By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/2/11
Holy Ghost Prep junior midfielder Jeremy Omrod has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Drexel University.
Omrod scored 24 goals last year for the Firebirds, who went 11-8 and qualified for the District 1 tournament. Omrod plays club lacrosse for the Duke’s L.C. and LB3 and was named to the Fab Forty squad last month at the Philly Showcase.
Omrod becomes the fifth member of the Philly class of 2012 to commit to Drexel and coach Brian Voelker. The others to commit are midfielders Mike McGregor and Jordan Klunder (Conestoga), defenseman Chris Panichelli (Bishop Shanahan) and attackman Jules Raucci (Garnet Valley).
Omrod, who is a Second Honors student, plans to major in Business or Engineering at Drexel.
“i felt like it was a great fit academically out of all the choices,” Omrod said. “Along with the academics, I get to play D1 lacrosse. Going into it, I wasn’t sure if I liked the whole city experience.
“But after my unofficial visit, I saw I liked the city and everything there. I really liked coach Voelker and the idea of the co-operating program. It makes getting a job really easier. Also, I am close to home and to all my family and friends that have supported me over the years. Now, i can give back to them.”
Omrod also considered Mount St. Mary’s as well as Division III Gettysburg and Haverford College.
Omrod – son of Ghost coach Tony Omrod – noted that Holy Ghost Prep has advanced to the District 1 tournament in each of his two seasons of varsity play as an independent school. This year the Firebirds will play in the Bicentennial League with New Hope-Solebury, Springfield-Montco, Devon Prep and Delco Christian.
“We want to win the Bicentennial League and hopefully go as far as we can in the playoffs,” Omrod said. “Our offense will definitely be strong; we have Colin Becker returning and he was our leading scorer last year.”
Omrod wished to thank his mother and father as well as the coaches at Duke’s LC and LB3.