Photo courtesy of Victoria Kay Lewandowski
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Head coach Dylan Sheridan of the Cleveland State University lacrosse team announced Monday that 13 student-athletes have committed to join the Vikings for the 2019-2020 academic year.
All 13 of the players will join CSU as true freshmen in 2019. The recruiting class includes student-athletes from six distinct states, including California, Georgia and Texas, and Canada. Six future Vikings hail from Ohio in this class, and they will join 11 Vikings on the current roster from Ohio.
"This group is by far the most talented one we've brought to Cleveland," Sheridan said. "As freshmen, they will benefit greatly from the leadership of our first-ever wave of seniors—Viking lacrosse's inaugural class. I have no doubt the additional time to develop and exposure to such strong veteran leadership will strengthen this group as they look to build on the legacy of their predecessors and take the program to new heights."
Four of CSU's incoming recruits play as defenders and another four are midfielders. The Vikings also welcome two attackman and one face-off specialist, one goaltender and one long-stick midfielder.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Year||Hometown / High School|
|Giles Andrews||D||5-10||180||Fr.||Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs|
|Evan Ansted||M||5-9||190||Fr.||Toledo, Ohio / St. Francis de Sales|
|Karson Burkey||D||6-2||180||Fr.||Pickerington, Ohio / St. Charles Preparatory|
|Tanner Cox||D||5-8||145||Fr.||Waxhaw, N.C. / Weddington|
|Zachary Galovich||LSM||5-9||165||Fr.||Harmony, Pa. / Seneca Valley|
|Ian McKissick||M||5-11||175||Fr.||Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande|
|Oisin McTigue||D||6-3||180||Fr.||Frisco, Texas / Reedy|
|Brendan Sigurdson||A||6-2||200||Fr.||Milford, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller|
|Malachi Smith||A||5-11||175||Fr.||Atlanta, Ga. / Henry W. Grady|
|Kevin Sobey||GK||6-0||180||Fr.||Surrey, British Columbia / Pacific Academy|
|Dylan Warner||M||6-1||185||Fr.||Maineville, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller|
|Charlie Williams||FO||5-7||160||Fr.||Maineville, Ohio / St. Xavier|
|Connor Zwagerman||M||5-10||180||Fr.||Mentor, Ohio / University School|
Giles Andrews (D) – (Video Highlights) – Is a two-time all-district honorable mention honoree in the Texas High School Lacrosse League … Helped Dripping Springs earn a top-eight state finish this past season … Was named as the team's defensive MVP for his sophomore season … Earned the Principal's Service Award at Dripping Springs … Also competes in football and cross country … Born December 2, 2000 … Son of Chip and Antoinette Andrews.
"Coach Sheridan is inspiring, and it's so exciting to be part of a new lacrosse program and help make a difference on and off the field. CSU has a top-ranked Urban Affairs College where I will be getting my degree in Public Safety Management."
Evan Ansted (M) – (Video Highlights) – Was an all-state honoree … Had 43 goals, 23 assists and 17 caused turnovers last season for St. Francis de Sales … Served as a team captain … Also was an all-region selection … Led his team in scoring twice and helped it earn two state championship appearances … Was an IMLCA champion and a Dick's Elite champion … Is an honor roll student … Also earned three letters in varsity football … Son of Jeff and Heidi Ansted … Has one brother, Grant.
"I immediately had a connection with Coach Sheridan and have a lot of respect for him. I also wanted to represent my home state, and Cleveland is a great city. It's right where I want to be to excel in lacrosse and earn a college degree."
Karson Burkey (D) – (Video Highlights) – Team captain for St. Charles Prep this season … Was selected as the team's MVP last season … Helped teams win the 2018 NSCLA Tournament, the 2017 Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, the 2018 Midwest Resolute Box Lacrosse Tournament and the 2017 Southern Box Invitational … Is an honor roll student and member of National Honor Society … Born May 13, 2000 … Son of Jason and Heidi … Has two younger brothers, Griffin and Hudson.
"Cleveland State offered me the best opportunity not only on the field but off the field and in the classroom. I plan to study engineering, and with the new facility being built, I really felt this was the right place for me. I also love that I am not too far from my family."
Tanner Cox (D) – (Video Highlights) – Two-time all-state selection, earning first team honors after his junior season … Helped Weddington to a pair of state titles … Has earned two first-team all-region honors and two first-team all-conference honors … Started his freshman year and was honorable mention all-conference … Also competes in wrestling and track … Born June 29, 2000 … Son of Ted and Shannon … Has one sister, Caroline.
"I chose Cleveland State to pursue my dream of earning a degree in mechanical engineering while playing Division I lacrosse against the best competition."
Zachary Galovich (LSM) – Nominated for the Positive Athlete Award in Pittsburgh … Earned highest academic honors … Also played baseball, basketball and water polo … Born October 27, 2000 … Son of Fred and Charlene Galovich … Has two brothers, Adam and Gavin.
"When I first met the coaches and saw how motivated they were to make Cleveland State a successful lacrosse program, I really wanted to be a part of the growth of that program."
Ian McKissick (M) – Also played football and soccer … Born December 13, 2000 … Son of Ron and Lisa McKissick … Has two sisters, Melanie and Cristina.
"I chose Cleveland State because I really liked the campus, I enjoyed the coaching staff and it had the major I intended on going into."
Oisin McTigue (D) – Member of the National Honor Society … Also competes at basketball and cross country … Born September 18, 2000 … Son of Tom and Antoinette … Has two brothers, Liam and Fionn.
"I chose Cleveland State because the school has everything that I am interested in academically. Also, I am looking forward to being part of Coach Dylan Sheridan's program and its growth in the future. I love the coaches, the environment and the campus."
Brenden Sigurdson (A) – Was a first team all-state performer … Earned All-Midwest Scholastic League Coaches Association First Team honors … Owns 113 goals and 113 assists in his prep career … Earned first academic honors … Also played football … Son of Chad and Trisha … Has one sister, Nicole.
"The atmosphere and location of the school, the academics and the coaching staff are unmatched."
Malachi Smith (A) – (Video Highlights) – Set school's points record in 2017 … Helped Grady to most wins in school history during sophomore season and a playoff appearance in junior season … Was his team's varsity MVP after sophomore season … Also played football … Born September 28, 2001.
"I had an instant family feel."
Kevin Sobey (GK) – (Video Highlights) – Is a three-time Canadian silver medalist with Team British Columbia … Named to the 2018 Canadian National Championship All-Tournament Team … Was a 2018 National Lacrosse Federation national champion with West Coast Starz … Born June 30, 2001 … Son of Paul and Marilyn … Has one brother, Matt, and one sister, Meagan.
"I chose Cleveland State because of the unique campus, the opportunity to become a part of a growing Division I program and the team-first culture that the coaching staff is creating within the program."
Dylan Warner (M) – Owns 94 goals and 37 assists in his prep career … Also played hockey … Son of Ricky and Lisa Warner.
"I wanted to be a part of a growing program."
Charlie Williams (FO) – (Video Highlights) – Was a first team all-state selection … Also named as a Under Armour All-American after junior season … Led his team to the 2018 Ohio Division I state title … Also helped team to Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association tournament title in 2018 … Named all-region first team and selected regional faceoff specialist of the year … Claimed All-MSLCA Honorable Mention honors … Also played football … Born November 18, 2000 … Son of Tim and Lisa Williams … Has one brother, Maxwell, and one sister, Claire.
"I chose Cleveland State because of the opportunity to play lacrosse at the highest level in my home state of Ohio while also receiving a fantastic education in the downtown urban setting of Cleveland."
Connor Zwagerman (M) – Earned all-state honors after his junior season … Is a two-time all-region honoree, including garnering first team honors in 2018 … Helped University School to regional title in sophomore season … Also played football … Son of Cameron and Tracy … Has a brother, Bryce, and sister, Riley.
"I chose Cleveland State because it gives me the opportunity to represent my home city while playing my favorite sport at the highest level. Cleveland State also gives me the opportunity to get a good education in any field of my choosing."