By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/14/12
Ridley senior goalie Thomas McDermott has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at Chestnut Hill College.
Thomas McDermott log:
High School: Ridley High School
Graduation Year: 2013
College Choice: Chestnut Hill College
Club Affiliation: HEADstrong
Major lacrosse honors: MVP of Keystone State Games, Team was Gold Medalist, All-Central Honorable Mention, All-Delco Honorable Mention, Under Armour Final 50
Academic honors: National Honors Society, Distinguished Honor Roll
What will you major in/study? Undecided
Why did you choose Chestnut Hill College? “I’ve known Coach (Brian Dougherty) Doc since I was in sixth grade. Throughout my career I have looked up to him as a role model and mentor. When I found out he was Head Coach of Chestnut Hill I was instantly interested in playing for him. He is a great coach and has taken big steps forward in little time. I see Chestnut Hill going far in DII Lacrosse in the near future. When I went on my overnight I didn’t feel like a recruit I felt like I was already a part of the team and school.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next season? “We are always looking for the #1 goal of any team, a State Championship. With a large part of our starters returning, and a talented group of kids replacing the seniors, I think this is our year.”
Other schools considered? Robert Morris, Salisbury, Le Moyne, Manhattan, Limestone, Cabrini
Other comments: “First I would like to thank my parents, family, and friends for being there every step of the way. I want to thank the Ridley coaching staff, Kevin Ellers, Chris Crooks, Doug Ellers, Jeff Murray, Steve Hill, Scotty Burkheimer, Steve Naumowich, Andrew Hunt, Sean Kelley, Dave Simcox, and Matt Flynn; also Coach (Brian) Dougherty’s Goalie School and Bill Pilat’s Goalie School for my success so far. Finally, I thank my HEADstrong coaches, Mike Colleluori, Brian Neary, Steve Lane, Eddie DiDonato, and the Colleluori family.”
Maple Zone Sports and Fitness Complex, the official sponsor for Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Recruits, congratulates Thomas McDermott. Maple Zone, located on Conchester Pike in Boothwyn, offers numerous programs, leagues and instructional activities for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse players and also offers boys’ U13 and U15 travel teams. Click here for registration for the Muck Dawgs travel teams.