By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/3/10
Wilson West-Lawn senior defenseman Collin Brown, who plays club lacrosse for two Philly teams, has committed to play Division III lacrosse at St. Mary’s College (Md.).
Brown was a First Team All-Berks County pick last year for the Bulldogs, who went 12-7-1 and reached the county finals. He plays club lacrosse for the Duke’s L.C. and Twist.
Brown, who is considering pre-dentisty as a field of study, is a member of the National Honor Society.
“I chose St. Mary’s because of the academics,” he said. “I wanted to major in some kind of science and St. Mary’s has a great science program. I love the campus and coach (Chris) Hasbrouck is building a high-power Division III lacrosse team.”
Hasbrouck has led St. Mary’s to an 18-13 record in his two seasons, leading the program to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals both years. The roster features two juniors from Philly, starting defenseman Eric Heisner (La Salle) and midfielder Billy Scheurer (Souderton, scored five goals as key reserve last year).
“I think in the next few years, St. Mary’s will become much more competitive than they already are,” said Brown.
Brown believes his Bulldogs will again contend in the Berks League.
“In 2011, we should again be one of the top competitors in the Berks League,” he said. “We have a strong group of starters returning, and a lot more experience under our belt.”
Brown was referred to the Philly club scene by his cousin, Dave Brown, a Hill School graduate who is playing at UMBC.
“Dave told me about the Duke’s,” he said. “I got the interest that way, and my dad took me anywhere I needed to be for the team. Being on the Duke’s and Twist has helped me to become a stronger player by playing against a higher level of competition.
“Being in a county where lacrosse has only been around for a few years, the Duke’s and Twist helped me to get exposure playing against higher-level, sometimes older, kids. Also, the coaches on both teams helped a good amount to getting me into a school for lacrosse.
“I just want to thank all of the coaches from the Duke’s, Twist, and my high school, as well as my friends who have supported me, and my family, who have helped me to become the player I am today,” he said.