Nolan Semel , Midfield (Palos Verdes Estates CA/Palos Verdes High)
Nolan hales from Palos Verdes, CA where he earned 2008 California-LA County High School All-American, Nolan has been a 3-time All-Bay League Selection and was the leading scorer for the 16-3 Sea Kings. Nolan will add great size, skill and athleticism to the Bryant midfield.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University head men’s lacrosse coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the men’s lacrosse class of 2012. This year’s class of 17 newcomers include three transfers and one graduate student who will enroll this fall at Bryant University and compete in men’s lacrosse in 2009. Highlighting this year’s class is the addition of Zack Greer, a three-time All-American and the NCAA’s all-time career goals leader, to the Bryant University men’s lacrosse program.
“It is with great pleasure to formally announce the Bryant University men’s lacrosse class of 2012,” said Pressler. “We welcome 13 talented freshman, three outstanding transfers and one very distinguished grad student to Smithfield, RI.”
A native of Whitby, Ontario, Greer led Duke University to a pair of national championship appearances. “It is with great pleasure to formally announce the Bryant University men’s lacrosse class of 2012,” said Pressler. “We welcome 13 talented freshman, three outstanding transfers and one very distinguished grad student to Smithfield, RI.”
A native of Whitby, Ontario, Greer led Duke University to a pair of national championship appearances. He will enroll in Bryant University’s Graduate School of Business and will participate in lacrosse during the 2009 season. Greer is eligible for an additional collegiate year as part of the NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year for members of the 2006 Duke men’s lacrosse team. Greer played for coach Pressler at Duke for two seasons (2005-06).
With an NCAA record 206 career goals, Greer was a finalist for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the nation’s player of the year in men’s lacrosse. The 6-foot-2 attackman led the nation in scoring in each of the last three seasons with 57 in 2005, 67 in 2007 and scoring 65 this past spring. The 67 goals scored in 2007 was the fifth-best all-time for goals in a season in NCAA history; his 57 in ’05 set an NCAA record for goals by a freshman.
Greer’s career high of 11 points (six goals, five assists) against Ohio State in last year’s tournament quarterfinals fell just one point shy of the NCAA tournament record of 12 points held by Maryland’s Ed Mullen and Syracuse’s Gary Gait.
Bryant University will begin its first year competing in Division I in 2008-09. The Bulldogs posted a school-record 14 wins during Pressler’s second season with the Bulldogs this past spring, guiding Bryant to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. Bryant will not be eligible for postseason play for two years during the school’s reclassificationPressler’s recruiting class include seven defenders, six midfielders, three attackmen, and one goalie. The three transfers coming to Bryant include defender Erik Elmquist (Bainbridge, MA / Northfield Mount Herman) who attended Savannah College of Art & Design; defender Rob Maiorano (Easton, CT / Fairfield Prep/Salisbury School) who comes to Bryant from Navy; and 6-foor-5 defender Harrison Tull (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) who joins the Bulldogs after two seasons playing at Colgate.
“This group will be the foundation as we move forward with the Division I model,” added Pressler. “We believe all these young men are individuals of high character and strong moral fiber. For a few years as we make the transition to Division I the Bulldog lacrosse program will certainly face some tough times and adversity on the field. Over the course of time we expect this group of newcomers along with our present rising sophomores to lead the way into a new and very exciting era of Bryant Bulldog lacrosse.”
Bryant is coming off a record-breaking season this past spring. The Bulldogs won 14 games in Pressler’s second season and the program’s first NCAA playoff berth.