By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/6/14
St. Augustine Prep rising sophomore LSM/defenseman/defensive middie Jake McCaughan has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Penn State University.
Jake McCaughan log:
High School: St. Augustine Prep
Graduation Year: 2017
Position: LSM, Defensive Middie, Close Defense
College Choice: Penn State University
Club Affiliation: Dukes LC, SouthShore
Major lacrosse honors, All-Star teams, Camps, Showcases: Blue Chip, Maverick, Adrenaline
Academic honors, service projects: Dean’s Honor Roll at St. Augustine Prep. Service included working with the Ronald MacDonnell House in Camden and taking part in the Spirit of the Holidays initiative.
What will you major in/study? Business/Finance
Why did you choose the school? “Penn State University has so much to offer! Academically, their business school is considered one of the best. Their alumni base is among the largest in the world. I had the chance to speak with a number of them and each one talked about their experience being incredible. They all stay very connected to the school and alumni years after graduation. And finally, when my family and I visited Coach (Jeff) Tambroni and his staff it felt right!”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “Our team played an amazing schedule. We played the very best high school lacrosse teams from Maryland to Connecticut. We got better each game and ended up losing to Bergen Catholic in the New Jersey State semifinals. Our record was 17 wins and 6 losses. We only graduated six seniors and have very talented players to back them up. We are really looking forward to next year. Coach Valore is a great coach and leader. He helped me so much through this recruiting process.
Other comments: “I want to thank my mom and dad for everything they do for me. I also have two older brothers that are very good athletes and they have encouraged me to work hard and to learn from both their successes and challenges. My brother Dylan is going to play for the University of Tampa in the fall. Finally, I want to thank all of my coaches from when I first started playing lacrosse. Special thanks to Coach Flexon, Helm, Christmas, McKinney, Greg and Braungart.”
Other schools considered? Maryland, Denver and Richmond
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