Providence, R.I. – Brown men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany has announced the Brown Lacrosse Class of 2018 with 11 talented first-year student-athletes coming to College Hill in the fall of 2014.
"No class of recruits can be defined at the beginning as they embark on their four-year Brown University careers," said Tiffany. "Our staff is enthusiastic about the impact this new crop of student-athletes will have on our program. From the first day this fall, these men will be put to task with elevating their level of play, learning our systems and incorporating the Brown State mentality into their approach to the game. This class mirrors the expansion and growth of lacrosse, as these 11 men represent 10 distinct regions, including our first Rhode Island native in over a decade."
Chris Anderson #15
Ellicott City, Maryland
Loyola Blakefield High School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Jack Crawford
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse: Earned 4 varsity letters… Senior Captain… member of 2013 MIAA Championship team… member of the MSCLA Senior All-Star team…Basketball: Earned 2 varsity letters.
Academic: First Honors for all semesters throughout High School… National Honor Society.
Parent's: Rich and Rusty Anderson
Why Brown?: I chose Brown because it will challenge me as a student, as an athlete, and as a person. The rigorous academics will allow me to become a more intelligent person, and this team will push me to be the best athlete I can be. Most importantly, Brown will allow me to branch out as a person to discover and foster new interests. There are few more diverse and accepting students than at Brown, and I am very excited to become one of them.
Jack Collins #9
Height: 6-1, 195
Barrington, Rhode Island
La Salle Academy / The Taft School
HS Lacrosse Coaches: Steve O'Donnell / Casey D'Annolfo
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse Individual: At La Salle – Two-time All-State Selection … 2012 State Champions…Brine All-American… Lars Tiffany 300 Camp All Star... At Taft – Two-time All-Western New England Team… 2014 Team Captain… Lance Odden Lacrosse Award Recipient (For outstanding leadership and character on the Lacrosse team)…Other Sports Honors: All-Division for 4x200 (Indoor Track)… 2012 RI Football State Finalist… Started Football Games at Quarterback, Running back, and Wide Receiver while at La Salle...Varsity letters: Lacrosse (5), Football (2), Indoor Track (1)…Other Honors: RI Three-time Academic All State Team… Freshman Scholar-Athlete of the Year… Class President at La Salle.
Parents: Stuart and Mary Collins
Why Brown?: Being a Rhode Island native, it has been my goal to play lacrosse at Brown since I started coming to the games when I was seven. Idolizing the men of Brown lacrosse since I was a kid made me jump at the opportunity of being a part of the program.
Nick Esemplare #33
Ridgefield High School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Roy Colsey
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse Honors: Senior Varsity Captain…All-State… All-County… Academic All-American… All-County Scholar Athlete…recipient of Ridgefield High School Lacrosse Scholarship…Two-year varsity player…Lacrosse Honors Team: Fairfield County Semifinalist 2014, 2013…State semifinalist: 2014, 2013.
Other Honors: Presidential Scholar… National Merit Finalist… President's Volunteer Service Award (2014, 2013)… National Honors Society… High Honor roll 16/16 quarters
Parent's: Chris and Kristen Esemplare
Why Brown?: "At Brown I will have the opportunity to play lacrosse at a highly competitive level for one of the top teams in the country. Academically, I feel that knowledge is something to be sought for its own sake, and I would like my degree to earn me more than a paycheck. Brown's open curriculum offers the opportunity for me to take control of my own education. The combination of athletics and academics makes Brown a dream come true."
Ethan Frieder #22
HS Lacrosse Coach: Vincent Degregorio
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse Honors: Four-year varsity starter…45 career goals and 50 career assists…Showtime all-star selection junior year…MSG Varsity Players to watch in Hudson Valley…Section One Outstanding Seniors All-Star Game…Cross Country: varsity one year.
Parent's: Sam and Wendy Frieder
Why Brown?: "I choose Brown because it competes at the highest levels both athletically and academically. Also, the team chemistry that I observed during my visits made me immediately know that I wanted to part of the Brown lacrosse tradition."
Max Gustafson #11
HS Lacrosse Coach: Tim Sullivan
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse Individual: Earned 3 Varsity Letters… 3-year starter… 2-time participant in Boston-Lax All-American game… 2014: Captain… Team MVP… US Lacrosse All-American… ISL All-League… Boston Lax All-American… 2013: ISL All-League… Boston Lax All-American… Independent School League Champions…2013…Football: earned 4 Varsity Letters… 3-year starter…
2013: Captain… Team MVP… NEPSAC Class B All-New England 2013… All-ISL 2013…Basketball: earned 3 varsity letters…2014: Winner of Carl H. Amon Jr. Basketball Trophy for unselfishness, sportsmanship, and team play.
Other Awards: Peer Leader Junior and Senior year, Head of Peer Leaders Senior year….winner of Charles Kenney prize.
Parent's: Joe and Shannon Gustafson
Why Brown?: I believe Brown provides me with the best chance to continue to challenge myself athletically and academically at an extremely high level.
Stephen Hudak #2
La Salle College High School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Bill Leahy
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse Individual: 2013 and 2014 First Team All-Philadelphia Catholic League Midfield… All-Southeastern PA Boys lacrosse team selection… Captain 2014… 3-year starter… 2014 Team MVP… Member of Under Armour Underclass Team Philadelphia 2013… earned 3 varsity letters…Lacrosse Team: 2012, 2013, and 2014 Philadelphia Catholic League Champions… 2012 State runners up… 2013 State Champions… 2014 City Champions…Football Individual: Played cornerback…two-year starter… Captain senior year… All-Philadelphia Catholic League…Two-time Tex Flannery Award winner for scholarship, leadership and service… Maxwell Football Club winner… National Football Hall of Fame scholar athlete-award winner… 3 varsity letters…Football Team: 2010, 2011, and 2012 Philadelphia Catholic League Champions and City Champions.
Academic: National Honors Society, four-time First Honors… Vice President Student Council
Parent's: Steve and Laura Hudak
Why Brown? Brown's excellent academic and athletic reputation drew me to the school. I stepped foot on campus and immediately felt comfortable. I feel that Brown gives me the opportunity to excel as a student-athlete. I look forward to moving in this fall and becoming a part of Coach Tiffany's team.
Matt Kennis #21
Redwood High School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Dave Grose
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse: Earned 4 Varsity Letters…Defensive starter in every game all of high school…3-time First Team All-League, 2012-2014…2012 Team Defensive Player of the Year …2014 US Lacrosse All-American…2014 Team "Heart and Soul" Award…2014 Team Captain…Lacrosse Team: League Champions (Marin County Athletic League), 2012 and 2014…North Coast Section Champions 2013…Soccer: Earned 1 Varsity Letter (senior year)…Other Teams: Member of Alcatraz Outlaws and ADVNC Lacrosse.
Academic: Redwood High School Salutatorian
Parent's: Bob and Carla Kennis
Why Brown?: "Brown provides a challenging environment both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. The combination of the two challenges is the ideal place for me."
Scott Lanham #34
Georgetown Prep School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Kevin Giblin
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse Honors: 205 All-Star team… Brine national all-star team… Maryland Free state 2011 2012… NHSLS all-star team…Most Improved Georgetown Prep 2012…Lacrosse Honors Team: DC IAC Champions 2014…Football: Earned two varsity letters.
Parent's: Scott and Sherri Lanham
Why Brown?: "I chose Brown in order to receive a higher level of academic challenge while still being able to compete amongst the best in lacrosse.
Jake Miller #88
Arrowhead (WI)/ Taft School
HS Lacrosse Coaches: Erin Ennis, Casey D'Annolfo
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse: All-American…Under Armour Underclassman Midwest Team…All-State…Football Team: one loss in three years…2012 and 2013 Division 1 Wisconsin state champions… 2011 New England champions…reached top 20 nationally in 2013…Individual Awards: State championship record-receptions-11…Fox Sports State Championship MVP…Hockey Team: 3rd place at U18 National Championships…Hockey Individual: Classic 8 Conference player of the year… top five nomination for 2014 Wisconsin defenseman of the year…All-Area…Captain…Baseball: Tryout senior year after 5 year break, starter…Overall: 12 varsity letters
Parent's: Chris Miller
Why Brown?: "Brown is the best scholastic opportunity presented by lacrosse or any other sport, not only providing academic rigor, but also supporting rich diversity in the student body. Also brown bears are the last creatures in the animal kingdom that one would mess with."
Brad Peters #16
DeMatha Catholic High School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Scott Morrison
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse - Earned 3 varsity letters… advanced to the WCAC Championship 2012… semifinals 2013 & 2014… Honorable mention all WCAC… 2014: ranked as #26 player in Maryland by studentsports.com… Summer: Under Armour shootout 2013 champions… attended fall Nike Blue Chip, top 205… selected to the Maryland Free State Top-22 game 2013.
Academic/Personal: Principal's List… NHS president… Eagle Scout
Parent's: Corinne and Doug Peters
Why Brown?: "Brown gives me the opportunity to push myself both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. The environment is one where I feel like I could truly excel and reach my full potential."
Owen Rogers #20
Chaminade High School
HS Lacrosse Coach: Jack Moran
Secondary School Background - Lacrosse: Earned 2 Varsity Letters… New York State Catholic High School champion (2013, 2014)… All League (2013)… Voted Most Improved Player (2013)… All league and MIP for lacrosse ...Football: Two Varsity Letters… New York Catholic High School Champions (2012)….Finished ranked number one in New York State… Started at Free Safety…All-League (2013)…. Senior Bowl (2013)….Voted Most Improved Player (2013).
Parent's: Alice Rogers and Charlie Rogers
Why Brown? "I chose Brown because of its perfect combination of academics and lacrosse. Not only is it one of the top academic institutions in the country with so much to offer, but also highly competitive in lacrosse.