By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/11/10
Haverford School junior midfielder Sam Rohr has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rohr was a Second Team Inter-Ac League pick last year for the Fords, who shared the league crown with Malvern Prep and finished in the Top 10 in several national polls.
Rohr, who plays club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2012, made the Fab Forty team in the Philly Lacrosse Showcase last year while also being picked for the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase this year.
Rohr becomes the fourth Haverford School junior to commit to a Division I college. The others are Connor and Warner Bailey (defensemen, Georgetown) and midfielder Will McNamara (Virginia).
Rohr also will follow two Haverford School seniors – face-off specialist Joe McCallion and attackman Hup Hupfeldt – to Penn. Nine other Haverford School seniors have committed to Division I colleges.
Rohr also considered Duke, Notre Dame, Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown and Yale.
Rohr, a High Honors student, plans to study Business and hopes to enter the prestigious Wharton School. He also was impressed with second-year head coach Mike Murphy and the Quakers’ staff, which includes Jason Archbell, Mike Keating and Cory Coffman.
“My visit was amazing; I really loved the campus,” Rohr said. “Franklin Field was unbelievable and the guys on the team are great. I definitely see myself being part of that team. Coach Murphy is an outstanding coach and the rest of the coaching staff made it an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
“They have an unbelievable business school and I’d love to have the chance to study there.”
Rohr believes Murphy can turn Penn into a power.
“There is no doubt about that,” he said. “The freshman class right now is unbelievable and the class ahead of me is unbelievably talented. With that staff, they have all the right tools to turn that program around.”
With all the returning talent, Haverford School will surely be ranked among the top teams in the nation when the 2011 season begins. Rohr said the team welcomes the challenge.
“I’m really excited,” said Rohr, who also played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club. “We return a great core of guys. I hope we stay focused and if we try our hardest, it will all play out in our favor.”
Rohr wished to thank Haverford School coach John Nostrant, assistant coaches Mark Petrone, Travis Loving, Doug Knight and Paul O’Grady and recently hired Malvern Prep coach Dave Metzbower (former Haverford School assistant) as well as Mesa Fresh coach Rob Lord, the rest of the Mesa coaches, and his parents.
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