By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/17/10
Recent Abington graduate Phil Hagstotz (defenseman) will play Division III lacrosse at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Hagstotz was a Third Team Suburban One National Conference pick in 2010 for a
Ghost team that won its fourth straight league championship and advanced to the semifinals of the District 1 tournament.
Hagstotz, who played club lacrosse for Bucks Select, plans to major in Accounting with a minor in Psychology. He said his long term goals are to settle down in Washington, D.C. and work with the FBI.
“I choose Catholic University based upon the small college feel of the classes,” he said. “Yet, the 300-acre campus inside of Washington, D.C. was the true selling point.”
Last year Catholic went 12-4 and advanced to the finals of the Landmark Conference playoffs.
“The opportunity to meet with coach (Brooks) Singer and his staff on a few occasions along with the current players made my decision to attend a no-brainer by April,” said Hagstotz. “Catholic was voted as the third most improved team in Division III and had a great season in the playoffs. I just hope I can contribute my defensive skills to such an emerging program.”
Hagstotz received the US ARMY Reserve Award for national Scholar/Athlete and the Vern Fegley Memorial Scholarship for all-around scholar athletes. He also was give the Bull Dog Award from the coaching staff at Abington for his aggressive play and dedication to the team over the last four years.
He also was a starting offensive tackle on Abington’s 8-3 football team. He was a Second Team Suburban One pick and received a scholarship award from the football parent’s association after the season.
In lacrosse, Hagstotz helped the Ghosts finish 19-4 and place fourth in the district before suffering a heartbreaking one-goal loss to eventual state finalist La Salle in the first round of the state tourney. Abington did not lose a league game in Hagstotz’s four-year career.
“As a four-year varsity player it was a great feeling to go undefeated in our division for the entire career,” he said. “Our 2010 lacrosse season was gratifying because we also pushed further into the playoffs. The younger players left behind will continue to strive to get to the states next year.”