ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With the graduation of 13 players off last year's squad, fourth-year Navy men's lacrosse coach Rick Sowell and his staff have welcomed 20 new faces to the Midshipmen lacrosse program this summer.
The Class of 2018 is represented by players from nine states, as far west as California and includes seven standouts hailing from the state of Maryland. Among those players from the Old Line State are Spencer Coyle, Steve Hincks, DJ Plumer and Nick Ramsey who were finalists for the C. Markland Kelly High School Lacrosse Award which has been awarded for the last 60-plus years to the best high school lacrosse player in the state of Maryland.
Meanwhile four of Navy's recruits garnered All-America recognition (Hiram Carter, Noah Pounds, Nick Ramsey and Ray Wardell) and 11 led their respective programs as team captains. Additionally 17 received all-league honors and four were named their school's athlete of the year.
"It's a pleasure to welcome the Class of 2018 to the United States Naval Academy and to Navy Lacrosse," said Sowell. "This is a rather large class that possesses the talent and desire to excel on the playing field. These young men have the character that it takes to become outstanding midshipmen and we expect them to make an immediate impact, both on the field and within the Brigade."
Navy Men's Lacrosse Class of 2018 Hiram Carter D 6-0 205 Apopka, Fla. / Lake Brantley Spencer Coyle A/M 5-9 175 Annapolis, Md. / St. Mary's Taylor Esoldi A/M 6-0 190 Encinitas, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic Mike Germano FO 6-0 185 Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier Carson Hart M 6-0 190 Wayland, Mass. / Wayland Cortland Heneveld M 6-3 205 East Hampton, N.Y. / East Hampton Chris Hill M/A 5-10 180 Novato, Calif. / Marin Catholic Steve Hincks D 6-3 210 Edgewater, Md. / South River David Jones M 6-4 195 Annapolis, Md. / Severn School Justin Knode M 5-11 196 Prince Frederick, Md. / Calverton School Dave Little A 6-1 190 Vienna, Va. / The Hill Academy DJ Plumer M 6-3 187 Stevensville, Md. / Kent Island Noah Pounds GK 5-8 185 Fair Lawn, N.J. / Ridgewood Nick Ramsey GK 6-0 185 Crofton, Md. / DeMatha Catholic Jack Ray A 6-6 255 Wyckoff, N.J. / Don Bosco Prep Casey Rees M 6-2 187 Sykesville, Md. / Boys' Latin Michael Strack LSM / D 6-1 190 North Babylon, N.Y. / St. Anthony's George Uhrich LSM/ D 6-4 205 Ambler, Pa. / La Salle College (HS) Joseph Varello M / FO 5-10 195 Kings Park, N.Y. / Smithtown West Ray Wardell M 6-5 220 Babylon, N.Y. / Babylon