For Immediate Release: November 16, 2007
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

2007 Men's Lacrosse Recruit Profiles

Ryan Button
Auburn, N.Y.
Auburn High School

A starting defender for the 2007 Empire States Games Central Team silver medal team
A member of the 2006 Section III Champions
In football, he was a Syracuse Post- Standard All-CNY Honorable Mention defensive end as a junior
Auburn High School Class President in 2006 and 2007
Enrolled in the Finger Lakes Scholars Program at Hobart & William Smith College in 2007
A member of the National Honor Society

Quote from Coach Stephenson: "Ryan is a standout two-sport athlete, who has demonstrated an equally impressive ability in the classroom. Ryan's attributes on and off the field make him a perfect fit for our program…He has impressed me with his level of intensity and toughness on the lacrosse field. His experience as a state championship defensive end, and an Empire state lacrosse defender, will serve him well throughout his collegiate career. Ryan brings an imposing presence to the defensive end of the field."

John Clark
Fayetteville, N.Y.
Jamesville-Dewitt High School

Named First-Team All League and Third-Team All-CNY as a junior
A 2007 Co-Captain
Named Honorable-Mention All-League as a sophomore
Named All-League in soccer as a sophomore and was an honorable mention pick as a junior
Jamesville-Dewitt is the three-time defending league champions
A Scholar Athlete and a two-year member of the National Honor Society

Quote from Coach Stephenson: "John is one of the premier two-sport student athletes in the Syracuse area. His successes on the lacrosse field are highlighted by his ability shoot and pass on the run. This ability makes him a threat anywhere on the field, and creates high percentage opportunities for everyone around him. In addition to being a state championship midfielder, and a standout on the soccer field, John has shown an extraordinary aptitude in the classroom, earning high marks and honors each year."

Chris Cook
Vestal, N.Y.
Vestal High School

A 2007 Central Empire Team Member (silver medal)
A three-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse
Named first-team All-STAC (Southern Tier Athletic Conference) as a junior
The 2007 Section 4 Sectional Tournament MVP
An All Metro selection in Section 4 as a linebacker in football
The 2006 Vestal Team MVP Football (2006)
An Honor Roll Student

Quote from Coach Stephenson: "Chris is a big, strong, fast midfielder. His toughness and speed as a running back on the football team carry over to the lacrosse field. Chris is a middie who can play at either end of the field, and is one of the top face off guys in Upstate New York. His versatility is reminiscent of the days before specialization, when the transition game was in its heyday. With our recent addition of similar style players, Chris will help us bring back the excitement of up-tempo lacrosse."

Christopher Latino
South Salem, N.Y.
John Jay-Crossing Riving High School

Named All-League and All-Section in 2007
2007 Journal News All Star
Voted the team's Rookie of the Year in 2007
5.00 GAA and 0.63 save percentage as a junior
2007 Empire State Games Goalie
An Honor Roll Student
John Jay was the 2007 State Runner Up and posted a final Inside Lacrosse Ranking of No. 7

Quote from Coach Stephenson: "Chris is an exceptional student athlete who competed in the N.Y. state championship last season. In addition to his many community endeavors and his superb academic achievements, Chris delivers highlight material from his position in the goal. He has cat-like reflexes and great anticipation, but more importantly, he has the leadership skills to quarterback a defense."

Nick Marshall
Jamesville, N.Y.
Jamesville-Dewitt High School

A member of the 2007 NYS Lacrosse Class B State Champions
A three-year letterwinner
A four-year letterwinner in hockey and member of the 2006 League Champions
An honor roll student

Quote from Coach Stephenson: "Nick is a fast and slick offensive player, who is equally adept at either the attack or the midfield position. He has the stick skills that can surprisingly keep up with his quickness, which enables him to find open teammates and deliver precise passes from a full speed run. In other words, he can play fast. This ability is essential at the next level, and by all accounts, this state champion will be a formidable presence."

Ben Waldron
Syracuse, N.Y.
West Genesee High School

A two-year starter as a sophomore and junior
Named second-team All-League as a sophomore
Named first-team All-League as a junior
A second-team All CNY Syracuse Post Standard pick as a junior
A two-time participant in NYS Class A Finals (2006 and 2007)
A member of the two-time Section III Lacrosse Champions
A member of the silver medal Empire State Games Central Team (2007)
A member of the Section III Class AA Football Champions

Quote from Coach Stephenson: "Ben is a two-sport standout in both football and lacrosse. Playing for the perennial powerhouse, West Genesee Wildcats, Ben makes his presence known whenever he takes the field. He is a no-nonsense, hard-nosed defender, who plays the game smart and fast. He is a big time player who has played in big time games. Ben's determination and work ethic are not limited to the field, as he has consistently achieved high marks in the classroom."

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