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The Growth of DII & DIII Opportunities

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 Teams/Conferences    63 teams/9 conferences

Division II Lacross e Teams/Conferences   50 teams/6 conferences

Division III Lacrosse Teams/Conferences 209 teams/23 conferences

DIII Ursinus College Bears: Mark Stratton

Township's Stratton Making his "Mark!"

May 11, 2012

Stratton named second-team All-Centennial in MLax


LANCASTER, Pa. – Ursinus College men's lacrosse freshman attack  Mark Stratton (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) was named second-team All-Centennial on Thursday morning by the conference office.

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.

Mark finished his freshman year with Ursinus starting in 13 of 15 game appearances, tallying 25 goals, 17 assists (42 points) leading Ursinus in scoring.

DIII Ursinus College Bears: Jacob Weber

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!

DII Florida Tech University Panthers: Ryan Bailey


Hempfield's Ryan Bailey, Attack, earns Florida Tech University Athlete of the Week
Ryan Bailey had a day to remember in Florida Tech's first-ever win Saturday scoring 4 goals and 4 assists. Photo by Amanda Stratford.

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s Lacrosse) – Florida Tech won its first game in the program’s inaugural season Saturday afternoon, defeating Shorter 15-13 in its regular-season home finale at Hustler Stadium.

The Panthers had to stage off a persistent Shorter offense, which came within one goal of tying the game in the final seven minutes. However, with 1:28 to play,  Christian Isola  found  Ryan Bailey  to give FIT a two-goal lead. Bailey finished the game with four goals and four assists for eight points. 

“Ryan has been working really hard to develop his shot. Last year, he was second in the country with 88 assists. He was never really called on to score goals. We’ve asked him to be a double threat. He and I have worked after practice for hours trying to get him to become a better shooter. He just exploded today. He had the hot hand and got it done.”
Ryan started all 14 games with the Panthers during his freshman year, and ended the season second in scoring with 13 goals and 11 assists (24 points).

DII Chestnut Hill College Griffins: Thomas Pontius

Warwick's Thomas Pontius made five game appearances for the Chestnut Hill College team during his freshman year.

Hempfield's Michael Ondrusek: Bucknell University

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.

Congratulations Michael!

DI Jacksonville University Dolphins: Rob Wertz

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.

DI Bucknell University Bisons: Alex Bradbury

Manheim Township's Alex Bradbury, Midfield, ended his freshman campaign with Bucknell University with 2 appearances in 16 games.   

DI Jackonville University Dolphins: Quint Miller


Manheim Township's Quint Miller selected for National Award and the Metro Conference's Rookie of the Week Award
JU freshman Quint Miller, who earlier this week won a league-wide award for his play, now has made his way to the national stage.

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.

Earlier this week he was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.
Miller is the second Dolphin to win the national Cascade award this season as freshman, Ari Waffle won earlier this season.
Quint played in 12 games, started in one game, and ended his freshman year with 11 points (9 goals, 2 assists).

DIII Lycoming College Warriors: Josh Beals

Hempfield's Josh Beals, Defense, played in 6 games, and has made two starts in his freshman campaign with Lycoming College.

DIII Frostburg State University Bobcats: Spencer Barnett

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).

DIII Gwynedd Mercy College Griffins: John Black

Hempfield's John Black, Goalie, started one game, and made six appearances in games during his freshman year with Gwynedd Mercy College.

DIII Elizabethtown College Blue Jays: Colin Corcoran

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).

DIII Gwynedd Mercy College Griffins: Alex Phillipi

Holy Name's Alex Phillipi, LSM, played in 6 games with the Griffins of Gwynedd Mercy this past season during his freshman year.

DI Hobart College Statesmen: Brendan Kessler

Red Lion's Brendan Kessler, Midfield, played in 10 games as a freshman, making 6 starts, and recording 2 goals in the 2012 season.

Blue Mtn: Division I Recruits-Players

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
CJ Bosch 2012 Hempfield UMBC
Alex Bradbury 2011 Manheim Township Bucknell
Brendan Kessler 2011 Red Lion Hobart
Michael Ondrusek 2011 Hempfield Bucknell
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
Sean Sheehe 2008 Hempfield Towson
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
Lance Diamond 2006 LCDS UMBC
Jordan Kolb 2005 Hempfield Penn State
Scott Wengrenovich 2005 Hempfield Penn State

"Dream Until Your Dream Comes True"

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. 

DIII Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins: Zach Campbell

Penn Manor's Zach Campbell, Defense, made one appearance in 17 games with the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins in his freshman year.

St. Joseph's of Maine College Monks: Ethan Rettew

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.

DIII Goucher College Gophers: David Waligurski

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). 

DIII LaRoche College RedHawks: Blaine Schaffner

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.