Charles Kruzits & Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/6/11
Episcopal High (VA) junior attackman Will Davy has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse and enter the admissions process at the University of Pennsylvania.
Davy is the son of the late Rip Davy III, a standout at The Hill School in the mid-1970s and an All-American at North Carolina. Will Davy – whose father is a member of the Eastern PA Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame – also is the grandson of the late Ralph Davy, a pioneer of Philly lacrosse who helped create the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association.
Davy led the state of North Carolina in scoring last year with an amazing 92 goals and 62 assists, helping Cape Fear High reach the state semifinals. He transferred to Episcopal High during the summer and plays club lacrosse in Virginia for Amped Lax 2012.
Davy said he closely looked at his father’s alma mater, North Carolina, where his uncle, Brett Davy, also played in the 1980s. Davy also considered Bucknell, Yale and Dartmouth.
While at Penn, Davy intends on enrolling in the Wharton School of Business with hopes of one day working on Wall Street. He also is excited about Penn’s 3-0 start and its stunning 7-3 win over defending national champion Duke, which has the Quakers in the national rankings under second-year coach Mike Murphy.
“It came down to athletics and academics,” Davy said. “The program is on the rise especially after beating Duke.”
Transferring from Cape Fear to Episcopal opened up the door to allow Davy to get exposed to the Penn coaches.
“I wouldn’t have ended up at Penn without my coaches at Episcopal,” he said. “My head coach, Scott Conklin, emailed coach Murphy and he saw me play during the fall.”
Davy is part of a talented recruiting 2012 class for Murphy, who has early commitments from seven players, including Davy’s club teammate, defenseman David Best of Norfolk Academy (Va.). Two Philly juniors, Episcopal Academy attackman Tyler Odell and Haverford School midfielder Sam Rohr, also have committed to Penn.
Episcopal, with six Division I commitments, is expected to be a contender in the D.C. division of the MIAA this year.
Note: Student-athletes making Ivy League commitments must still be accepted through the normal admissions process in their senior year.