SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the addition of 15 student-athletes to the Bulldog men’s lacrosse roster for the 2012 season. The 14-member Class of 2015 and one junior transfer add depth and skill and look to have an immediate impact on the program in its second season with full NCAA eligibility.
“After 20 practices and one fall event [The Catamount Classic], we have a much better handle on what our 15 newcomers bring to the table,” said Pressler. “We are pleased to see we have added depth at every position, and there is no doubt that some of these freshmen will have a major impact on this coming season.”
Junior transfer Cody Isdaner (Gladwyne, Pa.) headlines the touted group of first-year Bulldogs. Isdaner comes to Bryant from Northeast Conference foe Wagner College, where he paced the Seahawks’ offense each of his first two seasons, including earning an NEC All-Rookie Team selection in 2010.
“Of all of our newcomers, it’s no secret that junior transfer Cody Isdaner is poised to be one of the most influential,” said Pressler, citing Isdaner’s two years of both Division I and NEC experience. “He has come in and made a very positive impression on both his teammates and coaches starting from Day 1 this fall.”
Isdaner, an attacker, is a nice compliment to an already offensive-minded Class of 2015, whose ranks feature five attackers and three midfielders, with three defensemen, a pair of goalies and a faceoff specialist to cover every position on the field.
“As we begin our fourth and final year of the Division I transition, it is truly exciting to walk into the locker room and see that, for the first time, all four classes have been recruited in the Division I model,” said Pressler. “We are thrilled to welcome these 15 men of character, competitive spirit and academic prowess to the Ocean State.”
The Bryant University men’s lacrosse program will play its second season as a full member of the Division I ranks and fourth with a full DI schedule in 2012. The Northeast Conference enters its second season sponsoring men’s lacrosse and its last season without an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs are, however, eligible for an NCAA Division I tournament at-large bid. The NEC will earn an automatic bid into the national tournament beginning in 2013.
Introducing the Bryant University men’s lacrosse 2011-12 newcomers:
Mitchell Chapman, Defense (Oshawa, Ontario / Brewster Academy (N.H.) / 6-0 / 210)
A 2011 graduate of Brewster Academy, Chapman was a four-year varsity starter for the Bobcats … 2011 US Lacrosse All-American … Selected to the All-American Showcase and the New England All-Star Game as a senior … Named a first-team all star and an Adidas All-American Underclassman in 2010 … Picked as a second-team all-star and an UnderArmour All-American Underclassman as a sophomore in 2009 … Led team to back-to-back NNELL Championships in 2010 and 2011 … Also earned four varsity letters in hockey at Brewster … Won the NDP National Championship with Edge Senior Elite, also winning eight provincial box championships … Graduated Magna Cum Laude … John Brewster Scholar.
Robert Cordisco, Attack (Redding, Conn. / Avon Old Farms / 5-8 / 165)
A 2010 graduate of Weston High School, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner, Cordisco was a varsity letterwinner and starter in his postgraduate year at Avon Old Farms, where he graduated in 2011 … Named a 2011 All-New England selection … Three-time all-state pick … All-Connecticut Post selection … Four-year all-conference selection … Led Weston to two state championships … Also earned four varsity letters in football and one in basketball with the Trojans … Four-year honor roll member.
Connor Dent, Defense (Havertown, Pa. / St. Joseph’s Prep / 5-9 / 180)
A 2011 graduate of St. Joseph’s Prepatory School, Dent was a four-year varsity letterwinner with the Hawks … Named a First Team All-Catholic League selection … Received the 28 Club award … Named defensive MVP … Led team to a Catholic League championship … Also earned three varsity letters in football and one in swimming.
Connor Horl, Faceoff Specialist (Garden City, N.Y. / Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) / 6-0 / 230)
A 2010 graduate of Garden City High School, Horl spent a postgraduate year a Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., where he graduated in 2011 … Was a varsity starter as a postgrad and played a year of varsity lacrosse at Garden City as a senior … Was a four-year varsity letterwinner in wrestling and a three-year varsity letterwinner in football at Garden City … Earned varsity letters in all three sports at Choate Rosemary in 2010-11 … Led the Trojans to a Long Island championship in 2010 … Named an all-county and all-Long Island first team pick as a senior … 2010 first team all-state selection … Won the Martone Outstanding Lineman Award as a senior … Finished second in the state in wrestling as a senior and was the Class A undefeated wrestling champ at Choate … As a junior, named captain in football … All-county and all-Long Island second team wrestling pick … State qualifier champion with 37-0 record … Won the conference wrestling championship in weight class as a freshman.
Cody Isdaner, Attack (Gladwyne, Pa. / Wagner College / 6-0 / 195)
A 2009 graduate of the Episcopal Academy, Isdaner joins the Bulldogs after two seasons playing for Northeast Conference member Wagner College … Appeared in 27 games with 25 starts over two seasons with the Seahawks, leading the team in scoring during both his rookie (2010) and sophomore (2011) campaigns … As a freshman, Isdaner posted 27 points off 17 goals and a team-best 10 assists en route to the 2010 NEC All-Rookie Team … In 2011, Isdaner recorded 38 points off 25 tallies and 13 assists, both team bests … Before Wagner, Isdaner earned three varsity letters at the Episcopal Academy … Garnered first team all-league honors as a junior and senior … First team all-state selection as a senior … 2009 First Team All-Delaware County choice … Led the Churchmen with 82 points as a senior (52 goals, 30 assists) … Also a four-year varsity letterwinner in wrestling at Episcopal, where he was named captain as a senior and placed fourth in the Independent School State Tournament in 2008.
Ethan Kibrick, Goalie (Manalapan, N.J. / Peddie School / 6-4 / 250)
A 2011 graduate of Peddie School, Kibrick was a four-year varsity starter between the pipes … Three-time second team all-state pick … Received the “Edward Parda ’87″ lacrosse award in 2010 … Two-year captain … Played varsity football for two years and varsity soccer for one … Led football team in sacks freshman and sophomore years.
Wade Korvin, Attack (Odenton, Md. / Arundel / 5-10 / 165)
A 2011 graduate of Arundel High School, Korvin was a three-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse … Named the Laxpower Eastern Player of the Week in April of 2010 … Also earned two varsity letters in football at Arundel, where he was named the Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week on Sept. 23, 2009 … Honor Roll student … Also a member of the Bryant football team.
Davin Lindsay, Attack (Whitby, Ontario / Henry Street HS / 6-3 / 180)
A 2011 graduate of Henry Street High School, Lindsay was a two-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse … Played for Whitby Minor and Clearington Green Gaels … Also played varsity hockey for two years … Led Clearington Green Gaels to 2008 Ontario Championship … Named captain of AA hockey.
Kevin Maiorano, Defense (Easton, Conn. / Fairfield Prep / 6-4 / 220)
A 2011 graduate of Fairfield Prep, Maiorano was a three-year letterwinner and starter for the Jesuits … Named to the super junior all-star team … Was a Top-205 All-Star … Also earned three varsity letters in football and played three years of JV hockey … Honor Roll student … National Honor Society member … Kevin joins his brothers, Rob and Glenn, who are also currently members of the Bulldog lacrosse team.
Kevin Massa, Midfield (Huntington, N.Y. / Elwood John Glenn HS / 6-0 / 185)
A 2011 graduate of Elwood John Glenn High School, Massa was a three-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Knights … Named a 2011 all-county selection … Led team to Class C Suffolk County Championship in 2010 … Received the school’s most outstanding athlete award senior year … Also earned three varsity letters in wrestling and two in football … Named to the all-county team in football as a senior and in wrestling as a junior and senior … Member of the 2010 all-state wrestling championship team.
Shane Morrell, Attack (Glen Mills, Pa. / Episcopal Academy / 6-3 / 190)
A 2011 graduate of Episcopal Academy, Morrell was a four-year varsity starter for the Churchmen … Named a 2010 First Team All-InterAC selection … Honorable Mention All-InterAC as a sophomore … Also a four-year varsity letterwinner in football … Two-time All-InterAC selection … Set school record for receiving yards as a junior, a record he broke as a senior … Named Delco Player of the Week … Hero Bowl selection.
Kevin Rudd, Midfield (Berwyn, Pa. / Conestoga / 5-11 / 175)
A 2011 graduate of Conestoga High School, Rudd was a three-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse … Lead team to three-straight District 1 championships, Central League titles in 2009 and 2011, and back-to-back PIAA State Championships in 2010 and 2011 … Senior captain … 2011 Second Team All-Central League and Second Team All-Main Line selections … Central League Honorable Mention choice as a junior … Received the most improved award in 2009 … Honor Roll student.
Brian Schlansker, Midfield (Glenville, N.Y. / Niskayuna / 6-2 / 180)
A 2011 graduate of Niskayuna High School, Schlansker was a two-year varsity letterwinner and starter for the Silver Warriors … Senior captain … Two-time offensive team MVP … Received the 2011 Niskayuna High School Distinguished Athlete Award for Leadership … First Team Suburban Council All-Star pick and First Team Times Union All-Star selection as both a junior and senior … Named to the 2010 Top 205 Senior Camp All-Star Team … 2010 Empire State Games participant … 2011 Champion All-American Showcase participant … 2011 US U-19 Tryout selection … Also a three-year varsity letterwinner in golf … Earned the New York State Advanced Regents diploma.
Gunnar Waldt, Goalie (Freeland, Md. / Saint Paul’s School / 5-11 / 245)
A 2011 graduate of Saint Paul’s School, Waldt was a two-year letterwinner and starter for the Crusaders … Led to a 2010 league and state title … Named a 2011 all-MIAA selection … Also a three-year varsity starter in football … BTC All-Star Game and Chesapeake Bowl All-Star Game selections … 2010 Army All-American Combine participant … Named an All-MIAA selection as a junior and senior … Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List student … Also plays football at Bryant.
Ryan Yunker, Attack (Churchville, N.Y. / Churchville-Chili / 5-11 / 180)
A 2011 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, Yunker was a four-year varsity starter for the Saints … 2011 US Lacrosse All-American … 2011 All-Greater Rochester selection … 2011 Monroe County Division 2 Player of the Year … 2011 All-Section V Team and Section V Class B All-Tournament Team selections … Captain as a junior and senior … Holds school records for career goals, assists and points … Scored at least one point in every game played (71 consecutive) … Four-time all-county selection … Member of the 2010 Western Empire State Games Bronze Medalist team … 2010 FCA National High School Team … National Honor Society member.