Men’s lacrosse adds eight recruits to roster

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By Nick Hedderick, Editor-In-Chief

MOON TOWNSHIP– After a 4-2 start to their 2020 campaign, the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team saw their season come to a premature end due to COVID-19.

The cancellation may have prevented RMU from both a third consecutive NEC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance, but the team is still gearing up for continued success when they return to the field.

The evidence came earlier this week when it was announced that eight freshmen joined the roster for the 2021 season.

The new Colonials recruits are Reed Greco, Connor Boss, Steven DelleMonache, Ben MacDonnell, Jake McGonigle, Liam Keane, Brian Simmons and Eric Swagerty.

Of the eight additions, three hail from Canada, with the other five coming from New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

About the Additions

Reed Greco is a defenseman from Hauppauge, New York, who seemingly has lacrosse in his blood. Older brothers Hunter and Logan both currently play or have played in college. Logan even captured an NCAA Title in 2019 with Virginia and serves as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Richmond. The six-foot-plus, 200-pounder will be a great asset to the Colonial defense.

Connor Boss is a midfielder from East Aurora, New York. Boss signed a national letter of intent (NLI) with RMU back in November of 2019 and looks to contribute to the RMU offense. His 111 points at the varsity level of high school could translate to the collegiate level and help him become a crucial part of the offense.

Steven DelleMonache, much like Boss, signed an NLI with RMU in November of last year. The Mantua, New Jersey, native serves as a faceoff specialist and a midfielder.

Ben MacDonnell is one of the three recruits to join the Colonials from across the border in Canada. Much like Greco, MacDonnell serves as a defenseman. He also stands in at six feet, three inches tall. MacDonnell signed his NLI in December 2019.

Jake McGonigle joins the fleet of defensemen coming to RMU in this recruiting class. The six-foot, four-inch-tall British Columbia native looks to mesh with his fellow recruits and prevent the opposition from getting good shots on net.

Liam Keane is another member of this class that could be a huge point-getter in the future for the program. Keane notched 75 goals and 45 assists throughout his time in high school. The South Buffalo, New York, native is poised to be a future key to the Colonials’ offense.

Brian Simmons has the honor of being the only goaltender in this recruiting class. His successful career up to this point has featured three U18 British Columbia honors and a tryout with U19 Team Canada.

Eric Swagerty is another player that RMU can count on to get points for the foreseeable future. Swagerty had a successful high school career in Virginia that included 82 career goals to go along with 54 assists. Additionally, he played in two state title games.

Men’s lacrosse has made a strong case as one of the best teams on campus over the last few years. With a talented recruiting class that has numerous awards, honors and other sporting accomplishments, it is easy to see why fans are excited about the team’s future, and the program will look to expand upon its recent success.