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Utah Lacrosse Signs 12 to National Letters of Intent

Nov 12, 2020

SALT LAX CITY – Utah head men's lacrosse coach Brian Holman continues to build upon the success the last two seasons as a Division I program and inked 12 players to National Letters of Intent.
 
"We are really happy with this signing class," Holman said. "It is filled with really good kids, good students and even greater families. I think they add depth, lacrosse IQ and elevate our overall athleticism."
 
The 2021 signing class includes players from nine different states across the country coast-to-coast. Positionally, Holman adds five midfielders and three defensemen while adding a pair of attackers and keepers to the mix as the program enters its third competitive season at the Division I level.
 
TREY AKABANE
Faceoffs/Midfield • 5-11 • 190
Danville, Calif. • The Salisbury School
 
High School
Spent his first three years at San Ramon Valley High School as a dual sport athlete, lettering in football and lacrosse before transferring to The Salisbury School his senior year where he plays alongside future teammate Conor O'Neill… led SRVHS to the 2018 CIF North Coast Section Division I Championship as well as back-to-back undefeated seasons (9-0) in the East Bay League his sophomore and junior year … named to East Bay All League Second-Team his junior season with the Wolves in lacrosse … also helped lead SRVHS to a 2018 CIF North Coast Section Division I title in football.
 
Personal
Son of Matt and Kristi Akabane … has two younger sister, Reagan and Kenidy, and a younger brother, Jordan … undecided on a major.
 
Holman on AKABANE
"Trey is a very tough, hard-nosed faceoff man and will add a lot of athleticism to our team."
 
BRENDAN BELZ
Defense • 6-1 • 190
Strongsville, Ohio • St. Edward HS
 
High School
Four-year letterwinner at St. Edward High School … was the team's defensive player of the year as a freshman and named second-team all-region … served as captain his sophomore season while garnering first-team all-region and third-team all-state honors … is a National Honor Society member.
 
Personal
Son of Geoff and Heather Belz … has an older sister, Lauren Marcinek, and an older brother, Jake Belz … father is an All-American football player and all-conference lacrosse player at College of Wooster … he was also inducted into the College of Wooster Hall of Fame in 2007 … undecided on a major.
 
Holman on BELZ
"Brendan is a fundamentally sound defenseman with a lot of toughness and is great when it comes to playing off ball."
 
NICK CALLIS
Faceoffs/Midfield • 5-11 • 165
Leesburg, Va. • Riverside HS
 
High School
A dual sport athlete at Riverside High School, lettering in football and lacrosse … led the Rams to a lacrosse 4A State Championship in 2019 and semifinal appearance in 2018 … also helped RHS to the 2020 I-95 Cup Championship … caught 35 passes with six touchdowns for 463 yards his junior season … was an honor roll recipient his junior year … also played club basketball and ran club track.
 
Personal
Son of Warren and Carla Callis … has an older brother, Alexander, and an older sister, Capri … father played college basketball and rugby at Salve Regina University … plans on majoring in data science/data engineering field.
 
Holman on CALLIS
"Nick is an extremely athletic middie and will give us another dimension when it comes to faceoffs."
 
ETHAN COX
Attack • 5-10 • 165
Marietta, Ga. • Lassiter HS
 
High School
A three-year letterwinner at Lassiter High School … led the Trojans to the GHSA 6A-7A Championship game as a freshman and followed with a semifinals appearance his sophomore year … helped LHS to a regional championship in 2019 with an undefeated mark of 7-0 … named the team's offensive player of the year in 2019 … earned back-to-back principal awards (2018-19).
 
Personal
Son of Shane and Beth Cox … has a younger brother, Elijah … works closely with the shine & children's ministry at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church ... undecided on a major.
 
Holman on COX
"Ethan is a left-handed attackman with a good shot and slashing dodging abilities."
 
FREDDIE DIMARZO
Midfield • 5-11 • 200
Jacksonville, Fla. • Ponte Vedra HS
 
High School
A four-year letterwinner at Ponte Vedra High School … helped guide PVHS to the FHSAA State Championship as a sophomore … scored 24 goals with 12 assists and nine groundball in his first year on varsity … helped guide the Sharks to back-to-back district championships (2018-19) … a three-time scholar-athlete and member of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society.
 
Personal
Son of William and Mary DiMarzo … has a sister, Charlotte, and two brothers, John and Billy … grandfather Fred Kemp and uncle John Kemp played football at Pittsburg State … volunteers with Blessings in a backpack and the American Red Cross … plans on majoring in business.
 
Holman on DIMARZO
"Freddie's understanding of the game and his array of skill sets will allow him to be successful on the offensive end of the game for us."
 
JOEY GARCIA
Goalkeeper • 6-1 • 215
Tustin, Calif. • Foothill HS
 
High School
A four-year letterwinner in goal for Foothill High School … compiled 1,335 minutes between the pipes for the Knights with 262 saves and a 20-8 overall record … heading into his senior season, he's got 29 groundballs through 45 games … led FHS to a 39-14 record through three season, including a shortened junior season due to COVID-19 … earned OC Register's Second-Team All-County honors in 2019.
 
Personal
Son of Eric and Cathy Garcia … has older sister, Ryann, and an older brother, Bobby … sister Ryann did Crew at San Diego while his brother Bobby played football at Saddleback College … plans on majoring in civil engineering.
 
Holman on GARCIA
"Joey will add depth to our goalie position and someone we think will have a huge upside."
 
WILL LEESE
Defense • 6-1 • 185
Duxbury, Mass. • Duxbury HS
 
High School
A three-year varsity player at Duxbury High School … led the Dragons to back-to-back MIAA State Championship appearances, including a semifinal finish in 2019 … guided DHX to a Patriot League title in 2018 with a 17-4 overall record and 8-0 mark in league play while finishing 16-7 overall and 8-1 record in league play in 2019 … named team captain … also played varsity football his senior season, hauling in a touchdown with three receptions for 66 yards.
 
Personal
Son of Gordon and Maureen Leese … has an older brother, Parker … brother Parker played lacrosse at DIII Roger Williams University … plans on majoring in business or sports medicine … spends time volunteering at Holy Family Church.
 
Holman on LEESE
"Will is a tough, physical and hard-nosed defender that'll fit right in with our team and his future teammates."
 
AIDAN O'CONNOR
Midfield • 5-9 • 165
Danville, Calif. • The Governor's Academy
 
High School
Played lacrosse at Monte Vista High School for three years before transferring to The Governor's Academy in Massachusetts … helped guided the Mustangs to three-straight playoff appearances while he was there … selected to the 2020 Under Armour All-American (New England) team as well as the Nike National All-American (New England) team.
 
Personal
Son of Greg and Michelle O'Connor … has four brothers, Jameson, Griffin, Kiernan and Colin … volunteers with Special Olympics and local youth lacrosse in his free time … plans on majoring in business.
 
Holman on O'CONNOR
"Aidan is a good all-around lacrosse player who can play both attack and midfield."
 
CONOR O'NEILL
Goalkeeper • 6-10 • 165
Sarasota, Fla. • The Salisbury School
 
High School
Started his prep career at Riverview High School before reclassifying to play at The Salisbury School with future teammate Trey Akabane … is a four-star recruit according to InsideLacrosse.com … guided RHS to an 18-6 record in 2017 and District 17 title with an undefeated 6-0 record … earned back-to-back first-team all-district honors (2016-17) … named to the InsideLacrosse.com All-Star team this past summer at the IL Invitational … selected to the dean's list two-straight years (2018-20).
 
Personal
Son of Patrick and Heather O'Neill … has a younger sister, Emily … father played football at Syracuse before being drafted in the fifth round (135th overall pick) by the New England Patriots … mother played field hockey at Syracuse … currently undecided on a major.
 
Holman on O'NEILL
"Conor shows all the signs to be a good goalkeeper at the next level. He communicates well and is very sound with his positioning."
 
COLBY PLOTTS
Defense • 6-3 • 190
Sparta, N.J. • Sparta HS
 
High School
A three-sport athlete at Sparta High School, lettering in football, basketball and lacrosse … led Spartans to a league title his sophomore year and NJSIAA playoff appearance in lacrosse … guided SHS to back-to-back league titles with undefeated 5-0 seasons his sophomore and junior year in football.
 
Personal
Son of Timothy and Jennifer Plotts … has an older sister, Bailey, and a younger brother, Ty … grandfather, Greg, played football at Delaware Valley College … father played football at William Paterson University … aunt, Amy, played basketball at Southern Connecticut University and uncle Bryan played football at Ramapo College … undecided on a major.
 
Holman on PLOTTS
"Colby will join us with a body ready for Division I and very athletic. He'll be great for us off the ground and in transition."
 
TYLER SCHIFKO
Midfield • 6-0 • 190
Catasaqua, Pa. • Allentown Central Catholic HS
 
High School
A three-sport athlete at Allentown Central Catholic High School, lettering in football, basketball and lacrosse … helped guide ACCHS to a PIAA District XI AA Championship in 2018 … tallied 23 goals and 21 assists for 44 points in 2019 … named Brine Lacrosse All-American and Under Armour/Dick's Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team in 2016 and a Warrior Lacrosse All-American in 2017 … IL Fall Recruiting Invite Session II All-Tournament Team (2017) … Lehigh Valley Live Player of the Week Honorable Mention (2019) … Bishop Scholarship Award honoree (2017) … National Honor Society member.
 
Personal
Son of Brad and Donna Shifko … has a younger sister, Caitlyn … father played football and club lacrosse at DII Shippensburg University … uncle, Greg, played football at DII Millersville University … volunteers with Northampton Area Food Bank and Central City Project in his free time … undecided on a major.
 
Holman on SCHIFKO
"Tyler's size, athleticism, toughness and ability to be a two-way player is what we want in our program, especially at the middie position."
 
RYAN STINES
Attack • 5-10 • 175
Cary, N.C. • Panther Creek HS
 
High School
Four-year letterwinner at Panther Creek High School … recorded 54 goals, 19 assists and 39 ground balls heading into his senior campaign … named all-conference honorable mention as a freshman … voted the team's offensive player of the year as a junior … a three-time academic all-conference honoree and honor roll recipient.
 
Personal
Son of Reid and Susan Stines … has an older sister, Carly … grandfather, Robert, played football and ran track at DePauw … started his own non-profit, Endless Sports, Inc., eight-plus years ago with a mission to overcome obstacles so that all athletes regardless of disability or disadvantage can participate in sports and have raised over $10,000 of support … undecided on a major.
 
Holman on STINES
"Ryan possesses a very high IQ for the game and has the potential to be the QB of our offense moving forward."
 
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