Less than one year after competing against one another in the CIF Open Division Finals, two college freshmen from San Diego are receiving pre-season recognition in the laxmagazine.com NCAA Division 1 Top 20 Countdown.
Midfielder Michael Kay (Cathedral Catholic High School) has performed well enough thus far for No. 18 Drexel University to be noted as a Newcomer to Watch. Kay is one of three California recruits in Drexel’s freshman class, and the magazine reports that head coach Brian Voelker loves his game knowledge. “He’s a two-handed player who really understands how to play,” Voelker said of the two-time US Lacrosse All-American. The other two freshmen Californians on the Dragons’ roster are attackman Jacob O’Donnell (Poway High School) and goalie Sam Tomei (Walnut Creek High School). All three Californians were high school All Americans.
Attackman Cam Ziegler appears to have secured a starting spot for No. 19 Bryant University. Laxmagazine.com has this to say about Ziegler “With Tucker James and Shane Morrell drawing plenty of attention, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Ziegler inherits the spot formerly owned by Dan Sipperly. Since the midfield appears to lack depth, Ziegler needs to become a dependable finisher.”
Ziegler is joined on the Bulldogs roster by two other San Diegans; former high school teammate Kyle Mummau, and Ryan Sharpe (Poway High School). Three Northern Californians, Nick Hallmark (Marin Catholic), Will Montero (De La Salle High School), and Cade Bailey (De La Salle) round out the west coast influence on the Bulldogs’ Roster. Mummau, a defenseman was named a pre-season All American by Inside Lacrosse.