DENVER – The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team, the defending NCAA Division 1 National Champions, has added 14 freshmen and one transfer to its 2016 roster head coach Bill Tierney announced on Wednesday. The incoming class has a decidedly orange hue with three of the freshmen hailing from Orange County. Brett Greenlee (Corona del Mar), Ryan Harnisch (St. Margaret’s), and Nate Marano (Foothill) are all Pioneers now.
Greenlee is one of six California student-athletes added to the 2016 roster. He was a 2015 U.S. Lacrosse All-American and a 2015 Adrenaline All-American Game participant. Harnisch was also a 2015 Adrenaline All-American game participant, a two-time Orange County Player of the Year and off the field was named a 2015 Scholar Athlete. A two-time U.S. All-American and Under Armour All-American, Marano scored 99 goals and tallied 22 assists in 22 games in his senior campaign.
The group of newcomers highlight the growth of western lacrosse. Eleven of the 15 are from California or Colorado, with the other four hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut. The 2016 class includes 10 United States Lacrosse High School All-Americans.
“The DU senior class of 2015, which led us to our first NCAA Championship, will be sorely missed,” Tierney said. “As in the past, however, we replace our graduates with an amazing freshman group. It is made up of great people, students and athletes, who will help our program continue on its journey to remain at the top of college lacrosse. Four years from now, I believe we will be talking about the DU class of 2019 being one of the best ever.”