Notebook: Inside Lacrosse rates Terps men as having nation's No. 1 recruiting class

The Maryland men's lacrosse team has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, according to Inside Lacrosse's September issue, which ranks the top 20 classes.

The Terps class is anchored by two recruits rated in the top five of Inside Lacrosse's Power 100: No. 2 Matt Rambo, an attackman from La Salle College High in Wyndmoor, Pa., and No. 3 Tim Rotanz, an attackman from Shoreham-Wading River in Shoreham, N.Y. In all, the class has nine Power 100 recruits.

Maryland was followed at No. 2 by Syracuse, which has No. 1-ranked recruit Jordan Evans.

On the women's side, defending national champion North Carolina's recruiting class received top billing. The No. 1 recruit is Notre Dame's Cortney Fortunato, whom Inside Lacrosse calls "one of the most highly touted recruits of all time."

Fortunato, who was the first seventh-grader to make the Northport (N.Y.) High varsity, was named All-World at the 2011 under-19 World Championships, leading the United States to the gold medal. Last month, she tied the record for points (eight) in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic and was named Most Valuable Player.

Poillon officially hired at Hobart

Hobart coach Greg Raymond (Johns Hopkins) announced that four-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star Peet Poillon (UMBC, Howard Community College) will join his staff for the 2014 season. Currently a member of the MLL's Charlotte Hounds, Poillon will serve as the Statesmen's offensive coordinator.

Raymond is especially impressed with Poillon's recruiting skills.


"This is, of course, an area we will tackle as an entire staff, but Peet has already shown a relentless approach to the Division I lacrosse recruiting scene," Raymond said. "We've spent a ton of time discussing his evaluation of high school talent, and he's proven to be extremely meticulous in defining what type of student-athletes we want to pursue at Hobart. He will be an invaluable asset for us as a recruiter."

Pannell signs deal with Brine

Brine announced that attackman Rob Pannell, the leading scorer in men's Division I history and the 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner at Cornell, is the newest member of Brine Team Elite. Pannell now stars for MLL's New York Lizards.

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