By Molly Tow
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/21/11
St. Mary’s Annapolis (Md.) rising senior midfielder John Kluh has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Villanova University.
In 2011, Kluh led the Saints to place third in the Maryland A MIAA-B Conference with a 6-2 record (12-6 overall). They were ranked No. 43 in the final ESPN RISE POWERADE FAB 50 poll.
Kluh, who plays club lacrosse for the the Baltimore Crabs, plans to major in Business.
Kluh will play for Villanova head coach Michael Corrado, who led the Wildcats to an 11-4 record and an NCAA berth in 2011. Corrado has coached the Wildcats for six seasons, won CAA and BIG EAST coach of the year in 2009 and 2010, and played lacrosse for the Wildcats as a defensemen in his college days. Assistant head coach Simon Connor and assistant coach Andy German also are Villanova grads.
“One of the main reasons I chose Villanova is because it has a great academic program. The business school is unbelievable,” said Kluh. “Aside from the school aspect, the lacrosse program just felt very welcome when I visited.
“The coaches are all alumni so they’re very dedicated to their school and very dedicated to their program. They aren’t only about lacrosse they’re also about building character.”
The Wildcats, who were ranked in the Top 10 for much of the year, made their second NCAA appearance and played in the first NCAA game held west of the Mississippi (at Denver).
Kluh had heard good things about the environment and people at Villanova from St. Mary’s graduate Matt Bell, who will be a senior in the coming season at Villanova.
“He told me that he loved it and he made a lot of friends there and that it was a good place,” said Kluh.
After emerging as an unexpected threat in 2011, Kluh is proud of his team’s ability to work through adversity and wants to see the Saints prove the doubters wrong again in 2012.
“We started out 7-0 in the beginning of our season. We played a lot of great games and really came together,” said Kluh. “We were a very close team, had a lot of chemistry, and we proved a lot of people wrong. A lot of people thought that we wouldn’t go as far as we did and play as well as we did.”
“We want to win a championship,” said Kluh. “You have to set the bar high, you have to have something to achieve and I say it always has to be a championship.”