Jake Lombardo (Aliso Niguel) and Zach Shor (St. Margaret’s) were among the 17 incoming freshmen announced by the University of California-Berkeley men’s lacrosse program this week. Both players were team captains and All Academics their senior year. Lombardo was an All County Honorable Mention attackman. Shor was an All County First Team Team defenseman. The press release from Cal lacrosse is presented below.
BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California-Berkeley men’s lacrosse program is pleased to announce the addition of 17 incoming freshmen to the Cal lacrosse family this fall. Each one, first and foremost, is an outstanding human being and a gifted student, and we’re excited to welcome them to Berkeley.
This class is not only large in terms of numbers, but some big, strong athletes will be joining the team, and the ones who are not as physically imposing are quick, shifty and tough. All of these recruits are accomplished lacrosse players, and nearly all of them were elected team captain, which speaks volumes to their collective maturity and leadership.
Having only graduated three seniors and one starter, the 2017 Golden Bears have the makings of a stellar roster.
The Cal Lacrosse Class of 2020 (in alphabetical order):
Midfield, Coronado HS, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society…Captain…Three-time varsity team member…West Coast Starz and LaxDawgs club team member.
Intended major: Physics
Hobbies: Surfing, snowboarding, beach volleyball.
Favorite book: The DaVinci Code
Parents: Hope and Bill
Coach’s comments: “I coached Dylan on West Coast Starz two falls ago, and he is as nice as they come. He is 6’3, lanky, very fast and has a big time shot. For a team that would like to create more transition, Dylan’s strengths mesh well with our style of play.”
Goalie, Winter Park HS, FL
Accolades: Valedictorian…Four year Scholar-Athlete…Team Captain…2016 All-American…Two time All-Metro selection.
Intended major: Pre-med/ Biology
Hobbies: Skiing, lifting, basketball, coaching youth lacrosse.
Favorite book: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Parents: Tracy and Jeff
Coach’s comments: “Nick possesses outstanding qualities for a goalie: he has quick hands and feet, he explodes to the ball, makes clean saves, is athletic outside the crease on the ride and collecting groundballs, his outlets are dialed in, and he communicates firmly and purposefully with his defense. We are thrilled to have Nick becoming a Bear this fall.”
Defensive Midfield, Chaminade College Prep, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society…Four year Scholar-Athlete…Student Council Business Commissioner…Honor Roll…Two-time Varsity Captain…2014 CIF State Basketball Championship.
Intended major: Undeclared
Hobbies: Basketball, piano, snowboarding, Spikeball, movies.
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Parents: Peggy and Dominick
Coach’s comments: “Nicky is a big, solid young man, a natural athlete with quick feet and excellent instincts. Quite a success story, Nicky comes from a basketball background and picked up lacrosse just two years ago and took to it so well that he immediately generated recruiting interest across the country from NCAA programs. With continued focus on his stickwork, Nicky could be a key addition to our defensive midfield.”
Goalie, Miramonte HS, CA
Accolades: Academic-Athlete…ELC…Varsity Captain…All-League selection.
Intended major: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Favorite book: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Parents: Pam and Harry
Coach’s comments: “A lifelong Bear fan, Harrison is the son of a Cal rugby player and a Michigan field hockey, so he has inherited the athleticism and toughness necessary to play goalie. A big lefty, Harrison takes up a lot of cage, forcing shooters to aim for corners. We’re happy to have Harrison and the Drakes in Berkeley.”
Midfield, Highland Park, Dallas, TX
Accolades: National Honor Society… NEHS…NSSHS…Varsity Captain…2015 State Champion…All-State and All-District selection.
Intended major: Economics/ Pre-Haas School of Business.
Hobbies: Snowboarding, fly fishing, basketball, football, golf.
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Parents: Amara and Colin.
Coach’s comments: “Jackson is a big recruit for our program and a strong addition to our offense. He’s 6’1, 180, athletic and plays with a ton of passion. Jackson’s experience playing both attack and midfield on one of the best high school teams in the country makes him a threat all over the field.”
Attack/Midfield, St.Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, FL
Accolades: National Merit Finalist…AP Scholar with honor…Pathfinder Finalist…Cum Laude Society…2016 USL Academic All-American…1st Team All District, All Region and All County.
Intended major: Computer Science
Hobbies: Soccer, ping-pong, programming, lifting, movies.
Favorite book: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick.
Parents: Cece and Bill.
Coach’s comments: “Peter is a slick player with a sharp stick and a high lacrosse IQ, having played for Coach Tony Seaman at St. Andrew’s School in Florida. Whether at attack or midfield, Peter should be a key addition to our offense and will help keep the ball hot.”
Midfield, Chaminade College Prep, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society…Latin NLE Gold Medalist…Scholar-Athlete…School Ambassador…Team Captain…All-League selection.
Intended Major: Undeclared
Hobbies: Frisbee, Spikeball, playing super smash.
Favorite book: The Lord of the Flies
Parents: Christine and Craig
Coach’s comments: “We’ve gotten to know Mark pretty well at our two previous fall recruiting weekends. He’s an all-around awesome person, and his parents, Christine and Craig, are genuinely outstanding people. Mark is 6’2, 190 and has the potential to help us in a number of ways: he faces off, he has a huge shot and he plays defense with a chip on his shoulder. Above all else, Mark is a competitor who plays with tenacity, and we’re excited to have him join us.”
Midfield, University School, CA
Accolades: Vice President of Academics…Two-time All-League selection.
Intended major: Political Science
Hobbies: Skiing, mountain biking, basketball.
Favorite book: Unbroken
Parents: Amy and Rob
Coach’s comments: “Byron is a guy who entered our radar late in the recruiting process. He’s a solid middie with a good stick who’s been a main contributor on a successful program at University High School. We’re excited to see this fall what Byron can bring to the team.”
Attack, Bishop O’Dowd HS, CA
Accolades: National Merit Commendation…Team Captain…DVAL All-League selection.
Intended major: Economics
Hobbies: Basketball and golf.
Favorite book: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Parents: Susan and Norman
Coach’s comments: “Trevor has extensive experience playing box lacrosse which is why he’s such a tough player around the crease and an accomplished inside finisher with a nice handle. Trevor will certainly be a reliable target and a welcome addition to the Bears.”
Attack, Aliso Niguel HS, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society…Scholar-Athlete…Team Captain…All-County selection.
Intended major: Architecture and Design
Hobbies: Basketball, Spikeball, hiking and going to the beach.
Favorite book: The Kite Runner
Parents: Mary and Bob.
Coach’s comments: “Jake has a natural feel for the game as a feeder and facilitator, as well as an off-ball player, which will lend itself well to our unselfish style of play. I’m excited to see how well Jake will fit into our offense.”
Defense, Friends School, Baltimore, MD
Accolades: National Merit Commended Scholar…Honor Roll (all eight semesters)…Team Captain…All-League selection.
Intended major: Undeclared.
Hobbies: Basketball, lifting, NHL hockey, coaching youth lacrosse.
Favorite book: Game of Thrones
Parents: Lisa and Brendan
Coach’s comments: “Finnian comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland where he was coached by Syracuse Hall of Famer, Tom Marecheck. At 6’3, 185, Finn is tall and rangy, able to cover a lot of ground quickly. He has a good stick, is excellent on groundballs and will help push the ball for us in transition.”
Defense, Cathedral Catholic, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society Officer…CSF member…Honor Roll (all eight semesters) …Scholar-Athlete…Four year varsity starter…Union Tribune All-Academic Lacrosse Team.
Intended major: Economics/ Pre-Haas Business School.
Hobbies: Basketball, soccer, golf, fishing, going to the beach.
Favorite book: Unbroken
Parents: Danielle and Ron
Coach’s comments: “Nick has been a mainstay on defense for one of the best high school teams in San Diego for four years. He’s a really well-rounded defenseman who should elevate his game this fall under our Defensive Coordinator, Paul Jepsen.”
Midfield/ Faceoff Specialist, Palmer HS, Colorado Springs, CO
Accolades: Valedictorian…National Honor Society Officer…1st Team All-State Academics…Varsity Captain…Four year varsity starter…Two-time 1st Team All-Conference.
Intended major: Molecular Environmental Biology.
Hobbies: Skiing, golf, hiking, lifting, eating, surfing and fishing.
Favorite book: Catch 22
Parents: Gretchen Torrez and Eric Murphy.
Coach’s comments: “Logan is an accomplished faceoff man who can do much more than just take draws and gain possession: he has a reliable stick, can shoot and play solid defense. Our faceoff game is in strong hands with Logan in the mix.”
Midfield/ Faceoff Specialist, Sierra Heights HS, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society President…NSHSS…Cum Laude…Honors Society…Head of School List (all eight semesters)…Varsity Captain…2016 USL Academic All-American…2015 and 2016 League MVP/ Player of the Year.
Intended major: Undeclared
Hobbies: Lifting, football, snowboarding, watching movies.
Favorite book: No Country for Old Men
Parents: Galia and Don.
Coach’s comments: “It’s not often a faceoff man is voted League MVP. It’s even more impressive to earn the award twice, and the reason is simply because Jake is much more than a faceoff man. He’s built like a pit bull, he creates transition, he can stay on the field and play offense, and he has a cannon of a shot. Jake has the potential to make a big impact on our faceoff game and create momentum for us.”
Defense, St. Margaret’s Episcopal, CA
Accolades: National Merit Scholar…Cum Laude…Honor Roll (all eight semesters)…Varsity Captain…2016 USL Academic All-American…1st Team All-County selection.
Intended major: Pre-Business or Applied Math.
Hobbies: Surfing, photography, video games and playing the ukulele.
Favorite book: Unbroken
Parents: Dawn Urbanek and David Shor.
Coach’s comments: “One of our top recruits in this class, Zach is 6’2, 195, athletic, and plays fundamentally sound, position-first defense, having learned under the guidance of Hall of Famer, Glen Miles. Zach should be a solid defender for the Bears for several years to come.”
Midfield, San Ramon Valley HS, CA / Diablo Valley College
Accolades: Junior College Honors Graduate…Disabled
Student Service note-taker…All-Academic Team honors…Team President and Captain…2014 and 2015 Junior College State Champion…California Junior College Lacrosse All-Star…2015 All-State selection.
Intended major: Admitted to Haas School of Business.
Hobbies: Basketball, fishing, mountain biking, community service and coaching youth lacrosse.
Favorite book: Zero to One by Peter Theil.
Parents: Donna and Richard.
Coach’s comments: “Cameron is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He comes to us as a transfer from the recently successful Diablo Valley College program and played at San Ramon Valley for Peter Worstell. Cam is 6’3, 210, has long strides and plays fast but under control. He keeps his head up, sees the field and makes smart decisions with and without the ball. Cam should be a strong addition to our midfield corps.”
Midfield, Coronado HS, CA
Accolades: National Honor Society…Cymer Scholar…Varsity Captain.
Intended major: Physics
Hobbies: Skiing, fishing, hiking and lifting.
Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye
Parents: Kim and Bill
Coach’s comments: “Tyler comes from an excellent high school program coached by Alex Cade, so he has an excellent understanding of all facets of the game. He is a firey, quick, shifty player who battles for groundballs and has good hands. Because he is so versatile- able to play offense and defense- we will figure out this fall where Tyler can best help the team.”