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11 Freshmen Join Men’s Lax Team

11 Freshmen Join Men’s Lax Team

3 New Bulldogs on Power 100


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's lacrosse team welcomed 11 new members this fall. The Class of 2015 includes student-athletes from five different states, three of whom are listed among Inside Lacrosse Magazine's Power 100 Freshmen.

The new Bulldogs include three midfielders, three attackmen, four defensemen, and a goalie.

Four newcomers are New York residents; three are from Connecticut; a pair from Massachusetts; and one from both New Jersey and Maryland.

"I'm extremely pleased to welcome our new student-athletes to campus. We have assembled a great group of young men and are excited about the potential for this class to continue building upon the foundation of success established the last few seasons," said Yale head coach Andy Shay.




David Better

D, 5-11, 185

Greenwich, Conn.


At Brunswick School: Earned four varsity letters in lacrosse (defense) and two in soccer (goalie)… Picked up 68 ground balls senior year… 2011 first-team All-New England and U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-America… 2009 and 2010 New England Under Armour Underclassmen All-America… Captain and MVP for a 2011 team that finished second in New England West I Division (best finish)… 2011 Soccer Coaches Award… Soccer team earned school's first-ever playoff berth in WNEPSSA Class A… National Merit Commended Scholar… AP Scholar with Distinction… 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All-America.

Personal: David William Better is the son of Nancy and Jamie Better… Mother is a 1984 Yale graduate… Father played hockey at Williams… Sales associate for Vineyard Vines clothing store for two summers.


Alec Bullen

D/LSM, 6-0, 175

Manchester, Mass.


At Belmont Hill School: 2011 all-league and All-New England pick… Played in East-West All-Star Game… 2010 honorable mention all-league… Also played three years of soccer on defense.

Personal: Alec Michael Bullen is the son of Katherine and Philip Bullen… Brother, Marcus, is a class of 2013 member of the national championship Trinity College squash team… He and his brother are dual (UK) citizens.


Alirio Demeireles

D, 6-0, 180

Oyster Bay, N.Y.

At Syosset: Two-time lacrosse captain and four-year starter… Two-time defensive MVP… Three-time All-Nassau County… Two-time Nassau County Champions… Long Island champions and state runner-up… New York (downstate) Champions… Three-time Syosset Scholar-Athlete… AP Scholar with Distinction… Marc Imundo Memorial Scholarship… Varsity football starter for three years.

Personal: Alirio Demeireles is the son of Mary and Jorge Demeireles… Brother, Marco, played varsity lacrosse at Williams.


Colin Flaherty

A, 6-2, 185

Eastport, N.Y.

At Eastport-South Manor:  Missed 2011 with an injury after becoming a 2010 all-county and all-division … 2008 Suffolk County Rookie of the Year… Scored 93 goals with 56 career assists… Led team to first playoff game in school history in 2010… All-county and all-division football player who was team MVP in 2010…Westhampton Beach Teacher's Association "Outstanding Student Award"… 2010 Suffolk County Golden Eleven Scholar-Athlete… 2010-11 ESM "Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete.

Personal:  Colin Gerard Flaherty is the son of Donna and Walter Flaherty… Brother, Jack '11, played lacrosse at Yale… Brother, Donal, plays lacrosse at St. John's and is in the class of 2014… Father started the Eastport Manor lacrosse program and has coached there for more than 30 years.


L.J. Hunt

M, 6-0, 205

Stratford, Conn.

At St. Joseph: A four-year letter-winner in lacrosse and football… Captained lacrosse team… Earned Super Juniors honors as a midfielder… Class S 2009 state champions… State finalist in 2010… All-FCIAC and honorable mention all-state playing RB and DB on gridiron… Ran for 998 yards and had 76 tackles as a senior in 2010… Played on 2009 Class SS and 2010 Class S state championship teams… CAS-CIAC Scholar-Athlete… President's Honor Roll… National Honor Society… National Spanish Honor Society… Carmen L. Cozza [legendary former Yale football coach] Scholar…Also plays on Yale University football team

Personal: Lancelot J. Hunt is the son of Lance and Faith Hunt… Worked in father's construction business during vacations… Interested in numismatics and becoming an attorney...Ezra Stiles College resident.


Harry Kucharczyk

M, 6-0, 195

Manhasset, N.Y.


At Manhasset High School: 2011 all-county… 2010 honorable mention all-county…  2010 team went 20-0 and won class L state title… 2009 New York Class L Champions sophomore year…  2011 class B county finalist… All-county and Golden Eleven in football as QB and PK… Academic All-American… Golden Eleven Scholar-Athletes in Nassau County… Manhasset Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Award.

Personal: Harry Kucharczyk is the son of Debbie and John Kucharczyk… Sister is a lacrosse player at Harvard in class of 2013… Plays the piano.


Eric Natale

G, 6-0, 180

Finksburg, MD


At Westminster High School: Four-time first-team all-county… Three-time first-team all-conference… Two-time first-team all-state… ESPN Rise second-team All-America… 2011 Wynn Award (Goalie of Year in Maryland)… Tewaaraton Watch List… C. Markland Kelly Award Finalist… Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year finalist… National Honor Society… Ruby Award (academic and athletic)… Academic All-America Team

Personal:  Eric Francis Natale is the son of Susan Franz and Fray Natale… Father played football and golf at Hartford


Conrad Oberbeck

A, 6-1, 180

Greenwich, Conn.

At Brunswick School: Ranked No. 49 on Inside Lacrosse's 2011 Men's Top 100 Freshmen… Owns school season (56 in 2010) and career (165) goals records… 2009 team offensive MVP…  Western New England Prep School Lacrosse Association All-League… 2011 Under Armour All-America…  Division II high school squash national champion… Played one year of varsity hockey… School honor roll all four years… Two semesters on high honor roll.

Personal: Conrad Birkelund Oberbeck is the son of Elizabeth and Chris Oberbeck, both Brown graduates… Brother, Christian, played lacrosse at Harvard (2011)… Brother, John, plays squash at Brown… Comes from family of six, including four brothers… Summer jobs include neurobiology lab at Columbia, working in a republican governor's race and a rising .com business.


John Radigan

LSM, 5-11, 185

Chatham, N.J.

At Chatham: Captained lacrosse team and earned three varsity letters… 2011 team defensive MVP… 2011 first-team all-conference, all-county, all-group… Third-team all-state… Two-time Garden State Games participant… High school team played in 2009 and 2011 state title games… Chatham 2011 Scholar-Athlete… AP Scholar with Distinction… National Honor Society… French National Honor Society… Charles S. Guggenheimer/Yale Club of New York Scholarship


Personal: John S. Radigan is the son of Rene and Jack Radigan… Assistant coach for Chatham Recreation Department and Futures Lacrosse teams and camps.


Sean Shakespeare

A, 5-9, 176

Walpole, Mass.

At Noble & Greenough: 2011 U.S. Lacrosse All-America… Four-time ISL All-League… Two-time Under Armour Regional All-America… Ranked No. 96 on Inside Lacrosse Magazine's 2011 Power 100 Freshmen… Ranked 31st on the magazine's top 40 freshmen attackmen… 2009 Adidas All-America… Two-time Showtime Lacrosse Camp All-Star… Two-time Nike Blue Chip invitee… Daily News Transcript All-Star… New England Prep School All-Star… Selected as ISL representative for U.S. National U19 Team Tryout… Second on school's career scoring list… Five-year starter… Played four years of football and led team in rushing for three seasons… 2007 football team won NEPSAC title.

Personal: Sean Riley Shakespeare is the son of Yvette and Joseph Shakespeare… Nicknamed "Shakey"… Father played hockey at Colgate… Brother, Matt, played lacrosse at Brown… Brother, Mike, plays lacrosse at Maryland and competed in the 2011 National Championship Game.



Shane Thornton

M, 5-10, 175

Garden City, N.Y.

At Chaminade:  Ranked No. 75 on Inside Lacrosse's 2011 Men's Top 100 Freshmen…  Member of the Long Island Under Armour team that won the 2010 Under Armour Underclassmen games… Tried out for the United States U19 Team… Played lacrosse and football… Two-time all-league midfielder… Played on 2011 league championship squad… Cornerback and running back for football team.

Personal: Shane James Thornton is the son of Kathleen and Timothy Thornton… Brother, Timmy, played lacrosse at Amherst.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

photo of Conrad Oberbeck