Men's Lacrosse Introduces 2009-2010 Freshman Class

Adam Pascal

WORCESTER, Mass.­ - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse program welcomes freshmen Jack Curran (Verona, N.J.), Ian Garrahy (East Greenwich, R.I.), Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.), John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.), James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), Tim Pond (Port Washington, N.Y.), Daniel Schmader (Radnor, Pa.), Kip Stillman (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) to the program.

"This is an outstanding freshman class," said sixth-year head coach Adam Pascal. "We are very excited to welcome them to our program. They are going to bring key depth to our team and we look forward to watching them contribute positively to our program." 

Here is a look at the 2009-2010 freshman class.

Curran was a four-year member and senior captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Verona H.S. for coach Marc Brien. He earned 2009 second team All-Conference and 2006 honorable mention All-Conference honors. Curran tallied 143 career points with 43 (2006), 15 (2007), 25 (2008) and 60 (2009).

Garrahy was a four-year member and senior captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Bishop Hendricken H.S. for coach Kevin Murray. He earned second team All-State honors as a junior and senior and was named to the Providence Journal Honor Roll. As a junior Garrahy was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and as a sophomore the team won the state championship.

Gillespie was a four-year member and senior captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Iona Prep. for coach Rick Trizano. He scored 200 career goals which are the second most ever at the school, while he also had 90 career assists for 290 points. As a junior he ranked sixth nationally with 75 goals. Gillespie was the named 2008 CHSAA Offensive Player of the Year, the 2009 Metropolitan Player of the Year and was a two-time All-American nominee. His team won the 2009 Class A state championship.

Hannan was a two-year member and senior captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Chaminade H.S. for coach Jack Moran. As a senior he tallied 29 goals, five assists, 34 points and 60 ground balls.

Kennedy was a four-year member and senior captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Summit H.S. for coach Jim Davidson. As a senior he earned All-American, state Attackman of the Year, Star Ledger Player of the Year, first team All-State, first team All-County, first team All-Conference and first team All-Division honors. As a senior his team won the state championship and was ranked No. 4 nationally by Lacrosse Magazine as he set the school record for most points during a single season with 115 (44 goals and 71 assists).

Pond was a two-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Chaminade H.S. for coach Jack Moran and he was also a member of the Long Island Express club lacrosse team for coach Tom Palasek.

Schmader was a four-year member and senior captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Radnor H.S. for coach John Beiger. He earned 2009 All-League honors.  Schmader also won the team's Most Improved Defensive Player award and was named to All-Main Line team.

Stillman was a four-year member and two-time captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Guilderland H.S. for coach Sean McConaghey. He earned first team All-Suburban Council three times, while he was also a three-time first team All-Times Union member. He was also named the team's 2009 Co-Player of the Year.

Ward was a two-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Chaminade H.S. for coach Jack Moran. He was named 2009 All-League. Ward was also a member of the Long Island Express club lacrosse team for coach Bob Engelke.