Immediate Release: December 8, 2003
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Men's lacrosse signs five players to 2004-2005 NLIs
Head men's lacrosse coach Ed Stephenson has finalized his 2004-2005 recruiting with the signing of five high school players to national letters of intent. The five players include a pair of goalies and three midfielders, while two of the athletes competed for the Western Empire State Team in 2003. As a group, the 2004-2005 incoming class features a variety of skills and accolades, and Stephenson expects that each player will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact upon arriving on campus.
Larry Kline (Beverly, Mass.) is a goalie for the same Beverly HS team that produced current Bearcats Kevin and Jeff Kaylor. He has started in goal in each of the past two years, during which Beverly advanced to the state championship each season, capturing a state title in 2003.
"Larry is an exceptional student as well as an outstanding athlete," Stephenson said. "He has set remarkably high standards in each of his chosen sports. He is a gifted goalie with very quick hands who often makes difficult saves seem routine. I am excited that Larry has chosen Binghamton to continue his academic and athletic pursuits."
In his junior season, Kline sported a 4.7 goals against average and was a conference all-star. He was also selected to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, and will be the team captain for his senior year. Kline has also been a conference all-star in cross country and winter track. He was the 2003 team and conference MVP of the cross country team, and was an all-state qualifier in the two-mile event for the winter track team.
Joining Kline at Binghamton will be teammate Eddie O'Reilly (Beverly, Mass.), a first-team all-conference midfielder who tallied 55 goals and 41 assists in his junior season.
"As an accomplished high school scholar, Eddie carries close to a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and ranks among the top of his high school class," Stephenson said. "Eddie has far and away set the bar for high school athletes with his success in lacrosse as well as football and track. I look forward to working with such a gifted athlete during his collegiate career."
In three seasons of high school lacrosse, O'Reilly has compiled 117 goals and 57 assists. He also has amassed 2500 rushing yards as the captain of the football team, and has been a two-way starter since his sophomore season. As a track runner, O'Reilly earned all-conference honors in the 300 meter run.
Midfielder Steve Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.) is the first of two Empire State players in the 2004-2005 class. He is a three-sport athlete who has also competed on the football and basketball teams. As a lacrosse player, he was a first-team all-star in the Finger Lakes League as a junior, competed for the Western New York Empire State Team and attended the Top 25 Camp at the University of Maryland in June 2003. He was the conference midfielder of the year in 2003 and has also twice been named to the Greater Rochester All-Star team. Smith also was the point guard for the basketball team and a wide receiver and free safety on the football team.
"Steve is a three-sport athlete who also excels in the classroom," Stephenson said. "His lacrosse skills are exceptional, as he is regarded as one of the top midfielders in the state. He has been used to fortify both the defense and the offense. Representing the Western Empire State Team, his outstanding speed and quickeness proved to be formidable weapons. I really look forward to working with Steve. He is the epitome of what a coach looks for in a lacrosse player. He has an extreme work ethic and is a consummate team player."
The second Empire State athlete is goalie Jeff Walker (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas). Walker registered 213 saves for Aquinas in his junior season, when he sported a .730 save percentage and was the team's defensive MVP. Walker also was named to the Class B Sectional All-Tournament team.
"Jeff is an outstanding student who carries a 3.7 GPA in high school," Stephenson said. "He is regarded as one of the best goalies in the state, as he was one of just two goalies selected for the Western Empire State Team. Jeff has extraordinarily quick hands in the goal, enabling him to make both routine and acrobatic saves. I look forward to working with Jeff over the next four years."
Rounding out the signees is midfielder Corey Last (Lawrence, N.Y.), a two-time all-conference player and three-year starter who has totaled 45 goals and 20 assists in his high school career. He also played for the Long Island Pride club team during his junior season.
"Corey is a throwback to the midfielders of the 70's who works hard between the lines both offensively and defensively," Stephenson said. I look forward to working with Corey over the next four years."
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