BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College head men's lacrosse coach Mic Grant was tasked with recruiting a brand new sport and delivered a knockout punch in his first round of recruiting with 41 newcomers on the preseason roster for the program's inaugural season.
Overall, Grant's class hails from nine different states, making it the most geographically diverse roster among the 23 intercollegiate programs offered at Bridgewater College.
"We're really excited about our first class," said Grant. "From every conversation we've had with the players that we have recruited, they are extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural season and to be a part of Bridgewater College history."
Grant's 41 projected student-athletes were recruited to the program since it was announced in July 2011 that Bridgewater would be sponsoring men's lacrosse starting in 2013. While the quantity of Bridgewater's first class is impressive, Grant feels the quality may be equally as notable.
"When you look at the roster, the numbers are there, but when you start digging deeper you'll notice that we have quality players at every position," commented Grant. "That's going to allow us to have competitive practices at every position and will only progress the program to new heights in a faster manner."
The heavy recruiting cycle took Grant up and down the East Coast with nearly two-thirds of the roster coming from outside of the Commonwealth. Maryland and Pennsylvania are the states with the most representation outside of Virginia with eight recruits each, while four student-athletes from The Empire State of New York are including in Grant's first class.
"This first class is a paramount class and the progress of our program is based on them," said Grant. "This group will be the bedrock of the program and they'll be the ones to provide an exciting level of play to push Bridgewater men's lacrosse into the future."
Despite the high numbers, Grant will still hold open tryouts in the fall and at the beginning of the spring season for those potential student-athletes who gain interest in the program during the course of the year.
Grant and the rest of the Eagles will open their inaugural season of play on February 23 at home when they play host to Transylvania University.