Michael Culshaw-Maurer (far right) of Blaine rips the ball past Mahtomedi goalie Drew Huso (No. 12) to score during a MSHSL matchup on Friday, May 6. Photo by Helen Nelson (Courtesy of the MN Lax Hub)
St. John’s University Lacrosse is proud to announce the confirmed portion of its most recent recruiting class and is excited to welcome the newest Johnnies.
The Class of 2015 boasts elite players at each position that will help the defending UMLL Champions not only to extend their streak of National Tournament appearances having qualified for every one since the creation of MCLA Division 2; but also to lead the program from perennial contender to National Champion.
High schools listed are in Minnesota unless otherwise noted.
Patrick Singer of Mahtomedi (No. 8) tries to fend off Michael Culshaw-Maurer (No. 7) of Blaine as he runs with the ball on Friday, May 6. Culshaw-Maurer had two goals in the game. Photo by Helen Nelson (Courtesy of the MN Lax Hub).
Michael Culshaw-Maurer, Blaine: The Blaine captain exemplified versatility on offense with 70 goals and 76 assists between his junior and senior seasons in 32 games, finishing third in Minnesota in points as a senior. Capitalizing by means of quickness and stellar vision, Culshaw-Maurer demonstrates an adeptness to slash and score equal to his ability to quarterback an offense.
Adam Gott, Hill-Murray: Hill-Murray saw a two goal per game and three game win increase in 2011 from 2010, headed by a second consecutive 35+ goal season from its senior captain. Averaging three goals per game in his final two seasons as a Pioneer, Gott -- taking 93 shots in 2011 -- should not take long to become well-acquainted with MCLA goalies in the UMLL and beyond.
Cody Kirkeide, Coon Rapids: The attackman was among the bright spots for Coon Rapids in 2011, leading the team in scoring and assists while scooping up nearly three ground balls per game. While the senior-laden Cardinal team and its offense struggled to put up good numbers, Kirkeide is an athletic playmaker that is an important addition to the Johnnies’ winning environment.
Andrew Fairbairn of Wayzata during a Thursday, May 26, game against Maple Grove. Fairbairn notched his 21st point of the season in the matchup -- an assist. Photo by Helen Nelson (Courtesy of the MN Lax Hub)
Owen Barkley, Prior Lake: Tallying just shy of two goals per game in both his junior and senior seasons, Barkley typifies the killer’s mentality by taking the ball from outside scoring zones and putting it in the net. Prior Lake’s leading scorer in 2011 possesses the untaught confidence to always want the ball while never ceasing to plague defenders and goalies alike in making plays with his feet, feeding, and shots.
Andrew Fairbairn, Wayzata: Among Wayzata’s top scorers as a senior, Fairbairn joins his brother, senior pole John, to make winning a family affair in Collegeville. His 21 points in 13 games, including 10 assists, show promise in both his potential and his ability as a freshman to be a reliable offensive threat in the Johnnie midfield.
Mike Hillman, Duluth East: The lacrosse fervor in Duluth is not at nearly the level it is a few hours south in the Twin Cities, making the arrival of this physically-imposing workhorse all the more unexpected and exciting for the Johnnie midfield. Hillman made the jump in high school to lead the Duluth midfield in scoring via his athleticism and strength, and his time in Collegeville should be no less productive.
Connor Shandley, St. Louis Park: St. Louis Park came up short in its run for an MBSLA championship, but its leading scorer and his 13 goals in the playoff run propelled the team to striking distance, finishing runner-up. Putting up attack-like numbers from the midfield, the Johnnies are confident in Shandley’s ability to jump from MBSLA to MCLA competition.
Tim Goh of Chaska/Chanhassen gobbled up 30 ground balls and contributed an assist during the 2011 season for the Storm Hawks. (MN Lax Hub file photo)
Dan George, Hopkins: The LSM takes an undersized frame and a six foot defensive handle to make opponents feel small. Valuable not only for playing big defense, the Hopkins grad matches intelligence with aggression to torment opponents when the ball hits the ground, snatching 41 ground balls as a senior. Though he may have played most of his time at close in high school, his three assists illustrate how invaluable he can be in transition.
Tim Goh, Chaska: Chaska/Chanhassen’s defensive leader in 2011, Goh boasts a high lacrosse IQ and a disposition to lead. With a history of prominent poles protecting the Johnnie cage, it’s been tough for any freshman to crack the starting line. Nonetheless, the pole’s skill and potential add immediate depth on the back end and leave the Johnnie’s defensive future with few doubts.
Brennan Hall, Benedictine HS (Cleveland, OH): The football to lacrosse convert brings together both the ideal tangible traits of good strength and footwork with intangible vocal leadership on defense. Hall has the potential to grow quickly in the strong Johnnie defensive mold with a solid grasp on a variety of sets, stout 1-on-1 defense, and confidence in his stick on clears.
Benjamin Kor, St. Cloud Tech: Attending high school north of the nation’s fastest growing hotbed in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud Tech’s top pole will be bringing his formidable defensive abilities to the lacrosse oasis 15 minutes north of home. Size, strength, and speed have been the M.O. for the tradition of intimidating Johnnie defense, Kor fits the bill and is welcomed into the Johnnie fold with prospects of a bright future.
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Thomas Mueller of Prior Lake. Photo by Helen Nelson (Courtesy of the MN Lax Hub)
Thomas Mueller, Prior Lake: Starting every game for Prior Lake in 2011, Mueller averaged more than 10 saves per game. The anchor of Prior Lake’s defense shows quick hands and uncanny patience to find the right clearance option with the ball in his stick.
Joey Wegner, Hill-Murray: Hill-Murray’s starter, facing 169 shots in just eight starts in 2011, was plenty busy despite the team’s 10-3 record. Wegner posted a regular season save percentage of .705, topping .750 in four of his five winning decisions.
The team welcomes another Johnnie class saturated with game-changing talent at the top and bolstered by great depth.
While still awaiting confirmation from more recruits on their final school selection and intention to play, St. John’s University Lacrosse is proud to recognize these players who are part of the Class of 2015.