Ah, National Signing Week. With kids committing so early, it’s a long wait from the day the commitment is made until the day the signature hits the paper and makes its way into the fax machine. From now until next Wednesday, seniors all over North America are making their commitments official by signing their National Letters of Intent.
Only seniors receiving lacrosse scholarships sign National Letters of Intent for the the Division I and II level – I would ask that all pictures, like the website, are D1 centric. However, Division III recruits will sometimes be included below due to many schools choosing to celebrate all Class of 2015 commits. Ivy League and service academics do not sign NLI’s but will still be throw into the mix.
Below you’ll find the first group of National Signing Week photos that I’ve received. I’ll be posting these throughout the next several days, so feel free to pass on images, links and info my way to share the big moment. Simply mention @tyxanders in tweets with photos attached or send everything to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delbarton (N.J.), the defending state champions, held their signing ceremony for spring athletes on Wednesday, celebrating NLI day for their guys. In the front row are midfielders Matt Wujciak (Bryant) and Brendan Kenny (Villanova) as well as Rice-bound golfer Will Voetsch – I wouldn’t discriminate another sport that plays on green grass with white balls. Standing left to right are midfielder T.J. Comizio (Villanova), defender MJ Melillo (Michigan) and midfielder Reed Shaffer, who will join older brother John on the Blue Devils’ roster.
One of the region’s top programs, the Friars of Malvern Prep held their NLI celebration on Wednesday morning to celebrate these six. Not including the DIII-bound athlete who won’t sign a letter, pictured left to right are LSM Matt Klinges (Drexel), defenseman Mike Mulqueen (Penn), midfielder Luke Hoffman (Quinnipiac), midfielder Drew Schantz (Notre Dame) and face-off man Charles Kelly (North Carolina). Looking forward to watching MP this year with their strong combination of seniors and underclassmen.
Can always expect a busy Signing Week picture from John Nostrant’s Haverford Fords, sent in by a Mesa Fresh 2015 parent. From left to right in the front are Drew Supinski (Johns Hopkins), Jake Hervada (Delaware), Phil Poquie (Penn), Brandon Shima (Michigan) and Colin Bosak (Navy) with Grant Ament (Penn State), Nostrant and Brian Casey (Ursinus) in the middle. In the back are Brendan Jacob (Navy), Noah Lejman (Penn), Peter Rohr (Sewanee), Corey Richards (Dickinson), Chris Sabia (Mt. St. Mary’s), Jack Doran (Dickinson), Lane Odom (Johns Hopkins) and Sam Denious (Bowdoin).
A big thank you to Little Hoya assistant Ted Moon for sending over this shot of the Georgetown Prep (Md.) college-bound players. Seated left to right are face-off man Bobby Hartwick (Dickinson), LSM Finn Dunne (Georgetown), midfielder Jack Olson (Johns Hopkins), attackman Austin McDonald (Georgetown) and goalie Joey Altemus (Bucknell). Standing are midfielder Ryan Urgo (Ithaca), midfielder David Lipka (Army) and midfielder Patrick Urgo (Mary Washington).