The University of Jacksonville men’s lacrosse team announced its class of 2022 which will step on campus this fall for the Dolphins.
Head coach John Galloway unveiled the 24 student athletes that will elevate the Jacksonville men’s lax program to another level.
“The class of 2022 is one of my proudest accomplishments in my coaching career. This will serve as our first full cycle recruiting class in my time here at Jacksonville University.” Said Galloway who was named head coach in 2016. “We spent the last 18 months on the road identifying players that we know can help us become the most respcted program on campus, while also striving for championships both in the SoCon and nationally,” stated second-year head coach John Galloway. “These players believe in our vision and are prepared to go on a mission to create the culture we have outlined. I couldn’t be prouder to welcome this group of young men and their families to Jacksonville University and our #DuvalMission!”
This class is loaded with student athletes that possess either great size, are versatile and have solid Lax I.Q.
Also, what stands out about this group is that they’re from all over the country and Canada.
The game is definitely growing and it’s evident with this group. You’ve got guys coming to Jacksonville from Washington State, Utah, Ontario and Texas.
There are three Maryland based student athletes in this class, all of which hail from the Howard County area. Starting with Mount St. Joseph’s midfielder Griffin Corbett.
Corbett led the Gaels in goals his junior season. Here’s what Galloway had to say about Corbett… “GRIFFIN IS A TREMENDOUS ATHLETE THAT CAN PLAY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL. GRIFFIN PLAYS IN ONE OF THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUES IN THE COUNTRY IN THE MIAA. THOSE EXPERIENCES WILL SERVE WELL FOR GRIFFIN AS HE MAKES THE TRANSITION TO DIVISION I.”
Corbett intends on majoring in aviation management at Jacksonville.
The Dolphins bolstered their defense at midfield by adding Marriotts Ridge stud long stick middie Troy Hettinger.
Hettinger can play short stick or long stick at midfield. Galloway loves the multi sport athletes and Hettinger is outstanding on the football field and can make it rain on the basketball court. Hettinger is a definite leader.
COACH GALLOWAY ON HETTINGER: “TROY IS ANOTHER MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE THAT IS A STAR ON THE GRIDIRON. I BELIEVE TROY IS THE BEST OVERALL ATHLETE IN THE CLASS, AND THIS WILL ALLOW HIM TO PLAY NEARLY ANY POSITION WHEN HE GETS ON CAMPUS. TROY IS A LACROSSE SWISS ARMY KNIFE AND HIS VALUE WILL BE IMMEASURABLE. HE IS A SPECIAL YOUNG MAN THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH.”
Mckenna, who is also a multi sport athlete (basketball and football) brings great stickwork and an outstanding shot on goal to the Dolphins. Another versatile offensive threat who doesn’t mind playing attack or running on midfield.
COACH GALLOWAY ON MCKENNA: “BRENDAN IS ANOTHER MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE FROM BALTIMORE. BRENDAN HAS TREMENDOUS VISION AND SKILL AT THE ATTACK POSITION, BUT I BELIEVE HE COULD PLAY ANYWHERE ON THE OFFENSIVE END OF THE FIELD. HIS MULTI-SPORT EXPERIENCE WILL HELP HIM IN HIS TRANSITION TO THE COLLEGE GAME.”