Dec. 10, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell men's lacrosse team graduated a handful of key players from last year's 9-7 squad, including leading scorer and Third Team All-American Billy Eisenreich, but head coach Frank Fedorjaka is very excited about a group of 13 newcomers that should help compensate for the loss of that skilled senior class. The rookie crop includes 12 freshman and one sophomore transfer, and the class includes top talent at every field position from attack back to close defense.
"This class is full of impact players," said Fedorjaka, whose squad is ranked No. 18 nationally in the preseason by Face-Off Magazine. "We expect four midfielders to contribute immediately. Brock Ghelfi could be the fastest and quickest player on the team with a terrific burst. Kyle Shanahan is a well-rounded player that can shoot it from anywhere and has a significant physical presence. Thomas Flibotte is one of the strongest players on the team and has the hardest shot on the team. Eric Monfort is going to make an immediate impact on face-offs and brings tremendous athleticism to the table.
"On defense we expect Alex Spring to be our LSM. He has exceptional stick skills for a pole and has the ability to pick off passes. He has adapted very well to our complicated defensive scheme and gets better each week.
"On attack Sean Doyle has moved into a starting position for us and will be our top ball carrying attackman. He has terrific vision and sneaky quickness. We are expecting big things from Sean this spring."
Fedorjaka's teams have frequently received big contributions from first-year players. Last year midfielder David Dickson
earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors and led all Division I freshmen in assists with 26. Others such as Kyle Feeney
, Peter Burke
, John Scally
, Jason Neithamer
, Charlie Streep
, Mike Danylyshyn
, Tim Brandau
, Austin Winter
, Billy Haire
and Joe Mele
have excelled as rookies under Fedorjaka.
Here is a closer look at Bucknell's 2013 newcomers:
Bret Brachman-Goldstein (Maplewood, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) - Defenseman
Born Oct. 20, 1993 in Summit, N.J. ... son of Dina Bachman and Neil Goldstein ... has a sister, Lara ... father played college lacrosse at CCNY ... mother played lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall ... uncle, Erik Brachman, played football and lacrosse at Lehigh ... four-year letterman at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City ... as a senior earned First Team All-Waterman Conference and Second Team All-State honors ... also a Star-Ledger Third Team All-North Jersey selection ... earned his school's Scholar-Athlete Award ... also a First Team All-Conference pick in 2010 ... in 2011 named to All-Essex County Team at the Garden State Games ... picked up 198 ground balls in four years, including 60 as a senior.
Sean Doyle (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) - Attack
No. 85 on Inside Lacrosse's list of Top 100 Incoming Freshmen ... Born June 15, 1995 in Huntington, N.Y. ... son of Sean and Pamela Doyle ... has four siblings: Alicia, Emily, Maggie and William ... grandfather, Michael Doyle, was an AAU national champion swimmer at Seton Hall ... cousin of Delaware lacrosse player Jack Wallice ... lettered four times in lacrosse and golf and three times in ice hockey at Cold Spring Harbor High School ... 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-American ... three-time all-conference and academic all-conference selection ... four-year varsity starter ... 2012 all-county selection ... team captain as a senior ... recorded 179 career points ... helped lead team to two Nassau County titles ... all-county selection and team captain in hockey ... part of Long Island championship golf team.
Marcus Dunlap (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) - F/O Midfielder
Born Dec. 17, 1993 in Ponte Vedra Beach ... parents are David and Holly Dunlap ... has one sister, Causey ... father played football at East Tennessee State ... has uncles who played college football at Dertmouth, Washington & Lee and Vanderbilt ... played lacrosse for two seasons at The Bolles School and then for two seasons at Ponte Vedra Beach High School ... all-district and All-North Florida selection ... Lacrosse Magazine South Region Player of the Week ... team captain ... as a senior won 59 percent of his faceoffs and also had 20 goals and 91 ground balls ... as a junior won 60 percent of draws, scored 21 goals and picked up 70 GBs ... as a senior went 15-19 on faceoffs and had nine ground balls in the district final ... went 12-14 on FOs in state regional final ... majoring in math with a minor in Chinese ... speaks Chinese ... member of ROTC at Bucknell.
Shane Fee (White Plains, N.Y./Iona Prep) -- Attack
Born Feb. 26, 1994 in White Plains ... son of Brian and Lisa Fee ... Brian played football at Hobart, where he was a teammate of Bison coach Frank Fedorjaka ... has three younger siblings: Kelsey (16), Makayla (13) and Trey (7) ... three-year varsity starter at Iona Prep ... as a senior was elected team captain and earned All-America and First Team All-League honors ... earned a spot in the US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase ... helped lead team to 2012 NYCHSAA Class AA Downstate championship, scoring five goals and three assists in the championship game victory over Kellenberg ... team captured 2010 AA state title ... also named First Team All-League as a junior and Second Team All-League as a sophomore ... finished career with 100 goals and 63 assists ... had 47 goals, 48 assists as a senior; 36 goals, 11 assists as a junior; 17 goals, 4 assists as a sophomore.
Thomas Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass./Deerfield Academy) - Midfielder
Born Nov. 11, 1992 in Boston ... son of Mark and Lucia Flibotte ... has four siblings: Marcella, Isabella, Gabriella and Mark ... brother Mark was an All-America lacrosse player at Bowdoin ... sister Gabriella is a senior midfielder on the Northwestern women's lacrosse team and has been a part of two national championship teams ... graduated from Cohasset High School in 2011 and from Deerfield Academy in 2012 ... at Cohasset lettered four times in lacrosse and wrestling and three times in football ... played football and lacrosse at Deerfield ... two-time US Lacrosse All-American ... named Division 3 Player of Year ... three-time all-league and two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic ... scored 285 points in four years at Cohasset ... won a state championship in wrestling and rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight games in football as a senior.
Brock Ghelfi (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Brophy Prep) -- Midfielder
Born Sept. 1, 1993 in Phoenix, Ariz. ... parents are Brent and Lisa Ghelfi ... has a younger brother, Jake, who will be a high school junior next year ... cousin, Ryan Ghelfi, helped Southern Oregon win the 2010 NAIA cross country national championship ... Brock lettered three times in lacrosse, four times in cross country and once in track and field at Brophy Prep in Phoenix ... in lacrosse became Brophy's all-time leading scorer with 157 points (97 goals, 60 assists) in league play ... also holds Brophy's career ground balls record with 248 ... set single-game school mark with seven assists ... 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-American ... selected for the US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase ... 2012 Adrenaline All-American ... 2012 Arizona Offensive Player of the Year ... three-time First Team All-State ... named 2011 Arizona Player of the Year by WestSideLax ... team captain and team MVP as a senior ... part of state championship squads in 2010 and 2012 ... in 2010 was named MVP of the state championship game ... two-time All-State selection in cross country (first team in 2009, second team in 2008) ... XC team MVP as a senior and Most Inspirational as a junior ... runner-up at regional meet in 2008 ... in track was runner-up in the 800 meters at regionals in 2009.
Zach Henkhaus (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) - Midfielder
Born June 1, 1994 in Torrance, Calif. ... parents are Ken and Lou Henkhaus ... has one brother, Peter ... earned four letters in lacrosse and three in football at Palos Verdes High School ... two-year team captain in lacrosse ... 2011 Under Armour All-American ... three-time First Team All-Bay League ... in football was a two-time All-Bay League defensive back, including First Team in 2011 ... Second Team All-Area pick ... 2010 and 2011 Special Teams Player of Year ... as a senior averaged 28.3 yards per punt return and scored three TDs.
Michael John (Baltimore, Md./Friends School/Amherst College) - LS Midfielder
Born Nov. 3, 1992 in Baltimore ... son of Andy and Amy John ... has a sister, Katy ... father was a two-time All-American at Denison and is a member of that school's Hall of Fame ... was one of two freshmen to play in every game last season at Amherst ... attended Friends School of Baltimore and competed in lacrosse, football, soccer, basketball and cross country during his four years ... three-year lax letterman ... captained the team as a senior ... All-MIAA B Conference selection ... team's top point-scorer among defensemen with six goals and five assists ... leader of a record-setting defense on a conference championship squad ... defense caused more turnovers than shots allowed and conceded only 4.1 goals per game in 2011 ... earned the Robert Nichols Award for dedication and determination in lacrosse ... earned the Eleanor High Award as the school's unsung athlete of the year in 2011 ... member of the Scarlet and Grey Society for earning at least six letters in three different varsity sports ... two-year starter at wide receiver and cornerback in football ... was the team's leading receiver.
Adam Lynne (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) - Midfielder
Born Dec. 29, 1993 in Seattle, Wash. ... son of Rex and Brenda Lynne ... has a sister, Amanda ... father played lacrosse and mother was a member of the crew team at Michigan State ... lettered four times in lacrosse and three times each in football and wrestling at Episcopal High School ... captained the lacrosse team as a senior ... all-conference in wrestling.
Eric Monfort (Worthington, Ohio/Worthington) - Midfielder
Born June 28, 1993 in Worthington, Ohio ... son of Greg and Susan Monfort ... has two brothers, Chad and Scott ... Scott graduated from Bucknell in 2010 and was an outstanding defensive midfielder for the Bison ... he was team co-captain as a senior ... lettered four times in lacrosse and three times in football at Worthington High School ... two-year captain in lacrosse ... as a senior was a First Team All-Midwest, First Team All-Ohio and First Team All-Region selection ... team MVP as a senior ... was also Honorable Mention All-Midwest as a sophomore and junior ... invited to try out for U.S. National U-19 Team ... as a senior recorded 40 goals, 10 assists, 92 ground balls and won 56 percent of his faceoffs ... in football was a two-time all-conference selection ... voted team MVP as a junior and Offensive MVP as a senior.
Brett Pearce (Monkton, Md./Calvert Hall) - Midfielder
Born Apr. 11, 1994 in Baltimore ... son of Mark and Mary Carol Pearce ... has two younger siblings: Connor and Caroline ... father graduated from Bucknell in 1985 and served as co-captain of the Bison lacrosse team ... Mark Pearce was an All-East Coast Conference player who recorded 78 goals and 120 points in his career ... mother played basketball at Notre Dame (Md.) ... played lacrosse and football at Calvert Hall High School ... part of state championship teams in both sports ... engineering major at Bucknell.
Kyle Shanahan (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) - Midfielder
Born Aug. 27, 1993 in Washington, D.C. ... parents are Jim and Mary Lynn Shanahan ... has three brothers: James, Ryan and Conor ... James was an All-America lacrosse player at Washington & Lee ... Conor plays lax at Holy Cross ... lettered in lacrosse at football at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md. ... team captain in lax ... All-IAC selection ... Honorable Mention All-Met and All-Gazette ... member of the Maryland Freestates Team ... Nike Blue Chip Senior All-Star ... recorded 40 goals and 15 assists.
Alex Spring (New York, N.Y./Western Reserve Academy (Ohio)) -- Defenseman
Son of Rob and Cornelia Spring ... has two siblings: Peter and Huyette ... lettered four times in lacrosse, three times in football and once in hockey at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio ... two-year lacrosse captain ... team's defensive MVP in 2012 and was picked for the US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase ... two-time All-Midwest selection ... defensive MVP of 2010 MSLCA Tournament.