February 9, 2011

St. Andrew's Inks Six...All from Washington

from press release

LAURINBURG, NC— Head Coach Mike Lawson recently announced the addition of six new players and a new assistant coach—all hailing from Washington State— to the ever-growing arsenal of his men's lacrosse program at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, an NCAA Division II institution in North Carolina.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The renewed popularity for lacrosse in the Northwest has prompted Lawson to extend his recruiting efforts to the region. "These Washington-based student athletes are a great addition to our program. They're both extremely competitive and highly motivated. I expect that they'll bring a refreshed intensity to our practices, workouts, and, ultimately, on game day," said Lawson.

Assistant coach Christopher Sherman recently returned to St. Andrews after a three year absence. Sherman is not stranger to St. Andrews as he is 2005 graduate. Sherman has also already served one stint as an assistant coach in 2007, when the Knights had the best season to-date with 12-5 overall record and led NCAA Division II in scoring.

"It's nice to have Chris back in the office after his sabbatical to Washington. He was a senior during my first year at St. Andrews, so I've had the pleasure of coaching and working with him before," commented head coach Lawson. "Coach Sherman brings a unique teaching quality that will aid in developing and improving our young team."

While living in Washington, Sherman was the head coach for Snohomish. He also served as an official for WLOA, volunteered with the University of Washington goalies, and worked game-day operations for the Washington Stealth. He was also the North Sound program director (WALAX) and gave regular private goalie lessons.

Alex Tindall is a midfielder from the Lynnwood Tigers Lacrosse Club. "Alex is an exciting young player who seems to be adjusting extremely well to the college game," said assistant coach Chris Sherman. "He has a lot of natural qualities that make him an excellent addition to the team."

Tindall comes off of a fantastic high school career, as he was amongst the leaders of WHSBLA Division II in points per game with 6.08. He tallied 58 goals and 21 assists as a senior, which made him a top scorer in the state in 2010, all while collecting 90 groundballs in the regular season play. Tindall was named First Team All-Conference, selected as a member of Team Washington, and was a pivotal component in the Lynnwood Tigers Division II State Championship victory.

Jon Williams, a defender also hailing from the Lynnwood Tigers Lacrosse Club, has also joined the Knights for 2011. "Williams is learning the long-stick midfield and close defense positions," commented Lawson. "Williams' ability to handle the ball in the clearing game is a huge asset."

As a senior in 2010, Williams lead his fellow defenders by grabbing 45 ground balls, scoring 2 goals, and tallying 4 assists in the regular season. Furthermore, he was selected to First Team All Conference, and was a contributing player for the reigning state champions.

Nick Hund, a finishing specialist and sizeable attackman, will add some size to the Knights' roster this year with his 6' 3", 225 pound frame. As a senior at Snohomish, Hund led his team in multiple categories. He was ranked 9th in the state with 4.33 points per game, and finished the regular season with 60 points, 28 goals, 32 assists, and 27 groundballs. Hund was selected to First Team All-Conference. "Nick is a big, powerful player who has an ability to play midfield on both sides of the ball," commented Lawson.

Dugan McDermott is a defender from Bainebridge Island Lacrosse Club. McDermott's senior season in 2009 was noteworthy due to his groundball statistical ranking in Division I. He finished the season with an impressive 123 groundballs, placing him second in the state in retrievals. McDermott's cunning ability to handle the ball was also obvious with his regular season points, putting 6 goals in the back of the net and tallying an assist. First Team All-State in 2009, and was Captain of the Seattle Starz Elite of his junior-senior summer.

Sean Shewey joins the Knights' defense as a transfer from Herkimer County Community College where he was a starter for the Generals, earning All-Region honors. Prior to Herkimer, Shewey was a captain for Redmond, and earning his way on to First Team All-Conference in 2009. "His athletic ability and hardnosed mindset made him an appealing addition to our defense," said Lawson.

Daniel Shields of Mercer Island Lacrosse Club and Onondaga Community College (NY) will join the Knights' offensive. Shields spent last season playing at Onondaga Community College and helped the team procure their fourth national championship title. His high school accolades include leading the WSHBLA Division I in points per game (5.54), tallying 72 regular season points, 36 goals, and 36 assists. Shields earned a spot on the First Team All-State Squad. He was also named a High School All-American, one of only three in the state of Washington.

St. Andrews will open the 2011 season at home on Saturday, February 12 against Catawba College at 2pm.

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