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For Immediate Release: November 19, 2004
Contact: Thomas Moore II (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Men's lacrosse signs five players to 2005-2006 NLIs

Head men's lacrosse coach Ed Stephenson has started his 2005-2006 recruiting with the signing of five high school players to national letters of intent. Four of the recruits were selected for the Western Empire State Team in 2004. As a group, the 2005-2006 incoming class features a variety of skills and accolades. Stephenson expects that each player will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact upon arriving on campus.

"Although this is our smallest recruiting class it is perhaps our strongest yet," Stephenson said. "As a whole this group will immediately enhance our athleticism and skills, and they will add speed and quickness to our roster. Most importantly they have the character and integrity that will help us on our quest for national prominence."

Chris Mulheron (Canadaigua, N.Y.) is a two time Empire State Games participant, where he was selected as an alternate in his sophomore year and as a starter this past summer as a junior. He played on the 24th ranked high school of 2043 schools in the nation. This team went undefeated in the Finger Lakes League with a record of 11-0. Overall they went 19-1 on the season, with its only loss coming in the state quarter finals. As a sophomore and junior he was given the honor of first team league all-star and was the only junior on the first team attack. Mulheron also played football under the tutelage of his father as head coach. He will join former teammate Steve Smith, as a Bearcat.

"Chris continues the heritage of exceptional student-athletes entering our program as he excelled in both the classroom and on the athletic field," Stephenson said. "In addition he will be one of eight student-athletes in our program who played for his father. Having this experience has enabled him to become a complete player, even at this Division I level rarely is there an entering freshman who understands the finer points of the game. Chris has the ability to compete immediately for playing time and his ability to see the field and execute under pressure are hallmarks of his game. I look forward to working with him over the next four years."

Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.) is a three year starter and a three time all-division attackmen for Pittsford High School, the last two years he received the honor of being selected first team. He was selected as an alternate for the Western Empire State team.

"Jake is one of the most explosive attackmen we have ever recruited," Stephenson said. "He is an all-around player who has the ability to distribute the ball, create plays from the dodge and has an uncanny knack of finding the back of the net. He brings a lot to the table as a freshman, which will give a different twist to our offensive system. Furthermore Jake will uphold the tradition of academic excellence here at Binghamton University."

Duncan Streeten (Corning, N.Y.) plays for Corning East, who lost its only game of the season in the state championship giving them a record of 17-1 and earning a national ranking of 19th. In his junior year he showed balance on the offensive end, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 16 assists. He was selected for the Western Empire State team this past summer. Streeten is a two sport athlete also competing in football as a wide receiver for Corning East. He is also a member of his high school's Honor Society.

"Following in the footsteps of the Kaylor brothers Duncan will join his brother David who led the team in faceoffs as a freshman last season," Stephenson said. "In addition I am excited that we have another coach's son joining the team. Duncan's experience from playing for the perennial high school power house Corning East will surely help the team. Duncan can do it all at either end of the field, which is a tribute to his knowledge and commitment to the game."

JP Wioncek (Beverly, Mass.) makes this year the forth year in a row that Binghamton men's lacrosse has received an early commitment from a Beverly high school standout. Since his freshman year Wioncek has been the starting faceoff man for his high school team, which won the state championship in 2003. Last season he won 82 percent of his faceoffs. He is a three sport athlete who was named all-conference seven times, three of which were first team selections in lacrosse and two a piece in cross-country and indoor track.

"JP is one of the premier faceoff men in the country. He lives, eats and breaths faceoffs," Stephenson said. "He is a bull at the faceoff X, having both the strength and finesse to get the job done. In addition he is also an exceptional student who will find success in the classroom."

John Dreska (Rockville Center, N.Y.)
will join five other former South Side student-athletes on the Binghamton men's lacrosse roster. He played for the state championship team this past season which had a 20-1 record and final national ranking of fifth. He scooped up 15 ground balls in the championship game and was a ground ball leader throughout the season. Dreska was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year for South Side along with other teammates. He was named all-county in soccer the past two seasons.

"John has tremendous speed and agility which will enable him to blossom at the next level," Stephenson said. "I am excited that he joins five of his former teammates, three of which are fellow defenders. I am excited about his championship experience as our program is looking to take the next step. I expect that John will continue the academic success that he has proven thus far."
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