SAINT LEO, Fla. – The 2010 season hasn’t officially started yet, but head lacrosse coach Brad Jorgensen has his eyes set to 2011. Jorgensen has inked six players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, in hopes of replacing the largest and one of the most productive classes in program history.
The group consists of one attackman, two midfielders, and three defensemen. Matt Obermeyer joins the Lions on the attack side of the ball, while Lukas McGuiness and Matthew Wilson look to control the middle of the field. Adding depth and size on the defensive side are Timothy Viancourt, Christian Harvey, and Doug Moore.
Obermeyer is a 5 foot-9 inch attackman from Winter Springs, Florida. He attended Winter Springs High School and played three years of varsity lacrosse under the tutelage of John Drehof. While at Winter Springs, Obermeyer collected a series of awards including the Rookie Award his sophomore campaign in which he tallied 52 goals and 17 assists. His efforts on the field helped him earn First Team All-District. As a junior, he registered 43 goals and 30 assists. His accolades were numerous as he was tabbed First Team All-Conference, as well as Second Team All-Central Florida. He was crowned team MVP and once again was a First Team All-District selection as a junior. The 152-pound goal scorer is closing out his senior season at Winter Springs and is also a current member of the Team Florida Sharks Carolina squad and the U-19 Possums travel team.
Lukas McGuiness has felt the sights and sounds of University Field many times prior to his commitment to the Lions. His experience was as a fan to cheer on his brother; current lacrosse player Jake McGuiness. Lukas, the younger brother of Jake, is a 5 foot-11 inch midfielder from Barnstable, Massachusetts. He attended Barnstable High School and was coached by Greg Clements. In fact, McGuiness was a multi-sport star for his high school, playing both football and lacrosse. As a football player, McGuiness led the team in tackles, named a team captain, and was tagged an Old Colony League All-Star. On the lacrosse side, he was a four-year varsity player. He scooped 109 ground balls and scored 65 points, including 36 goals and 29 assists.
Matt Wilson, from Orchard Park, N.Y., is another impact addition to the Lion’s midfield. He attended Orchard Park High School and was a member of the junior varsity and varsity lacrosse team all four years under the teaching of Gene Tundo. At Orchard Park, Wilson earned multiple awards. Topping that list was the Tommy Gardener Award for his demonstration of leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field. He was a team captain and a member of the Nike Western New York Club team. He helped lead his Orchard Park squad to the Section Six Championship, as well as berths into the New York State Regional and State Finals.
A strong defense is an area coach Jorgensen prides himself on. He appears to be continuing the rich tradition of a nationally-ranked defense by adding three superb defenders.
Adding to a history of strong Saint Leo recruits from the Midwest is defenseman Tim Viancourt. The 6 foot 7 inch defenseman is a native of Medina, Ohio and spent four years at Medina Senior High School under the coaching style of Ken Walters. During his stint at Medina Senior, he was named a member of the Ohio High School Athletics Association Division 1, Region 3, and All-Region Honorable Mention teams. He was also tabbed the Rollie Platz Award winner and was a three-year varsity letter winner.
Joining the Lion defense from south Florida is long-stick Christian Harvey. Harvey spent three years on the Boca Raton High School varsity lacrosse team. Under the tutelage of Coach Matt Paolano, Harvey is a multiple-time award winner. He, like McGuiness, is a multiple sport star. He played football and, of course, lacrosse. In 2007, he was named Most Valuable Defensive Player on his football team. In 2008, Harvey earned lacrosse honors as the Most Improved Player and was named an All-District First Team member. This past season, the Boynton Beach, Fla. native was named Most Valuable Defensive Player and First Team All-District.
Rounding out the defensive trio and the six signees is Doug Moore. Moore currently calls Lake Mary, Fla. home and spent four seasons at Lake Mary High School. The defender is coached by Shawn Perkins and was a two-sport star. As a football player, he was the starting center and guard. He was named as the Most Improved Varsity Football Player Award during his sophomore year and set the school all-time speed and weightlifting marks at those positions.
Moore was also a two-year varsity lacrosse captain and a member of the All-SAC Conference team, while earning Florida All-FHSAA District 4 honors. Moore competed on the Central Florida Possums and Team Florida U-19 All Star teams. Also, the Arlington Heights, Ill. native was a Possums Florida United and Adidas All-American Florida U-19 All Star squad member..
The six will dawn the Lions’ jersey for the first time in 2011. The focus still remains on 2010, however, as Lacrosse will open play on Sunday, January 31st against Jacksonville University in a scrimmage format.