Men's Lacrosse Coach Chris Burdick Announces Early Commitments

Nov. 17, 2011


Providence College Head Lacrosse Coach Chris Burdick announced on Thursday, November 17 that 15 players have committed to attend Providence in the fall of 2012, and have each signed a national letter of intent.

"This is a group that adds value to Providence College in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community," Coach Burdick said. "I credit the work that Assistant Coach JM Simpson did to secure a recruiting class that embodies the values that are incumbent of Providence College. We have no doubt that these young men will continue to contribute to the mission of the athletic department, which is to be the most respected, to have 100% of our student-athletes graduate and to compete for championships."

The Providence College early signees for 2012 recruiting class include: Kevin Blair - Attack - Hingham High School (Mass.) Chad Britnell - Attack - Glastonbury High School (Conn.), Nolan Fillet - Attack - Our Lady of the Good Counsel (Md.), Matt Miller - Attack - Dallas Jesuit (Texas), Jack Yeatman - Attack - Rancho Bernardo High School (Calif.), Jackson Cruzan - Midfield - Cathedral Catholic High School (Calif.), Tim Lavallee - Midfield - Cape Elizabeth High School (Maine), Brendon McGuire - Midfield - Bergen Catholic (N.J.), Chris Nye - Midfielder - Lincoln High School (Ore.), Christian Ottenritter - Midfield - Middletown High School (Md.), Jake Newman - Face Off Midfield - Marin Catholic High School (Calif.), Griffin Goudreau - Defense - Bellarmine College Prep (Calif.), Stephen Graziano - Defense - West Morris Mendham High School (N.J.), Michael Ryan - Defense/Long Stick Midfield - Falmouth High School (Maine) and Jack Connelly - Goalkeper - New Trier High School (Ill.)




Kevin Blair is a 5'-8", 170-pound attackman from Hingham High School in Massachusetts. The 2011 High School All-American and Patriot League All-Star was a Boston Globe, Boston Herald and a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Selection in 2011. As a team captain in his junior year in 2011, Blair recorded 115 points on 65 goals and 50 assist. Blair added 68 points as a sophomore in 2010. On the camp circuit, Blair was a King of the Hill and Gait Cup All-Star in 2011. In the community, Kevin volunteers for the Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry and works as a youth basketball and lacrosse coach. "I would like to thank my parents and my high school coaches, John Todd and Terrence Riley, for their dedication to helping reach the next level," Blair said. "I would also like to thank my Laxachusetts coach, Sean Morris, for his belief in my skills and offering his guidance through the recruitment process. I am very excited to join Providence College as both a student and athlete, to help in its quest for a BIG EAST Championship and a national title."

Chad Britnell is a 6'-1", 187-pound attackman from Glastonbury High School in Connecticut. The leading scorer for Glastonbury, Britnell recorded 45 goals and 27 assist as a junior in 2011 and was named to the Central Connecticut Conference All-Conference Team. Britnell recorded 20 points in a two-game span, and also provided his team with eight game-winning tallies on the year. He was a Connecticut Super Sophomore and Super Junior All-Star winning the Central Connecticut Conference title in his sophomore year (2010). Britnell was a conference All-Academic Team selection and volunteered for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics and the KJ Life Foundation as a community leader on his team. "I'm very excited about my opportunity to attend Providence College and experience college lacrosse at the Division I level," Britnell said. "I'm thankful to my parents for all their support. I also would like to extend thanks to coaches Niemi, Izzo and Fay from the CT Bulldogs, and coaches Landers, Hinchey, Fagan and Daniels from Glastonbury High School for preparing me to compete at the next level."

Nolan Fillet is a 5'-9", 165-pound attackman from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland. Fillet joins former teammate, Sean Wright, who is a current sophomore attackman for the Friars. A WCAC Honorable Mention selection, Fillet scored 87 career points on 55 goals and 32 assist. He was a Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip selection and was the Crab Feast 2010 Championship team captain. In the community, Nolan volunteers for Help Haiti, a relief organization which helps build schools, hospitals and homes that were destroyed from the devastating earthquake. "I am very excited about becoming a part of Providence College," Fillet said. "I am thankful to my parents and coaches Cabell Maddux and Matthew Durkin for helping me take lacrosse to the college level."

Matt Miller is a 6'-0", 165-pound attackman from Dallas Jesuit in Dallas, Texas. Miller was named All-District after his performance as a junior in 2010, as he surpassed the 30-goal mark and added 20 assist. In 2011, he led his team to the semifinals of the state championship, and fell to Coppell. Miller joins former Jesuit teammate, Buck McClure, at Providence and brings three years of outstanding academic success on his resume. He is a three-time Honors Society inductee and member of the Honor Roll at Jesuit. In the community, Miller works each week tutoring English you youth in Dallas who are from diverse backgrounds. "I'm very excited about going to Providence College, and I couldn't have done it without my parents and Coach Chris Surran," Miller said.

Jack Yeatman is a 6'-4", 195-pound attackman from Rancho Bernardo High School in California. He scored 40 goals and added 20 assist for 60 points as a junior in 2011. He was a West Side Lax Honorable Mention selection, and was named First-Team All-League and First-Team All-County. He also earned Co-Offensive Player of the Year awards. On the camp circuit, Yeatman was a Jake Reed Blue Chip All-Star and was selected for the All-Star Game at the Adrenaline Shootout. In the community, Jack has been actively involved as a coach in the youth lacrosse programs for over eight years. "I would like to thank my family and my lacrosse coaches for helping me become the best person and lacrosse player I can be," Yeatman said. "I am very excited to be a part of the Friar family and I am ready for the next chapter in my academic and lacrosse career."


Jackson Cruzan is a 5'-10", 165-pound midfielder from Cathedral Catholic High School in California. The 15th-ranked prospect on the West Coast, according to West Side Lax, Cruzan is a First-Team All-Western League performer. He also was named Second-Team All-CIF, as he tallied 30 goals and 26 assist in 2011. On the camp circuit, as a top performer for the West Coast Starz, Cruzan was a Top-205 All-Star, High Rollers All-Star and Game MVP for the Under Armour All-America West Team. In the community Jackson took part in the Dominican Republic Mission Trip, where he worked for a week with Haitian refugees. "I give much thanks to my mentors and coaches, Gordie Mapes and Jono Zissi, for helping me prepare for an important chapter of my life at Providence College," Cruzan said. "Providence College is an amazing school and I am more than excited to begin my career as a lacrosse player and student there."

Tim Lavallee is a 5'-10", 160-pound midfielder from Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine. In 2011, Lavallee was named All-State and First-Team All-Conference in soccer and lacrosse. He also earned Cape Elizabeth's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year. Lavallee was credited with 27 goals, 32 assist and 89 ground balls as he led his team to the 2010 State Championship, which marked its 15th State title. Lavallee was selected to the 2011 All-Academic Team in soccer this fall, and was chosen to represent C.E.H.S. in the Leadership Council and the Western Maine Conference Student-Athlete Leadership programs. In addition, he won the Rotary Youth Leadership Award in 2010 and was the recipient of the Math Team Excellence Award 2011. Lavallee also participated in the " Fresh Links" Freshman Mentoring Program for two years. In the community, Lavallee has coached youth lacrosse and youth soccer for the town of Cape Elizabeth as well as having volunteered at the soup kitchen with his Teen Ministry group. "I would like to thank my parents for their tremendous support and coaches, Ben Raymond and Charlie Carroll, for not only teaching me the skills of the game, but the importance of effort, commitment and team," Lavallee said. "I look forward to pursuing my personal, academic and athletic future at Providence College."

Brendon McGuire is a 6'-0", 185-pound midfielder from Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey. As a three-year varsity starter, McGuire was a member of the First-Team All-Bergen and First Team All-Suburban Teams. With 49 goals and 18 assist, McGuire was the team leader in points as a junior and also was named a Gibbs All-Star Team Honorable Mention. A member of the Tri-State Black Rising Senior Champ Camp National Championship team under MV Whitlow, who was one of Coach Burdick's former teammates at Delaware. McGuire also was a standout at the Jake Reed Blue Chip camp last summer. He earned first and second honors from Bergan Catholic High School, and was Vice President of Operation Smile and a CBL Counselor. Additionally, he was involved in Christmas Tree Sales to benefit kids at a local YMCA, as well as being involved in the Shelter Our Sisters program. "I am thankful to my parents, who have helped me to get to this point, as well as my coaches Joe Haemmerle and Bob Turco," McGuire said. "They supplied me with the foundation needed to take this next step to Providence College."

Chris Nye is a 6'-4" 215-pound midfielder from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. Coached by Will Harris, Nye helped lead Lincoln to two state championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. Ranked as the No. 21 recruit by West Side Lax , Nye was named First-Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in 2011. He scored 41 goals and added 28 assist for 69 points. In the community, Nye is actively involved with the Rhino youth program as well as Lincoln's youth lacrosse Sunset Park Little League. "I am very thankful for my mother, as she has been there every step of the way," Nye said. "I am also thankful to my coaches Will Harris, Dennis Sullivan and Scott Demonte for providing me the necessary tools and support to take the steps forward in my decision to attend Providence College."

Christian Ottenritter is a 6'-3" 180-pound midfielder from Middletown High School in Maryland. Ottenritter was named to the 2011 Maryland Free State Team and All-Area MVAL squad, after leading his team to the 2011 Maryland Public 3A-2A State Championship Game. He also guided his team to the 2010 Maryland Public 3A-2A State Semifinals as a sophomore. Ottenritter was named to First Honors in each of his academic years at Middletown. In the community, Christian works with Habitat for Humanity and as a coach and camp counselor for the Middletown Lacrosse Camps. "I am excited to be a part of Providence College and its commitment to building and playing at the highest level in the BIG EAST Conference," Ottenritter said. "I especially would like to thank coaches Lee and Booker Corrigan of the Maryland Roughriders, Coach John Gallaway and Coach Todd Hawkins of Middletown High School."


Jake Newman is a 5'-10", 175-pound face-off specialist and midfielder from Marin Catholic High School in California. The three-sport athlete was All-League and All-County in football and wrestling as a junior. On the camp scene, Newman was a Top-205 Rising Junior All-Star and a Blue Chip 225 All-Star. Newman led his team to the North Coast Section Championship, posting 4.53 second 40-yard speed and registering a Pro Agility mark of 4.15. As a member of the Marin Catholic Honor Roll, Newman worked in the community with Meals of Marin and the No Limits Sports Camps. "I am proud to be playing Division I lacrosse as a Friar, and I am excited to share the achievement with my Marin Catholic High School coaches who have taught me so much about the game," Newman said.


Griffin Goudreau is a 6'-5" 220-pound defender from Bellarmine College Prep in California. The team captain and three-year letter winner was an adidas All-American and a starting defender on the Alcatraz Outlaws Club team, which was ranked No. 2 on the West Coast. Bellarmine posted a 19-3 mark in 2011, and set a school record for wins, while Goudreau notched 10 assists. He also is a two-year letter winner and captain in basketball. In the community, Goudreau participated in the Tijuana Immerson Trip, volunteers at a local food bank and is a Community Service Club member as well as a volunteer with the Handicapables program. "I am so grateful for all the coaches in my life who have helped me evolve as a student-athlete," Goudreau said. "Brad Lipscomb, Carlos Trujillo, Coach `O', Coach Joe Romano, Braden Edwards and especially, my dad, who instills in me the values needed to play at the next level. I could not be happier with my decision to commit to Providence!"

Stephen Graziano is a 6'-2" 190-pound defender from West Morris Mendham High School in New Jersey. Graziano is coached by Jeff Seals, who was one of Coach Burdick's recruits when he was an assistant at the University of Massachusetts. Graziano, a three-year starter at West Morris Mendham, was named a NSCLA All-American and as a sophomore, and led his team to the New Jersey Group II State Championship. In the community, Graziano volunteered for Saint Joseph's Church and helped with the food pantry and crane projects. "I am tremendously thankful to my parents and all my coaches throughout high school [Charlie Shouldberg, Charles Ruebling, Craig Fleishman, Jeff Seals]," Graziano said. "Each of these people motivated me to succeed and forced me to push my boundaries as a player."

Michael Ryan is a 6'-2", 195-pound defenseman/long stick midfielder from Falmouth High School in Maine. As a member of the 2011 State Champions, Ryan was named First-Team All -Conference, All-State and All-America selection as a junior, while he recorded 102 ground balls, five goals and one assist. Ryan also was the Top Star Camp Defensive MVP, an award former Friar Ben Brown (Torrey Pines, Calif.) won in 2001. Ryan also was named to the Blue Chip 225 and Top-205 All-Star teams. The honor roll student works in the community with local youth lacrosse group as well as volunteering at a soup kitchen. "I am very thankful to my parents, Coach Lebel and Coach Richards, for supporting me all through my lacrosse and academic career," Ryan said. "I look forward to contributing as a student-athlete at Providence College."


Jack Connelly is a 6'-2" 190-pound goalie from New Trier High School in Chicago, Illinois. The three-time Illinois State Champion and team captain was named Second-Team All-State in 2011. On the camp circuit, Connelly worked with True Lacrosse and former Friar Mark Bundra, as was named to the Peak 200 All-Star and a Jake Reed All-Star teams. The Honor Roll student serves his community by participating in the Service Club, which helps children with special needs in the classroom. Connelly also is a coach for Special Olympics basketball, is a Misericordian Junior Board Member and coaches True Lacrosse's fifth and sixth grade travel teams. "I would like to thank my Mom, Dad and Ben for pushing me," Connelly said. "I consider myself so fortunate to be invited to play lacrosse at Providence College. I will bring what I have learned from my excellent teachers and coaches, including: Tom Kowalski Chip Kenyon, Mike Gabel my goalie coach and my varsity coaches Herrala, Schoenwetter, Harvey, and Cauley."

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