LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena Lacrosse welcomed its eight-member Class of 2016 recently. Brad Burnam, Tyler Burnam, Kevin Cousin, Neil Gollogly, Tyler Lutjen, Dylan Parlee, Michael Pettit and Justin Rehm have all enrolled at Siena College and will begin competition with the Saints during the upcoming 2013 season.
“I am happy to welcome the Class of 2016 to Loudonville,” said second-year head coach John Svec about his first recruiting class. “We are looking forward to four great years with these young men here at Siena and we found student athletes who are not only capable of making an impact on the field, but who have made impacts in their own communities and are looking to continue that here on our campus and throughout the Capital Region.”
A 6’1″ attackman from Monroe, N.C., Brad Burnam was named a 2011 US Lacrosse Boys’ High School All-American following his senior year at Weddington High. That season Burnam, who was named the Union County Weekly’s 2011 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year, led the nation averaging 7.6 points per game. He ranked third nationally with 120 total points on 67 goals and 53 assists while picking up 44 groundballs in leading the Warriors to an 11-5 record and state semifinals appearance. Burnam joins the Saints following a post graduate year playing at Salisbury School (Conn.) this spring.
“Brad is a very dangerous attackman,” noted Svec. “He has the ability to feed or create his own scoring opportunities. We are glad to have a student-athlete of his caliber joining our program.”
Joining Burnam is his brother, Tyler. A 6’0″ defender, Tyler Burnam joined his brother in becoming the first two players in Union County to be named All-Americans following the 2011 season. Burnam picked up 24 groundballs in his senior year with the Warriors and played alongside his brother this spring at Salisbury.
“Tyler is a solid defender with a great stick,” said Svec. “He plays solid position defense and looks to push transition.”
A 6’2″ attackman from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Cousin was a two-time All-Section and All-League selection at Somers High. Named his team’s MVP and a Second Team Journal News/LoHud.com selection, Cousin was also the starting quarterback for the Somers football team where he was an All-League selection. Cousin also comes from an accomplished athletic family as his twin brother plays lacrosse at Holy Cross.
“Kevin has excellent finishing ability and is a big target,” said Svec “His leadership and game sense are qualities that stood out to me during the recruiting process.”
Gollogly joins the Saints from Ridgefield, Conn. where he led Ridgefield High to the Class L State Championship as a junior. A 6’2″ midfielder, Gollogly earned Second Team All-State and All-League honors following his senior season in which he was selected to the Connecticut Senior All-Star Team. Gollogly, who totaled 43 points in his two seasons at Ridgefield, also helped Team Superstar 2012 Blue Finish 29-2 during the summer of 2011, earning the squad an invitation to the Dick’s Tournament of Champions in Florida.
“Neil brings a great deal of speed and athleticism to our midfield,” commented Svec. “We want to play fast and he certainly has a lot of speed. He is also a very respectful and hard working young man; someone I’m looking forward to being around.”
A 6’1″ goalie from Shoreham, N.Y., Lutjen made six saves and was the defensive MVP in leading Shoreham Wading River to the Section IX Class C Championship this spring. He also led Shoreham Wading River to both the Suffolk County and Long Island Class C Championships and was tabbed an All-County selection and NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship awardee. Overall last season, Lutjen made 189 saves while accruing a 62% save percentage and 5.50 goals against average.
“Tyler is an excellent goalie and a better young man,” noted Svec. “He played a leadership role throughout his high school career and that is something we expect him to continue here at Siena.”
Parlee is a 6’3″ midfielder who joins the Saints following a postgraduate year playing at Bridgton Academy in Maine. A native of Essex, Mass., Parlee led Manchester Essex in scoring each of his final three seasons. Following his senior year he was named both a First Team All-Star and team MVP for the Hornets.
“Dylan has the ability to get to the goal and put the ball in the back of the net,” said Svec. “He is a big body who is difficult to guard and is capable of sparking offense. I’m excited to see how he will be able to work into our system.”
Pettit, a 5’9″ attackman from Wilmington, Del., was named a US Lacrosse All-American following his senior season at Tower Hill School. This spring he tallied 65 points (44 goals, 21 assists) and picked up 28 groundballs while leading the Hillers to a 15-3 record and a berth in the state semifinals. Pettit, who finished his high school career with 122 goals and 47 assists, was named a First Team All-State and All-Phillylacrosse.com Northern Delaware selection as a senior. A two-time Adidas All-American, Pettit led Tower Hill to the 2010 state championship and was also a two-time First Team All-Conference selection in football as a running back.
“Michael brings a great deal of explosiveness and athleticism,” commented Svec. “His ability and experience will certainly help us get deeper on the offensive end.”
Rehm is a 5’9″ defender from Penfield, N.Y. where he was named an Academic All-American after his senior year at Penfield High. An All-Section Five Second Team selection as a junior, he was a two-time Monroe County All-League pick. A member of the Brine All-American Lacrosse National Classic Championship team, he also played for the Brogden Cup Champions and Nike Upstate Rising Senior team.
“Justin is a tough competitor who has the ability to jump start offense from the defensive end,” noted Svec. “He has very quick hands and gets the ball up off the ground and into the offensive end fast.”
The octet joins a Siena Lacrosse program which is coming off an 11-5 season this spring in which the Saints won their fourth straight MAAC Regular Season Championship and advanced to the conference title game.