June 27, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Lacrosse head coach John Svec has announced his incoming recruiting class. The Saints will welcome a total of 10 freshmen to the Siena College campus this fall which will comprise the program's Class of 2017.
"The skill level and athleticism of this group of young men is outweighed only by the quality of their character," noted Svec. "I am excited to welcome the Class of 2017 to Loudonville and I look forward to working with them beginning in September."
A defenseman from Fairport, N.Y., Joe Arcarese was a three-time Nike Upstate Risings Section V All-Star and Monroe County All-League selection. In 2012 he was named a Brine National High School All-American, an All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention selection and participated in the Brogden Cup after leading Fairport High to an undefeated season and Section V Championship. Arcarese, who also plays for the Blaze Lacrosse Club, led Fairport with 44 groundballs this spring en route to being named to the Section V Senior All-Star Game.
"Joe was captain of one of the most competitive boy's lacrosse programs in New York State," Svec said. "He brings toughness and a great work ethic to our team."
Jordan Barlow joins the Saints following a postgraduate year at the Trinity-Pawling School. A lefty attackman from Glastonbury, Conn., Barlow tallied 51 goals and added 55 assists in high school at Kingswood-Oxford. Barlow played his club lacrosse for CT Hurricanes.
"Jordan's skill as a dodger and feeder makes him a very dangerous player," explained Svec.
Defenseman Ryan Ghaderi led Ridgewood High to back-to-back New Jersey Group 3 Titles. A 2012 All-Suburban First Team and Third Team All-North Jersey selection, Ghaderi picked up 26 groundballs and caused 11 turnovers during his senior season.
"Ryan is a solid position defender who guards the ball with intensity and toughness," said Svec.
A native of Hudson, Ohio, Patrick O'Loughlin was named to both the Midwest Under Armour Underclassmen and Titanium Elite Midwest All-Star squads. A two-time All-State and All-Region selection, he scored 31 goals and 22 assists for the Explorers during his junior season. O'Loughlin, who missed his senior year due to injury, accumulated 138 points and 167 groundballs in three varsity seasons for Hudson High. Off the field, he was equally impressive and was the recipient of the United States Presidential Service Award for his volunteer work.
"Patrick is a skilled attackman who has the ability to create for his teammates as well as himself," noted Svec. "He comes from a winning high school program and brings that experience to our team."
In just two full seasons, Steve Onak eclipsed 100 career goals for Providence Day School. An attackman from Charlotte, N.C., he was a two-time NCISAA 1A All-State selection. Onak, who also played his club lacrosse for Team Carolina, led Providence Day to a 20-3 record and an NCISAA State Championship Game appearance this spring.
"Steve is athletic and a good shooter," commented Svec. "He has excellent hands and an ability to make plays around the goal."
A face-off specialist and local product from nearby Niskayuna, N.Y., Tyler Pantalone led the Silver Warriors to back-to-back Section II Championships and state semifinal appearances. A First Team Times Union and Suburban Council All-Star selection, he won over 80% of his draws in leading Niskayuna to a 21-1 record and LaxPower.com No. 9 final national ranking this spring. He added six goals and 10 assists while captaining the Silver Warriors this year.
"Tyler is a great competitor at the face-off X," noted Svec. "I look for Tyler to hunt groundballs and fight for each possession."
Another local product from Guilderland, N.Y., Stephen Polsinelli was a First Team Times Union and Suburban Council All-Star after tallying 33 goals and 15 assists this spring for the Dutchmen. A four-year varsity competitor and three-year starter, Polsinelli participated in the 2012 Champion All-Star Showcase at Walt Disney World.
"Stephen is a true two-way midfielder who can get up and down the field fast," said Svec. "He is a scrappy player who plays at a high speed all the time."
Jake Shapiro is a face-off specialist who was an All-Founders League selection this spring while playing a postgraduate year alongside fellow incoming freshman Jordan Barlow at the Trinity-Pawling School. A native of Lido Beach, N.Y., Shapiro was a 2012 Brine National Lacrosse All-American. He played high school lacrosse at Long Beach High and club lacrosse with For Love of the Game.
"Jake's work ethic and leadership in addition to his skills at the face-off X allowed his school to be one of the best in New England," explained Svec.
A three-sport standout who was also an All-Conference selection in both football and soccer, Jon-Michael Tokar was a 2011 Adidas All-American. A versatile athlete who played every position on the field at both short and long stick save for goalie, the Big Flats, N.Y. native posted 27 goals and 24 assists while adding 38 groundballs this spring for Corning Painted Post. The Corning Leader Player of the Year, Tokar was part of both the Brine All-American and Brogden Cup teams and was a three-time Nike Upstate Rising Lacrosse and Section IV First Team All-Conference selection.
"Jon-Michael is an excellent athlete that has the ability to attack the goal from out top or behind, making him extremely dangerous," said Svec.
A native of Levittown, N.Y., Devin Votta was a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain at Division Avenue. A three-time Nassau County Rising Team and two-time All-County selection, Votta tallied 15 goals and 16 assists while picking up 68 groundballs this spring. Votta, who played club lacrosse with For Love of the Game, amassed 113 points and 204 groundballs during his high school career.
"Devin is a tough player who works between the lines," noted Svec. "He is a high character young man."
The incoming Siena Lacrosse Class of 2017 joins a program which finished 8-9 overall this spring and advanced to a fifth consecutive MAAC Championship Game.