Lacrosse Adds 11 Players to Roster
Eleven new players will join the Hawks' men's lacrosse roster for the upcoming 2014 season, as announced by University of Hartford Head Coach Peter Lawrence. Among the new faces are three midfielders, two long stick midfielders, a trio of defenders, a pair of attackers and one goalie.
Highlighting the newest additions to the roster are three high school All-Americans in defender Bennett Dipzinski (Ada, Mich.), attackman Jaedon Henderson (Ithaca, N.Y.) and defender Torrey Martone (Cheshire, Conn.). Rounding out the incoming class is attacker Tyler Haines (Malvern, Pa.), middies Doug Biondi (Ithaca, N.Y.),Alec Brown (Wakefield, Mass.), and Luke Reyes-Guerra-Dunn (Wilton, Conn.), long stick middies Conor Daley (Branford, Conn.) and Kevin Rogers (Thornton, Pa.), defender Nick Kimmins (Fairport, N.Y.) and netminder Evan Quinn (Niskayuna, N.Y.).
"What stands outs to me about this class is that they are tough and are winners," exclaimed Lawrence, who is entering his ninth year at the helm of the Hawks. "They have all had success in high school as individuals. But most importantly, they have led their teams to championships."
The newcomers will fill the void left by eight graduating members of the Class of 2013, a group that featured three America East Conference honorees. The Hawks return five of their 2013 America East All-Conference Team members including four first-team honorees in midfielders Tate Klidonas and Alex Matarazzo, attackman Kevin O'Shea and goalie Frank Piechota. Also coming back for the upcoming 2014 season is faceoff specialist Adam Yee who was an America East All-Conference Second Team pick last season.
Doug Biondi · Ithaca, N.Y. · Midfielder
A graduate of Ithaca High School, Biondi is a 6-3 midfielder who led his team to three-straight Section 4 Class A titles as well as back-to-back New York state championship appearances in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he earned Section 4 Division I first-team honors to cap off a career that included 100 goals and 42 assists. Biondi comes from a lacrosse-rich family as his twin sister, Lindsay, will play college lacrosse at Maryland.
Alec Brown · Wakefield, Mass. · Midfielder
A 6-1 midfielder from Wakefield, Mass., Brown brings a long list of accolades to Hartford. Spending four years with the varsity lacrosse team at Wakefield High School and earning the Most Outstanding Male Athlete award, he broke the program's records in assists and points, earning Middlesex League All-Star honors. Brown was also a standout linebacker for Wakefield, playing three years of football. In addition, he was a four-year member of the school's ice hockey team.
Conor Daley · Branford, Conn. · LSM
Daley comes to Hartford by way of Bridgton Academy and Branford High School, where he spent one and four years, respectively. A 5-11, long stick midfielder who earned a starting spot in his lone year at Bridgton, he helped lead the team to an 11-2 season, capping off his career by earning the Lacrosse Player of the Year award. During his time at Branford, Daley was tabbed All-Southern Connecticut Conference (2011) and Defensive Player of the Year (2012). In addition, he also played soccer and was a member of the skiing team at Branford.
Bennett Dipzinski · Ada, Mich. · Defender
Hailing from Ada, Mich., Dipzinski is one of three All-Americans joining the Hawks for the 2014 season. A 6-0 defender, he led Forest Hills Northern High School to two state final appearances in 2011 and 2013. A senior co-captain, Dipzinski also earned all-state honors on two occasions and was also a two-time all-conference honoree. In addition, Dipzinski was a four-year member of his high school football team and played travel lacrosse for True Lacrosse.
Tyler Haines · Malvern, Pa. · Attacker
Haines attended Great Valley High School where he was an attacker for two years. At 5-9, he earned second-team all-league recognition as a senior and led the team to a district semifinal appearance in 2012.
Jaedon Henderson · Ithaca, N.Y. · Attacker
Henderson reunites with former Ithaca High School teammate Doug Biondi on the field at Hartford in 2014. A 5-10 attackman who was named All-American, Henderson helped lead his team to four-straight Section 4 Class A titles as well as back-to-back state championship appearances in 2011 and 2012. Henderson also played football and basketball at Ithaca.
Nick Kimmins · Fairport, N.Y. · Defender
A 5-10 defender, Kimmins was a two-sport athlete at Penfield High School, playing four years of both lacrosse and basketball. Leading Penfield to a Section V Championship, Kimmins was tabbed first-team all-county, second-team all-section and was named the Most Outstanding Athlete of his high school. As a senior, he collected 33 ground balls and earned Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention accolades as well as All-League First-Team Defense.
Torrey Martone · Cheshire, Conn. · Defender
Martone is a 6-1 defender who transferred to Hartford after spending two seasons at UMass. Prior to starting his college career, he was a two-time All-American at Cheshire High School where he played four seasons of lacrosse and led the team to an undefeated regular season and league championship in 2011. A First-Team All-SCC honoree as a sophomore, junior and senior, he was also tabbed all-state on three occasions. Martone also racked up New Haven Register All-Area MVP honors while earning All-Hartford Courant and all-area laurels during his time at Cheshire.
Evan Quinn · Niskayuna, N.Y. · Goalie
The brother of senior defender John Quinn, Evan Quinn joins the Hartford squad from Niskayuna High School. A four-year goalie, Quinn anchored a team that garnered the Section 2 Championship as well as the regional championship in 2010, 2012 and 2013. A two-time team captain, Quinn was tabbed the Defensive MVP in 2012, also earning Times Union First Team honors and Suburban Council All-Star accolades that season. He capped off his career by earning the Eric Klosterman Award.
Luke Reyes-Guerra-Dunn · Wilton, Conn. · Midfielder
A 5-11 midfielder, Reyes-Guerra-Dunn played three seasons of varsity lacrosse at Wilton High School where he helped lead the team to a pair of Class M Connecticut State championships in 2011 and 2013. As a senior captain in 2013, he scored 17 goals and had 10 assists, earning All-FCIAC Honorable Mention recognition as a result. Reyes-Guerra-Dunn also lettered in soccer, earning a starting spot in his final two years. His brother, Matt, plays lacrosse at Colgate.
Kevin Rogers · Thornton, Pa. · LSM
A 5-10 long stick midfielder out of Malvern Prep (Pa.), Rogers was an underclassman All-American in 2011 who helped lead his squad to the Lacrosse Inter-Academic championship in 2013. During his high school career, he also took home EPSLA All-Star accolades and was named to the ESPN Watch List on three occasions. Rogers also was a member of Malvern Prep's ice hockey team for two seasons.