HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point University men’s lacrosse head coach Jon Torpey announced the signing of 12 student-athletes who will compete for HPU beginning in 2015-16.
“We believe this class exemplifies every character trait we look for in our student-athletes here at High Point University,” Torpey said. “There is no doubt that this class is compromised of a great balance of skill, toughness and athleticism.”
Along with fitting in to the team’s culture, the Panther’s coaching staff also sees versatility in the dozen-man class.
“The two things that really stood out to us with this group are the number of dual-sport student-athletes as well as the group’s geographic diversity. Both our staff and our current student-athletes are looking forward to working with these young men and continuing to help in their development on and off the field.”
Player capsules are in alphabetical order with biographical information and a quote from coach Torpey about each newcomer.
Griff Caligiuri | Defense | Winter Park, Fla. | Lake Highland Prep
Caligiuri played three seasons of varsity lacrosse for Chris Spaulding at Lake Highland Prep while also playing forward on the soccer team. He was selected as a Central Florida All-American and brings a winning pedigree after claiming three straight state championships in Florida.
“Griff is an extremely competitive student-athlete that plays with an aggressive attacking mentality. His abilities will add strong depth to our defense.”
Mike Cropper | Defense | Ridley Park, Pa. | Ridley
A four-year defender for head coaches Matt Flynn and Kevin Ellers, Cropper is another talented addition to the HPU defense. Cropper didn’t just play great defense on the lacrosse field, he was also an all-county defensive end on Ridley’s football team.
“You recruit out of Ridley to find hardworking, tough kids and Mike is no exception. We are really looking forward to watching him grow as a defensive player.”