July 22, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova men's lacrosse Head Coach Mike Corrado and his staff are set to welcome the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2014-15 academic year.
The Class of 2018 features five all-america selections, four all-state honorees, nine all-conference performers and includes a mix of four attackmen, four midfielders and two defensemen. Additionally, the incoming freshmen class features seven multi-sport athletes while eight have earned academic honors during their high school careers.
Joining the Wildcats this fall are Kieran Byrnes (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Sean Cerrone (Huntington, N.Y./Chaminade), Christian Cuccinello (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes), Sean Delaney (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill), Max Derham (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy), Nick Ellis (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford), Charlie Horning (Laytonsville, Md./Georgetown Prep), Luke Palmadesso (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), Danny Siebel (Wakefield, Mass./Belmont Hill) and Matt Wysota (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade).
"Our coaching staff is extremely excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to Villanova University," Corrado states. "Each one of these student-athletes is exceptional both on the field and in the classroom and we're looking forward to their arrival on campus."
#45 Kieran Byrnes
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
Attack - 5'11", 170 lbs.
Garden City: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Steve Finnell where he registered 22 goals and 17 assists during his senior season... Helped guide Garden City to two New York state championships... Named a 2014 all-conference selection... Selected as the attack MVP at Project 9.9... Also named a Maverick Showtime all-star... Also a member of the Business Honor Society and stock market club... Earned Principal's List honors.
Personal: Born June 20th, 1996 in Mineola, N.Y... Parents and Jim and Cathryn Byrnes... Siblings are Conor, Liam and Aidan... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.
#29 Sean Cerrone
Midfield - 5'11", 190 lbs.
Chaminade: Tallied 34 goals and 14 assists as a senior at Chaminade under head coach Jack Moran... Registered 45 goals and 50 assists as a varsity lacrosse player... Helped lead the team to a 15-3 overall mark in 2014... 2014 US Lacrosse All-American... Named a 2014 Under Armour All-American, where he played for the North Team in the annual event... Also played in the Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Classic... Named an All-Long Island selection... Team MVP... Also played quarterback and served as captain of the team while earning all-league and MVP honors... Four-year member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born March 17th, 1996 in Huntington, N.Y... Parents are Peter and Dawn Cerrone... Siblings are Kara and Meghan... Was the high school teammate of current Villanova lacrosse players Danny O'Connell and Matt Wysota... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business
#47 Christian Cuccinello
Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes
Attack - 6'0", 210 lbs.
Mountain Lakes: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Tim Flynn and was chosen as the NJILCA Coaches Associate New Jersey Player of the Year and US Lacrosse All-American... Also served as team captain and set a Mountain Lakes single-season scoring record with 69 goals and 39 assists for 108 points... Ranks 3rd in Mountain Lakes history for career goals and is 4th all-time in career points... Named the Newark Star Ledger and Morris Daily Record Player of the Year... Chosen as the Gibbs Conference Co-Player of the Year... 1st Team All-New Jersey honoree... Named MSG Varsity Top-5 Athlete in 2013-14... 2013 Underclass Under Armour All-American... Named Mountain Lakes Most Outstanding senior student-athlete... Also lettered in basketball and football where he was an all-state and all-conference selection and served as a team captain... Member of the Spanish National Honor Society and Merit Roll.
Personal: Born May 26th, 1996 in Livingston, N.J... Parents are Greg and Maria Cuccinello... Siblings are Greg and Brianna... Brother, Greg, is a member of the lacrosse team at Towson University... Cousin, Anthony Santomo, was a member of the Penn men's lacrosse team... Undeclared major.
#26 Sean Delaney
Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill
Defense - 5'11", 185 lbs.
Springside Chestnut Hill: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Michael DelGrand, where he served as a two-year team captain and collected 198 ground balls and caused 92 turnovers... Also earned two varsity letters at Wissahickon High School... Named the team best defenseman in 2012 at Springside Chestnut Hill... 2010 Suburban One All-League Honorable Mention selection... 2010 Wissahickon High School Rookie of the Year... Also earned five varsity letters in ice hockey and was a two-time team MVP... Travel ice hockey team was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the midget AA level... Four-year member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born March 13th, 1995 in Chestnut Hill, Pa... Parents are Patrick and Lisa Delaney... One brother, Patrick... Undeclared major.
#36 Max Derham
Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy
Attack/Midfield - 6'2", 175 lbs.
Germantown Academy: Earned three varsity letters under head coaches Dave Martin and Brian Grady... Registered 115 career points via 72 goals and 43 assists... Earned the 2014 Inter-AC George Kruse Memorial Award... Also lettered in football and basketball as a forward and wide receiver.
Personal: Born August 2nd 1996 in Edinburgh, Scotland... Parents are John and Michele Derham... Siblings are Margo and Gavin... Father, John, is the current Villanova men's lacrosse volunteer assistant coach and was a member of the team from 1984-88... Both parents are Villanova alumni... Undeclared major.
#17 Nick Ellis
West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford
Midfield - 5'9", 175 lbs.
West Deptford: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Mike Yarusso... Named to the 2014 All-South Jersey team... Was a 2014 and 2012 all-conference selection... Also attended St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) for two years where he helped lead the team to a District 12 championship and a PIAA state championship appearance... Earned Principal's List distinction all four years of high school.
Personal: Born December 3rd, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pa... Mother is Gina Keane... Siblings are Shayne and Tristan... Undeclared major.
#21 Charlie Horning
Laytonsville, Md./Georgetown Prep
Attack - 5'8", 170 lbs.
Georgetown Prep: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Kevin Giblin, where he scored 166 career points... Totaled 44 goals and 38 assists for 82 points during his senior season... Helped lead the team to a 19-1 overall record in 2014... Scored an IAC high of 82 points during that same 19-1 span for Georgetown Prep... 2014 Under Armour All-American (South Team) and US All-American...2014 All-Met Player of the Year... Named a Maryland First Team All-State selection and First Team All-Gazette honoree... Chosen as Georgetown Prep's Offensive Player of the Year twice... Named the James Fegan Award winner... Earned 2013 Honorable Mention All-Met and All-Gazette laurels... Also lettered in soccer... Earned 2013 1st Honors at Georgetown Prep.
Personal: Born April 11th, 1995 in Olney, Md... Parents are Charles and Marybeth... Siblings are Marykate, John, Kelly, Larry and Owen... Father, Charles, was a member of the Mount St. Mary's lacrosse team from 1989-1992... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.
#23 Luke Palmadesso
Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Faceoff/Midfield - 5'10", 160 lbs.
Yorktown: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Dave Marr where he served as a team captain... Finished his senior year with 34 goals and 29 assists for 63 points... Also posted a 76.4% faceoff win percentage and collected 238 ground balls and caused 20 turnovers in 2014... Help lead Yorktown to a 2014 New York State Championship while the team finished the year ranked 10th nationally on laxpower.com and 16th nationally in the final Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour polls... Captained the 2013 team to a Section 1 championship and was a member of the state semifinal teams in 2011 and 2012... 2013 and 2014 U.S. Lacrosse All-American... 201 MSGV All-Metro First Team pick... Named the offensive MVP of the New York State Championship game... 2014 Journal News Player of the Year and MSG Varsity's HV/WE player of the Year... 2013 Project 9.9 selection... Also lettered in basketball where he was voted "Best All Around" by his classmates... Member of the National Honor Society and was an Administrator's Award winner... Four-year member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born March 26th, 1996 in Yorktown Heights, N.Y... Parents are Nick and Ann Palmadesso... Siblings are Allison and Nicole... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.
#6 Danny Seibel
Wakefield, Mass./Belmont Hill
Attack - 5'11", 174 lbs.
Belmont Hill: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Tim Sullivan where he was named the team MVP... 2013 and 2014 All-ISL honoree... 2012 Honorable Mention All-ISL... Named a 2013 and 2014 BostonLax All-American... Earned the Darren D. Gallup Three-Sport Athlete award in 2014... Also lettered in hockey where he was named most improved in 2014.
Personal: Born July 31st, 1995 in Wakefield, Mass... Parents are Peter and Kelly Seibel... Has one brother, Tommy... Father, Peter, played lacrosse at Springfield College as a goalie from 1981-83... Undeclared major.
#27 Matt Wysota
Defense - 5'11", 185 lbs.
Chaminade: Earned two varsity letters under head coach Jack Moran and registered 53 ground balls and scored two goals in his senior season... Helped lead the team to back-to-back CHSAAA Championships... 2014 All-Catholic League selection... Also lettered in football and led the team to a CSHAAA Championship in 2013... Member of the National Honor Society and four-year member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born December 4th, 1995 in Manhasset, N.Y... Parents are Scott Wysota and Connie Fratianni... Siblings are Michael, Alexandra and Amanda... Brother, Michael, played rugby at Middlebury College while sister, Alexandra currently is on the softball team at Emerson College... Was the high school teammate of current Villanova lacrosse player Sean Cerrone... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.