WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl has announced that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Crusaders. Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.), Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2011.
"We wanted to add size and skill up front and we did that," said Pearl. "These are three skilled and physical forwards that we are excited to have in our program."
Dwyer is a forward in his fourth year on the varsity hockey team at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., for coach Ron VanBelle. He is a senior captain on this year's team. Entering this season he has recorded 35 goals and 39 assists for 74 points in 75 games. In the 2009-2010 season, he tallied 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points in 27 games. Dwyer was also a captain of the 2010 Neponset Valley River Rats for coach Jon Hutcheon as he scored 11 goals and had eight assists for 19 points in 17 games.
Pearl on Dwyer: "Tommy is a big strong tough player. He also has a knack for scoring around the net which is a key to being a great goal scorer."
McNamara is a forward on the varsity hockey team at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass., for coach Kenneth Martin. He is a senior captain on this season's team. In the 2009-2010 season, he earned All-ISL honors as he recorded 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points in 31 games. His team made it to the New England Prep. League quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010. McNamara also won the 2010 New England Fall Prep. League championship as a member of Mass. East.
Pearl on McNamara: "Mike has tremendous speed. He is an outstanding play maker and is also a strong finisher."
Youso is a forward who will play for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) this season for coach P.K. O'Handley. In the 2009-2010 season he recorded 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points in 62 games for the Owatonna Express of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for coach Pat Cullen. Youso was a three-year member of the varsity hockey team at International Falls H.S. in International Falls, Minn., for coach John Prettyman as he was a team captain in 2008. For his career he scored 95 goals and had 77 assists for 172 points. He was named the 2008 Duluth News Tribune Player of the Year, while he earned 2008 second team Associated Press All-State 2008 accolades. Youso was also a 2008 Minnesota Mr. Hockey candidate and a 2007 U.S. U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament participant.
Pearl on Youso: "Jake is an outstanding two-way player. He is very good defensively and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a great scorer and is also a physical player."
Holy Cross Men's Hockey Letter Of Intent Signees
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown / Current Team (League)|
|Tommy Dwyer||F||6-2||190||Ridgefield, Conn. / Brunswick School (NEPSAC)|
|Mike McNamara||F||5-10||170||Chestnut Hill, Mass. / Belmont Hill School (NEPSAC)|
|Jake Youso||F||6-0||190||International Falls, Minn. / Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)|