By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/13/10
Haverford School senior defenseman Vince Garman has committed to play on the new Division I lacrosse program at High Point University (N.C.).
Garman was a contributor on a Fords team last year that went 20-4 and shared the Inter-Ac League championship with Malvern Prep, while placing fifth in the final Lacrosse Magazine national rankings and the Laxpower Coaches/Computer Ratings.
Garman becomes the 12th Haverford School senior to commit or sign with a Division I college.
High Point will not begin intercollegiate play in 2013, but will field a team in 2011-12 and play a regular Fall Ball season and scrimmages in the spring. High Point named Jon Torpey – currently the top assistant at Dartmouth – as its first head coach last month. Torpey played pro lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings (indoor) and the former Philadelphia Barrage (outdoor).
Garman – who helped lead Haverford School to its first outright Inter-Ac League football crown since 1971 as the team’s quarterback this fall – was referred to High Point by Fords lacrosse coach John Nostrant just several weeks ago.
“There was that little window week before Thanksgiving and coach Nostrant came up to me and said the school was looking for players in the Philadelphia area,” Garman said. “He told me he had already talked to coach Torpey so I contacted him and we talked that night at 9 p.m.
“I went down for a visit the next week. The school has the nicest college campus I’ve ever been to, and the president is pumping lots of money into the school. In the next four years, High Point will really be on the map.”
Garman was impressed with Torpey and his goal of making High Point an instant winner.
“Coach Torpey really sold me,” Garman said. “Besides coach Nostrant, he is the most competitive guy I’ve ever met. He is ready, and so am I. It’s a good fit. They are looking for guys willing to come in and work hard and he likes kids from the Philly area.”
Garman plans to major either in Business or Education.
Garman said he should benefit from his experience on the gridiron. This year the Fords started 0-6, playing a very touch non-league schedule that includes powers such as West Catholic, Archbishop Wood, Pennridge and Penn Wood.
But Haverford School rebounded to win its five league games. The team included several of Haverford School’s Division I lacrosse recruits: Carl Walrath, Joe McCallion, Hup Hupfeldt and Goran Murray.
“The reason for our success in football was due to the senior leadership,” Garman said. “We started off 0-6, but we battled back and finished 5-0 in the league and nobody is going to take that way.
“We didn’t get down on ourselves; we’ve been there before in lacrosse when we were down at halftime. We bonded as a unit.”
Garman said he did not play lacrosse until ninth grade and credited assistant coach Travis Loving for giving him a long pole and encouraging him to pick up the sport. Garman also wished to thank coach Nostrant and assistants Mark Petrone and Paul O’Grady and former assistant Dave Metzbower.
Now, Garman is focused on the 2011 season. Haverford School’s build-up has been remarkable since so many seniors have already committed – many to Top 10 programs. But Garman says the team knows it has to keep working hard to achieve its goals.
“I am so excited for this season, the potential is there,” he said. “We know that we’re going to be good; the coaches ask us, ‘How good do you want to be?’
“We’re definitely putting in the work and it should translate to the field. We should be a force to be reckoned with.”
Other seniors to commit or sign with Division I programs are Hupfeldt (attackman, Penn), McCallion (FO/midfielder, Penn) Conor Kelly (goalie, Notre Dame), Murray (LSM, Maryland), Walrath (midfielder, Virginia), Brendan McGrath (midfielder, Princeton), Alex Beatty (defenseman, Princeton) and Matt Walters (midfielder, Syracuse), Brent Tomlinson (attackman, Brown), Colin Heffernan (goalie, Dartmouth) and Grove Stewart (midfielder, Harvard).
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