Men’s Lacrosse Unveils Class of 2021
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette interim head men’s lacrosse coach Ed Williams announced the additions of 13 student-athletes to the college’s class of 2021 on Friday morning.
The newcomers come to College Hill from six different states, including six from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania and one each from Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts. Seven midfielders and two apiece from the attack, defense and goalie units make up this year’s class.
Tragically, the final member, McCrae Williams, passed away on Sept. 11, 2017. The team will honor his memory with helmet stickers and badges on their uniforms during the upcoming spring season.
More information on each of the rookies is available below.
Griffin Ernst (5-10, 185 | Midfield/Faceoff | Episcopal Academy | Haverford, Pa.): Was a three-year starter on the lacrosse and hockey teams at Episcopal…played midfield and faceoff for lacrosse and was a hockey forward…earned three letters in each of the two sports…also played on the defensive line for the football team for one season…was an instructor at Sail to Prevail in Nantucket, a national disabled sailing program.
Jake Floyd-Jones (6-2, 175 | Goalie | Episcopal Academy | West Chester, Pa.): Was a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, starting for two seasons between the pipes…earned First-Team All-League, Second-Team All-Delaware County and All-League Honorable mention laurels throughout his career…played on the club circuit with Big 4 HHH in Philadelphia.
Bryan Hess (5-11, 185 | Midfield | Rumson Fair Haven | Fair Haven, N.J.): A three-year starter at midfield, scoring 103 career goals and 34 career assists for 137 career points…won three state championships as a running back on the football team…named First-Team All-Shore in lacrosse during his junior and senior years and was a team captain in his senior season…selected as the Jersey Sporting News Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2017…won Shore Conference Championships in 2014 and 2016 and a Group 1 State championship in 2015…earned All-American and First-Team All-Group 1 laurels in 2017…achieved high honor roll throughout his academic career and was given the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.
Evan Kieltyka (6-2, 185 | Defense | Somers | Katonah, N.J.): Played four years of soccer and three years of lacrosse at Somers…in lacrosse, he was a two-time All-Section honoree…won the Face Off Group Ground Ball Award and was the 2017 Team MVP…winner of the Dr. Donald W. Richie Excellence in Athletics Award…in soccer, he was a three-time All-League selection, an All-Section honoree, and scored 16 goals as the captain of a state championship team…earned high honor roll during his academic career and was a member of the National Honor Society…helped out with Let’s Play it Forward and was a member of the Physics Club.
Riley Larson (6-1, 173 | Midfield | St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes | Alexandria, Va.): Played football, hockey and lacrosse, winning three state championships in his lacrosse career…scored 32 goals and added 14 assists and 19 ground balls during his senior season…was a Under Armour Underclassmen All-American and a member of the Washington-VA Elite Top-22 Team in 2016…honored by the Alexandria Sportsmen Club as the 2017 Boys Lacrosse Athlete of the Year…named the SSSAS Offensive MVP in 2017…served as team captain for the hockey team during his senior season…member of the Dean’s List and a First-Team Academic All-MAPHL honoree in 2016-17…served as a volunteer coach for Winners Lacrosse and played his club lacrosse for Blackwolf Lacrosse in Washington, D.C.
Matt Meyjes (6-1, 160 | Midfield | Darien | Darien, Conn.): Played four years of lacrosse at attack and midfield, starting during his senior season…was the top team in the nation at 23-0, winning GCIAC and state championships.
John Natoli (5-9, 155 | Attack | Mountain Lakes, N.J. | Mountain Lakes): Played four years of lacrosse, with three as a starter at attack…apart of three Group 1 North Sectional Championships, a Group 1 State championship in 2016 and a NJILL Gibbs Conference Co-Championship in 2017…excelled during his senior season as a team captain, leading the team in scoring…selected First-Team All-State Group 1, First-Team All-NJAC Conference, First-Team All-State, All-New Jersey, as a Gil Gibbs NJ All-Star and as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American…received the Coaches Award in 2016 and 2017…won a scholarship for the Lakers Lacrosse Boys Youth Program…member of National Honor Society and was a four-year honor roll student.
Andrew Robbins (5-11, 170 | Midfield | Ramapo | Wyckoff, N.J.): Was a four-year starter, winning a state championship and tallying 244 career points…eanred two Player of the Year honors by the Gibbs Conference and North Jersey, as well as a USILA All-American selection and an All-NJ honor…member of the high honor roll during his academic career…helped out with lacrosse clinics and played his club lacrosse at Leading Edge.
Gabe Smithline (5-11, 173) | Midfield/Faceoff | Springside Chestnut Hill Academy | Newtown, Pa.): Played three years of lacrosse and ran three years of track as a sprinter…won more than 70 percent of his faceoffs during his senior season…won the Coaches Award…member of the honor roll and distinguished honor roll…played club lacrosse for the Long Island Sting.
Chris Stach (5-10, 165 | Attack | St. Augustine Prep/Deerfield Academy | Bethesda, Md.): Played four years of lacrosse, starting two, and two years of football, starting one at cornerback and as a slot receiver…played his club lacrosse for Greene Turtle DC and the Long Island Sting.
Dylan Tocco (5-8, 180 | Midfield | Moorestown/St. Augustine Prep | Morrestown, N.J.): Was a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, starting for two seasons…also played two years of football, starting at running back and linebacker…member of the Dean’s List and winner of the Scholar-Athlete Award…played his club lacrosse with Duke LC and Big 4 HHH.
Pat Tully (6-2, 180 | Defense | Summit | Summit, N.J.): Started for two seasons, picking up 45 groundballs in his senior season…led his team to a 17-2 record in 2016, winning the Fitch Pitt Championship…followed that up with a 16-5 mark in 2017, winning the Group III North State Sectional Championship…named Second-Team All-Fitch Pitt…graduated with Cum Laude honors…played his club lacrosse at Leading Edge.
McCrae Williams (5-8, 170 | Goalie | Noble & Greenough School | Weston, Mass.): Tragically passed away on Sept. 11, 2017…started for four years in goal, carrying a career record of 30-5…was a 2017 All-League honoree as well as a team captain…named Second-Team All-League in 2016…participated in various community service initiatives in rural villages across the globe...played his club lacrosse with the Top Gun Fighting Clams in Acton, Mass.