By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/7/14
Clearview Regional (N.J.) 2015 midfielder Matt Donnelly has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Penn State University. He originally had committed to Hofstra University.
Matt Donnelly log:
High School: Clearview Regional High School, N.J.
Graduation Year: 2015
College Choice: Penn State University
Club Affiliation: Dukes LC and SJ Shamrocks
Major lacrosse honors, camps: 2x 1st team all conference selection, 1st Team All State, US Lacrosse All-America, Project 9 camp, Champ Camp National Champs, All-Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey
Academic honors, service: Varsity Club, Latin Club, DECA, Peer Mediation,Honor Roll
What will you major in/study? Landscape Architecture
Why did you choose the school? “Hofstra lacrosse and its coaching staff run a quality program and have been very good to me. I committed early in my sophomore year, but a lot had changed since then. After visiting a lot of friends and family at Penn State, I fell in love with the rural campus and the family feel of the school. Coach Jeff Tambroni and the rest of the coaching staff were very understanding with my decision, and with the lacrosse team moving into the Big 10 it attracted me to play against top notch programs.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next season? “We lost a lot of key players last year due to graduation, but I think we have the depth and the talent to fill in those key spots and have another successful season and make a run in the state playoffs.”
Other comments: “I would like to thank my family for everything they have done for me; coach Ebe Helm, Jason Christmas, and Mike Mackrides for everything they have done for me to make this happen; my high school coaches, Coach Rob Reick, Mike Cockrell, and Brett Severino, for all their support and help through the process and for always being there for me. Lastly, I would like to thank Mike Sutton and the Sutton family for everything they have done since I’ve started the sport; I wouldn’t be where I am or the player I am without them. I would also like to thanks John Graham for all the guidance and all the help throughout the process.”
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