By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/9/13
Woodstown (N.J.) senior defenseman Dakota Cowder has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at Seton Hill University.
Dakota Cowder log:
High School: Woodstown, N.J.
Graduation Year: 2014
Position: Close Defense
College Choice: Seton Hill University
Club Affiliation: South Jersey Shamrocks
Major lacrosse honors, All-Star teams, Camps, Showcases: 2013 South Jersey Shamrocks – MVP Camp 2014 All Star; Baltimore Kick Off 2014 All-Star; Bison Brawl High School A Champions; Bison Brawl All-Star 2014. Woodstown High School – Starting Close Defensemen as Freshman; 2012 Team Player Award; 2012 Defensive Player of the Year; 2012 2nd Team All Olympic Conference; 2012 Team Captain; 2013 1st Team All Olympic Conference; 2013 Team Captain; 2013 Player of the Year
Academic honors, service projects: Honor Roll, TIGS, Memorial Day Flowers (Every Memorial day I volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery and put flowers on the headstones), United Way
What will you major in/study? Business
Why did you choose school? “I chose Seton Hill University because its a smaller school and has a great campus that has new facilities and many new buildings for campus life. The coaches connected with me very well. I am excited to be coached under head coach Andrew Novotny. Lastly, Seton Hill is a very competitive Division 2 team that has a lot of potential to go to a national championship, which I strive towards in the upcoming years.”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “Woodstown high School has come a very long way as a new program. We are currently on our fourth year with a varsity team. One of our main goals this season is a playoff appearance, and hopefully with the growing interest in Woodstown lacrosse we can make that happen. Throughout my high school career I am pleased with the progress and I look forward to coming back some day as an alumni to show my support.”
Other comments: “First off, I would like to thank my two friends, Nick Richard and Greg Mitchell, who first introduced the game to me as well as taught me the basics right before preseason and told me to play. Also my head coach from South Jersey Shamrocks, Steven Picot, and my other coaches, Mike Yarusso and John Cipriani. They gave me a chance and taught me everything I know. I would also like to thank Bill Keane, the President of the South Jersey Shamrocks. Last but not least, I would like to thank my parents for all of the time they put into my lacrosse career.”
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