By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/13/09
Several Philly lacrosse players made it official Thursday by sigining on with Division I and II programs as the early period began this week for boys and girls to sign National Letters of Intent.
Ryan Mullen, a senior defenseman for Hatboro-Horsham, signed his Letter of Intent to attend Penn State during a small ceremony at school.
Mullen is one of more than 120 Philly boys and girls that committed to Division I colleges. The early-signing period began Wednesday and extends until Nov. 18.
“It was nice to have a couple of friends and family come in,” Mullen said. “We had some coaches and the house principal and we all had some food. I was able to say some thank yous.”
Also this week, La Salle senior defenseman Shane Pierce signed with Mount St. Mary’s University. Also, Pierce’s teammate, midfielder Patrick Resch, has committed to Ivy League member Dartmouth. Ivy League schools do not require National Letters of Intent.
Mullen is one of six Philly seniors that committed to Penn State for 2010 and will be signing Letters of Intent. He will be joined by Springfield-Delco’s Brendan Nave (defenseman) and Austin Kaut (goalie), Avon Grove’s Tim Golder (attackman), Downingtown East’s Shane Sturgis (attackman) and Haverford School’s Stephen Aitken (attackman).
“I have run into Brendan Nave and Austin Kaut a couple times; I know them from playing in tournaments,” said Mullen, who plays club lacrosse for LB3. “I am very, very excited.”
Mullen also noted that Penn State got a big boost when Byron Collins was hired as an assistant. The Nittany Lions are coming off a strong 9-5 season that saw them win their final six games of the year.
“Coach Collins is a fantastic guy,” said Mullen, of the former Stevens Tech head coach who comes to State College with an impressive resume. “He knows a lot about the sport. And as the year’s gone on, some big names have committed to Penn State as recruits.
“I took my official and I the guys were great. I know the Forster brothers (freshman Randy and redshirt sophomore Jack from La Salle) and they’re looking for a big year this season. I can’t wait to get up there.”