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Siena Lacrosse Welcomes Class of 2020

Siena Men’s Lacrosse Has 16 Additions in the Class of 2020

LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Svec and the men’s lacrosse program welcomes 16 new additions to Class of 2020. The 16-men addition includes 13 freshmen and three transfers.

“As a group these new faces have the ability to make an immediate impact both on the field and within the Siena community,” said Svec who enters his sixth season at the helm. “They are quality lacrosse players and even better young men. We are excited to welcome them to Loudonville.”

Nicholas R. Allen was All-League at Haldane Central High School. The Cold Spring, New York native played football, lacrosse, basketball and soccer during his three-year campaign. He played one season of lacrosse for Bridgeton Academy.

Jack Buckley was All-Conference in both hockey and lacrosse at York Comm High School. The Elmhurst, Illinois native played four years and was the captain for both the lacrosse and hockey team. He was an integral part of the lacrosse team being two-time Conference Champions.

Jack Drillock was a two-time US Lacrosse All-American from Pleasantville, New York. He also played football and basketball for Pleasantville High School. Drillock was a key part of the Panthers defense that led to a Section 1 (NY) title for the first time in 14-years. He was also a key takeaway defender that allowed an average of just 4.95 goals per game, the lowest in Section 1.

Sean Emerson comes from Penn Yan, New York. He was a US Lacrosse All-American. Emerson was All-Section First Team and All-Greater Rochester Team in both 2016 and 2015. At the Section V Championship in 2016, Emerson scored two goals and dished out one assist.He was part of the All-Tournament team for his efforts during the 2015 Section 5 (Class C) tournament. During his sophomore year he was named to the All-Greater Rochester Team and Second Team All-Section Five. He was Penn Yan’s leading scorer with 57 goals, 53 assists and 110 points. He also played basketball and football for Penn Yan.

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Ross Filtch played lacrosse all four years at Marcellus High School. During his four years, he was First Team All-League, Second Team All-League and All-League Honorable Mention. The Marcellus, New York native also played football, basketball and soccer. He earned First Team All-League Defense for football and well as Second Team All-League and All-League Honorable Mention in soccer.

Brett Habich was a two-sport athlete at Red Bank Catholic High School. The Little Silver, New Jersey native earned four varsity letters for lacrosse and two for football. He was an Under Armour All-American as well as being First Team All-Conference. Habich earned Second Team All-Shore. He was part of the 2014 State Football Championship Team.

Colton Hart earned four varsity lacrosse letters at Jesuit College Prep School. The Dallas, Texas native was named 2016’s Recruiting Radar Watchlist and was selected to represent Siena and the MAAC in the 2016 IL Committee Academy. He was the only long stick on the 2016 StickStar Lacrosse All-Tournament Team. Hart started in the 2016 Texas All-Star Round Up.

Brendan Johnson comes to Siena from White Plains, New York. At White Plains High School Johnson was a three sport athlete as he played football, lacrosse and track & field. He was an All-American Section 1 in 2016. In 2015, Johnson was named All-League, All-Section and Hudson Valley Second Team. He was named the WPHS Varsity Lacrosse Best Offensive Player in 2015. During his first year on varsity, Johnson was named All-League and All-Section Honorable Mention. He also earned the WPHS Special Skills Team Award.

John McDonald comes from right up the road in Ballston Spa, New York. He went to Ballston Spa high school before spending two years at Towson University. McDonald was awarded the Presidential Award and the William R. Scott Athletic Excellence Award. He was the fourth-leading scorer in Ballston Spa High School history. McDonald was a two-time First Team All-Suburban Council honoree as well as being named to the Second Team All-Suburban Council once. He also played football for three years.

Jake Miller is a local from Niskayuna, New York. He went to Bryant University after he graduated from Niskayuna High School. Miller was a three-sport athlete as he played hockey, football and lacrosse. During his senior year, Miller was the captain of the lacrosse team. He helped win the 2015 NYS Lacrosse Championship.

Aiden O’Brien comes from Niskayuna High School and UNC-Chapel Hill. The local from Niskayuna, New York joins the Saints after playing both football and lacrosse in high school. He was a two-time All American as well as being USA Today Upstate Player of the Year. In 2015, he was USA Today’s All US First Team. O’Brien helped lead Niskayuna to a Visit our Closeout Section and Save Big!2015 NYS State Championship.

Dylan Pantalone is another native from Niskayuna, New York. He is a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and two-time Under Armour All-American. Pantalone was a three-time All-Section All-Star for Niskayuna High School. He also played football and wrestled. Pantalone earned four varsity letters in lacrosse. His older brother Tyler plays for Siena.

Gage Ponsetti was a four-year letterwinner at Penn Yan Academy. Besides lacrosse, Ponsetti played soccer and wrestled, earning four and three letters respectively. Ponsetti was named Section V Sportsman of the Year in 2016. He was also an All-Section Second Team after his seven saves in the Section V Championship game. The Penn Yan, New York native was All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention in 2015.  Ponsetti garnered a 64.2 save percentage in 2016 and 341 total saves over his four-year campaign. He earned both the Alumni Award and the Heart Award.

Kevin Prunty is a two-time All-Section from Yorktown Heights, New York. He was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Lakeland High School. Prunty also played football and earned All-League honors. He is the younger brother of former Siena player Conor ‘15 and his other brother Brian currently plays for the Saints.

Tommy Pulzello comes to Siena from Glen Rock, New Jersey. At Glen Rock High School he was named Freshman Athlete of the Year. He played both football and lacrosse and earned respective three and four varsity letters. He was named an All-League defensemen for lacrosse. Pulzello was part of the National Honor Society.

Maurice Tessier is a local from Loudonville, New York. At Albany Academy he played both soccer and lacrosse. During his senior year, Tessier was named to the Times Union Second Team and Colonial Council First Team. He was also named Albany Academy’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2016. After the 2015 season he was named Second Team for the Troy Record.

The 16 new additions join a Saints program that is returning 82 percent of their scoring from last spring.

Catherine Prince
Athletic Communications Assistant
Siena College Athletics
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Loudonville, N.Y. 12211-1452
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