Men's Lacrosse Announces Recruiting Class Bound For UMBC This Fall

Men's Lacrosse Announces Recruiting Class Bound For UMBC This Fall
BALTIMORE – UMBC head men's lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman and his staff are pleased to announce the addition of 14 student-athletes to the Retriever program for the fall of 2015. The class of '19 is a geographically diverse group, comprised of seven Maryland natives and seven players representing New York, New Jersey and California.

Ryan Baker- Yorktown High School- Midfield

A native of Yorktown Heights N.Y., Baker was most recently named a U.S. Lacrosse 2015 All- American. Baker totaled 51 points this season (38g, 13a), won 105 of 170 (61.8 percent) of his face-offs and scooped up a team-high 89 ground balls.  He also served as Yorktown's captain in 2015.  Baker was a key member of the New York state championship team in 2014. He was a two-sport athlete in high school, playing quarterback on the football team and graduated from Yorktown with a 3.4 GPA.

Tomas Rodriguez- Yorktown High School/ Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) School- Defense

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Rodriguez was a three-year varsity standout at the long-stick midfield position for Yorktown High School, capping off his career with a 2014 New York state championship.  He was named All-Section during his junior and senior years and was a two-sport athlete, playing varsity soccer for two years.   Rodriguez went to Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) School for a post-graduate year and was named First Team All-Western New England Honorable Mention.


Ian Junge- Sachem North High School- Defense

A native of Lake Ronkonkoma N.Y., Junge was named a 2015 Suffolk County All-Conference defenseman. He was also tabbed the Sachem North Defensive MVP for his efforts in 2015 along with being named captain for his senior campaign.  Junge was a two-sport athlete at Sachem, also playing varsity basketball and intends to study physical therapy at UMBC.


Jason Brewster Valley Center High School- Defense

A native of San Diego, Calif., Brewster was a four-year varsity standout for Valley Center and was selected as the 2014 Valley League Player of the Year after his junior season.  Jason has been a three-year varsity captain for the Jaguars and graduated with an outstanding 3.9 GPA.


Cooper Cuje- Rumson Fair Haven-  Defense

A native of Fair Haven, N.J., Cuje comes to UMBC off an impressive 2015 season where he captained the the New Jersey Group 1 state championship squad. A two-sport athlete, Cuje also played varsity football at Rumson Fair Haven, winning a NJSIAA Group II state championship in 2013. He achieved a 3.4 GPA in preparation for his tenure at UMBC.

Kennedy Solomon- J Serra High School-  Defense

A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif. Solomon earned All-County honors as a junior in Orange County. He was also selected to represent California on the national team, which competed in various summer tournaments across the country.  Solomon was chosen to the 2015 Adrenaline North-South All-American game.  He achieved an outstanding 3.8 GPA at the prep level and is looking to pursue a career in physical therapy and sports medicine. 

James Nagro- Westview High School-  Midfield

A native of San Diego, Calif., Nagro earned All-Palomar League Honorable Mention honors in 2013. In 2014, he was named Second Team All-League. The two-sport athlete also played tight end and wide receiver on the football team.  Nagro earned a 3.8 GPA at Westview and is looking to major in engineering at UMBC.

Luke Ciccarone- Calvert Hall College High School-  Midfield

A native of Cockeysville, Md., Ciccarone comes to UMBC, continuing the long-standing family relationship between the Ciccarones and head coach Don Zimmerman. Coach Zimmerman played under Luke's grandfather, Henry Ciccarone, Sr., while at Johns Hopkins and later coached his father Henry, Jr., at Homewood.  Ciccarone was a two-year member of Calvert Hall's varsity program.  Being an excellent two-way midfielder for the Cardinals, he saw action in every game his senior season, playing offense, defense and wings of face-offs. 

Jack Andrews- St. Mary's High School- Midfield

A native of Arnold, Md., Andrews is a four-year letter winner in both soccer and lacrosse.  He helped lead St. Mary's to an MIAA Championship in 2015, the first for the Saints since 1996. St. Mary's beat the No. 6, No. 2 and No. 1- ranked teams to capture the title.

Patrick Brennan- Chesapeake High School- Attack

A native of Pasadena, Md., Brennan was a four-year starter for Chesapeake High School, where he amassed 208 career points on 105 goals and 103 assists. He was selected as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 First Team All-County player, as well as a 2013 Capital Gazette Second Team All-County member. Brennan earned 2014 and 2015 First Team Capital Gazette All-County honors. He is considering a  major in psychology at UMBC.

Gunnar Schimoler- South River High School- Attack

A native of Edgewater, Md., Schimoler was a four-year letterwinner at South River High School and a four-year scholar athlete. He was a two-time captain and a two-time Maryland state champion (2012, 2014) as well as four-time regional champion (2012 - 2015). Schimolar is a 2015 First Team All-Anne Arundel County honoree and made the prestigious Maryland Freestate Team in 2014.  He earned a 3.9 GPA at SRHS and is looking to major in media and communications studies or economics. 

Billy Nolan- Arundel High School- Attack/Midfield

A native of Crofton, Md., Nolan was a four-year varsity starter, recording 75 goals and 57 assists for his career as a two-way midfielder. He was selected First Team All-Anne Arundel County, and Capital Gazette after his junior year and earned a Baltimore Sun Top 44 selection. As a senior, Nolan was voted as a team captain, and earned Second Team All-Anne Arundel County, Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun honors for football. As a senior playing lacrosse, he was also selected as a team captain, and earned First Team All-Anne Arundel County, Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun accolades. Selected as an USCLA All-American, Nolan was voted by area coaches as both a MSLCA All-Star selection, a Bilderback All-Star selection, as well as a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist.  He earned a 3.6 GPA at Arundel.

Blake McDermott- South Carroll High School- Midfield

A native of Westminster, Md, McDermott was a two-time First Team All-Carroll County selection, a 2014 Maryland Freestate team participant and a C. Markland Kelly Award Finalist. McDermott, who will join his older brother Dylan at UMBC and become the 32nd brother combination in school history, finished as South Carroll's all-time assist leader, and second in total points. Selected to the Maryland Senior All-Star Game, he earned a weighted 4.2 GPA at South Carroll and is considering a major in engineering.

Patrick Clipp- Marriotts Ridge- Midfield

A native of Ellicott City, Md., Clipp was a two-year varsity basketball member and three-year varsity lacrosse member at Marriotts Ridge. He was the leading scorer and team MVP for Marriotts Ridge basketball in 2015 as well as the team captain for the varsity lacrosse team. Clipp led the team in assists, goals and points and was voted team MVP. He was a Second Team All- Howard County selection in 2014 and a First Team All-Howard County selection in 2015. Clipp was a finalist for the Howard County Player of the Year as well as a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist in 2015. He was selected to the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches' Senior All–Star game. He was voted 2015 Marriotts Ridge Outstanding Male Athlete and completed the Project Lead the Way Program at Marriotts Ridge – which is a four-year engineering program.  Clipp, the son of two-time UMBC All-American Gary Clipp ('76), earned a 4.1 weighted GPA and is looking to major in engineering.

"We are pleased to welcome an outstanding group of student-athletes into the UMBC Lacrosse Class of 2019," said head coach Don Zimmerman. "We believe this group is a terrific blend of character and ability. Academically, these incoming freshmen are very strong which will serve them well as they begin the challenges that await them. When united with our 28 returners, we expect 2015-16 to be an exciting year for Retriever lacrosse!"