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Jefferson's Faust commits to Princeton

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 10/23/09, 1:12PM CDT


High-scoring defenseman is one of two Jaguar seniors headed to Division I programs

Bloomington Jefferson defenseman Joe Faust, a senior who had 45 points last season, has verbally committed to play at Princeton according to Jefferson coach Jeff Lindquist.

Lindquist said Faust turned down scholarship offers from two WCHA schools to join the Tigers, who won the ECAC title in 2008.

"Joe is a good student," Lindquist said about Faust, who has a 3.8 grade point average. "I know he feels like Princeton was a great fit academically, and he believes the program is really on the rise."

Princeton was selected to finish third, behind Yale and Cornell, in two ECAC preseason polls. Princeton, which opens its season with two exhibition games Oct. 23 and 24, is ranked No. 10 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll.

Faust scored 14 goals and had 31 assists as a junior for the Jaguars, who were ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA for much of last season.

"He's a great two-way defenseman," Lindquist said about the 5-foot-10, 190 pound Faust, who joins senior forward Caleb Herbert (UM-Duluth) as Jefferson players who have committed to Division I programs. "(Faust's) shot is has hard as anybody's out there I have seen."

Faust has spent the fall playing for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. He has two goals and seven assists in 15 games.


Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Committ
Mark Alt Cretin-Derham Hall Senior D Minnesota Yes
Joey Benik St. Francis Senior F St. Cloud State Yes
Nick Bjugstad Blaine Junior F Minnesota Yes
Joe Faust Bloomington Jefferson Senior D Princeton Yes
Max Gaede Woodbury Senior F MSU-Mankato Yes
Max Gardiner Minnetonka Senior F Minnesota Yes
Zane Gothberg Thief River Falls Senior G North Dakota Yes
Caleb Herbert Bloomington Jefferson Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Troy Hesketh Minnetonka Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Justin Holl Minnetonka Senior D Minnesota Yes
Christian Isackson St. Thomas Academy Senior F Minnesota Yes
Adam Krause Hermantown Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Ben Marshall Mahtomedi Junior D Minnesota Yes
Brock Nelson Warroad Senior F North Dakota Yes
Andrew Prochno Minnetonka Senior D St. Cloud State Yes
Connor Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes
Ryan Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes