By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/30/11
Montgomery (N.J.) rising senior attackman Kevin Wanke has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Lafayette College.
Wanke had 50 goals and 30 assists this year for Montgomery, which went 12-9 overall. Wanke, who was a Gait Fab 40 Game MVP last November at the Philly Showcase, was named First Team All-State and All-Skyland Conference.
“I chose Lafayette because of the great academics and because I felt really comfortable there,” he said. “I loved the campus, coach (Terry) Mangan , and the guys I met. The athletic facilities are awesome and the jumbotron scoreboard is sick.”
Wanke also plays ice hockey for Montgomery and was the team’s leading scorer and offensive MVP. The Cougars reached the state championship game this year, but fell, 1-0, to Randolph at the Prudential Center.
Wanke said competing in the Philly Showcase was a big boost to his recruiting process.
“The Philly Showcase was great for me,” he said. “I had a lot of fun. I got to play with some guys I competed against in the summer so it was cool to meet them. It was really helpful with recruiting.
“A lot of coaches that saw me in the summer wanted to see more in the fall and the Showcase was perfect for that. There were also a number of coaches who didn’t see me in the summer and contacted me after the Showcase. I heard from about a half dozen D1 coaches who referenced the Showcase and also from a few D3 schools that I was interested in.”