RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Five current Felician University students signed national letters last spring to continue their men's lacrosse careers at Felician, Golden Falcon head coach Brendan Bonacum announced today.
The 2018-19 NCAA signing period started on Nov. 14, 2018, and ran continuously through Aug. 1, 2019. It replaced the separate early and regular signing periods of previous years. Classes for traditional Felician undergraduate students for the Fall 2019 semester began on Aug. 26.
The Golden Falcons are members of NCAA Division II and compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Felician will begin the 2020 season, the third in program history, with a home game against Roberts Wesleyan College on Saturday, February 22.
"We looked to bring in a class that would create depth and competition daily within our program," Bonacum said. "With the young core we have returning, we believe these young men and the group we announced in December can help our team take the next step."
Chandler Blaine (Highland Lakes, N.J./Vernon Township) is a 6-foot, 220-pound defenseman. He is a 2019 graduate of Vernon Township High, where he also played football. At Felician, he expects to major in business administration.
Al Huss (Mount Tabor, N.J./Parsippany Hills) is a 2018 graduate of Parsippany Hills High School. He comes to Felician with four years of eligibility after attending, but not playing at, County College of Morris last year. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman, Huss was a two-time all-conference selection for the Vikings, and also earned all-league honors in football. He played two years in the ISP Winter Lacrosse League. He intends to major in criminal justice.
Anthony Mechkowski (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) transfers to Felician after having registered 14 goals, five assists and eight ground balls in eight games for Brookdale Community College last year. He maintains three years of NCAA eligibility. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound attack is a 2017 graduate of Old Bridge High and plans to study secondary education.
Justin Pinedo (Passaic, N.J./West Milford), 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds, played defense and long-stick midfield for West Milford High. He was an all-conference soccer defender for the Highlanders and also participated in wrestling. Pinedo is undecided on a major course of study.
Jacob Quinn (Saddle Brook, N.J./Saddle Brook) was a two-time all-league performer at Saddle Brook High, and also suited up for the Trilogy Empire Lacrosse Club. The 5-foot-10, 155-pounder projects to see playing time at both attack and midfield collegiately. Quinn will likely major in management.
Blaine, Huss, Mechkowski, Pinedo and Quinn increase the number of scholarship newcomers to the 2020 Felician men's lacrosse team to nine. Four other current freshmen – midfielders Robert Grasso (Islip, N.Y./Islip) and Brenden McKenney (Arlington, Mass./Arlington), goalkeeper Ash Listermann (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) and defenseman Jake Potter (East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks) – committed to the Golden Falcons during the first three weeks of the signing period in November and December.
Also on Monday, Bonacum released that Felician freshmen Ali Safa (Staten Island, N.Y./New Dorp) and Zachary Zachmann (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) intend to play lacrosse. Safa is a 5-foot-9, 150-pound midfielder majoring in biology, while Zachmann is a 5-foot-6, 157-pound midfielder and undeclared major.
Felician seeks its first CACC playoff appearance.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.