November 14, 2018

National Signing Day Central


The Ohio State men’s lacrosse program welcomed its latest recruiting class on Wednesday, a group that is rated as the No. 5 class nationally by Inside Lacrosse. The group includes eight top-100 ranked players.

Grant Mitchell • Midfield • 6-1, 205 • Buford, Ga. / Calvert Hall

• Plays for head coach Bryan Kelly at Calvert Hall, one of the nation’s best high school programs.
• PRLB first team all-area and the 2018 Midfielder of the Year.
• Ranked as the nation’s No. 18 player in the Inside Lacrosse Top Young Gun Senior Rankings.
• Scored 30 goals and added 19 assists last spring.
• Led Calvert Hall to its second straight MIAA championship.
• MSLCA first team all-state, first team All-MIAA and All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun.
• Started his high school career at Buford High School in Georgia where he had 84 career points on 54 goals and 30 assists.

Connor Mitchell • Midfield • 6-1, 215 • Buford, Ga. / Calvert Hall

• Is the twin brother of fellow Buckeye signee Grant Mitchell.
• Member of back to back MIAA championship teams at Calvert Hall for head coach Bryan Kelly.
• Ranked as the nation’s No. 49 overall player by Inside Lacrosse on its 2018 Young Gun’s list.
• 19 goals and four assists as a sophomore in 2017.
• Two-time member of the Under Armour Baltimore Highlight team.
• Selected as a team captain for the 2019 season.
• Comes from a family full of athletes: his dad (Jeff), mom (Stacy), brother (Taylor) and grandfather (Steve) all played college sports.
• A member of the National Honors Society.

James Hogan • Face-Off • 5-10, 175 • Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood

• An All-State and All-Group IV selection by The Star-Ledger for head coach Mike Pounds.
• All-county and all-division honoree last year as a junior.
• Selected as an Under Armour All-American.
• A four-year member of Ridgewood’s football team as a fullback, linebacker and kicker.
• Set the Ridgewood High School record for most consecutive extra points made.
• Member of the North 1 Group V state champions as a sophomore in 2016.

Carter Hilleary • Midfield • 6-0, 180 • Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales

• A two-sport athlete at nearby St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus.
• Three-year letterwinner for head coach Matt Triplet.
• First team All-Ohio in 2018 and the Region VII Midfielder of the Year.
• First team All-Region.
• Led St. Francis DeSales to the Division II state championship.
• Second team All-Ohio and first team all-region as a sophomore in 2017.
• A wide receiver/defensive back in football who led the Stallions in receptions, receiving yards and kick return yards.

James Cipolla • Midfield • 5-7, 175 • Orefield, Pa. / Parkland

• Three-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Bender at Parkland High School.
• Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) first team and Most Valuable Player in 2018.
• As a junior, tallied 116 points on 70 goals and 46 assists
• Allentown Morning Call Player of the Year
• Lehigh Valley Live first team all-area and second team honoree.
• Tabbed as the nation’s No. 64 player in the Inside Lacrosse Top Young Gun Senior Rankings
• Selected as a team captain.
• EPC first-team selection at midfield following his sophomore season.
• Voted the team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
• Mother, Dawn, played lacrosse at Temple and was part of a national championship-winning team.

Gabe Galbraith • Defense • 6-2, 185 • Dallas, Texas / Highland Park

• Three-year starter and letterwinner for head coach Rich Moses at Highland Park High School.
• Helped the Scots win their 11th state title in program history in 2018.
• Was a first-team all-state selection at long stick midfield in 2016.
• His grandfather, Ed Bernet, is a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Texans.

Jacob Snyder • Defense • 6-2, 205 • Fallston, Md. / Calvert Hall

• Has helped Calvert Hall, under head coach Bryan Kelly, win back to back MILA titles.
• Calvert Hall finished the 2017 season ranked No. 2 nationally by US Lacrosse Magazine.
• All-area second team in 2018 by Peace Report Lax Blog.
• National Honors Society member and honor roll student at Calvert Hall.
• The No. 46 player in Inside Lacrosse’s 2018 Top Young Guns Senior Rankings.
• Selected for the 2018 Under Armour All-American Underclass Games.

Eli Ensor • Midfield • 6-1, 185 • Marietta, Ga. / Lassiter

• A two-time Under Armour Underclass All-American.
• Plays for head coach Adam Bruckman at Lassiter High School.
• Helped the Trojans win the Georgia 7A state championship as a sophomore in 2017.
• Two-time all-state honoree.
• Tabbed as the nation’s No. 52 player in the Inside Lacrosse Top Young Gun Senior Rankings.
• An accomplished singer and performer who sang the national anthem prior the 2017 MLL championship.
• Has put on a Christmas benefit every year since 2015 to gather toys for children at the Mary Hall Freedom House.
• Both of his parents, Keith and Cherae, were collegiate athletes. Keith played football at Air Force and Cherae was a volleyball player at Drexel.

Elijah Black • Midfield • 5-8, 180 • Mundelein, Ill. / Saint Viator

• Three-sport athlete at Saint Viator competing in wrestling, football and lacrosse.
• Played lacrosse for head coach Bill Sanford.
• All-Illinois and All-American last spring as a junior.
• Scored 45 goals and had 32 assists as a junior, both team highs.
• Enters his senior season with 167 career points (113 goals, 54 assists).
• Two-time ESCC All-Conference, earning the award in 2017 and 2018
• Four-year member of Saint Viator’s football team who led the team in rushing and touchdowns as a junior. Also played defensive back and returned punts/kickoffs.
• Tabbed as the nation’s No. 95 player in the Inside Lacrosse Top Young Gun Senior Rankings.
• Two-time captain of the wrestling team and a state qualifier as a junior.

Mitchell Pehlke • Attack • 5-10, 180 • Leesburg, Va. / Riverside

• A two-time first team All-Virginia honoree for head coach Nick Worek
• Scored 39 goals and handed out 23 assists last year and led Riverside to a 17-1 record.
• As a sophomore, totaled 69 points on 44 goals and 25 assists.
• Helped Riverside go 20-0 and win the Virginia 4A state championship in 2017.
• His father, Kevin, was a four-time All-American at the University of Virginia and is the schools fourth all-time leading scorer.

Carson Raney • Defense • 6-4, 210 • Frisco, Texas / Episcopal School of Dallas

• A two-sport athlete at Episcopal School of Dallas where he’s lettered in lacrosse and football.
• An All-SPC and all-region selection last year.
• Two-time Under Armour Underclass All-America selection.
• A Texas Top 99 All-Star.
• Ranked as the nation’s No. 85 player in the Inside Lacrosse Top Young Gun Senior Rankings.

Garrett Nilsen • Attack • 6-0, 180 • Severna Park, Md. / St. Mary’s

• Four-year starter at St. Mary’s High School under head coach Victor Lilly.
• Had 37 goals and 14 assists last year as a junior.
• Has been selected as a captain for the 2019 season.
• Also a member of St. Mary’s basketball team.

Stephen Zupicich • Defense • 6-1, 190 • Bronxville, N.Y. / Fordham Prep

• Two-year starter and three-year letterwinner for head coach Chris Helmsley at Fordham Prep.
• As a junior in 2018 was a first team all-CHSAA selection as Fordham Prep won the city championship over rival Iona Prep in overtime.
• Has led the Rams in ground balls for two straight years.
• Defensive Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-league selection in 2017.

Sam Faber • Face-Off • 5-11, 195 • Haslett, Mich. / Haslett

• Talented two-sport athlete who is a captain of both the lacrosse and football team’s at Haslett High School.
• Plays for head coach Jacob Murphy.
• A first team all-state selection last spring as a junior.
• Named a US Lacrosse All-American in 2018
• All-Conference, All-Area and a member of the Lansing State Journal Dream Team.
• Won 82 percent of his face-offs in 2018, breaking his own single-season school record.
• National Honors Society member who is also an Academic All-Conference selection.

Andrew Guagenti • Defense • 6-1, 180 • Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty

• A long stick midfielder for head coach Jason Godwin at nearby Olentangy Liberty High School.
• Long Stick Midfielder of the Year and a first-team all-region selection as a junior in 2018.
• First team All-Ohio.
• Ohio Capital Conference first team selection.
• Second team all-region as a sophomore in 2017.
• Helped Olentangy Liberty reach the state semifinals as a sophomore in 2017 and the regional finals in 2018.

Christian Tomei • Goalie • 6-4, 260 • Jupiter, Fla. / Oxbridge Academy

• A three-time US Lacrosse All-American for head coach Stan Ross at Oxbridge Academy.
• Has earned first team all-state and all-region honors for three consecutive years.
• Tabbed as the nation’s No. 53 player in the Inside Lacrosse Top Young Gun Senior Rankings.
• US Lacrosse All-Academic selection.
• As a junior, led Oxbridge to a 17-3 overall record and No. 10 regional ranking by US Lacrosse Magazine.