Talented close defenseman who honed his skills on Army's man-down unit his first three years at West Point ... expected to push incumbents at defense for playing time ... tenacious one-on-one defender ... excellent reach ... early favorite to win one of three starting positions ... playing time increased dramatically over the course of last season ... gained valuable experience last season ... coming off an outstanding fall campaign ... developed ground ball skills and agility ... physical defenseman who can keep opposing players away from the cage ... brings a streak of 32 consecutive games into 2006 ... has appeared in each Army game over the past two seasons after seeing action in just one contest his freshman year ... uses his stick very well defensively ... three-year letterwinner.
2005: Appeared in all 17 games, garnering five starts in Matt Bowerman's absense ... made first career start opposite Duke in place of injured Bowerman ... also started both Patriot League Tournament contests and NCAA Tournament first round tilt against Georgetown ... scooped career high 34 ground balls to rank sixth on the team ... mainly a man-down defender before injury to Bowerman ... credited with one caused turnover ... developing nicely into one of team's top close defenseman.
2004: Appeared in all 15 of Army's games ... recorded a shot against Lafayette ... recorded career-high two ground balls in three consecutive games ... picked up a ground ball in each of Army's first six games ... his 11 ground balls were a career high.
2003: Appeared in one game ... saw action in Army's Patriot League clincher against Lafayette ... picked up a ground ball ... did not figure statistically other than that grounder.
Prior to West Point: Member of head coach Mike Busza's Radnor H.S. squad ... helped Radnor advance to the Pennsylvania State finals, the furthest that school ever advanced in the state tournament ... member of National Honor Society ... Congressional Scholar-Athlete award winner.
Personal: Andrew Toner Yakulis ... born Nov. 14, 1983, in Princeton, N.J. ... mother is Mary Yakulis ... sister Katie graduated from Princeton where she won two national titles as a member of the Tigers' women's lacrosse squad ... majoring in Geospatial Information Systems.