Aug. 26, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team had six of its incoming freshmen named to the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 recruits list. The list is featured in the magazine’s September issue. The Fighting Irish recruiting class was ranked fifth nationally according to the publication.
Annually, Inside Lacrosse releases its Power 100 list, which is a quick view over the incoming recruits predicted to make an impact on NCAA Division I lacrosse, either immediately or down the road.
Leading the way for the Fighting Irish is goalie John Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep), who was ranked 20th on the list. Close behind were midfielders Pat Cotter (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) at No. 22 and Steven Murphy (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd) at 26th. Murphy was profiled in the magazine (pg. 59) as part of its `The Year of the Middie’ feature.
Incoming Irish midfielder Quinn Cully (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) was tabbed as No. 54, while defenseman Matt Miller (Warrenton, Va./Notre Dame Academy) was 70th. Rounding out Notre Dame’s contingent on the list is attackman Ryan Foley (Glen Ridge, N.J./Delbarton) at No. 82.
Here is bio information on the six Fighting Irish players named to the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 …
John Kemp – Goal – Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep
Under Armour All-American … Under Armour Senior Classic participant … U.S. Lacrosse All-American … recipient of the Tim Wynne Award as the `Outstanding Goalie in the State of Maryland’ … garnered the C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Memorial Award as the `Outstanding Maryland High School Lacrosse Player’ … selected to the Toyota High School `All Tewaaraton Team’ … first team all-state … named the Washington D.C. area player of the year by The Washington Post … first team all-Met … tabbed as the county player of the year and first team all-county … team MVP and captain at Georgetown Prep … first team all-conference (IAC) … boasts a career save percentage of 71 percent and a career goals-against average of 3.58 … was a member of the undefeated and top-ranked team nationally during his freshman lacrosse season … team went on to capture conference and state titles as well … saw lacrosse team finish nationally-ranked sophomore (4th) and junior (21st) years … served as team captain for both hockey and lacrosse teams senior year … was selected as honorable mention All-Metro DC area as well as being named second team All-Maryland in lacrosse as a junior … Under Armour Underclassmen regional team in 2008 … part of the Maryland Free State team … played both hockey and lacrosse at Georgetown Prep, earning varsity letters every year in both sports … was a member of the German National Honor Society … high school teammate of fellow Irish signee Patrick Cotter … hails from same school as current Notre Dame players Billy Maloney, Patrick Maloney, Kevin Ridgway and Jake Brems … brother, Joey, was a three-time All-American in goal for the Irish from 2005-08 … has six siblings … sisters Julie, Erin and Liz were swimmers for Miami (Fla.), Towson and Florida, respectively … brother, CJ, was a lacrosse goalie at Fairfield … father played football at William and Mary under former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz.
Pat Cotter – Midfield – Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep
Under Armour All-American … an Under Armour Senior All-American Classic participant … a USL high school All-American … a two-sport athlete at Georgetown Prep, earning a combined seven varsity letters in football (3) and lacrosse (4) … Georgetown Prep went 20-3 during his senior season in lacrosse en route to winning their league and finishing 13th nationally … team went 83-7 during his four-year career … helped Georgetown Prep go undefeated and finish nationally ranked, all on the way to capturing a conference, regional and state championships his freshman year … team achieved national ranking during his sophomore and junior campaigns as well … was chosen as team captain for both football and lacrosse teams as a senior … participated as a member of the Under Armour Underclassmen team in 2007 and 2008 … first team all-state in 2008 and 2009 … two-time member of the Maryland Free State lacrosse team … notched 30 goals, 20 assists and 75 ground balls as a senior … 2009 conference (IAC) champions in lacrosse … was No. 4 prospect according to the Inside Lacrosse rising senior list … high school teammate of fellow Irish signee John Kemp … three-year starter in football at running back and linebacker … has two siblings … father played rugby at Holy Cross and grandfather, Tom, played baseball for Iona.
Steven Murphy – Midfield – Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd
Under Armour All-American … Under Armour Senior Classic participant … U.S. Lacrosse All-American … U.S. Lacrosse National Senior Showcase … three-time first team all-county in lacrosse … gold medalist at the 2008 Empire State games … all-Long Island … tallied over 200 career goals … scored 46 goals as a senior in an injury-shortened season … picked up 130 ground balls during his final prep campaign … holds every record at William Floyd for ground balls, goals, assists and faceoff wins … three-time all-county and three-time all-division … North vs. South Senior Showcase invitee … 2009 USILA preseason All-American … named a top-five player on Long Island according to Newsday … three-time all-division and academic all-division in football at quarterback and wide receiver … first team all-state in football … also two-time all-county and all-Long Island on the gridiron … received Boomer Esiason Award as the best quarterback on Long Island … Boomer Esiason Classic starting quarterback … Tony Cachia Award as the outstanding football player in Suffolk County … amassed 2,200 all-purpose yards as a senior (1,150 passing, 1,050 rushing) and 12 total touchdowns (13 passing, 12 rushing) … three-time Long Island champions in football … football team ranked 20th nationally during his junior campaign … received the Dellacave Award for the top athlete in Suffolk County (all-sport award).
Quinn Cully – Midfield – Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury
U.S. Lacrosse All-American … four-year lacrosse player at Duxbury High School … four-time Division I state champion … 2009 Boston Globe Massachusetts Lacrosse Player of the Year … captained his high school team during his senior season … 2009 Boys’ Lacrosse All-Northeast Region Team honorable mention … team MVP as a senior … Patriot League All-Star in 2008 and 2009… named the team’s most valuable midfielder as a senior … 2009 Eastern Mass All-Star … member of Top Gun Clams Lacrosse … named varsity rookie of the year … four-year football player at Duxbury … Super Bowl champion in 2008 … named defensive player of the year in football as a senior along with being a Patriot League all-star … played hockey for two seasons … Boston Globe Gold Key Scholastic Art Award in 2009 … an honor roll student.
Matt Miller – Defense – Warrenton, Va./Notre Dame Academy
A four-year varsity letterwinner with the lacrosse team at Notre Dame Academy … switched from midfielder to defense during sophomore year … tallied seven goals and nine assists during his senior season along with compiling 120 ground balls and 64 takeaways … named team MVP during his senior campaign … selected to Washington Post all-Met second team in 2009 in addition to being a Washington Post all-Extra first team … first team Maryland Independent Lacrosse League … named all-conference and all-state on the way to leading team to a conference and state championship during sophomore campaign … also earned all-conference honors and a conference championship junior year … named team captain for his senior season … participated in the Under Armour underclassmen game as a member of the DC team … was a member of the National Honor Society … nominated school president for student government … has one sibling … mother and brother, David, played lacrosse at Lynchburg and Maryland, respectively.
Ryan Foley – Attack – Glen Ridge, N.J./Delbarton
Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse … team captain as a senior … first team all-area, all-league and all-state … selected to New Jersey state all-star game … Under Armour underclassmen All-America game MVP … named Morris County Scholar-Athlete of the year … Morris County Champions … member of two non-public state championship teams … earned three letters in football … New Jersey tournament of champions runner-up as a junior in football … first-team all-conference and all-county at wide receiver and cornerback … received football team’s MVP award as a senior … high honors student … an AP art student.