Defenseman Evan Backal (San Juan Hills) and attackman Jared Ferrell (El Toro) join a group of nationwide lacrosse recruits that will be playing at Division III Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin. Backal and Ferrell will join two other players from the OC at Carthage: midfielder Timothy Francis (Huntington Beach High School) and goalie James Fleming (Servite)
This year’s recruiting class reflects a departure from the four-year old program’s traditional midwest recruiting base. Carthage’s 2012 recruiting class represent nine states from Long Island to California and includes three players from California, three from Oregon and four from Colorado. “The high school players from the west really fit in well with what we are trying to build at Carthage,” says head coach David Neff. “They are used to playing up-tempo and culturally, the fit at Carthage is easier for some people than the East Coast options. We have our first player from New York in short stick midfielder Andrew Hagenberger (Mount Sinai, N.Y.), and I think to pull in talent from Long Island, the premier hotbed of college lacrosse, says a lot about the growth of our program.”
Carthage is a liberal arts college that is ranked in the top 20% nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The 80-acre campus is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, and is about a one hour drive from both Chicago and Milwaukee. About 2,500 full time students attend the school. The lacrosse team plays in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, and finished last season with an 11- 5 record.