Merrimack Announces 12 Lacrosse NLI Early Signees

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's lacrosse team and head coach Mike Morgan have announced the addition of 12 future Warriors to the program during the National Letter of Intent (NLI) earning signing period earlier in November.

The 12 future Warriors should fill a wide array of roles and positions across all three ends of the turf. Their arrivals are slated for either next fall or the year after. A number of them have earned All-America and All-State honors over the course of their high school and/or prep careers, as the dozen future Warriors hail from six different states: Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York and Virginia.

"We are once again very pleased with the student-athletes who have committed to building the future of Merrimack College Men's Lacrosse," Morgan stated. "In addition to their obvious talent that they possess and the fact that they should keep us as competitive as ever when they arrive, they also are phenomenal students. As our program's expectations continue to rise, and with the success we've had in recent years, that has allowed our coaching staff to expand our recruiting footprint, and that's reflected in this group with recruits from states such as Michigan and Virginia. Overall, we're excited once again with how the early signing period turned out for us, and we look forward to welcoming these 12 future Warriors."

LANCE CRATE
Position: A/M
High School: Proctor Academy (N.H.)
Hometown: Enfield, N.H.
Club Team: New Hampshire Tomahawks
Also Recruited By: Saint Michael's, Belmont Abbey, UVM

About Crate: Finished junior year with 52 points on 32 goals and 20 assists ... First Team Northern New England selection.

Morgan on Crate: "Lance brings size and skill in his game. He has the ability to finish inside with good hands as well as create his own shot off the dodge."

CHRISTIAN GLOVER
Position: LSM
High School: Brunswick (Maine)
Hometown: Brunswick, Maine
Club Team: Lax Pros
Also Recruited By: Mount Saint Mary's, Sacred Heart, Saint Rose

About Glover: Finished senior year with 58 points and his career at Brunswick High School with 199 career points ... Was a three-time all-conference and all-state selection, a two-time All-American, a two-time KVAC Player of the Year and helped his team win two state titles.

Morgan on Glover: "Christian brings a tough cover guy game while on ball and an offensive-minded LSM when pushing transition. He is very good off the ground and is a threat on ball or with the ball in his stick."

SEBASTIAN GRUBER
Position: F/O
High School: Iona Prep (N.Y.)
Hometown: Hartsdale, N.Y.
Also Recruited By: Cleveland State, Mount St. Mary's, Wagner

About Gruber: Finished junior season with an 85-percent winning percentage on the X (263-310) ... Was named the Iona Preps Vicky Altman unsung hero award, helping team win a CHSAA league championship.

Morgan on Gruber: "Sebastian is very technical at the faceoff X, but he also is athletic in the scrum for the ball. He can go to himself and carry under pressure as well. He is a physically tough player who can match up with bigger faceoff opponents as well as quick ones."

DREW HAILEY
Position: M
High School: Bishop Guertin (N.H.)
Hometown: Salem, N.H.
Club Team - New Hampshire Tomahawks
Also Recruited By: UVM, UMass, Sacred Heart, Hartford

About Hailey: Totaled 58 Points on 41 goals and 17 assists in 2017 ... Earned NHIAA Division I All- State, Nashua Telegraph and Gazette Division All-Star honors.

Morgan on Hailey: "Drew has a great combination of dodging and shooting ability. He is a strong lefty who can get his own shot off the dodge. He is also a very good shooter with a very hard shot with range."

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