Feb. 18, 2016

Twelve freshmen are poised this weekend to begin their first seasons in men’s lacrosse uniforms for the University of Notre Dame.

Coach Kevin Corrigan’s class of rookie for 2016 includes three Under Armour All-Americans in attack Ryder Garnsey, midfielder Timmy Phillips and defenseman Hugh Crance.

The Inside Lacrosse 2015 Power 100 Freshmen listing showed Garnsey second, Crance 23rd, Phillips 45th and midfielder Drew Schantz 68th.

Inside Lacrosse rated the Irish class 10th nationally. Recent previous Irish rookie classes rated second in 2015, fifth in 2009 and eighth in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (all by Inside Lacrosse).

Here are details on the Notre Dame newcomers:

Jack Beare (pronounced BARE-ee), 5-10, 165, Attack, Dallas, TX (Episcopal School of Dallas/Phillips Academy Andover)
Spent a post-grad year at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts … tallied 48 goals at Phillips Academy Andover in 2015, leading the team to a 15-1 record … leading goal scorer for the Episcopal School of Dallas, the Texas prep state champion, during senior campaign in 2014 … posted 62 goals in final season at Episcopal School, earning all-state and all-conference recognition … also qualified as the leading goal scorer during sophomore and junior seasons … played club for the Adrenaline Tropics (2012-15) and Iron Horse Lacrosse (2010-13) … MVP of Lake Tahoe Tournament in 2014 … played in Philly Showcase All-Star (2013), Baltimore Summer Kick-Off All-Star (2013) and Warrior Diamond Showcase All-Star (2012) events … son of Nick and Marcia Beare … has a sister Amanda … grandfather was a University of Notre Dame alumnus… enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Beare: “He’s a very good off-ball, inside player. He’s gong to play for us in time because he’s got a great IQ and a great work ethic.”

Hugh Crance, 6-0, 190, LSM/Defense, Newport Beach, CA (Corona del Mar)
Earned varsity letters all four years in lacrosse and football at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California … received U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America recognition, as well as Under Armour America and Adrenaline All-America honors as senior in 2015 … member of U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 National Team that will compete for an eighth straight gold medal at FIL U19 World Championships July 7-16, 2016, in Coquitlan, British Columbia, Canada … co-captained Corona del Mar lacrosse team during junior and senior campaigns … first-team all-Orange County pick in 2014 and 2015 … American Family Insurance All-California pick as senior in 2015 … named U.S. Lacrosse High School Academic All-American in 2015 … recipient of Gratzinger Award and Scholarship in 2015 … Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse ranked Corona del Mar lacrosse number two in state of California during senior season … team finished as CIF Southern Division Sectional semifinalist in 2013-15 … helped team to 2012 CIF Southern Division championship … four-year starter for Corona del Mar football team … finished his junior campaign undefeated in football (16-0) as his team won California state title … played club lacrosse for Adrenaline Tropics (post-high school), West Coast Starz (2013-14), OC Kings (2013-14) and Kings Lacrosse/Team America (2012-15) … part of U.S. Lacrosse 30-man training team for 2016 U-19 World Championships … son of Frank and Andrea Crance … twin brother Hoyt Crance plays goalie on lacrosse team at Yale … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Crance: “Hugh has been a pleasant surprise and has played very well–he has versatility, he plays hard, he has a good IQ and is physical and determined. He’s a guy who will absolutely play for us in some fashion this year.”

Ryder Garnsey, 5-10, 175, Attack, Wolfeboro, NH (Phillips Academy Andover/Brewster Academy)
Ranked number one by Inside Lacrosse on its 2015 Top 40 Attackmen list and number two on the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen list … played a post-grad year at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts … posted 47 goals and 46 assists under the direction of head coach Steve Moreland at Phillips Academy … previously suited up for Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire), where he is the all-time leading scorer … played club lacrosse for 3d Lacrosse … earned Under Armour All-America honors … a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America pick … New England Player of the Year as senior … also played hockey all four years at Brewster Academy … son of Fred and Meighan Garnsey … has two siblings–Charlie and Erin … sister Erin played lacrosse at New Hampshire … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Garnsey: “Ryder is a talented, creative, intuitive kind of player. If we can get his habits to match his ability and his IQ, then he will be a very, very good player. He will play for us this year, and it will be interesting to see how much of a role he will move into.”

Brendan Gleason, 5-10, 175, Midfield, Essex, VT (Essex)
Lettered in lacrosse, football and hockey at Essex High School in Essex, Vermont … served as captain for all three sports as season … led lacrosse team in scoring as junior and senior, earning MVP honors both seasons … four-time all-state honoree in lacrosse … played club for VTribe Lacrosse … leading scorer for Hornets hockey team that won a Vermont Division I state title in 2015 … set single-season rushing and touchdown records during senior campaign in football in 2015 … son of Matt and Kim Gleason … father Matt attended Notre Dame as a graduate student in 1991-93 … cousin Andrew Gleason also attended Notre Dame (2008-12) and played midfield for the Irish lacrosse team … has three siblings–Courtney, Lindsey and Abbey … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Gleason: “Brendan is another pleasant surprise–he has worked very hard. He has a very solid all-around game. He does everything pretty well and could eventually, with more experience, get on the field for us . . . this year, next year, at some time he will get on the field for us.”

Michael Langdon, 6-3, 195, Defense, Bloomfield Hills, I (Cranbrook Kingswood)
Lettered in lacrosse and soccer at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan … captained lacrosse team during senior campaign in 2015 … first-team all-Michigan selection in 2012-15 … all-Catholic League pick in 2012-15 … captured state lacrosse championships with Cranbrook as sophomore and senior … named to USA Today All-Michigan Team in 2015 … played club in 3D Lacrosse system, suiting up for 3D Select New England in 2012-15 and 3D Select College Prep in 2014-15 … helped team finish as runner-up in state in soccer, garnering all-region and all-Catholic League recognition … son of Geoff and Carrie Langdon … has two siblings–Delaney and Emily … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Langdon is not expected to play in 2016 due to injury.

Michael Marchese (pronounced mar-CHEESE-ee), 5-8, 190, Goalie, Haddonfield, NJ (St. Joseph’s Prep)
Lettered four years in lacrosse at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia … registered over 200 saves in goal by his senior campaign in 2015 … assisted Hawks to Catholic League championship, City League championship and state runner-up finish as senior … first-team all-Catholic League pick in 2012-15 … played club lacrosse for Tristate Lacrosse in 2010-15 … attended Project 9 Lacrosse during senior year … National Honor Society member … received academic honors and honor roll recognition all four years in high school … son of John and Rosalie Marchese … has younger brother Chris … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Marchese: “He’s a really good ball-stopper. He’s very active as a communicator in the cage. He’s in a spot where he’s playing behind three guys with a lot of experience at the moment, but that won’t always be the case. He comes to compete every day, and I love what we’re seeing from him.”

Mitch Olinger (pronounced OH-lin-jur), 6-6, 210, Defense, Alamo, CA (De La Salle)
Lettered in football and lacrosse at De La Salle High School in Concord, California … captained lacrosse team during his senior season, earning all-league honors … De La Salle Athlete of the Year nominee in 2015 … led Spartans to 2014 North Coast Sectional Championship … claimed East Bay Athletic League championship in 2013 … named scholar-athlete all four years in lacrosse … played club lacrosse for Alcatraz Outlaws in 2012-13 and 3D Select Northern California in 2012 … only freshman on team for Alcatraz Outlaws when he joined … played FLG Lacrosse All-Star in 2012 and Maverik Showtime All-Star in 2013 … helped De La Salle win California state championship in football in 2014 … son of Tom and Christine Olinger … has two siblings–Christopher and Mary Grace … cousin Ken Dilger played tight end in for NFL Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after playing collegiately at Illinois … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Olinger: “Mitch physically hasn’t completely grown into his frame — he’s a big kid and he’s going to be very solid. He has as quick a learning curve as anyone out there right now, and he works very hard. As things come together for him, with the speed of the game and the decision-making, I can see him growing into a very good player for us.”

Timmy Phillips, 6-2, 190, Midfield, Alexandria, VA (Episcopal)
Under Armour All-American in 2015 . . . three-sport athlete at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia–in lacrosse, basketball and football … led lacrosse team in scoring his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns … captained squad as junior and senior … first-team all-Virginia in 2014 and 2015 … second-team all-Virginia in 2013 … three-time all-league honoree … played club lacrosse for Blackwolf under head coach Joe Trigiani … led Episcopal basketball team to IVC championship as senior … served as team captain of both basketball and football teams … finished first-team all-state in football … father David played football at Bucknell … mother Nancy played tennis at West Virginia University … has three siblings–Chip, Michele and Erin … brother Chip played lacrosse at Denison … sister Michele is senior midfielder on Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Phillips: “Timmy is another guy who does a lot of things well. He’s athletic, he’s smart–and he has a good understanding of what he can and can’t do, so he doesn’t get himself in a lot of trouble. He will play a role for us this year in some capacity, and I think he’ll do it well. Whatever you ask him to do, he takes it and does a pretty good job with it.”

Drew Schantz, 6-0, 185, Midfield, Allentown, PA (Malvern Prep)
Lettered four years at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, playing under head coach John McEvoy … a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American in 2015 … all-Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association selection in 2015 … first-team all-Inter-Ac pick in 2014 and 2015 … played club lacrosse for Duke’s LC and Man-Up Lacrosse … captained Duke’s 2015 class … Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Rising Sophomore Camp participant … Crabfeast Tournament MVP … played with Mentor of SPYA U9, U11 and U13 lacrosse teams … peer educator at Malvern Prep … son of Terry and Tammy Schantz … has sister Abby … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Schantz: “Drew has really latched onto a short-stick defensive middie role for us and he gets better every day. He already brought a lot to the position because he’s tough, he’s fast, he’s athletic. He just works very hard and is diligent–a lot of things we value in a player with that role. For a freshman he’ll have a chance to be outstanding.”

Nick Stinn, 6-1, 187, Midfield, San Francisco, CA (St. Ignatius College Prep)
Captained St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco, California) lacrosse team as senior in 2015 … led Wildcats to three consecutive West Catholic Athletic League championships, as well as tournament title during senior campaign … first-team all-WCAL … earned team MVP recognition as senior … played club for Alcatraz Outlaws … Gait Cup All-Star in 2013 … Maverik Showtime All-Star in 2013 … also lettered in football at St. Ignatius Prep… son of Brad and Jill Stinn … has two siblings–Sarah and Jack … father Brad played football at Harvard … grandfather Robert Kiep attended Notre Dame … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Stinn: “He’s had some injuries that have slowed his progress, but he’s shown his ability based on his versatility–he can play as a short-stick defensive middle, he can play as a long stick middie, he’s athletic and he’s figuring out the game I think Nick is going to grow into a good player –I like all the things he does, all he needs now is more experience.”

Charlie Trense (pronounced Trents), 6-0, 195, LSM/Defense, Atlanta, GA (Westminster Schools)
Earned 11 varsity letters overall at The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia) competing in lacrosse, wrestling and football … registered winningest four-year record in Westminster program history in lacrosse … two-time U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American in 2014 and 2015 … first-team all-Georgia in 2014 and 2015 … led Wildcats to pair of lacrosse state titles in 2013 and 2015 … named Academic All-American as senior … played in more than 10 tournaments with various club lacrosse teams–Wildcats, Long Island Sting, Thunder, Sweetlax (Dick’s national champion) and FCA … invited to five showcases, including Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip and Maverik Showtime … Maverik Showtime All-Star in 2014 for tournament champion Baltimore Crabs … Vail Shootout Tournament All-Star … three-year letterman in football at Westminster and team MVP as senior … first-team all-state, all-region and all-city linebacker for 12-2 state semi-finalist team … broke school’s single-season record for tackles with 128 (previously 92) … recipient of Atlanta Falcons “Captain in the Community” award … earned 130 varsity wins with wrestling team … finished in top two on team in wins, points and takedowns as sophomore, junior and senior … received Jimmy Funk Outstanding Wrestler Award … finished third in state meet as senior in 170-pound category … wrestling Academic All-America selection … captain of lacrosse, football and wrestling squads as senior … 2015 Sports Champions of Greater Atlanta Male Senior Athlete of the Year … Westminster’s nominated student-athlete for Wendy’s High School Heisman … received Westminster’s Best All-Around Male Athlete Award as senior in 2014-15 … son of Chuck and Cathy Trense … has a sister Elizabeth … National Merit Scholarship finalist, National AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction … head of Discipline Council and recipient of Truman Leadership Award at Westminster … named Notre Dame Scholar … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Trense is not expected to play in 2016 due to injury.

Brooks Tyrrell (pronounced TARE-uhl), 6-0, 195, Midfield, Marblehead, MA (Marblehead)
Lettered in lacrosse and football at Marblehead High School in Marblehead, Massachusetts … tallied 77 goals, 34 assists for 112 points, earning MVP honors for Northeastern Conference in 2015 … captained team during senior season … finished as program’s all-time leading scorer with 234 career points … four-time conference all-star … played club lacrosse for Top Gun Clams in 2011-14 and FCA in 2015 … Baltimore Kick-Off All-Star … attended Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp and Maverik Showtime … named to Vail Shootout all-tournament team … suited up at running back for Marblehead football team … registered 4,625 rushing yards and 62 career touchdowns … football MVP of Northeastern Conference … two-time ESPN/Boston Globe/Boston Herald all-state selection … two-time all-conference in football … finished as school’s all-time leading rusher and scorer … Boston Globe Male Athlete of the Year … son of Mike and Laura Tyrrell … has two siblings–Tucker and Brittany … enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Irish coach Kevin Corrigan on Tyrrell: “Brooks is a big, strong, athletic kid–he was a very good football player in high school and a very good lacrosse player, too. He’s catching on in some aspects of the game, but with his athleticism and drive to play, he’ll be a good player for us.”