NAIA: Webber Men’s Lacrosse Announces Inaugural Recruiting Class

 

Author’s note: Since I don’t have a season recap for Webber it meade sense to choose this as their ‘recap’ . . . there will be plenty of noise coming from them

 

BABSON PARK, Fla. (May 1, 2020) –  In anticipation for the upcoming 2021 men’s lacrosse season, the first ever season for lacrosse at Webber International University, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Chris Burdick has announced his inaugural recruiting class for the 2020-21 academic year.

Coach Burdick said, “I would like to welcome the first lacrosse recruiting class to the Webber family. This group of young men have accepted the daunting challenge of starting a new chapter for athletics at the university. Each one of these men were carefully selected based on a number of criteria, most of which is the character and integrity that they bring to Babson Park as the foundation for our men’s lacrosse program. ”

The inaugural lacrosse recruiting class at Webber is very well stocked in each position, adding depth to a first year program that is quite uncommon. The 2021 roster will carry players from at least sixteen different states and Canadian provinces. The roster offers a great balance of players in each position with depth in the goal and at the face off, arguably two of the most important positions in the sport. While the majority of the roster will be filled with freshman, there is a good balance of upperclassmen transfers and MBA fifth-year student-athletes on the roster. There is also an infusion of Canadian players adding slick stick work and box indoor style to the program.

Coach Burdick and the rest of the Warriors’ coaching staff are still actively recruiting for their inaugural season of competition within the NAIA.

Coach Burdick concluded, “I would like to thank our coaching staff and current student-athletes for their contributions to building this recruiting class as well as the tireless efforts from our admissions department and financial aid office. Special thanks to Nellie Madrigal and Stephen Thomas in admissions who put a ton of hours in on this group.”

Inaugural Webber International University 2020-21 Men’s Lacrosse Recruiting Class:

No. 0 Alex Germilus
Position: Defensive Midfield
High School: Boca Raton High School
Height: 5-8
Weight: 225
Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida
Twitter: @Alexsawg
Academic Major: Sport Business Management
Career Path: I am looking for an opportunity to work in the sports business field but I am not sure exactly where at this point.
High School Awards: Most Improved
Why Webber: “It is not too close and not too far from home. It is a very easy drive from Boca.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “I was already an athlete at Webber when we announced the addition of lacrosse so it was more about changing my sport to lacrosse.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank Coach Holly and my mom Wandey Alexis for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Ja-nyce Render
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love the physical side of the game.”

No. 1 Trevor Shaw
Position: Goalie
High School: École Riverside Secondary School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Club Team: Poco Saints u-18
Hometown:  Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Twitter: @comeonref16
Academic Major: Business
Career Path: Red-shirt freshmen from Lindenwood University – Belleville
High School Awards: Provincial MVP in high school and club.
Why Webber: “There academics were extremely intriguing as well as the campus location.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The special part of the recruiting process was the coaching staff making me feel a part of the family from my first contact with them and the first class nature they carry themselves and the program with. As well as the location of the campus and the new facilities.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Rob Columbo, Josh Wahl and Josh Wray, and my parents Rosie Shaw and Les Shaw for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Jason Shaw (17)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: RPM Hockey Academy, PADS dogs lower mainland
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love the game because I love to compete and be around my teammates.”

No. 2 Saxton Dunlap
Position: Midfield
High School: Riverview High School
Height: 5-9
Weight: 145
Club Team: True Florida
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Academic Major: Undecided
Career Path: To work for myself rather than having to work for somebody.
High School Awards: True national team
Why Webber: “I chose Webber for a couple reasons, but the coaches and mainly Coach Burdick are who got me to Webber. Coach Burdick has had the opportunity to coach at many high levels of lacrosse. I feel Coach Burdick is the person who is going to make me the lacrosse player I want to become. Other than lacrosse, I love the lakeside view and the size of the school. I want college to be the place I figure out what is next for me and I feel with the small school size I will be able to succeed on and off the field.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber?  “I really feel Coach Burdick is the best person to help me become a better lacrosse player. I also wanted to attend a school in Florida not too far from home and it was a perfect fit.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Pete Delisser, Greg Bice and Anthony Kelly, and my parents Kristy Dunlap and Alan Abernathy for all of their support.”
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Coaching under privileged kids (ages 6-12) and helping them learn lacrosse. Scholar-Athlete throughout high school. 44 goals and seven assists.
What do you love about lacrosse?  “My love for lacrosse started when I lived in Ohio and saw my neighbor playing. He had an extra stick and let me try. As soon as I got to my first practice I loved the action and never wanted to put a stick down since.”

No. 3 Jack Cross
Position: Attack
High School: Oregon City High School
Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Club Team: Madlax Oregon
Hometown: Oregon City, Oregon
Twitter: @Jack_Cross33
Academic Major: Criminal Justice
Career Path: Police Officer
High School Awards: Three-time Three Rivers League All-Conference. Two-time point leader in high school. Legends Western Showcase invitee. National Salt Lake Indoor Box Lacrosse Champion 2017
Why Webber: “The campus is beautiful and the environment feels just like home.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The hosts were super welcoming and made me feel at home when I got onto campus. Coach Burdick also took time to talk to me about things besides lacrosse. He asked about my family and what my career ambitions are and really made it seem that he wanted me to be on his team because of my skills and who I am as a person. He doesn’t just view you as another player or recruit. The admissions counselors were also very nice and easy to work with. They made the acceptance process super easy.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Mark Bell and Ryan Sprague and my dad Mark Cross for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Austin Cross (23), Natalie Grant (27)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Coached and referred youth lacrosse throughout high school. Academic All-Conference junior season. Two-time point leader junior and senior year. 83 career goal. 48 career assists.
What do you love about lacrosse? “Lacrosse is not just a sport to me, it is a lifestyle. The feeling I get when I step onto the field is like no other. Lacrosse will always be the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life!”

No. 4 Idal Rivera
Position: Midfield
High School: Lake Wales High School
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Winter Haven, Florida
Twitter: @Lacrossebro4
Academic Major: Sports Performance, Health and Fitness
High School Awards: Honorable mention
Why Webber: “The reason I picked Webber was because I like how small the class sizes are. I also chose Webber because the awesome lacrosse coach Chris Burdick.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick helped me a lot with getting everything I needed and also inviting me to camps and events. Also the admissions and financial aid helped me get everything situated and they checked up on me and asked if I needed help.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Stacey Butcher and Derrick Keating and my parents Juanidal Rivera and Ivelise Rivera for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Xabian Rivera, 16
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Two goals and seven assists.
What do you love about lacrosse? “The reason I love lacrosse is because it is like a brother hood and the adrenaline you get on the field when you get the ball and also how fast the sport is; it is a great sport.”

No. 5 Caleb Shaffer
Position: Goalie
High School: Iowa Park High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland
Twitter: @calebAshaffer
Academic Major: Criminal Justice
Career Path: United States Coast Guard officer. This will be my second year of eligibility from the College of Southern Maryland.
High School Awards: Defensive MVP
Why Webber: “Everything just feels like a perfect fit.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “From Coach Burdick to the administration, all around Webber was just a perfect fit. It just seemed that everyone was helping everyone and I had a ton of staff from the college constantly reaching out to me offering a helping hand.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Steve Campbell and Robert Cusack and my parents Joseph Shaffer and Stephanie Shaffer for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Lauren Shaffer
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Food Pantry, and volunteer at the Airman’s Attic. High School Diploma.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love the game of lacrosse because it is a sport that is growing and always has room for improvement.”

No. 6 Houston Finlayson
Position: Attack
High School: Swift Current Comprehensive High School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 155
Club Team: Swift Current Wolverines
Hometown: Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Academic Major: Business
Career Path: Professional lacrosse
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because I felt very welcomed especially with the lacrosse program; there was lots of skill and the coaching I felt was phenomenal.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Everyone was very nice and welcoming and they made me feel like I belong. Coach was very good and he was a coach I wanted to play for 100 percent.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coach Rick Pribyl and my parents Mike Haydon and Abbie Houston for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Brodie-Lynn Finlayson (20), Hudson Haydon (12)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: 19 goals, 18 assists, 37 points, 4.1 points per game in nine games in box lacrosse. Third in points as a rookie in junior box lacrosse.
What do you love about lacrosse?  “I love lacrosse because it has taken me so many different places and allowed me to meet so many great friends.”

No. 7 Austin Anderson
Position: Defense
High School: Calvary Christian High School
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Club Team: FCA Florida
Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
Twitter: @DAbattery
Academic Major: Business Management
High School Awards: Defensive MVP (club), Pickpocketer award (HS)
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because of the strong coaching staff and the ability to be a part of the foundation of a strong lacrosse program.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick’s personal focus on each recruit and the overall family style treatment from admissions, financial aid, and everyone else”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Dan Mayer, Patrick Aiello and Christopher Burke, and my mom Ruby Anderson for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Braeden Anderson (13)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Tournament of champions (TOC) breakdown crew, TOC score keeping table, Vacation bible school counselor, HS team Salvation Army community service project, National Honors society. Averaged 5-7 GBS per game, second in career GBS at high school, averaged 4-5 turnovers per game.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it allows me to be a part of a brotherhood working to make each other better every time we play.”

No. 8 Jakob Elliott
Position: Defense
High School: Bartow High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Bartow, Florida
Academic Major: Kinesiology, Business degree
Career Path: Personal trainer
High School Awards: Iron Man award
Why Webber: “Webber feels like home to me, thanks to the players and coaches.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The player really made me feel at home.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Derek Keating and William (Bill) Pfaff and my parents Jeff Elliott and Audra Elliott for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Austin, Kaylee, Liam and Brianna – Life wouldn’t be the same without you all.
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: I work at a daycare and donate my hair to locks of love. A/B honor roll
What do you love about lacrosse? “I fell in love with lacrosse because of William (Bill) Pfaff – Coach Bill – he showed me that lacrosse is more than a bunch of idiots running around with sticks. I possess a drive to be better, faster, stronger and lacrosse allows me to achieve my goal.”

No. 9 Matthew Harris II
Position: Midfield
High School: Winter Haven High School
Height: 6-3
Weight: 155
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Winter Haven, Florida
Academic Major: Undecided
Career Path: Finish college and get a good job after school.
High School Awards: Man Up award, Coaches award, Rookie of the Year, Second-Team All-District midfielder, Two-Year Team Captain.
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because it’s close to home, I know a lot of people going there and I like the head coach because he knows what he is talking about and he wants to make the lacrosse program good.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The people I talked to there made me feel welcomed to the campus and coach was very clear on his expectations and goals for the program.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Matthew Harris and Derek Keating and my parents Matthew Harris and Jackie Harris for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Bailey Harris-Brevard College
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Top 50% of my class. Career: G26, A30, PTs56, GBS 130, FO% .444, FO won 4, CTs 66
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it’s fast paced and you meet really good people.”

No. 10 Alex West
Position: Attack
High School: Ridge Point High School
Height: 5-10
Weight: 145
Club Team: Panthers
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Academic Major: Criminal Justice, Business
Career Path: Something in the criminal justice department.
High School Awards: All-District left attack
Why Webber: “I chose Webber for many reasons. Not only because the coaching staff was great and the location is amazing, but because the all-around vibe of the school really suited me. The students made me feel like I was at home which helps when you’re actually a five-hour drive away.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The recruiting process at Webber was special because I was able to connect with everyone there. Coach Burdick is an amazing guy and an outstanding coach. The location of the school is a game changer and during both of my visits I felt right at home.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Edward Torriero and Mike Staub and my parents David West and Alison West for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Calla West (19)-University of Houston – Aubrey West (12)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Working at a women’s shelter. Volunteering during Hurricane Harvey. Junior season making it to the State playoffs.
What do you love about lacrosse? “The reason I love lacrosse is because the brotherhood involved in this sport is unlike any other. You don’t have to be the biggest or fastest on the team in order to contribute or make a difference.”

No. 11 Fields Chandler
Position: Attack
High School: Calvary Christian High School
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
Club Team: Bay Area Sandsharks
Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
Academic Major: Undecided
High School Awards: 2020 Top-25 Players to Watch (TLR). 2018 Most Improved. 2018 Team-First Award. Four-year starter on varsity.
Why Webber: “The coaches were extremely supportive and the school itself has been progressively increasing monthly with students and newly renovated areas. The atmosphere is also extremely relaxed with so many different groups of people that it would be hard not to make friends in this close environment.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick’s process with me was easily the best because he told me specifically where he saw me next season and did such things as come to my school and let me have multiple visits. The admissions and financial aid office also made it great because they showed me what I needed to do in order to get the most money off of the school as possible.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Patrick Aiello, Dan Mayer and John Matzke, and my parents Steven Chandler and Lisa Chandler for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Charissa Chandler (30), Allie Chandler (24) and Bella Chandler (12).
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: 2019 Youth Leadership Graduate. 29 goals and 20 assists.
What do you love about lacrosse? “Lacrosse is one of the most unique sports out there. It has all aspects of every sport but the most comes out of basketball which is the sport I would’ve played if it weren’t for lacrosse.”

No. 12 Zach McCann
Position: Face Off Midfield
High School: Wiregrass Ranch High School
Height: 5-9
Weight: 195
Club Team: WFL / True Florida
Hometown: Wesley Chapel, Florida
Twitter: @ZachM_2020
Academic Major: Sports Management and Business
Career Path: I want to become a scout for a professional sports team or Division-I college.
Why Webber: “I love the feel of small campuses and colleges. The fact that the field is right on the water as well as the school makes the college a great place. With playing for Coach Burdick in the past he was an awesome travel coach and really helped developed me through two seasons. With Burdick as head coach it was an easy choice to pick Webber.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick made me feel that with his process, building Webber to become a lacrosse powerhouse is something I wanted to be a part of. The administration has been very helpful through the process as well.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches TJ Fitzsimmons and Chris Burke, my mom Nicole McCann and my grandpa Terry McCann for all of their support.”
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Volunteered at Cat crusaders and a sports camp. Honor Roll all four years of high school. Seven goals, 11 assists, 70% win, 45 faceoff wins in first eight games senior year with two 100% faceoff win percent games.
What do you love about lacrosse? “Lacrosse is a way to block out everything else in the world and just play and grind in a sport I love to play. When I first started, I knew that this was the sport I wanted to play in college. I love that I can go out in any field with a goal and practice my face-offs and shooting until the sun goes down.”

No. 13 Jack Ostrander
Position: Long Stick Midfield
High School: Stillwater Area High School
Height: 5-8
Weight: 155
Club Team: True MN
Hometown: Afton, Minnesota
Twitter: @Jostrander13
Academic Major: Business
High School Awards: All-Conference. All-Star TC Showcase. All-Star McDaniel College.
Why Webber: “It’s all about that Florida sunshine baby.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “I loved the boys that I met when I spent the night. We made such a connection I knew I wanted to be with these guys.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Tom Howe and Aime Caines and my parents Heidi Ostrander and Eric Ostrander for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Mick Ostrander
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Elementary School volunteer. Science Student of the Month.
What do you love about lacrosse? “High intensity, fast passes and hanging out with the boys.”

No. 14 Riley Graves
Position: Goalie
High School: Englewood High School
Height: 6-2
Weight: 145
Hometown: Englewood, Colorado
Twitter: @RuyGuyLax
Academic Major: Psychology
High School Awards: Defensive Player of the Year, junior varsity captain, Sportsmanship Award
Why Webber: “Coach Burdick’s recruiting process felt the most genuine, and his love and passion for the sport was exactly what I was looking for.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick. I’ve dealt with a lot of offers and recruiters but he was by far the nicest and most genuine. I look forward to playing for him.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coach Matt Thomad and my parents Danielle Graves and Gabe Griego for all of their support.”
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Pirates Youth Lacrosse Coach and Volunteers. 333 Career saves; Junior year GAA 14.0.
What do you love about lacrosse? “Lacrosse gives me a family that I can love and that I can help grow and succeed. It’s an outlet in which I can creatively express myself and show my potential.”

No. 15 Dane Fasano
Position: Defense
High School: Bayport Blue Point High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Club Team: Fighting Ducks
Hometown: Bayport, New York
Twitter: @Dane87675450
Academic Major: Business
High School Awards: Monclaire state prospect camp all-star team as a sophomore.
Why Webber: “When I took my visit to Webber I felt very at home and comfortable. All the staff were very friendly and the tour was inclusive. The campus is lakeside and beautiful. Also the lacrosse team felt like a great fit.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick is a tight knit coach to his players which is something I really appreciate. Also admissions is very friendly and helpful.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Douglas Meehan, Jeff Aiello and Michael Luce, and my parents Gregory Fasano and Susan Fasano for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Lyn Fasano (30), Sid Fasano (28) and Baylen Fasano (23).
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Cleaning local beaches, help run Halloween and game night at elementary school. Merit-Honor roll through senior year. Junior year: 5+ assists, 20+ ground balls. Sophomore year: 5+ ground balls.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I was never good at any sports and I struggled with my weight when I was younger until I found lacrosse. I’ve always been driven to the sport and it really helped me find my athletic drive. Ever since I picked up a stick in fifth grade I fell in love with trying to perfect every little thing about lacrosse. No matter how many times I dropped a pass or how bad I messed up playing defense, I never quit because I had such a passion for it.”

No. 16 Bryson Whitehead
Position: Midfield
High School: Bartow High School
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Academic Major: Criminal Justice
Career Path: Police Officer
Why Webber: “I choose Webber because of the academics and the small class room sizes.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The Coaching Staff and the chance to play with a great group of guys if what stood out to me.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Derek Keating, Bill Pfaff and Zakk McCarthy, and my parents Tina Whitehead and Mark Whitehead for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Colton Whitehead (15), Bailey Whitehead (12)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Lake Wire clean up and making care packages and delivering them to the homeless in downtown Lakeland.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse for the speed and the physicality of the game.”

No. 17 Jack Winer
Position: Midfield
High School: Bridgton Academy
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
Twitter: @Jwiner21
Academic Major: Finance
Career Path: Financial advisor
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because it was a good opportunity for me to further my academic and athletic career.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The coaches are the reason I made my decision.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Derek Marshall, Will Hay and Chris Bronander, and Regi Winer for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Annie Winer (16)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Had 100 hours of community service throughout high school. 12 goals. 26 assists.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I started playing late and immediately fell in love with it and want to keep playing as long as I can.”

No 18 Cade Bullard
Position: Defensive Midfield
High School: Bartow High School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 145
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Winter Haven, Florida
Twitter: @BullardCade
Academic Major: Sport Business Management
Career Path: My career ambition is to work as front office management in the professional sports industry.
High School Awards: 2017-2018 Bartow Varsity Lacrosse. 2017 Shooters Fall Classic Champions. 2018-2019 Bartow Varsity Lacrosse. 2018 Shooters Fall Classic Champions. 2018-2019 All-Area Honorable Mention – Varsity Lacrosse. 2018-2019 Polk County All-Star Lacrosse Showcase Invitation. 2019 Derek Pieper Memorial Cup Tournament Champions. 2019 Shooters Fall Classic Champions. 2019-2020 Bartow Varsity Lacrosse.
Why Webber: “I chose Webber International University for a variety of reasons. First, they offered my major. Next, I liked the proximity of the university from my residence and family. When visiting the university, I saw the new sports facilities and heard about the new plans for the school, and was excited about being a part of that process. But what ultimately sold me on the school was the coaches and the future vision for the team. I left motivated, inspired and excited to be a part of something so special.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “I left my official visit at Webber International University without a single doubt in my mind of where I wanted to play. That is largely credited to Coach Burdick. He has an amazing and super friendly personality that immediately made me feel comfortable. His vision for the team was inspirational, and I knew from the way he talked that he would without a doubt make this vision a reality. From that initial visit Coach Burdick has kept in contact with me, showed up to games and made me feel like he was truly invested in me as a player, his future team and the sport of lacrosse.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Derek Keatingand and Bill Pfaff, my parents Crystal Ehrlich, Brian Ehrlich, Travis Bullard and Amanda Bullard, and the rest of the family for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Baileigh Ehrlich (19) attends South Florida State College; Brandt Bullard (19) attends Florida Southern College; Cale Bullard (17) will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University; Camdyn Bullard (15); Brian Ehrlich (15).
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: 120 plus Community Volunteer hours logged. 2017 New Cadet Basic Training- Platoon Leadership Award. 2017-2018 Bartow Rotary Club GPA Award Recipient. 2018-2019 Bartow Rotary Club GPA Award Recipient. G:10; G/G: 1; A: 9; PT’s: 19; SHT%:.556; GBS: 22; FO%: 1.0.
What do you love about lacrosse? “To be completely honest, I was not raised around the sport of lacrosse. In fact, I knew very little about the sport. I was a football player from a very young age, as well as a basketball and baseball player. In middle school I had one of my football coaches introduce me to the sport. I fell in love with the sport from the beginning. I loved the competitiveness of the game, how it was very fast-paced, and I could still be aggressive on the field. It was a natural transition from the other sports that I played, yet still unique and challenging. Eventually, lacrosse became my dominate sport and I have loved every minute of it. Through lacrosse I have met some amazing friends and coaches that have made my lacrosse experiences even more memorable and special.”

No. 20 Kenneth Masters
Position: Midfield
High School: Bartow High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Bartow, Florida
Academic Major: Criminal Justice Management
Career Path: I want my career to be exciting, active, and enjoyable.
High School Awards: Most versatile player, second-team midfielder for county junior year, honorable mention sophomore year.
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because this school is a family.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Everyone was very supportive and wanted me to be there.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Derek Keating, Coach Bill, Ray Ryan, Zach Brownlee, Matt Casey and Matt Harris (also coached by Casey Powell at a Camp), and my parents Kenneth Masters and Heidi Masters for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Jefferson Masters, Grant Masters and Madison Masters.
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: I have served the community of Flywheelers. 3.0 grade point average. 24 games, 37 goals,11 assists, 48 points shot% .649, 70 gb, Fo win 105/180, FO %.583.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it is a sanctuary where I can let everything go.”

No. 22 Ricky Livingston
Position: Long Stick Midfield
High School: South River High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Club Team: Annapolis Hawks
Hometown:  Annapolis, Maryland
Academic Major: Criminal Justice
Career Path: Law Enforcement. From Limestone College.
High School Awards: All-County Brine All American, Adidas All American
Why Webber: “I chose Webber for the small class sizes and community feeling the school gave me.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The coaches and school made my decision very easy. Nellie in the admissions office made it super easy to communicate and make things happen and coach Burdick made the recruiting process very personal trying to find the right fit for me.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Steve Marohl and Dave Cottle and my parents Beth Livingston and Rick Livingston for all of their support.”
What do you love about lacrosse? “I get to chase a big goal with a bunch of other like-minded individuals.”

No. 23 Christian Tapia
Position: Midfield
High School: Oswego East High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Club Team: New Wave
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
Twitter: @cxt2753
Academic Major: Business
Career Path: Business Management
High School Awards: 2015 Spring Team MVP, 2015 Summer Middie MVP, 2015/2016 Middie MVP, 2016 Spring Middie MVP, 2016 Summer Middle MVP, 2016/2017 Team MVP, 2016 Warrior Cup Champions, 2017 Summer Middie MVP, 2017 Amplify Exposure All-Star, 2018 Midfield MVP, Southwest Jaguars Team MVP 2019.
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because of the variety of majors, including the business school, which I plan on studying. I also was very impressed with the location, the campus, coaching staff, the athletic program and the potential of the school and lacrosse program in the upcoming years.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick was very personable, outgoing, and took the time to answer any and all questions that we had about the college and the lacrosse program. The financial aid and admissions process was very personable.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Andy Thompson, Jay Farrell and Kyle Sullivan, and my parents Alex Tapia and Jen Tapia for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Breanna Sterling (22) – Indiana University, Alexis Tapia (19) – Waubonsee Community College
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Feed My Starving Children Volunteer
What do you love about lacrosse? “I started playing lacrosse when I was 13 years old. I have not only enjoyed the athletic aspect of the game, but have been a part of a strong club with excellent coaches and high-level competition. Lacrosse has also given me the opportunity to travel across the country and participate in many high-level competition tournaments.”

No. 24 Reynold Rey
Position: Defense
High School: Freedom High School
Height: 5-7
Weight: 185
Club Team: Scavengers Lacrosse
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Twitter: @ReynoldRey98
Academic Major: Finance
Career Path: Financial analyst for big companies.
High School Awards: Team MVP, Team Captain, Team defensemen of the year.
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because it felt like home and was the best place for me to prosper and have the best future possible.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Everyone was very friendly and I could really see myself not just playing at Webber but living there and starting the next chapter of my life.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Scott Brown and Robert Caraballo and my parents Damney Suarez and Osvaldo Cejas for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Gian Marcos (7), Angelo (5)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Give kids the world, Relay for life, a walk for hope, suicide prevention. Honor roll, top 5% of class, NHS.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because of the pure enjoyment the game brings and I love the roots and history of the game from the native Americans and the way they see the game. When played just for the enjoyment and the love of the game it truly is something special to watch.”

No. 26 Alexander Irizarry
Position: Midfield
High School: Lakeland Senior High School
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Club Team: Lakeland Club
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Twitter: @itsyeoboy
Academic Major: Sports medicine
Career Path: Athleitc Trainer or PE Teacher. First year of eligibility. Played on Puerto Rican National Team.
High School Awards: Team captain my senior year. I played in Israel right after high school, and I also played for Puerto Rico lacrosse in the last two heritage cups.
Why Webber: “This was an easy decision. I have always wanted to go to a school and play lacrosse but I never was able to do it but now that Webber will have lacrosse I jumped at the opportunity.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick was the reason ever since WFL. I knew he was a coach that is like my high school coach.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Chris Sussingham and Zach Brownlee and my parents Alex Irizarry and Yohanna Irizarry for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: My sister Keila Irizarry is getting married this year, and she continue to surprise me with everything that she does and I love her no matter all the little arguments.
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Coach the Lakeland High School team as the assistant coach. Coached from U-9 all the way up since my sophomore year in high school, I have been able to help kids have faith in their talents.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it was always there for me no matter what I was going through. It was an outlet.”

No. 27 Hunter Lasseter
Position: Midfield
High School: Winter Haven High School
Height: 5-8
Weight: 145
Club Team: Apprentice
Hometown: Winter Haven, Florida
Twitter: @HunterLasseter
Academic Major: Business Management
Career Path: To be a manager for Publix Corporation.
High School Awards: Coaches Award, Player of the Game award
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because I want to be a part of the first Webber lacrosse team. I believe this school is best for me because the teachers can work one-on-one with me to ensure success and Coach Burdick is an amazing coach to learn and grow from.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “I was drawn to Webber because of the lacrosse coach and his staff and the passion they have for the game, the school and the players.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coach Matt Harris and my parents Jerry Lasseter and Buffie Lasseter for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Saylor Lasseter, 17
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Warrior Dash. Football game parking. Community service car washes. Hauling cheer mats for the cheer team. Honor student. 19-20 season: 6 games played, 13 Goals, 2 Assists, 15 points total, 35 ground balls, 587 Faceoff percentage, 44 Face-offs won.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it has given me an opportunity to be the best person I can be on and off the field and I have created lifelong friendships with my teammates. Lacrosse gives me the opportunity to thrive in pressure situations because of my desire to win.”

No. 28 Roberto Valentin
Position: Defense
High School: Sunlake High School
Height: 5-8
Weight: 155
Club Team: Sand sharks
Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Academic Major: Criminology
Career Path: Military/law enforcement
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because it is close to home and I get to play the sport that I love while studying for my degree.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The coach was very welcoming as well as the staff. The open houses and campus tours made me realize that this is the place I want to continue my academic and athletic career.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my parents, family, and friends for all of their support, and for being an integral part of my maturity and development.”
Tell us about your siblings: “My brother is Julian Valentin and he is 15 years old. He is a huge part of my life and I strive to be a role model for him.”
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: “I am proud of all the hard work and commitment I have put in these past few years that have not only helped me become a better lacrosse player, but a better person. I am very grateful for the opportunity to play the sport that I love in college. I started playing lacrosse with only three years of high school experience and the hard work and support from my coaches allowed me this chance to further my lacrosse and academic career. This opportunity doesn’t happen to everyone and I am very appreciative of everyone and everything I put in to get to where I am today.”
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because there is always something to focus on during a game. I am always on my toes waiting to make my next move.”

No. 30 Brad Taylor
Position: Goalie
High School: Melbourne Central Catholic High School
Height: 6-2
Weight: 235
Club Team: Mid Coast Renegades
Hometown: Melbourne, Florida
Academic Major: Business
Career Path: I want to be an entrepreneur, or get into real estate.
High School Awards: Defensive Player of the Year, MVP
Why Webber: “I chose Webber mainly because of the location and the lacrosse coaching staff. I also chose Webber because I wanted to be a part of starting the new lacrosse program.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The recruiting process at Webber was great. The prospect camps were fun and informative, and the coaches were very helpful.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches John Combs and Bruce Ainbinder and my mom Karen Taylor for all of their support.”
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it presents me with different challenges every day.”

No. 33 Christian Britton
Position: Defense
High School: J. W. Mitchell High School
Height: 5-9
Weight: 185
Club Team: FCA Florida
Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida
Twitter: @Christi99003343
Academic Major: Management
High School Awards: Tampa Jam Champion (Plant City, Florida), University of Delaware Hotbeds Showcase
Why Webber: “I want to be a part of something new for the school and I can see a bright future for lacrosse at the school.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Ethan Quinlan and Tony Ferrini and my parents Scott Britton and Leslie Larzelere for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Lauren Larzelere (29), Sydney Britton (20) attends Newberry College, and Becca Larzelere.
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Homeless shelter, Horse rescue. Most Improved – English 2. High School Career: 13 CT’s, 25 GB’s.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I’ve played lacrosse for 11 years. It’s one of the most unique and underrated sports in the country. I love it because it has a very similar play style of hockey.”

No. 34 Steven Landsman
Position: Defense
High School: Cave Spring High School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 215
Club Team: Dukes LC
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Twitter: @StevenLandsman1
Academic Major: Business Marketing/Management
Career Path: Someday be the head marketing director for a major company and be the mastermind behind great commercials.
High School Awards: Team Captain for 19-20 Season for Cave Spring High School, Second-Team All-Conference for 17-18 and 18-19 seasons.
Why Webber: “The reason I chose Webber was because of a number of reasons. To start off, the location is terrific for someone that likes to do things in their free time. There is a lake right behind the athletic facility. Orlando and Universal Studios are only 45 minutes away as well. The weather is perfect for people who like the sun. It is almost as if you are attending a college that is a resort.”
“The number one reason I chose Webber is because when I spoke with Coach Burdick, he really sold me on the idea of starting off fresh for an aspiring up and coming lacrosse team. I want to lead a team that could become one of the best teams not only in the conference, but nationally. The game field is terrific, and the weight room is exactly what you look for when you are a collegiate student-athlete. Webber International University is the exact college that I needed to attend for the next four years, and hopefully it is your choice as well.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Hearing Coach Burdick’s vision is one thing but meeting him in person is very inspirational. After walking on the new turf field and playing with the other players while being coached, I felt as if I was already a player on their team. Being able to play lacrosse and visit Webber for a day and then drive up to Orlando to enjoy Universal Studios is not something you can do anywhere besides Webber International University.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Denny Barbour, Dean McDaniel, Mike Kendrick and John Hammes, and my parents Rick Landsman and Tess Landsman for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Jayson Manalo (30), Harold Manalo (23), Sierra Landsman (20) is attending LMU, and Sabrina Landsman (16).
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Pumpkins on the Playground event for Penn Forest Elementary School, Trash pickup along Cave Spring Elementary School’s ground. Lamp of Knowledge, GPA 3.5 or higher. 17-18 Season: 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 PTs, 21 GBs, 10 CT’s, 13 Checks, 5 Deflections. 18-19 Season: 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 PTs, 45 GBs, 12 CT’s, 21 Checks, 5 Deflections.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love playing lacrosse because it shows a different side of me that I can’t show in an ordinary classroom setting. Lacrosse is a misunderstood sport to most people that are not familiar with the game. It takes a lot of technique and a lot of focus. lacrosse has brought me opportunities I could only dream of. I’ve even held lacrosse camps for kids and players.”
“Now, I am now able to continue my athletic career to the college level from a high school that usually doesn’t send their players to the next level. I am able to give me and my parents financial relief by earning athletic scholarships and academic scholarships. Lacrosse is what I do to better myself and the people around me…lacrosse is me.”

No. 38 Etsevio Centeno
Position: Defense
High School: Atlantic Coast High School
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Club Team: JAC Sting
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Twitter: @Mexican6001
Academic Major: Education, teaching
High School Awards: Multicultural club
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because it’s an amazing school. It is its own community and everything is so close and peaceful. The campus is beautiful and they have lacrosse which I love.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Everything was easy and simple. I always had contact with financial aid and coach Burdick.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Benjamin Rowan and Chase Spanos and my mom Patricia Centeno for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Bianca Centeno (20), Carlos Centeno (21)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Fed the Homeless, habitat for humanity. 1 G, 6 saves, 20 GBS, 10 CT- career
What do you love about lacrosse? “Lacrosse is more than a sport to me it’s my life, it’s a way for me to leave all the madness that happens in this world and play a brotherhood sport.”

No. 41 Camron Bailey
Major: Defensive Midfield
High School: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165
Club Team: Stealth
Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
Twitter: @Yhncam48
Academic Major: Law
Why Webber: “I chose Webber because they have an amazing academic program and a good athletic program so I can do what I love and work on my future.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “They help you out the whole way and help you if you don’t understand something”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Neil McAdorey and Ryan Burton and my parents Melinda Bailey and Roii Bailey for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Jonathan Henley
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Kappa league
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it’s an amazing way to get in shape and you can meet amazing people while playing.”

No. 47 David Becker
Position: Midfield
High School: Lynbrook High School
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Club Team: South Shore Elite
Hometown: Lynbrook, New York
Twitter: @David Becker
Academic Major: Business
Career Path: Make the MLL or PLL draft.
Why Webber: “The environment and the head space the college gave off really checked in with how I want to live the rest of my life.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The first visit I had was amazing. The people I met and the friends I made put Webber in a good spot for my college selection”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches Bill Leighley and William Luzzi and my parents Hilary Becker and Geralyn Becker for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Joe (brother), Tom (brother) and Noelle (sister).
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Middle School Wrestling Coach, Sophomore year: FO%: 62.7% FO won: 83
What do you love about lacrosse? “It’s a sport where someone can be creative”

No. 48 Brycen Ortiz
Position: Attack
High School: Lakeland Senior High School
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175
Club Team: WFL
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Twitter: @Brycen_ortiz
Academic Major: Sport Business Management
High School Awards: Work Horse award
Why Webber: “I love building new programs. I want to make a mark at the school as one of the first players to take a leap of faith and help put that school on the map.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Everyone from the coaching staff to the admissions staff were so welcoming and friendly. They all made me feel so wanted there and that was something that I wanted when looking for a school.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coach Zach Brownle, Chris Burdick and my parents Dan Ortiz and Jennifer Ortiz for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Tate Ortiz (21) attends Lee University, Makenna Ortiz (22), and Morgan Ortiz (13).
What do you love about lacrosse? “Lacrosse is a sport where creativity is encouraged. There is always something new that can be done that no one else has seen before or a style of play that is unlike any other. It’s also a very therapeutic sport for me, when I start playing it’s like any problems I had before just leave and never happened.”

No. 50 Demarion Sheppard
Position: Defensive Midfield
High School: Lakeland Senior High School
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Twitter: @demarionlax863
Academic Major: Business
Career Path: Win a national title. Polk State (2020)
Why Webber: “Webber is great program with an excellent coach”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Coach Burdick showed a lot of love and made Webber quickly feel like home.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coach Zachary Brownlee and my parents Jermaine Nelson and Selena Engram for all of their support.”
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love lacrosse because it’s fun, and because I feel special to play the game. I love putting in the work to become better at lacrosse.”

No. 66 James Gabura
Position: Midfield
High School: Thomas A. Blakelock High School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195
Club Team: Oakville Hawks
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Twitter: @jamesgabura
Academic Major: Sports Business Management
Career Path: Conservation Officer or Fire Fighter. Junior Transferring from Wilfrid Laurier University.
High School Awards: Was a part of starting the lacrosse team at my high school/
Why Webber: “I believe this school will give me a great education and it allows me to play the sport I love, lacrosse”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “The online support was helpful, the continual contact from the school and coaches kept me informed, and I feel Webber is the place I need to be to focus on my schooling and athletics”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my coaches, Curtis Davies, Mark Follows and Leo Stouros, and my parents Andrew Gabura and Sheila Gabura for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Nicole Gabura (24)
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Pollinator garden located in St. Jacobs, Ontario. Honor role in High school.
What do you love about lacrosse? “I love how fast lacrosse is and how physical the game can be”

No. 88 Alexander Kew
Position: Attack
High School: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Club Team: Hardcore / Excelsiors
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Academic Major: Sport Business Management
Why Webber: “My brother Andrew Kew being the offensive coordinator there was a major reason. I also wanted to play lacrosse and attend college in Florida.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “Both the coach and the admissions team were very helpful during the process. My visit was also a great experience and my brother being down in Florida and potentially coaching at Webber is a major draw for me.”
Personal Statement: “I would like to thank my parents Darin Kew and Charlene Kew for all of their support.”
Tell us about your siblings: Andrew Kew
What do you love about lacrosse? “The culture and atmosphere surrounding lacrosse are phenomenal. The competitive level and room for creativity is unparalleled compared to other sports.”

No. 95 Andrew Owens
Position: Face Off
High School: Lyman High School
Height: 5-9
Weight: 155
Club Team: Always Sunny
Hometown: Longwood, Florida
Twitter: @Andrew68431642
Academic Major: Sports Medicine / Training
Career Path: Help athletes perform at the best of their ability through training.
High School Awards: Spirit award sophomore year. All-around player junior year.
Why Webber: “The atmosphere and the people make your feel like you’re a part of a big family and not just a number.”
Tell us about the recruiting process at Webber? “From the first contact, Coach Burdick had me feeling that I was part of a special beginning for Webber by being part of the first lacrosse team.  After meeting and getting a tour, I was excited to be a part of the Webber family. Coach Burdick’s invite to play with other recruits and prospects and giving personal instruction and coaching prior to my final decision helped me to become a better player and want to play for him and to be a Warrior.”
Personal Statement: ” I love this game. I am so grateful for my friends that introduced me to this sport. To my coaches, Brett Mason and Matt Campbell, thank you for your guidance, mentoring, and pushing me to give my all. To my parents, Shelby and Michael, thank you for all those emergency trips to get mesh, string, and equipment. Thank you both for supporting me on this journey. I love you both.”
Tell us about your siblings: My two older sisters Ariel Owens (29) and Macey Owens (23) both have been my cheering section and transportation for all my lacrosse gear.
Tell us about your career and what you are proud of: Five goals, 26 assists, 80% fo win. Help mentor and recruit players for my high school team.
What do you love about lacrosse?  “Everything. It’s helped me become a better person. Lacrosse helped change my life providing purpose and focus.”

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