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College Commitments


Tyler Pizzico, Sean Christman

The Blackfriar Chronicle caught up with several of our Friar athletes who have committed to colleges.  We asked them to share some perspective and advice about the commitment process.

DIFEBBO COLLEGE COMMITMENTSChance DiFebbo – Senior, Lacrosse 

Committed to University of Delaware 

“One of the factors was how the coaches felt I would fit into their program. Having the opportunity to possibly play in my freshman year was a big incentive. Delaware also has a great academic reputation, with a wide variety of programs to major in, so I will definitely benefit from that as well. My favorite thing about the school is that it is close enough to home for my parents and family to come watch me play. The advice I would give is to work hard both on and off the field. Welcome all the feedback you receive, and use it to motivate you to do better. And most importantly, enjoy the experience.”

University of Delaware: 

Location – Newark, DE

Enrollment – 21,856

Mascot – Blue Hens

Baseball Team’s 2014 Record – 26-27


Sam Charlton – Sophomore, Lacrosse

Committed to Lehigh University

“I want to play for Lehigh because it is an amazing school and the lacrosse program is very good. My favorite thing about the school is the location. It is very close to home and it is a great town. Some advice would be just try hard at what you do and have fun doing it.”

Lehigh University:

Location – Bethlehem, PA

Enrollment – 7,080

Mascot – Mountain Hawks

Lacrosse Team’s 2014 Record – 13-5

MUNTZ COLLEGE COMMITSShane Muntz – Sophomore, Baseball

Committed to Virginia Tech

“What made me want to play is the fact that I am going to get a chance to play my first year. My favorite thing about Virginia Tech is the campus feel. Even though it is a big time school the campus feels genuine and down to earth. My advice to students who aspire to play a college sport is to really choose a school that is realistic even though it would be cool to say you’re going to a national powerhouse you need to realize that there’s going to be five of you [committed every year].”

Virginia Tech University:

Location – Blacksburg, VA

Enrollment – 31,205

Mascot – Hokies

Baseball Team’s 2014 Record – 21-31-1 n


Luke Hoffman – Senior, Lacrosse

Committed to Quinnipiac University

“I got in contact with Quinnipiac after the Under Armour tryouts. When I got to campus I loved it, and the coaching staff was great. I wanted to go to a school where I knew I would enjoy myself for four years. My advice would be to get out with your team as much as possible because being with the other guys is what motivated me”.

Quinnipiac University

Founded – 1929

Location – Hamden, Connecticut

Students – 8,400

Mascot – Bobcats

Lacrosse Team’s 2014 Record – 6-8

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.34.29 PMMatt Klinges – Senior, Lacrosse

Committed to Drexel University

“It was a rigorous process – it was tough to not know where I was going, but after the Under Armour tryouts I was contacted by Drexel. Drexel was coming off their best year in team history, and have great engineering and business programs. You have to make sure you work in the offseason to get yourself ahead of your competition”

Drexel University

Founded – 1891

Location – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Students – 25,500

Mascot – Dragons

Lacrosse Team’s 2014 Record – 13-5

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.35.44 PMTrevor Morris  – Senior, Football 

Committed to Rutgers University

“The process was very long and tedious, and it has its ups and downs. I wanted to stay close, and my family felt that Rutgers was the best place for me. Coach Brady also went to Rutgers and told me it would be a good fit. They have great academics as well as athletics. You can’t slack on the recruiting process, you have to get on it early and do the little things that end up making the difference”

Rutgers University

Founded – 1766

Location – New Brunswick – Piscataway, New Jersey

Students – 45,000

Mascot – Scarlet Knights

Football Team’s 2013 Record – 6-7

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.38.41 PMBrendan Inglis  – Senior, Baseball

Committed to Lehigh University

“I went to showcases and tournaments with All-Star Baseball Academy all across the East Coast – you have to market yourself. Lehigh has great engineering, and the campus was great. I also really liked the coaching staff and I knew it was the right choice. You just have to make sure you don’t give up and you keep having fun”

Lehigh University

Founded – 1865

Location – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Students – 4,880

Mascot – Mountain Hawks

Baseball Team’s 2014 Record – 25-24

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.39.15 PMChris Butera –  Senior, Baseball 

Committed to Lehigh University

“It’s a long process, you have to get used to playing in front of college coaches. I started getting my first interest during my sophomore year. Coach Hilliard played a huge part in my process and guided me through it all. Lehigh was always on my list – it is a top 50 school in the country academically, and the baseball team is competitive every year. My best advice would be that you have to work hard and make sacrifices, but keep it fun because that is the most important part of the sport.”

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.39.57 PMAlex Hornibrook  – Senior, Football

Committed to University of Pittsburgh

“I liked the coaching staff, campus and competition at the University of Pitt. They had the best coaching staff out of all the schools I’ve seen, and the campus is awesome. It’s a place I would see myself going to even if I didn’t play football. For football it really helps to go to college camps in the summer to put yourself in front of college coaches. Its also a huge help if you have a good highlight tape that you can send out to the coaches.”

University of Pittsburgh

Founded – 1787

Location – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Students – 28,650

Mascot – Panthers

Football Team’s 2013 Record – 7-6

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.40.05 PMMike Fay  – Sophomore, Lacrosse

Committed to Notre Dame University

“I attended a couple of showcases and did a lot of tournaments with my club team, there’s always coaches lined up on the sidelines watching. I was looking for a balance between academics, athletics, and social life, and Notre Dame had that. The culture at the school is very similar to Malvern’s which made me comfortable right away. The process can be very stressful but if you work hard and have fun things will fall into place”

Notre Dame

Founded – 1842

Location – South Bend, Indiana

Students – 11,700

Mascot – Fighting Irish

Lacrosse Team’s 2014 Record – 12-6, National Runner-Up

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