By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/5/12
Malvern Prep junior midfielder Chris Hilburn has made a commitment to the admissions process at the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Hilburn log:
High school: Malvern Prep
Graduation year: 2013
College choice: University of Pennsylvania
Club affiliations: Mesa Fresh 2013, Duke’s L.C.
Lacrosse honors: ESPNHS Class of 2013 Watchlist, Philly Showcase Gait Fab 40, 2010-11, EPSLA Showcase, 2011.
Intended major: Business
Why did you choose Penn? “Coach (Mike) Murphy made it really easy – he made me feel at home. I wanted to challenge myself academically. Also, I love being in the city, it’s the perfect place (to go to college).”
HS team’s outlook for 2012: “Everyone is working hard this off season. We have real high expectations for this year. (Haverford School) had a great team last year and I think this is our year.”
Other comments: “I’d like to thank my family first, and then coach (David) Metzbower, coach Ebe Helm and coach Jason Christmas (of Dukes), coach Jim Schorn, coach John Sims (Mesa Fresh), coach Tom Dunn, and my teammates.”
Other info: Hilburn is the sixth junior and seventh underclassman at Malvern Prep to commit to a Division I college. The others are juniors Matt Barrett (goalie, Virginia), Joey Carlini (midfielder, Johns Hopkins), Jared Horoski (defenseman, Delaware), Chad Rafferty, Malvern Prep (defenseman, Maryland) and Gavin Weaver (midfielder, Delaware) and sophomore Greg Pelton (defenseman, Duke). In addition, six members of the Class of 2012 at Malvern Prep have committed to Division I schools and five to Division III colleges.
Philly-Penn connection: Hilburn is the third Philly junior to commit to Penn’s admissions process. The others are Episcopal Academy defenseman Kevin Gayhardt and Garnet Valley face-off specialist Zach Penfil.
Note: All Ivy League student-athletes must continue through the admissions process