MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – Berry College head men's lacrosse coach, Curtis Gilbert, has announced the newcomers to join his squad for the upcoming season.
"This year's recruiting class adds both depth to the offensive end of the field and increased athleticism at the defensive end," Gilbert said. "It may not be the largest class we've had, but I think this is one of our most well-rounded classes we've featured and I am excited to start working with them this fall."
Brief bios of the newcomers can be found below:
(M, 5-6, 142, Towson, Md., Mt. St. Joseph High School)
A two-sport athlete also competing in Water Polo, Adams joins the Vikings after a strong career for the Gaels. He was selected as an Under Armor All-American and advanced to the Inside Lacrosse Invitational All-Star game. He was also a third place winner in the Water Polo Beast of the East tournament.
The son of Patricia Adams, Chayse plans on majoring in marketing.
(D, 6-1, 210, Cumming, Ga., South Forsyth High School)
Helping his high school team to the first playoff appearance in program history, Connolly joins Berry after a strong career at South Forsyth. He served as a team captain during his senior season and helped his club teams to nine total championships.
The son of Kerry and Thomas Connolly, Liam plans on majoring in finance at Berry.
(LSM, 5-6, 155, Wilbraham, Mass., Minnechaug Regional High School)
A three-sport athlete also competing in cross country and track, DeCurzio helped his team to the state quarterfinals during his senior year and a top 25 ranking in Massachusetts. During his junior season, the Falcons were ranked No. 11 in the state and advanced to the state semifinals. For his career, DeCurzio averaged nearly four ground balls per game and caused 2.8 turnovers per contest.
The son of Berna and Ronald DeCurzio, Matt plans on majoring in finance with a minor in environmental science.
(M/A, 6-1, 210, Atlanta, Ga., Whitefield Academy)
A two-sport athlete also competing in football, Dixon helped his team to the state playoffs during his junior and senior seasons. For his career, he found the back of the cage 59 times, passed 39 assists, caused 26 turnovers and recorded 93 ground balls. He was also a two-year team captain.
The son of Christy and Scott Dixon, Carter plans on majoring in nursing.
(M, 5-10, 145, Atlanta, Ga., Whitefield Academy)
Joining teammate Carter Dixon, FitzGerald will come to Berry after a four-year career at Whitefield Academy. Serving as a team captain during his senior year, he also helped the Wolfpack to two state playoff appearances.
The son of Joanne and John FitzGerald, Jack plans on majoring in finance.
(A, 5-8, 140, Round Hill, Va., Woodgrove High School)
A two-sport athlete also competing on the swim team, Gaston was a three-time letter winner in lacrosse. He also competed on several club teams, helping Nova West to a Bay Bridge Brawl title.
The son of Anne and James Gaston, Michael is planning on majoring in biology.
(D, 5-11, 205, Lawrenceville, Ga., Peachtree Ridge High School)
Helping his team to the 2017 Sweet Sixteen, Gilbert joins the Vikings after a two-sport career at Peachtree Ridge. Also competing in football, Gilbert was a 2015 Southern Select All-Star in lacrosse and earned 42 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers in his career. He also served as a team captain during his senior year.
The son of Kim and Rick Gilbert, Matt plans on majoring in psychology.
(M, 5-10, 185, Atlanta, Ga., Holy Innocents Episcopal School)
Helping his team to two playoff appearances, King joins the Vikings after a four-year varsity career for the Golden Bears. A faceoff specialist, King had a 57.4 faceoff percentage and collected 145 ground balls during his career.
The son of Tricia Grant and Dudley King, Bennett plans on majoring in business administration at Berry.
(A/M, 6-1, 160, Hoschton, Ga., Mill Creek High School)
Helping his team to a Regional Title in 2017 which earned him Player of the Year honors, Miller joins the Vikings after a four career for the Hawks. Also a two-time MVP, Miller plans on pursuing a dual degree in physics.
He is the son of Heather and Bill Miller.
(M, 5-9, 185, San Antonio, Texas, Saint Mary's Hall High School)
Competing in five different sports during his high school career, Ritter joins the Vikings from Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas. He earned All-District honors during his two varsity lacrosse seasons and also holds the single-season baseball on-base percentage record (.767) and the pole vault record (11'). Ritter also served as a captain on the lacrosse and football teams during his senior year.
The son of Lydia and Richard Ritter, Jeremy plans on majoring in English.
(LSM, 6-0, 175, Huntersville, N.C., William A. Hough High School)
Earning All-Conference, All-Region, All-State and an All-America honor during his high school career, Steiner will join Berry as the William A. Hough record holder for ground balls in a single-season (156). He also competed in the 2016 North Carolina Powerade All-Star game en route to 5 career goals, 3 assists, 247 ground balls, and a 65.3 faceoff percentage.
The son of Heather Chapman and William Steiner, Noah plans on majoring in mathematics.
(LSM, 5-9, 160, Atlanta, Ga., North Atlanta High School)
A four-year varsity starter at North Atlanta High School, Wilson led his team to the conference playoffs during his junior and senior years. As a midfielder, he recorded four goals, eight assists, 160 ground balls and 45 caused turnovers.
The son of Rene and Craig Wilson, Patrick plans on majoring in management.
(D, 6-2, 200, Acworth, Ga., Allatoona High School)
Leading his team to a state title, Wright has earned an All-County honor and a pair of All-State distinctions. As a defender, he recorded 12 goals, eight assists, 163 ground balls and 84 caused turnovers in his career.
The son of Burna and Steve Wright, Gridley is undecided on his major. His father Steve is a 1990 graduate of Berry and also competed in track.