By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/19/09
Germantown Academy junior attackman Beau Jones has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at.the University of Delaware.
Jones was an Inter-Ac League Honorable Mention choice last year for the Patriots, scoring 37 goals. He also excelled for the Twist Lacrosse club team during the summer and fall seasons.
Jones becomes the second GA junior to commit to a Division I college. Last month defenseman Bobby Tait committed to Syracuse.
Jones, who said he plans to major in Business, also considered Georgetown, Notre Dame, Loyola and Navy.
“I always liked Delaware,” Jones said. “Two friends of my brothers played there and they always raved about the program. I’ve always been a big fan of the Blue Hens and when I check it out I loved it.
“I want to study Business and they have a very good business program. And the campus is awesome.”
Jones will play for veteran coach Bob Shillinglaw in Newark. Shillinglaw is entering his 32nd year at the helm and has won 13 conference titles while leading the Hens to the Final Four in 2007. Shillinglaw has coached more games (527) than anyone in NCAA history.
He definitely has a good sense of the game,” Jones said. “I am very excited to be able to play for him.”
In a strange twist, Jones will become the second player on Delaware with the name Beau Jones. This year, Delaware added midfielder Beau Jones, who played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club and comes from Wilmington Friends Charter School.
“I knew there was a player named Beau Jones on the Duke’s,” said Jones. “I got to meet him when I visited and he is a nice kid. It was pretty weird. All the players at Delaware thought it was pretty funny that we had the same name.”
Jones thanked his coaches at Germantown Academy and Twist for helping in the recruiting process.
He also said he was optimistic that GA can be a major factor in the Inter-Ac race this year. Last year a very young GA squad went 6-12 but had key wins over powers Abington and Episcopal Academy.
“I definitely think we can contend,” Jones said. “We have a bunch of guys coming back and we’re all very eager to get going. Last year was a great year for (experience) and we’re looking to do a lot more this year.”