshman campaign with Bucknell University with 2 appearances in 16 games.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
Miller, from Lancaster, Pa., was named the Cascade Rookie of the Week after scoring three goals and having an assist in a 12-5 win over Manhattan.
Miller, 6-0, 205, also recorded two ground balls in the win and has 11 points this season on nine goals and two assists along with six ground balls and a caused turnover.
Hempfield's Josh Beals, Defense, played in 6 games, and has made two starts in his freshman campaign with Lycoming College.
Penn Manor's Spencer Barnett made appearances in 13 games with Frostburg State University in his freshman year, making 2 starts, and finishing with 2 goals, and 1 assist (3 points).
Hempfield's John Black, Goalie, started one game, and made six appearances in games during his freshman year with Gwynedd Mercy College.
Cape Henry Collegiate's Colin Corcoran, Attack, played in 7 games during his freshman season with the Blue Jays, scoring three goals and recording 2 assists (5 points).
Holy Name's Alex Phillipi, LSM, played in 6 games with the Griffins of Gwynedd Mercy this past season during his freshman year.
Red Lion's Brendan Kessler, Midfield, played in 10 games as a freshman, making 6 starts, and recording 2 goals in the 2012 season.
|Name||Grad||HS Play||College Play|
|Griffin Schultz||2015||Manheim Township||Army|
|Nolan Sachs||2015||Manheim Township||Towson|
|Max Haldeman||2014||Central York||UMBC|
|Ryan Morgan||2013||Manheim Township||Army|
|Chase Miller||2012||Manheim Township||Jacksonville|
|Alex Bradbury||2011||Manheim Township||Bucknell|
|Brendan Kessler||2011||Red Lion||Hobart|
|Quint Miller||2011||Manheim Township||Jacksonville|
|Robby Wertz||2011||Manheim Township||Jacksonville|
|Austin Schultz||2010||Manheim Township||Bucknell; presently Army|
|Corey Elmer||2010||Conrad Weiser||Robert Morris, Cabrini|
|Pete Deluca||2010||Penn Manor||Jacksonville|
|Dan Wertz||2009||Manheim Township||Ohio State|
|Austin Kline||2008||Hempfield||St. Joseph|
|Chris Zielinski||2008||Manheim Township||Colgate|
|Ian Lewis||2008||Warwick||Robert Morris|
|David Stock||2007||Manheim Township||Essex CC: NJCAA National Champions, UMBC|
|Brett Moore||2007||Hempfield||Bellamine, Ursinus|
|Kyle Wimer||2006||Hempfield||UMBC, Captain, All American, Chesapeake Bayhawks|
|Tim Stratton||2006||Manheim Township||Towson, Captain|
|Matt Mersky||2006||LCDS||Lafayette, Captain|
|John Dubois||2006||Manheim Township||Towson, York|
|Jordan Kolb||2005||Hempfield||Penn State|
|Scott Wengrenovich||2005||Hempfield||Penn State|
Blue Mtn Coach and Colgate's Chris Zielinski using his speed to sink a Navy defender!
- Dream On Aerosmith
Although one of the missions of Blue Mountain Lacrosse is to provide an avenue for student-athletes to play lacrosse in college, it's really about giving the student-athlete more opportunities to make the decision that is right for that specific person.
For example, in the past we have had players like Ryan and Rob Stauffer , attackman, from Hempfield who were recruited by PSU, Maryland, NYIT and more, and just chose to go to Temple University because their dream is to someday open a Architectual firm of their own. We have many of those kind of stories with Blue Mtn .
The best single way to find opportunity knocking at the door is to work in the classroom . You might have game on the field, however, if you are lacking game in the classroom, you narrow your opportunities.
Chris Zielinski (Colgate and Manheim Township) who is pictured here against Navy was just learning the game during his 9th, 10th and 11th grade year. In the summer of his 11th grade year and throughout his senior season in high school, he became the 'gem' of a player that college coaches just salivate over. His speed and agility combined with his honed skills make him impossible to cover with just one defender, and that spells disaster for other teams.
Penn Manor's Zach Campbell, Defense, made one appearance in 17 games with the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins in his freshman year.
Conestoga Valley's Ethan Rettew played in 8 games with the Monks during his freshman year, making 29 saves, allowing 31 goals for a 48.3% save percentage.
Holy Name's David Waligurski, Midfield, played in 17 games as a freshman for the Goucher College Gophers, who won the 2012 Landmark Conference title, and earned a bid in the 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament.
David finished his fresman year regular season with 2 goals and 3 assists (5 points).
Warwick's Blaine Schaffner played in 17 games during his freshman year, starting in 8 of those games. Blaine played both attack and defensive midfield at times, and scored 4 goals and assisted 8 times for 12 points on the season.