A number of Philly boys and girls have signed or committed to Division I programs in recent weeks.
For the boys, Springfield-Delco rising senior Austin Kaut has made a verbal commitment to attend Drexel for 2010-2011. Kaut, who led the Cougars to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) semifinals, was an All-Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) choice and a first-team All-Central League pick. Kaut is a member of Duke’s Lacrosse Club.
Another Philly rising senior, Lower Merion midfielder Ahmad Zachary has committed to Vermont. Zachary was an Honorable Mention All-Central League choice this year for an Aces team that reached the PIAA state tournament after placing fifth in District 1. Zachary is playing club lacrosse this summer for the Duke’s.
Also, La Salle senior defenseman Tyler Houchins has signed with Drexel. Houchins, a key member of the Explorers’ drive to the first PIAA title, had previously committed to attend Division III Scranton. Houchins was a second-team All-Catholic League pick this year. Another senior, Strath Haven’s Dave Alyanakian has signed with Delaware for this fall. Alyanakian was a second-team All-Central League pick this year for the Panthers and played for the Duke’s.
Meanwhile, 2008 St. Joseph’s Prep graduate Ted Hospodar (defenseman) has committed to attend Army after spending a year at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Hospodar was a second-team All-Catholic League South Division choice in 2008 while helping the Hawks reach the Catholic League finals and the quarterfinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association playoffs.
For the girls, four rising seniors have committed to Division I schools.
Two of those girls attend Springside School: attack Courtney Caputo and midfielder Nicole Lombardo. Caputo, who enters her senior year with 108 goals and was a first-team All-Inter-Ac League pick last year, has committed to Georgetown. Lombardo, a second-team pick last year, has committed to American.
Also, Ridley defender-midfielder Kelsey Garraty has committed to Louisville. Garrty was a first-team All-Central League pick this year.
Meanwhile, Merion Mercy junior attack Margaret Corzel has committed to North Carolina. Corzel led the Bears to the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies championship and was a first-team All-American and AACA pick.
One senior, Nazareth Academy goalie Angie Gasparo, has signed with Robert Morris.