University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the commitment of 10 student-athletes who will join the program beginning in the 2012 season. The newcomers hail from seven different states, including three from Maryland and two from New York.
Nick Ossello – Midfield – Wheat Ridge, Colo./Wheat Ridge
Three-time all-conference performer in lacrosse at Wheat Ridge High School … received all-state accolades as a junior and senior … team captain as a junior … squad won the conference title during his senior campaign … a starter in the 2010 and 2011 all-state lacrosse game … missed most of his senior campaign with an injury … as a junior, led his team in points (49) and ground balls (114) … also a football standout at Wheat Ridge … copped all-state, all-city and all-conference honors during his senior season of football … team MVP and team captain during his senior campaign of football … football won the state title and received a national ranking during his sophomore season … the team captured the state title at Invesco Field at Mile High … was invited to play in the all-state football game … 2010 conference MVP in football … first team All-Colorado defensive back … son of Steve and Lynnea Ossello … has two siblings … his aunt, Stella Ossello, attended Notre Dame … born April 12, 1993.
Corrigan on Ossello …“Nick is an athlete first right now. He’s still developing in lacrosse, but he’s a terrific athlete. He was a very good football player. He’s a guy that we feel has his best lacrosse in front of him once he narrows his focus to just one sport. Most of these guys (the incoming freshmen) did play other sports and the one thing we like about it is they all are going to concentrate on just lacrosse for the first time and I think that’s going to benefit all of them and Nick in particular. “
Kyle Runyon – Attack – Coronado, Calif./Coronado
A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Coronado High School … 2010 All-American … a two-time all-city and all-conference selection … captained the Coronado squad during his junior season … Coronado squad captured the 2009 state title … team achieved a national ranking in 2009 … conference champion in lacrosse … Adrenaline Showcase (2009, 2010) … Adrenaline High Rollers (2008-10) … Adrenaline Challenge (2008-10) … Sonoma Shootout participant … a four-year starter on the Coronado soccer team … was the only male at Coronado High School to play varsity in two sports during his freshman season … three-time Coronado High School Athlete of the Year … National Honor Society … class secretary … son of Dan and Sue Runyon … has two older sisters, Samantha and Rebecka … born November 23, 1992.
Corrigan on Runyon … “Kyle is kind of taking a step up from playing in California, but he has played some really good lacrosse over the past couple of years. He has a lot of versatility. He can play midfield and he can play attack. He can dodge with the ball in his stick. He can also feed and get to the goal. The thing that excites me about all of our incoming attack guys is they have versatility in their game. Kyle also has the ability to get by people. Wherever we decide to play him, that’s going to be something that’s going to help us.”
2011 NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE RECRUITS NAME POSITION HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL Logan Connolly A Davidsonville, Md./St. Mary's Will Corrigan M South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's Conor Doyle A Towson, Md./Gilman William Gilmartin M Nesconset, N.Y./St. Anthony's/Lawrenceville School Conor Kelly G St. Davids, Pa./The Haverford School Connor McCollough M Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield Jack Near, Jr. M Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville Nick Ossello M Wheat Ridge, Colo./Wheat Ridge Kyle Runyon A Coronado, Calif./Coronado Henry Williams D/LSM Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep