Utah Lacrosse Adds 14 Signees To 2022-23 Roster
SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Lacrosse head coach Andrew McMinn has announced his first signing class since taking the helm in August, welcoming 14 new additions to the 2022-23 roster.
The 14 new Utes will join an already young and talented squad that is looking to take the program to new heights under the direction of McMinn and assistants Sean Doyle and Tim McDermott.
The signing class break down includes four newcomers on defense, four at midfield, three at attack, two faceoff specialists and a goalkeeper. From the east coast to the west coast, the new set of Utes will be coming to Utah from all over the country, including Minnesota (2), Georgia (2), Ohio (2), Massachusetts (2), Connecticut (1), Colorado (1), Michigan (1), Florida (1), Texas (1) and Utah (1).
"We are extremely excited to announce these 14 signees as the next members of the Utah Lacrosse family," McMinn said. "The class represents 10 different states and we feel strongly that each newcomer will represent our program at an extremely high level on and off the field."
Quick Hits on Utah's Signing Class
Nikko DiPonio | Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Culver Military Academy) | Defense
High School: Four-time letter winner at Culver Military Academy in Chicago … two-time Under Armour Underclass All-American … made the Inside Lacrosse All-Tournament team … helped Culver to a third place finish in the Geico National Championships … All-Star status at the NXT Showcase … also earned NLC All-Star, Main Stage All-Star and Ohio State All-Star honors … received Manney's Men designation from NXT … played running back for the football team … played lacrosse at Bloomfield Hills before transferring to Culver.
About Nikko: Brother, Dominick, and sister, Natalie, both play hockey with his sister playing for Bowling Green State in Ohio … father wrestled at California University of Pennsylvania … is a unit commander at Culver within the military system, leading a group of 60 men … captain of the skeet and trap club … wants to attend the business school at Utah.
Brady Grandstaff | Carver, Minn. (Chanhassen HS) | Attack
High School: Entering his fifth season of varsity lacrosse at Chanhassen after playing on varsity as an eighth grader … team captain … all-state, all-section and all-conference selection … earned Rookie of the Year as a freshman … All-Star at the TC Showcase and the 3D Summer Shootout … led his team to a section and conference championship … also played running back for the football team.
About Brady: Has two sisters … wants to get involved in sports medicine or athletic training as a career after lacrosse … injuries early in his lacrosse career helped him become more of a leader off the field … enjoys pottery.
Luke Haley | Lithia, Fla. (Newsome HS) | Midfield
High School: Three-year letter winner for Newsome HS … 147 goals, 104 assists and 251 points heading into this senior year … US Lacrosse All-American … all-region selection … two-time Offensive MVP … holds the school record for single-season points … scored 73 points (47 goals, 26 assists) as a freshman … also scored 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) during the 2020 shortened season with his team going 8-0 during that time.
Personal: Sibling, Jaden, competes in acrobatics and tumbling at Presbyterian … father, James, played soccer at Methodist University … grandfather, William Emmick, was a first-team all-Ohio catcher for baseball at Muskingum College, also qualifying for the NCAA Championships finals in bowling in 1969 … interested in a career in business administration after lacrosse … enjoys traveling, music and video games.
Bryce Horton | Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS) | Midfield
High School: Three-year letter winner at Lassiter HS … second-team all-state selection … led his team to a region championship … scored 45 points (34 goals, 11 assists) with 59 groundballs his junior season … also played running back and linebacker for the football team, earning second-team all-region.
About Bryce: Has an older brother and sister … wants to get into business as a career … enjoys skiing, hiking and anything outdoors … credits lacrosse to helping him grow throughout life and as a way to show who he is.
Tyler Kloeckl | Lakeville, Minn. (Farmington HS) | Faceoffs
High School: Three-year letter winner at Farmington HS … team captain … US Lacrosse All-American .. Under Armour Underclass All-American … All-Star for the Project Midwest Invitational … all-state, all-conference and all-section selection … finalist for the East Metro Player of the Year … Star Tribune All-Metro team … invited to the National All-Star Game as part of the Mid-American North Team … held a 77-percent faceoff average with 16 points his junior year.
About Tyler: Has a brother and a sister … enjoys golf and coaching youth lacrosse … part of the academic honor roll as a junior … didn't start taking face-offs until his freshman year of high school … played hockey until high school.
Colin Lenskold | Wilton, Conn. (Wilton HS) | Goalkeeper
High School: Varsity lacrosse his junior and senior year at Wilton HS … team captain … Under Armour All-American Junior Spotlight Team … 2020 Nike National All-Star … Nike NXT Fall Showcase All-Star and a Manney's Men recognition … 2018 Maryland Lacrosse Showcase All-Start … had a 60-percent save average his junior season … All-FCIAC East Team as a junior … also four-year letter winner in hockey as a two-time team captain.
About Colin: Comes from an athletic family … sister, Emma, is a swimmer at Wheaton College … father, Andrew, and uncle, Ken, played lacrosse and football at Yale … mother, Lisa, played soccer at the University of Buffalo … uncle, Benn, played lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania … interested in a career in civil engineering after lacrosse … his hobbies include golf, hockey and Legos … has been a part of the academic honor roll every year of high school.
Jake Likes | Castle Pines, Colo. (Valor Christian HS) | Midfield
High School: Letter winner at Valor Christian HS … 62 points (49 goals, 13 assists) as a senior, adding 35 groundballs … playing at Trinity-Pawling as a post-grad … invited to the Nike All-Star Games, NXT Showcase and Apex First Look Showcase … also played basketball and football.
About Jake: Sister, Lauren, plays lacrosse at BYU … father was an All-America lacrosse player at BYU … interested in a career in criminal justice after lacrosse … enjoys skiing, fly fishing and hiking … gets his work done off the field, earning Academic all-state and All-American.
Bryce Madden | Medina, Ohio (St. Edward HS) | Faceoffs
High School: Four-year letter winner at St. Edward HS … all-conference and all-region second-team selection … all-county in 2019 … two-time Maverick All-Star … invited to the Maverick Under Armour Team in 2019 … starting faceoff specialist as just a freshman … also played football.
About Bryce: Has one brother, Grayson … interested in a career in business or real estate after lacrosse … enjoys fishing and snowboarding … part of the Investment Club and the Scholar Business Program.
Seamus McCarthy | Duxbury, Mass. (Salisbury School) | Defense
High School: Four-year varsity lacrosse player … team captain as a senior at Tabor Academy … played in the 2021 Boston LAX All-American game … named an All-Star at the US Club Nationals … also played soccer and basketball.
About Seamus: Comes from an athletic family … brother, Connor, played baseball at Belmont Abbey … sister, Siobhan, played lacrosse at Boston … sisters, Maeve and Bridget, also played lacrosse at Boston … interested in a career in business after lacrosse … enjoys golfing and fishing.
William Overly | Smyrna, Ga. (The Lovett School) | Attack
High School: Four-year letter winner in lacrosse … two-time Under Armour Underclass All-American … two-time all-state selection … Nike National All-Star … team leader in points, assists and goals as a sophomore and junior … helped his team to a runner-up finish in the state championship in 2019 … also player cornerback and quarterback on the football team and is a shooting guard for the basketball team.
About William: His twin brother, Russell, has committed to play lacrosse at Denver … interested in a career as a radiologist after lacrosse … enjoys going to concerts, playing the guitar, golfing and fishing … his father played football at Ohio Wesleyan.
Will Potter | Sudbury, Mass. (The Rivers School) | Defense
High School: Letter winner at The Rivers School … team captain … ISL first-team selection … invited to the USA Lacrosse Developmental Camp.
About Will: Has one sister, Caroline … interested in a career in real estate after lacrosse.
Mason Quick | Draper, Utah (Corner Canyon HS) | Midfield
High School: Four-year letter winner at Corner Canyon HS … All-American … two-time all-state selection … all-region in 2021 … 148 points (105 goals, 43 assists) his junior year, adding 66 groundballs … led his team to a state championship in 2021 … 2019 Wasatch Invitational and Inside Lacrosse All-Tournament Team selection … USBOXLA National Team selection in 2019 … also lettered in football for three years with Corner Canyon winning three state championships.
About Mason: Has three siblings … interested in biology … enjoys skiing and fishing … comes from a long line of Utah graduates including his mother and father, two uncles, an aunt, his brother and his grandparents.
Ryan Sheppard | Austin, Texas (Vandegrift HS) | Defense
High School: Three-year letter winner at Vandegrift HS … all-district and all-state selection … Defensive MVP for three straight years … Under Armour All-American Southwest selection … two-time T-99 All-Star … invited to the Texas All-Star Round Up in 2020 … played football, leading the team in rushing yards as a junior and senior, earning all-district honors … also competed in track and field.
About Ryan: Has a brother and a sister … interested in a career in finance after lacrosse … enjoys hunting, playing video games and poker … father, Ben, played football at Texas State … has a summer job at Chicken Express.
Zach White | Columbus, Ohio (Columbus Academy) | Attack
High School: Four-year letter winner at Columbus Academy … All-American as a junior … school record holder for single-season points (155) … named the D2 Ohio State Player of the Year as a junior … two-time all-state selection … Region Player of the Year in 2021 … two-time all-region selection … 236 points (140 goals, 96 assists) throughout the last two years … USA National Select Team in 2021 and 2019 … named an All-Star at the Project Midwest Tournament … All-Tournament Team at The Players Series, the Midwest Classic Bow LAX and the Battle of the Barn Box … also played soccer.
About Zach: Has one sibling, Carson … wants to open up his own business after lacrosse … enjoys fishing and skiing.