Friars committed over the summer to continue athletics in college

Eric McLaughlin

Take a look where some of Malvern’s baseball and lacrosse players will continue their studies and athletics.


The beginning of the school year is almost always a stressful time. Students are trying to shake off the cob-webs and fall sports are already in full swing. For most students, the grades they get now will decide what college they will go to. But for many student-athletes that decision was made over the summer.

This summer, multiple Malvern athletes made commitments to continue playing sports in college. This included athletes playing a variety of sports, but in this article we featured lacrosse and baseball.

Senior lacrosse player Alex Reber decided to continue his lacrosse career next year at Swarthmore College. Reber plays defense at Malvern and is very excited about his commitment.

“I was really excited to finally make my decision and know that I will be able to play competitive lacrosse for four more years after graduating Malvern,” Reber said.

He said that he is also happy to be done with his college decision process and now just has to apply to one school. Reber played on varsity as a junior last year and also plays on a club team in the fall and summer.

“I think that playing for Malvern along with the Under Armour tryouts helped with my recruitment more than playing for my club team,” Reber said. “The Swarthmore coach contacted Coach McEvoy who put us both in touch.”

Reber said that he was considering some other schools such as Tufts, Williams, and Stevenson but he ended up choosing Swarthmore because of its proximity to home, great academics, and the positive atmosphere he felt when he was on campus.

Another Malvern student who verbally committed over the summer was Sophomore Chris Newell. Newell committed to play baseball at the University of Virginia.

“I felt a little bit shocked to find out that I received the offer from UVA,” Newell said. “I’ve always wanted to go there. It is a great school with a top level baseball team.”

Similarly to Reber, Newell plays on a travel team throughout the year but UVA’s coach contacted coach Hilliard to talk about Chris.

Newell still has a lot of time before officially signing with Virginia senior year. He and Reber both need to keep their grades up, stay out of trouble, and continue with their success on and off the field.