Throughout the week, the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse program has introduced its Class of 2022. Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Taylor Wray, these Hawks will join a group of 20 returning letterwinners that reached the Northeast Conference title game in 2018. Freshman midfielders Anthony Perhacs, Cole Peters, Matt Popeck, and Kevin Vandegrift and freshman defenseman Matthew Wilson conclude the introductions.

#17 Anthony Perhacs • M • 5-10 • 165 • Succasunna, N.Y. • Roxbury
Perhacs was a 2018 All-State and All-Conference Second Team pick as a senior and earned All-Conference Second Team honors as a junior and Honorable Mention for his freshman and sophomore seasons. THe incoming midfielder was tabbed Roxbury’s Most Outstanding Freshman in 2015 and led his squad to four-year record of 60-23, including a 19-4 record as a junior when Roxbury reached the state championship final. Perhacs also played in multiple All-Star games with his club team. A two-sport athlete at Roxbury, the Succasunna, New York native also lettered in football, where he was an All-Conference Second Team selection. Perhacs was the recipient of the 2018 Heart of the Gael Award, which is presented to a player who has led his team and has showed the most pride in school.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The great coaching staff and the awesome academics paired with the great location right outside the city.”

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#16 Cole Peters • M • 5-10 • 165 • Baldwinsville, N.Y. • Baldwinsville
Peters, an incoming midfielder out of Baldwinsville, New York, played his senior year of lacrosse for Baldwinsville High School, earning 2018 All-League First Team and All-Section 3 Senior All-Star recognition after leading the squad in goals scored (32). He captained the squad to a 12-5 record en route to the program’s first Section 3 title in 25 years, second New York State regional title, and second New York State Class A semifinal and was the recipient of the 2018 Baldwinsville Coaches Award and Scholar-Athlete Award. Peters played his sophomore and junior lacrosse seasons for CW Baker High School, earning All-League Second Team honors as a junior (23g, 10) and Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore (5g, 5a). A three-sport athlete, Peters also lettered in indoor track and field at Baldwinsville, where he was a member of the Section 3 Indoor Track Championship Team, won the 4x200m relay and 4x400m relay titles, ran the 4x400m relay at the New York State Championships, and earned the Baldwinsville Coaches Award, and in soccer at CW Baker. Lacrosse runs in the family as his cousin, John Nostrant, will enter his freshman year of Division I lacrosse as a midfielder at Penn State University this spring.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“Coach Wray, Coach Keating, and my uncle, John Nostrant.”

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#18 Matt Popeck • M • 6-1 • 185 • Olney, Md. • Sherwood
Popeck, an incoming midfielder out of Olney, Maryland, is coming off of international competition at the 2018 FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship in Netanya, Israel this past summer, where he scored twice and dished out an assist against Russia as a member of the Israel National Team. Popeck took a gap year after graduating from Sherwood High in 2017 to live in Ashkelon, Israel to both coach youth players and play internationally. The incoming midfielder was a 2016 US Lacrosse High School All-American, 2016 All-County and All-Division First Team selection, and the 2016 team MVP as a junior and was a 2015 All-County First Team pick after leading Sherwood High in ground balls as a sophomore. A three-year varsity letterwinner for Sherwood, Popeck’s team earned 21 combined wins during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The coaching staff, educational help, campus, and surrounding area.”

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#38 Kevin Vandegrift • M • 6-0 • 200 • Jenkintown, Pa. • Academy of the New Church Boys School
Vandegrift, an incoming local midfielder out of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, played in the 2018 National Prep Tournament semifinals. As a freshman at ANC Boys School, Vandegrift was an All-Friends School League First Team selection, leading his squad to the Inter-Ac Challenge quarterfinals, as well as the 17th leading goal scorer and 40th leading point scorer in the state. Vandegrift led his squad to four league titles and a four-year record of 61-16 and also lettered in ice hockey, football, and soccer at ANC Boys School. Lacrosse runs heavily in the family as his older brother, Ray, played lacrosse on Hawk Hill from 2014-17, where he tallied 49 career points (31g, 18a) and was a 2014 Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team selection, another older brother, James, played Division III lacrosse at Bryn Athyn College, and another older brother, Mike, played Division I lacrosse for Penn State University and Division III lacrosse for Widener University and Penn State Abington.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The person that influenced me to go to St. Joe's the most was my older brother, Ray. Since going to his first home game at SJU, I decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

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#54 Matthew Wilson • D • 5-11 • 175 • Ijamsville, Md. (Oakdale)
Wilson, a two-sport athlete between lacrosse and football out of Ijamsville, Maryland, was an All-County Second Team selection and two-time team Defensive MVP at Oakdale. Wilson also won multiple titles on the club scene. Lacrosse and Hawk Hill pride run in the family; his brother, Grier, was a midfielder at Division I Monmouth University from 2015-18, his sister, Brooke, was a midfielder at Division I University of Richmond from 2013-16, and his mother, Margaret, played for the Hawks’ field hockey team from 1981-84.

Explain who or what most influenced you to attend SJU:
“The men’s lacrosse coaching staff.”

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