Former CIF championship game rivals Jake Fiske (Poway) and Jackson Lienhart (Torrey Pines) are now teammates at Bryant University. Fiske and Lienhart played against one another in the 2015 CIF championship game that Poway won 8-7. They are the only Californians amongst the 15 newcomers announced by Bryant men’s lacrosse coach Mike Pressler.
The group consists of a 14-member Class of 2020 and one transfer. Lienhart who played at Bellarmine for one year after graduating from Torrey Pines in 2014 is the transfer. The newcomers are drawn from six different states and add depth at every position for the Black and Gold.
“It brings me great joy and excitement to announce our incoming freshman class,” said Pressler, now in his 11th season at the helm. “Overall, the Bryant men’s lacrosse Class of 2020 has been an exceptional group to coach this fall. These 15 newcomers have begun their college careers in a positive way both on and off the field. Once again, the future of Bulldog lacrosse looks very bright.”
Fiske will wear no. 63 for the Bulldogs and Lienhart will wear no. 16. They will join Kyle Mummau (La Costa Canyon) and Ryan Sharpe (Poway) as well as junior Cam Ziegler on the roster. Bios for Fiske and Lienhart are presented below
63 | Jake Fiske | D | 5-11 | 170 | Poway, Calif./Poway
A 2016 graduate of Poway High School, Fiske was a four-year varsity starter for the Titans … Helped team to four-straight league titles and back-to-back conference championships (2015, 2016) … Named a US Lacrosse All-American as a junior and senior (2015, 2016) … 2015 USA Today First Team
All-State selection … Two-time First Team All-CIF and First Team All-Palomar League pick (2015, 2016) … 2015 CIF Player of the Year … 2015 Palomar League Player of the Year … Named the 2015 and 2016 team MVP … Senior captain … 2016 CIF All-Academic Team honoree … Earned two AP Scholar awards … Earned a California Senate recognition for Outstanding Academic Achievement
16 | Jackson Lienhart | A | 5-8 | 175 | Carlsbad, Calif./Torrey Pines
A 2015 graduate of Torrey Pines High School, Lienhart joins the Bulldogs after spending a year at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. … Four-year varsity letter winner and three-year starter in high school … Led team to a Kentucky state championship in 2013 and state runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2014 … Helped Torrey Pines (Calif.) to an appearance in the 2015 CIF Championship game … Two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American (2014, 2015) … Named an Adrenaline High School All-American … Two-time First Team Kentucky All-State selection (2013, 2014) … First Team All-CIF as a senior.