By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/23/10
Recent Conestoga graduate Mike Honebrink (attackman/midfielder) will play Division III lacrosse at Susquehanna University.
Honebrink was a member of a Pioneers team in 2010 that won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championship and finished in the Top 10 in every national poll. He played club lacrosse for Black Bear Chester County and Competitive Edge.
Honebrink will major in Business Administration at Susquehanna, which competes in the Landmark Conference and went 8-8 overall in 2010.
“The two main reasons I chose Susquehanna was because of its quality academics and coach (Stewart) Moan’s dedication to building a great lacrosse program,” Honebrink said. “I liked the campus and I liked how it wasn’t that far from home.
“The guys on the team were cool and I liked the whole coaching staff. I was familiar with coach Moan because he used to coach at Villanova, where my Aunt (Joanie Milhous) is the field hockey coach.”
Honebrink joins a team that boasts nine returning Philly players: goalies Jordan Daney (Lower Merion, junior), Will Torrence (Strath Haven, sophomore) and Blake Middendorf (Radnor, sophomore), defensemen midfielders Aaron Booterbaugh (Pottsgrove, junior), Rory Meagher (Allentown Central Catholic, junior), Nick Morell (Sun Valley, sophomore) and John Kerrigan (La Salle, sophomore) and attackmen Ryan Brim (Pennsbury, sophomore) and Cory Hojnacki (Central Bucks South, sophomore).
Honebrink is one of an amazing 14 Conestoga seniors that will play college lacrosse. The Division I recruits include Casey Ikeda (Maryland, defenseman), Ryan Lord (Maryland, midfielder), Matt Smith (Lehigh, attackman), Ryan Buttenbaum (face-off specialist, Lehigh), Peter Zonino (Hobart, goalie) and Austin Rogusky (Loyola, midfielder). Other Division III recruits include Dan Cohen (Ursinus, long stick midfielder), Zach Jacobs (Haverford College, attackman), Peter Bowers (Tufts, midfielder), Ben Ross (Franklin & Marshall, midfielder), Gus Sturm (Scranton, attackman-midfielder) and Austin Campbell (Denison, defenseman). Also, Jeff Chu (attackman) will play at MCLA Division 1 national champion Michigan.
Honebrink said the 2010 season was a dream year for Conestoga, which went 24-2 and also repeated as District 1 champion. The year ended with a 10-6 win over defending champion La Salle in the state finals.
“This season couldn’t have ended better,” Honebrink said. “I’m going to miss playing lacrosse for Conestoga. Winning a state championship isn’t something everyone gets to do, and it was the first one for our school so it feels that much better.”