Parsons, Gavins, Horner Introduced as Mercer Bears

MercerOrange County’s lacrosse footprint got a little bigger on Friday when Garrett Parsons (Santa Margarita Catholic High School, 2013) and Johnny Gavin (La Costa Canyon High School, 2013) were introduced as Mercer University Bears by head coach Kyle Hannan for the first time. Parsons and Gavin continue a friendship that first began when they were teammates at St. Mary’s (Aliso Viejo) in grade school. The two were then teammates as freshman at Santa Margarita before Gavin moved to San Diego County and La Costa Canyon. Parsons played three years of varsity lacrosse at Santa Margarita where he was team Captain and MVP his senior year. Gavin played two years of varsity lacrosse at LCC where he notched 84 total points and was part of the 2012 championship team. Parsons and Gavin will have their work cut out for them this year as Hannan has brought in 23 talented new recruits this year. With the exception of one junior transfer, all 23 recruits have four years of NCAA eligibility in front of them.

Parsons and Gavins are joined at Mercer by former Foothill High School Girls’ lacrosse star Taylor Horner, who is one of the nine women that make up Mercer’s first women’s’ lacrosse recruiting class ever. Horner and her classmates will attend Mercer during the 2013-14 academic year and will begin Division I competition in the spring of 2015. Head Coach Eve Levinson announced Horner and the other recruits in a press release issued in May, and had this to say “Taylor is a great finisher and persistent defender. Her goal oriented approach to the game will help push us toward success as we build this new program.

Hannan’s full press release follows:

MACON, Ga. – Second year Mercer men’s lacrosse head coach Kyle Hannan unveiled his first complete recruiting class on Friday, announcing the addition of 23 newcomers for the 2014 season.Hannan team

With the exception of one transfer from Mount St. Mary’s University (junior), the entire group is comprised of high school players with four years of eligibility. The prospects hail from eight different states, and eight are Georgia natives. Eight of the newcomers are defenders, while eight are midfielders, five play attack, one is a face-off specialist and one is a goalkeeper.

“We are very excited to announce our class of 2017,” Hannan said. “This class will be very instrumental in the continued development of Mercer lacrosse. Our staff wanted to bring in men of character and proven leaders, and we believe this class possesses these traits.”

Hannan’s aim is to continue making strides with the program that completed its most successful season under his direction in 2013. Hannan took over the reins after the team’s 1-13 2012 season and lifted to squad to a 4-8 record in his first year – including five losses by three goals or less.

“Nineteen of our incoming student-athletes have filled the role of team captain,” Hannan continued. “This group also brings a lot of athleticism to the Bear program. The top four attackmen in this class scored 1,075 high school points, every midfielder was a multisport athlete and four US Lacrosse All-Americans add tremendous depth to the defense. The coaching staff believes that this special group of student-athletes will immediately contribute to the overall success of the Mercer lacrosse program on the field and in the classroom.”

MERCER LACROSSE 2017 RECRUITING CLASS (BY POSITION)

Whit Anderson – Attack – Duluth, Ga. / Greater Atlanta Christian

  • 2013 Gwinnett County Player of the Year
  • Senior year stats: 54 goals, 41 assists, 95 total points
  • Holds five school records: 233 career points, 95 points in a season, 103 career assists, seven assists in a game, 10 points in a game
  • 2012 & 2013 First Team All-County
  • Team Captain
  • Johnny Gavin – Attack – Encinitas, Ca. / La Costa Canyon

  • Two-year varsity player
  • Career stats: 37 goals, 46 assists, 84 total points
  • 2012 State Championship
  • Other Sports: Varsity Surfing
  • Jack Micciche – Attack – Leesburg, Vir. / Highland

  • 2013 US Lacrosse All-America
  • Career points: 206 goals, 129 assists, 335 total points
  • 2012 & 2013 All-State
  • 2012 & 2013 Team Most Valuable Player
  • Highland School Athlete of the Year
  • Led team to 2013 State Championship
  • 2012 & 2013 Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Basketball – Guard
  • Chris Rahill – Attack – Chalfont, Penn. / Archbishop Wood

  • Senior year stats: 52 goals, 37 assists, 89 total points
  • Career stats: 166 goals, 96 assists, 262 total points
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-Catholic League selection
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 Team Most Valuable Player
  • 2012 & 2013 Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Wide Receiver
  • Kevin Yoggy – Attack – Mooresville, N.C. / Starr’s Mill

  • 2013 US Lacrosse All-America
  • Career Points: 145 goals, 100 assists, 245 total points
  • 2012 & 2013 All-State
  • 2012 & 2013 Team Most Valuable Player
  • Team Captain
  • Jon DeFrank – Defense – Marietta, Ga. / Alan C. Pope

  • All-County selection
  • All-State, honorable mention
  • 2011 & 2012 played in Georgia State Championship game
  • Team Captain
  • Michael Edwards – Defense – Austin, Texas / Westlake

  • 2012 & 2013 US Lacrosse All-America
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-State
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 Defensive Most Valuable Player
  • Senior year stats: 135 Groundballs, 10 goals, three assists
  • Junior year stats: 117 groundballs, seven goals, three assists
  • Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Linebacker
  • Nick Kozlowski – Defense – Dacula, Ga. / Mill Creek

  • Senior year stats: 41 goals, 24 assists, 65 total points
  • Career stats: 123 goals, 55 assists, 178 total points, 212 groundballs
  • Holds school record for career goals (123), career points (178) and groundballs (212)
  • Three-time All-County
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-State
  • 2012 member of Team Georgia in the Brine All-America Classic
  • Daily Post Player of the Year
  • Team Captain
  • Jack Margiotta – Defense – Cedar Knolls, N.J. / Trinity-Pawling

  • Four-year starter
  • All-New England honorable mention
  • Senior stats: 80 groundballs (led team), 41 takeaways, 28 caused turnovers
  • Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Linebacker
  • Colin Massa – Defense – Suwanee, Ga. / Lambert

  • 2012 US Lacrosse All-America
  • 2011 & 2012 All-State
  • 2012 Atlanta Player of the Year
  • 254 career ground balls
  • 2012 DI 4A Georgia Player of the Year
  • 2011 & 2012 State Champion
  • Team Captain
  • Transfer from the University of Delaware
  • Garrett Parsons – Defense – Mission Viejo, Calif. / Santa Margarita

  • All-County
  • All-Trinity League
  • 69 groundballs (led team)
  • 23 caused turnovers
  • Most Valuable Player
  • Team Captain
  • Other sports: Wrestling – Ranked 5th in Orange County, Calif.
  • Austin Simpson – Defense – Finksburg, Md. / Westminster

  • 2012 & 2013 First Team All-County
  • Led Westminster to a 19-0 season
  • 2013 4A-3A Maryland State Championship
  • Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Motocross
  • Chad Slifer – Defense – Mount Airy, Md. / South Carroll

  • 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-County selection
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Scholar Athlete selection
  • 2012 member of Team Maryland in the Brine All-America Classic
  • 2012 & 2013 Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Linebacker
  • Justin Wood – Defense – North Beach, Md. / Northern

  • 2011 US Lacrosse All-America
  • All-Conference
  • All-Metro, honorable mention
  • Senior year stats: 8 goals, 6 assists, 14 total points, 143 groundballs, 46 takeaways
  • Team Captain
  • Transfer from Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Other Sports: Football – Tight End / Linebacker; Basketball – Forward
  • Ryan Smith – Goal – Marietta, Ga. / Lassiter

  • 2012 & 2013 US Lacrosse All-America
  • 2012 & 2013 All-State
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-County
  • 2012 & 2013 Under Armour All-America south team
  • 2013 DiVarsity Player of the Year
  • 2013 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 Team Captain
  • JD Baker – Midfield – Clarksburg, Md. / Urbana

  • Started playing lacrosse as a sophomore
  • Senior year stats: 16 goals, 13 assists, 29 total points
  • Career stats: 40 goals, 33 assists, 73 total points
  • All-County
  • All-Conference
  • 2012 & 2013 Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Linebacker
  • Karson Bobbitt – Midfield – Fayetteville, Ga. / McIntosh

  • Senior year stats: 58 goals, 30 assists, 88 total points
  • Career stats: 113 goals, 55 assists, 168 total points
  • 2012 & 2013 All-Metro selection
  • Offensive Most Valuable Player
  • Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Linebacker
  • Walker Ensor – Midfield – Sparks, Md. / Boy’s Latin

  • Specialized in defensive midfield
  • Three goals, two assists, five total points
  • Played a significant role for the No. 2 ranked high school team in the country
  • 2012 member of Team Maryland in the Brine All-America Classic
  • Other Sports: Football – Linebacker
  • Chance Kushner – Midfield – Purcellville, Vir. / Highland

  • Career stats: 44 goals, 30 assists, 74 total points
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-Conference selection
  • Over 50 groundballs in both junior and senior seasons
  • 2013 State Champions
  • Other Sports: Basketball – Guard
  • Zach Martin – Midfield – Washaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge

  • Senior year stats: 32 goals, 26 assists, 58 total points, 55 groundballs
  • Career stats: 86 goals, 45 assists, 131 total points, 120 groundballs
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-Conference
  • 2012 & 2013 All-State
  • 2012 & 2013 All-Region
  • North Carolina Great 38 All-Star Game
  • Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Quarterback
  • Ryan Monty – Midfield – Roswell, Ga. / Roswell

  • Senior year stats: 27 goals, 10 assists, 37 total points
  • Career stats: 62 goals, 31 assists, 93 total points
  • Team Most Valuable Player
  • Team Captain
  • Other sports: Football – Quarterback All-Region, Chamber Bowl All-Star Game, 1,684 passing yards, 17 total touchdowns, holds school record to passing yards, team captain
  • Justin Phifer – Midfield (F/O) – Waxhaw, N.C. / Weddington

  • Senior year stats: 21 goals, 69% face-offs
  • Career stats: 73 goals, 66% face-offs
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 All-Conference selection
  • 2013 All-State honorable mention
  • North Carolina Great 38 All Star Game
  • Team Captain
  • Other Sports: Football – Strong Safety
  • Jackson Teague – Midfield – Walnut Creek, Ca. / De La Salle

  • Senior year stats: 36 goals, 32 assists, 68 total points
  • Career stats: 72 goals, 90 assists, 182 total points
  • 2012 & 2013 All-Conference
  • North South All-Star
  • 2012 & 2013 League Championship
  • Led midfield in points both Junior and Senior year
  • Other Sports: Football – Running Back / Safety; Swimming