PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College lacrosse Head Coach Chris Gabrielli has welcomed 12 new members to his program, who joined the College community this fall (2016). The team is currently in the midst of its non-traditional fall campaign and his 12 newcomers are in the thick of their first season of collegiate competition. The program’s 12 newcomers include, Dan Axelson (Cohasset, Mass.), Damon Currie (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), Troy Higgins (Summit, N.J.), Tim Hinrichs (Amherst, N.H.), Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.), Kevin McCordic (Medfield, Mass.), Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.), RJ Romeo (Wilton, Conn.), Nick Shaw (Canton, Mass.), Rob Stovel (Fergus, Ontario, Canada), Nick Tommasi (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Ryan Zimmerman (Syracuse, N.Y.).
“We are thrilled to welcome these 12 freshman to our program,” Gabrielli said. “During our first month together, this group has never backed down from the challenges of being a Division I student-athlete. They have already shown that they can work hard, while being great teammates. Our newcomers have taken to the leadership of our returners, and have also made an immediate, positive impact on our overall culture with their actions.”
Axelson, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 200 pound midfielder, is a native of Cohasset, Mass. and attended Cohasset High School. He played lacrosse and football and served as team captain for both programs as a senior. During his lacrosse career, he totaled 212 points on 146 goals and 66 assists. Axelson was a three-time South Shore League All-Star (2014-16) and also earned 2016 EMLCA Second-Team All-America Honors. He led his team to the Massachusetts State Championship crown in 2014.
Currie, a 5-foot, 9-inch, 175 pound midfielder, is a native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, where he attended John F Ross CVI (2012-13) before enrolling at The Hill Academy (2013-16). As a senior in 2016, Currie posted 47 points on 17 goals and 30 assists. He also played for the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves in Junior A and recorded 25 goals and 24 assists during his second stint with the team. He earned Rookie of the Year with the KW Braves Junior A and also was Offensive Player of the Year at The Hill Academy.
Higgins, a 5-foot, 9-inch, 160 pound midfielder, is a native of Summit, N.J. and attended Delbarton High School. He competed in soccer and lacrosse during his high school career. For the lacrosse program, he registered 32 goals and 26 assists for 58 points. He also picked up 83 ground balls during his career. Higgins helped Delbarton capture the 2016 New Jersey Tournament of Champions title.
Hinrichs, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 180 pound midfielder, is a native of Amherst, N.H. and attended Bishop Guertin High School prior to his arrival at Providence. He competed in lacrosse and basketball while at Bishop Guertin and served as team captain for both programs. As a senior in 2016, Hinrich recorded 104 points on 61 goals and 43 assists. Hinrich claimed All-America honors as a junior ad senior and was a First-Team All-State selection three-consecutive seasons.
Leahey, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 180 pound midfielder, is a native of Cranford, N.J. and attended Seton Hall Prep. He was a four-year letter winner in lacrosse and served as team captain during the 2016 season. Leahey recorded 100 career points at Seton Hall Prep on 72 goals and 28 assists. He led his team to four-consecutive County Championships and was a two-time All-County and All-Non Public honoree (2015, 2016) in addition to claiming All-State Honorable Mention recognition (2016).
McCordic, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 185 pound midfielder, attended Medfield High School and is a native of Medfield, Mass. He competed in soccer and lacrosse at Medfield and was a two-time captain of the soccer team. In lacrosse, he registered 90 points during his senior campaign (2016) with 63 goals and 27 assists. He was a First-Team Tri-Valley League selection and a BostonLax All-American honoree.
Nawrocki, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 185 pound midfielder, is a native of Smithtown, N.Y. and attended Hauppauge High School prior to his arrival at Providence. He served as team captain of the lacrosse program during his senior campaign and totaled 104 career points. As a senior in 2016, Nawrocki registered 73 points on 58 goals and 15 assists. He earned All-County, All-Division and All-Metro honors in addition to earning Team Offensive MVP recognition, twice.
Romeo, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 193 pound face-off specialist, attended Wilton High School and is a native of Wilton, Conn. He was a two-sport athlete at Wilton in lacrosse and football and captained both teams as a senior. He was a three-year starter for the lacrosse team and posted a 71% face-off percentage. Romeo was a two-time All-America selection and First-Team All-State honoree.
Shaw, a 5-foot, 10-inch 185 pound midfielder, is a native of Canton, Mass. and attended Xaverian Brothers High School. He competed in lacrosse and ice hockey for Xaverian Brothers and was a two-year captain of the lacrosse program and served one season as team captain for ice hockey. He tallied 165 career points on the lacrosse field with 111 goals and 65 assists, including 45 goals and 20 assists as a senior in 2016. Shaw was a two-time Catholic Conference All-Star and Team MVP. His father, Chris Shaw, is a 1988 graduate of Providence College. He finished his career with 104 points on 90 goals and 14 assists. His 104 points currently ranks 19th all-time at Providence and his 90 goals is sixth-best all-time.
Stovel, a 6-foot, 185 pound, defender, is a native of Fergus, Ontario, Canada. He attended Centre Wellington District High School before attending The Hill Academy (2013-16). He was a two-sport athlete, competing in lacrosse and ice hockey. Stovel also was roster selection for Canada’s U-19 Team that competed at the FIL U-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship. Stovel was the recipient of the 1845 Hill Pride Award (2016) and was his team’s Most Improved Player Award recipient in 2014.
Tommasi, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 183 pound long stick midfielder, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. and attended Mt. Lebanon High School. He was a two-year captain for the football team and three-year captain for the lacrosse program at Mt. Lebanon. He registered 77 ground balls and 52 caused turnovers as a senior in 2016. He went on to earn US Lacrosse All-America honors, in addition to All-Section, All-WPIAL and Team Defensive MVP honors.
Zimmerman, a 5-foot, 9-inch, 160 pound attack, is a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and attended West Hill High School, where he played lacrosse and soccer. He totaled 164 goals and 143 assists during his career and was a First-Team All-Central New York and First-Team All-League selection as a senior in 2016. Zimmerman holds Westhill’s single-season points record (103) and career scoring record (307 points).
“It is clear that many are physically ready to compete for playing time right away,” Gabrielli said. “It will take some time for them to stop thinking, and just play, but they are coming one step closer each day.”
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