By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/29/14
Westfield (N.J.) 2018 defenseman Patrick McIlroy has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Denver.
Patrick McIlroy log:
High School: Westfield High School, N.J.
Graduation Year: 2018
College Choice: University of Denver (ConnectLAX college profile)
Club Affiliation: Leading Edge Elite
Major lacrosse honors: Selected for New Jersey U15 North-South All-Star Team
What will you major in/study? Business
Why did you choose school? “I chose the University of Denver for its great academic reputation along with the school’s excellent athletic programs and facilities. After speaking with Coach (Bill) Tierney and touring the campus I knew DU was the perfect school for me. Coach Tierney made me feel like I was already a part of the Pioneer family. I am excited to play with my brother, Matthew, who is a 2016 DU commit.”
Outlook for your High School team? “Westfield HS won the NJ Group 4 State Championship last season and the team is looking to repeat this year.”
Other comments: “I would like to thank my parents for all their support; they have been there for me every step of the way. I would like to thank my older brother, Matthew, for his guidance and help. He always pushes and challenges me to work hard and become a better lacrosse player.
“I would like to thank Leading Edge and all their coaches who assisted me in my lacrosse development. I would especially like to thank Chris Roy and Marc Moreau who have helped me with this incredible opportunity.
“I would like to thank the Westfield High School Coach, Pat Tuohy, for all his support and guidance. A special thanks to Jason McLane, Frank Mineo and Robert Gorelick for coaching me since third grade. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone at the Westfield Lacrosse Club who give their time and commitment to make WLC a tremendous place to learn and grow as a lacrosse player.”
Other school considered: Johns Hopkins
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