St. Joseph’s University’s rugby team has announced its list of incoming freshman players:
Matt Burdsall, Flanker, Saint Joseph’s Prepatory School (PA)
Key contributor on 2012 Pennsylvania State Championship Runner-Up and 2011 Pennsylvania State Championship teams; brings excellent versatility and experience from “little brother” program, Saint Joseph’s Prepatory School (PA).
Kevin Cochrane, Fullback, Xavier High School (NY)
Explosive playmaker for 2012 High School National Championships 3rd Place finisher; contributor on 2011 High School National Championships Runners-Up while also excelling on the Football field; member of rugby tour to Ireland in Spring 2012.
Billy Hedley, Scrumhalf, Saint Peter’s Prepatory School (NJ)
2012 High School All, American; Dual player for both school and club (Union County U19) and field general in four High School Club National Championships runs; three, time Metropolitan New York All, Star selection; team leader for New Jersey Blaze 7’s at High School 7’s National Championships; excelled in football and indoor track in addition to on rugby field.
Nick Hopkins, Wing, Gonzaga College High School (DC)
Backline contributor for 2012 High School National Championships 4th place finisher, along with 2011 3rd place finisher; member of numerous rugby tours to Spain, Argentina, and other nations; Varsity Swimmer; SJU Board of Trustees Scholar.
Tyler Kelley, Hooker, Saint Joseph’s Prepatory School (PA)
Powerful two-sport athlete in football and rugby; major impact player for 2012 Pennsylvania State Runner-Up and 2011 Champion; brings explosive power and speed to Hawk Rugby Forward pack.
Michael McGee, Flanker/Number 8, Saint Peter’s Prepatory School (NJ)
Multiple-sport athlete in rugby, football, baseball, and basketball over athletic career; team leader for 2012 New Jersey State runners-Up; extremely active in service trips and campus ministry in addition to athletics during high school career.
Daniel Roman, Prop, Saint Peter’s Prepatory School (NJ)
Forward presence for 2012 New Jersey State High School runners-Up. Consistent honor roll student and recently reached Eagle Scout level; brings high work rate and dedication to Hawk Hill.
John Schneider, Hooker, Xavier High School (NY)
Gritty hard, working player from one of the most successful high school programs in US history; member of 2012 High School National Championships 3rd-Place Finisher and coached by current US National Team Head Coach Mike Tolkin.
Jon Tiedemann, Wing, Xavier High School (NY) , Quick and agile player from 2012 High School National Championships 3rd Place Finisher; toured Ireland with Xavier High School (Spring 2012) and brings great footwork and speed to Hawk Rugby backline.
Luke Venditti, Flanker, Saint Peter’s Prepatory School (NJ)
Lacrosse player turned rugby forward who brings great strength and work rate from the 2012 New Jersey State High School Runner-Up; one of growing number of Saint Peter’s Prep products continuing their rugby careers on Hawk Hill.
Joseph Whalen, Lock/Number 8, Gonzaga College High School (DC)
Captain, 2012 USA Rugby High School All, Americans team; Forward pack contributor for 2012 High School National Championships 4th place Finisher and 2011 3rd Place Finisher; brings great size, work rate, and rugby intelligence to Hawk Hill.